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With 2,000 years of dramatic history, London is one of the most fascinating cities in the world.

Love London uncovers hidden gems, guided by an experienced London Black Taxi driver and respected ‘Knowledge of London’ tutor, and a youthful Londoner seeking to learn more about her city. The hosts talk to local historians and discover more about historic churches and landmarks. With almost every London Street having a story behind it, there are surprising revelations along the way.

Covent Garden is an area of London buzzing with excitement. We interview our local historian in The Royal Opera House, feature the Savoy hotel with an exclusive interview with the butler, visit the home of Benjamin Franklin, and explore the wonders and history of the National Portrait gallery which first opened in 1856.

Mayfair is one of the most exclusive areas of London which houses the largest concentration of five star hotels in the capital.  We explore the history of Mayfair from the 1600’s to today. We begin in Browns Hotel where Rudyard Kipling wrote Jungle book. Leaving the hotel we set off for St George’s church in Hanover square where Theodore Roosevelt and many other famous people married. We also visit the home of Handel and Jimi Hendrix and discover the Royal Institute where Michael Faraday’s discoveries have helped shape the modern world.

Holborn & Bloomsbury has a history that dates back over 700 years. We visit 48 Doughty Street the home of Charles Dickens from 1837 and 1839 and call into the London Silver Vaults the largest stockist of silver in the world. We discover the colourful history of the Foundling museum (Britain’s first home for abandoned children) dating back over 250 years. Lastly to tempt your taste buds we visit Le Cordon Bleu one of the UK’s leading schools in culinary arts.

Marylebone & Fitzrovia is an area adjacent to London’s Oxford Street. Be amazed by the Wallace collection which houses one of the greatest collections of art in the world. We explore the collections of paintings, porcelains, furniture and princely arms and armour. We visit Wigmore Hall a leading international recital venue that specialises in performances of chamber music and song. We feature an interview with the head concierge at the Hyatt hotel in their famous Churchill bar. This was designed with the young Winston Churchill and his beloved wife Clementine in mind.

Southwark forms one of the oldest parts of London and fronts the River Thames to the north. We visit Southwark Cathedral where it is said there had been a church on the site since AD606 and is the oldest cathedral in London. We explore one of the Capital’s oldest and most unusual museums, the Old Operating Theatre.

We delve into Borough market highlighting the diverse selection of speciality food that it is famous for today. We tour the Golden Hinde, a full sized replica of the 16th century ship that Sir Frances Drake used to circumnavigate the globe between 1577 and 1580.

Clerkenwell is former monastic settlement located between the city of London and kings cross with a very diverse history. In this episode we visit Museum of the order of st John whose history dates back to the 12 century We visit Smithfield to uncover clerkenwell fascinating history. We uncover the world first flyover

 

 

Programme Information

  • Genre: Travel

  • Subgenre: History

  • Producers: The London Knowledge Production Company

  • Broadcaster: n/a

  • Duration: 6 x 30'

  • Tags: London Travel

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