London, with a slice of history
by Skye O'Neill
People visit London for all sorts of reasons - the galleries, the palaces, the museums, the excellent eating and drinking. But for me, when I go somewhere, I want to learn something about the history of a place, something about the fabric of the city I see around me.
I want to know why things look a certain way. Why there are certain types of buildings that say "London". I don't mean the obvious landmarks like Big Ben or Buckingham Palace, but the smaller-scale, but no less impressive, buildings that are characteristic of the Georgian period, when London experienced its greatest era of expansion. My path around London takes you on a journey across town in search of some of these spots - not always well known, but to me, beautiful.