Hello and welcome to the Londonphile.

I love London, and in particular its heritage, architecture, museums, art and history – especially those that are maybe just a little bit quirky. London is my hobby, more or less, and I got to thinking that I had now done enough research, reading and visiting around and about the sort of places that interest me that I could share it with others.

The Londonphile is by no means intended as a comprehensive review of all that there is to do in London, or even of the many, many sights falling under the heritage/museums/art/architecture/history banner. It is a very personal take on a most amazing city. It’s a collection of places I have found interesting, or want to visit in the future.  It also serves as a reminder for me of the things I have seen and would like to see. It covers one-off ‘events’ as well as temporary exhibitions and permanent sights. Basically, anything that I think is of interest! And although it revolves around my own take on my favourite city, please feel free to let me know if there is anywhere you think I would like to visit; I’m always up for new tips and places to go…

This is primarily a positive blog – if I have included something here it means that I think it is worth visiting. If I think it may not be for everyone then I will say so. I hope over time that the Londonphile will grow to become a collection of London’s more idiosyncratic days out.

If you would like to contact the Londonphile directly, please email me at: thelondonphile@gmail.com


9 thoughts on “About

  1. I really enjoyed your article on 7 Hammersmith Terrace. This is one of my favourite parts of West London. Have you considered adding something about Cobden Sanderson – another local lad and friend of Walker’s – and the Doves Press? The Dove pub is historically significant as it’s where Walker, Sanderson and others use to meet, though I think it was a cafe in those days. See “Just my Type” by Simon Garfield for some interesting information about the row between Walker and Sanderson and the subsequent destruction of the beautiful Doves typeface by Sanderson.

    Your site is fascinating – I’ve learnt so much from reading it.

    I hope you enjoyed your visit to Pope’s Grotto yesterday – I was on the desk.

    • Hello Robert,

      Was great to meet you on Saturday – and to see the grotto!

      The tour did include information about Sanderson – and what happened to the typefaces! The pub looks like a lovely spot too. So yes maybe I should add something about those aspects…

      I’m so glad you like the site, thank you very much for your kind words.

      Do let me know when the grotto has any future openings. Are you on Twitter? I’m @londonphile

      Best wishes,

  2. I love the little garden (former burial ground?) just around the corner from the Foundling Museum. When I was there in early March, it was full of birds and flowers coming into bloom and a wonderful sense of calm.

    • Isn’t that often the way? But thank you for taking the time to find it on the map, that looks fascinating. From a quick web search I see that it was one of the first burial grounds to be built away from a church. I will definitely visit next time I am in the area.
      Many thanks!

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