Results tagged “Charles Dickens”

lh-hero.jpgIt's played host to American presidents in its time but you don't have to be George Bush Sr or Jimmy Carter to enjoy the tranquility of Lainston House Hotel.

Originally a 17th Century country house it's been a hotel for 30 years and is widely regarded as one of the best in the county and it's perfect for a weekend retreat from the hassles of London life.

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With the arrival of the world on the capital's doorstep craving red telephone boxes, drizzle and scones, it's time to roll out the cultural blockbusters.

And with a confluence of circumstance and need that was the hallmark of a Charles Dickens' story, 2012 also sees the bicentennial of the author's birth.

ian mckellen142.jpgHollywood actor and Limehouse resident Sir Ian McKellen has long harboured an ambition to open a little tea shop.

This month, in partnership with his old friend the theatre director Sean Mathias and Evening Standard chairman and one-time owner of Sake No Hana Evgeny Lebedev, he took over historic pub The Grapes in Narrow Street instead.

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The pub located in the City, at 145 Fleet Street has been a fixture of London life since 1538 when it may have been called the Horn Tavern.

It was built on the site of a 13th century Carmelite monastery that still provides the vaulted cellars.

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Andersen's English
Hampstead Theatre
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IN A NUTSHELL
Hans Christian Andersen did drop in on Charles Dickens. Sebastian Barry imagines how such a meeting of greats would play out.

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