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Northumberland Hall Margate Kent + Lavender’s Blue

Our Testimony Opened in 1904, Northumberland Hall continues the gospel tradition into the 21st century. The Lord’s Day meetings keep going as does the Thursday evening Address. The gable fronted Edwardian brick and plaster façade remains true to the town … Continue reading

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Mary Martin London + The Return Collection + Foreign + Commonwealth Office London

Power “You Ain’t Seen Nothin’ Yet” croons Lisa-Marie Presley. You ain’t. And you won’t. Not yet. For Mary Martin London is busy sewing up a storm for her forthcoming fashion feat: The Return Collection. This comes hot and heavy on … Continue reading

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Royal Victoria Patriotic Building + Le Gothique Wandsworth London

Mad For It Sunday afternoon cricket on Wandsworth Common makes for a bucolic tableau. It’s like a Lowry painting negative: starched white figures against a deep green, the working class city swapped for middle class suburbia. Or perhaps a Surrey … Continue reading

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Chilston Park Hotel + Lenham Kent

Palace in Wonderland The black and white half timbering of the medieval house jettying over the graveyard is matched by the monochromatic wooden porch gable attached to the Early and Very Early English St Mary’s Church. Coordinating domestic and ecclesiastical … Continue reading

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Pelham Crescent + Wellington Square Hastings East Sussex

Le Confinement Est Fini Joseph Kay (1775 to 1847) may not be an educated household name these days, but he hung out with some better known architects. He was a pupil of Samuel Pepys Cockerell (1753 to 1827), travelled the … Continue reading

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Hastings East Sussex + Foyle’s War

Nodal Point Class A “Welcome to Foyle’s Country!” declare the friendly locals. Their locale is Hastings’ answer to Bristol’s Clifton or Dublin’s Killiney. It’s a ravishingly unrepentant patchwork quilt of cottages and gardens and love knitted across the lower – … Continue reading

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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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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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