London – An Interview with Mr. Gladstone

It occurred to me that the editors of some of the London papers might be interested in hearing about my travels, and that perhaps they would accept from me some articles describing my experiences. So I called one morning at the office of one of the most influential afternoon papers, and when I had given […]

From London Through Belgium to Brussels

I HAD arranged to travel from London to Ostend upon a cargo-boat, because the fare was only four shillings, or one dollar, and this was much cheaper than the rate via Dover and the express steamers. The vessel was hardly constructed for passenger service, and there were only about a dozen berths, in all, so […]

London Days and Doings

I STOOD on the dock where I had landed and looked about me. There, on my right hand, was the famous old Tower of London, grim and terrible in appearance, just as I had expected to find it. Not far away, up the river, rose the dome of St. Paul’s, dark with age. On every […]

Last Days in London

IT had been my intention to go again to the little inn and see my friends there, when I returned to London from Paris, but after thinking the matter over I decided that it would be better, perhaps, for me to place myself in a position where I could be more independent. I would have […]

Literary Shrines Of London – Great Britain And Ireland

The mind that can reverence historic associations needs no explanation of the charm that such associations possess. There are streets and houses in London which, for pilgrims of this class, are haunted with memories and hallowed with an imperishable light that not even the dreary commonness of everyday life can quench or dim. Almost every […]

London – Great Britain And Ireland

The huge city perhaps never imprest the imagination more than when approaching it by might on the top of a coach you saw its numberless lights flaring, as Tennyson says, “like a dreary dawn.” The most impressive approach is now by the river through the infinitude of docks, quays, and shipping. London is not a […]

Old London

The great fire of 1666 entirely destroyed the central and southern portions of the City so that the buildings which survived are all to be found in the North and East. The Churches are very few in number but extremely rich in interest. They are: St. Bartholomew the Great, St. Helen’s, St. Katherine Cree, St. […]

Old London – Part II

Returning to Aldersgate Street we turn down Jewin Street and soon catch sight of the picturesque tower of St. Giles’, Cripplegate. This Church is most likely an older foundation even than St. Bartholomew’s, and its history is wonderfully complete. The present building dates from the end of the 16th century but the ” restorers ” […]

Modern London: Christopher Wren

“My clear feeling is that it would be a sordid — nay sinful —piece of barbarism to do other than religiously preserve these churches as precious heirlooms.” — THOMAS CARLYLE. “There are many sober art critics who would gladly have pulled down St. Paul’s in favour of Truro Cathedral.” — LOFTIE. “This intolerance even extended […]

More About London And Christopher Wren

At the north-east corner of the old street, by the side of the Mansion House, called Walbrook, is the masterpiece among Wren’s smaller works, St. Stephens. Any description entirely fails to convey the impression of its loveliness; one must see it to realise its charm. The commonplace exterior is quite forgotten when we enter the […]