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Holy Trinity Hastings Church East Sussex + Samuel Sanders Teulon

Alpha and Omega Visitors are given the friendliest of welcomes. “We’re brothers! Do you know St Peter’s Church Brighton? It is an HTB plant. We’re a church plant of St Peter’s. We’re a plant of a plant! We have a … Continue reading

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Hastings East Sussex + Lady Sybil Grant

Samphire Word Salad Her Ladyship again. As ever, she shares her pearls of wisdom in the 1912 literary curio Samphire. “For we say in the Cinque Ports, ‘I am going to Clapham,’ just as you might announce that you are … Continue reading

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Hastings East Sussex + Esplanade

Feeling Peachy “You write like an angel,” architect and bon viveur Fergus Flynn-Rogers once remarked during a long forgotten country house lunch party in County Wicklow. Sometimes we photograph like an angel too. And with that, Gabriel Fauré’s Requiem Agnus … Continue reading

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Hastings East Sussex + Lavender’s Blue

Nothing Erases This Feeling We had to escape the city was sticky and cruel. Sometimes, life is best not being an actual riot. And so we battled our way to Hastings. It must be the most underrated understated overshadowed overlooked resort … Continue reading

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Chelsea Physic Garden London + Sir Hans Sloane

Sloane Range It’s the alternative Chelsea Flower Show. The permanent one on the banks (or at least literally used to be before the Embankment got in the way) of the Thames. A little bit of Kew gone upstream. Somewhere to … Continue reading

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Belair House + Park Dulwich London

Season of The Unexpected A little along Gallery Road, opposite Lovers’ Lane, stands a distinguished villa. Belair, whether two words, hyphenated or a portmanteau is a class signifier from Los Angeles to Wicklow to Dulwich. Pure class. Belair House in … Continue reading

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Hide at Home Restaurant London + Ollie Dabbous

Please Do Eat the Daisies One of the stalwarts of the London restaurant scene, Le Caprice, has sadly closed. It was the all stars favourite, or at least was for the earlier decades of its 40 year lifespan, hosting late … Continue reading

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Belgravia London + The Doors

Pheeling Filosophical Early Sunday morning bliss: mushroom filo pastry and Dimello coffee from Food Filosophy, an upmarket Greek café turned deli on the corner of Ebury Street and Lower Belgrave Street.

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Ryculff Square Blackheath London + Sir Albert Richardson

Paragon of Virtuous Planning Sometimes you just gotta hunt a little harder, dig a little deeper, look a little longer, to see the wood and the trees. Beauty isn’t always served up on a plate, not even in glorious Blackheath. … Continue reading

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Burlington Hotel + Eastbourne East Sussex

The Golden Fringe of the South Downs Long before Milton Keynes, there was Eastbourne. “Planned new towns” may possess more than a lingering whiff of the late 20th century but over 100 years before that, four hamlets – Bourne, South … Continue reading

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De La Warr Pavilion Bexhill-on-Sea East Sussex + Erich Mendelsohn + Serge Chermayeff

The Shock of the Newness It’s amazing how an 85 year old building can look so modern, so contemporary, so now yet of its time. Vast swathes of void, bold expanses of solid, and that epic bow window bulging seaward … Continue reading

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Bexhill-on-Sea East Sussex + Lady Sybil Grant

The Angry Whelk There’s more to Bexhill-on-Sea than the De La Warr Pavilion, y’know. Yes, the Modernist masterpiece might reign supreme but don’t forget about the string of red brick Dutch gabled bay windowed Queen Anne on speed beauties lacing … Continue reading

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Cooden Beach East Sussex +

The Steady Path to Abstraction It may not be as obscure as Donegal’s Murder Hole Beach but Cooden Beach is certainly lower profile than its better known Sussex coast neighbours Bexhill-on-Sea and Eastbourne. The Cooden Beach Hotel, a half timbered … Continue reading

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Bexhill-on-Sea + The Doors

Hummingbird Throated Shirts Plus Jean Barthet Saucer Hats Lady Cybil Grant, 1879 to 1955, was the daughter of the 5th Earl of Roseberry. She was a voracious writer and determined designer of ceramics. In later life, she spent much of … Continue reading

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Temple + Promenade Bexhill-on-Sea East Sussex

Knots Landing In a fleeting moment between The Marriage of Figaro and Don Giovanni we find ourselves in Glyndebourne country.

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