It's fascinating to observe the difference in a particular street when you visit at different times of the day. Our visit to Marquis of Wellington was on a wintry weekday night
It is nearly that time of year again. The 17th March - the day the inhabitants of the Emerald Isle, those with Celtic blood, and just about everybody else, celebrates St Patrick's Day in London.
Irish or otherwise, Londoners love to get involved in St Patrick’s Day celebrations. And little wonder, with so much Irish culture in our city.
London in the 1600s brings to mind rats, the stench of rubbish, crowded streets, outbreaks of bubonic plague, the Great Fire, Shakespeare, horse-drawn carriages, dim light of oil lamps hanging outside houses and, of course, pub culture, which has continually played an important role in British history.