Travel An Edwardian gazebo in Kingston, passed as you meander along the river Thames

The Thames Path combines history with nature as it forges towards the capital from Hampton Court Palace

Stock Exchange gets stoned

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Christmas: Daddy, there's a dead deer in the kitchen

They are singing in the the Watching Chamber, butchering in the Boiling Room, and dancing in the Clock Court. This is Tudor Christmas, Nineties-style

Travel Fossils: When dinosaurs ruled the City

If you imagined St Paul's was a mere 300 years old, you'd better think again.


Covent Garden Fayre and Puppet Festival

Property: King of the castles

Special agents 1: Pavilions of splendour

Classic Podium: The tragedy of modern architecture

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Books: No Smoke without fire

A History of London


Byron got the first in 1867, but Christopher Wren didn't get his till 1996, the same year as Crazy Gang leader Bud Flanagan. The blue plaques English Heritage installs on London houses to commemorate previous inhabitants may not add value but they certainly add interest. The scheme has been imitated round the world - and now the official version is going nationwide

Design News: In bed with Charles II

n THE ONLY annoying thing about falling for a picture or an object in an art gallery is having to wait till the exhibition is over before you can buy it and take it home. The organisers of "Southern Craftmakers" understand such impatience: should you wish to purchase one of the 140 items on show you can whisk it away at the end of whatever stage the tour is on, and a similar piece will take its place.

Architectural Notes: The salvation of the City churches

LOVERS OF London's City churches can relax for a moment, for they are safe again. Only four years ago, the Templeman Report threatened the 40 or so Anglican churches remaining with closure en masse. Templeman proposed a kind of triage system for the buildings, under which they were divided into active churches (those with big congregations), a second group of less active churches, and a third category, the largest by far, which were to be kept locked and weather-proof while their future was decided.

Obituary: The Very Rev William Baddeley

IN AUSTRALIA, he was known as the Racing Dean. Dashing, handsome, with upturned eyebrows that eloquently signalled his sense of the ridiculous, famous as much for his acting sisters as for his own instinct for occasion, William Baddeley seemed the epitome of the worldly West End Anglican priest. His melodious bass spoke of a rich, comfortable high-church heritage.

Paul Vallely's Britain: Raise a glass to the English pub

Fleet Street: It was a dirty job but someone had to do it - investigati ng the changing face of the nation's hostelries proved to be thirsty, and tiring, work

Travel-London: Tsar trek

The father of modern Russia learnt the ropes in what is now London SE8. As an exhibition opens celebrating Peter the Great's time in Britain,
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