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

Why not: Drop into St Paul's for Evensong?

Drop into St Paul's for Evensong? You can combine the pleasures of Christopher Wren's masterpiece with Britain's largest choir. The beauty of Cranmer's and Coverdale's 16th century prayers and the glorious music make for a heady experience. The service starts at 5pm weekdays (3.15pm Sundays), but get there early if you want to sit in Grinling Gibbons' carved oak and limewood choir stalls. The choir has over 50 members, of whom 38 are boys.

London walks: Seeking out the saints in Wren's city: Michael Leapman goes on a tour to see a score of churches designed by the master builder

Billingsgate fish market has long moved from the City to the Isle of Dogs, but the annual 'Harvest of the Sea' service is still held at the Church of St Mary-at-Hill in Lovat Lane, close to the old market building. This year it is on 9 October at 11am. The church is decorated with platters of fresh fish arranged in wondrous patterns - well worth a look even if you are not attending the service.

Site Unseen: The city's own secret garden

One Wren church in the City no longer contains pews, pulpit or an altar. Instead their place has been taken by benches, grass and a fountain. Rebuilt after the Great Fire of 1666, which began just around the corner in Pudding Lane, St Dunstan's in the East was one of Wren's Gothic creations.

Obituary: Richard Du Cann

Richard Dillon Lott Du Cann, lawyer: born London 27 January 1929; called to the Bar, Gray's Inn 1953, Bencher 1980; Treasury Counsel, Inner London QS 1966-70; Treasury Counsel, Central Criminal Court 1970-75; QC 1975; Chairman, Criminal Bar Association 1977-80; Chairman, Bar of England and Wales 1980-81; Recorder of the Crown Court 1982-94; married 1955 Marley Sawtell (two sons, two daughters); died London 4 August 1994.

Architecture Update: Heritage support for City churches

SAVE Britain's Heritage has challenged the findings of the Templeman Commission on City of London churches, which recommended that 24 should be closed, including 18 by Sir Christopher Wren. A Save report, 'City churches have a future', says that many of those threatened could be kept open with non-stipendiary clergy.

What took them so long?: The British Library saga has precedents. Jonathan Glancey looks at other building marathons

THE CONSTRUCTION of the British Library has become the stuff of legend. Will it ever open? Why has it taken so very long? After all, there is plenty of evidence to show that big, complicated buildings can be completed at a hell of a lick. The Empire State Building was raised within a year, Crystal Palace in weeks. Albert Speer completed Hitler's vainglorious Reich Chancellory down to the last veneered and Versailles-like detail in just 10 months, using labour drawn from all over Germany.

RADIO / But Tony Benn goes on forever

PRINCE CHARLES has a lot to answer for, and I don't mean adultery. Thanks to a colander- full of leaks about his television appearance, the world was invited to Call Nick Ross (R4) on the subject of his defence of the faith. On this evidence, he's going to have the very devil of a time of it defending the diverse beliefs of his subjects. But all is not lost. In a call of omnipotent garrulity, Tony Benn assured us of his own personal immortality. He will be there, he said confidently, when the Queen dies and the Privy Council is called in to re-create the kingdom. If anybody objects to the proclamation of the new King it cannot be issued, and he is going to object. All we can do now is pray that the Queen lives forever.

Where shall we meet?: The Wren at St. James

Bright and serene, the Wren wholefood cafe, tacked onto St James's Church Piccadilly, provides sanctuary to a disparate band of disciples: Margaret Rutherford types, with tweed skirts and no-nonsense walking sticks; shaven headed art students clutching portfolios; county women in pearls and scarves.

Architecture: History comes and goes on wheels: After 200 years, Abingdon Museum is still a model of flexibility, writes Peter Dormer

Abingdon Museum's collection is not in the British Museum class, but the building in which it is housed is special. It was constructed by one of Sir Christopher Wren's master masons, Christopher Kempster, and shows the influence, and perhaps the hand, of Wren himself.

Perfect place for indiscretions

The four pavilions at Hampton Court were originally built as romping grounds for courtiers. They had a party room upstairs, servants' quarters downstairs and enough space separating them from the palace to allow indiscretions to go unnoticed. Three pavilions were destroyed during Queen Victoria's reign, but the fourth was saved and converted into a grace and favour residence.

Architecture Update: Church recycling

THE 24 Grade I listed City of London churches earmarked for closure by the report of the Templeman Commission, published last month, should be converted into museums or libraries, says the Royal Town Planning Institute. Other alternatives include 'mothballing' the churches (in case, presumably, of a sudden revival of Protestantism), many of which are by Sir Christopher Wren, or turning them into livery halls, an idea favoured by the Diocese of London. The Corporation of London has indicated that it is prepared to be flexible about re-use, seeing the churches' closure as an 'opportunity' rather than a scandal.

Princely price set for palace building used as royal wardrobe

THE WARDROBE, a Grade I listed building which is virtually all that remains of Henry VII's once-magnificent Richmond Palace, is on the market for the princely sum of pounds 725,000, writes Dalya Alberge.

Old Lady dons her birthday suit: Bank of England puts first Governor on pounds 50 notes to mark 300th anniversary

SIR JOHN HOUBLON will replace Sir Christopher Wren on pounds 50 notes this year. Sir John who?

Landmarks: Docklands

The church of St George in the East stands right on the fringes of Docklands, about a mile from the white elephant of Canary Wharf and opposite the Docklands' outpost of Tobacco Wharf. You can see both buildings from the highway that cuts across this area of London on the way east. When I went to have a closer look at the church, on a Sunday morning, I discovered a congregation of about 30 people which, they said, was a pretty good crowd. It was a very middle-class congregation, not the Docklands yuppies, but people who have moved into the lovely Georgian terraced houses on Cable Street, which were left empty by the Sixties rehousing schemes.

The long road to restoration: A tough hike will benefit one of the nation's finest churches. Michael Leapman reports

THERE cannot be many countries where a rector would feel obliged to undertake a 200-mile mountain hike to raise money to restore one of the nation's most historic and exquisite churches. That is what the Rev Richard Hayes, of St Mary Woolnoth in the heart of the City of London, will be doing next May.
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