Wednesday, December 19, 2018

THE HOLLY BUSH, HAMPSTEAD





LONDON: PLUM PUDDING





Glorified by Charles Dickens as traditional Christmas dessert.

And the right place to acquire one (along with cognac butter and rose petal jelly) is...





Fortnum & Mason.







LONDON: AROUND JERMYN STREET





The homes (87 and 88, successively) of...




And where Aleister Crowley ("The Beast") lived (during World War II) and died...






Jermyn Street pays homage to Beau Brummel, the madly elegant dandy who might have appreciated these slippers at the haberdasher's adjacent...






ZEN CHRISTMAS





Monday, December 17, 2018

LONDON: THE OTHER NUMBER 10





This place goes up to 33 (as in 33rd Degree).





PRIMROSE HILL






"I have conversed with the spiritual sun,
I saw him on Primrose Hill."

-- William Blake



Sunday, December 16, 2018

LONDON: AMARO






LONDON: AROUND TOWN





I doubt there is a city more magnificently decorated at Christmastime.




Brexit or no Brexit, Blighty will survive and always be the crossroads of the world.





That Other Trumper:  Supply run