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 […]

London – Some Nooks And Corners

“The treasures which we have to look for are often very obscure—a sculptured gateway, a storm-beaten tower, or an incised stone—that in themselves might scarcely be worth a tour of inspection; but in a city where so many millions of inhabitants have lived and passed away, where so many great events of the world’s history […]

London – Grinling Gibbons And His Works

In the Autumn of 1671, John Evelyn, in the course of his rambles at Deptford where he lived, discovered a hitherto unknown and unappreciated wood carver who in order to perfect himself in his art had taken a small cottage in the rural village, as Deptford then was, so that he might devote himself in […]

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 ” […]