October 31, 2014

Fireworks’ Night 5 November

Fireworks’ Night 5 November

“Remember, remember the fifth of November... “

Fireworks’ Night is also known as Bonfire Night or Guy Fawkes' Night. It's a British tradition dating back to the Gunpowder Plot of 1605, when Catholic conspirator Guy Fawkes tried to blow up the Houses of Parliament and King James I.

To this day, it is customary for the cellars in the Houses of Parliament to be searched by the Yeoman of the Guard before each State Opening of Parliament. This is also a reminder of the religious upheavals in Britain and Europe in the 16th and 17th centuries

The anniversary of Fawkes' arrest on 5 November is celebrated each year with fireworks and bonfires. Effigies of Guy Fawkes ("the guy") are often burned on top of the bonfires. You can look forward to firework displays across London which are now largely held on the weekends before or after 5 November.


Here are three displays which are held relatively close to our residences.

  • Battersea Park, Queenstown Road, SW11 4NJ - Saturday 8 November 6.30pm £10 – under 10s free
  • Alexandra Palace, Alexandra Palace Way,  N22 7AY – Saturday 1 November  3.00pm-11.00pm - £8, children£5.50
  • Vauxhall Pleasure Gardens, Se11 5HY – Friday 31 October 6.00pm-10.00pm Free


And if you know of any other displays near you post the details on our forum/blog

October 28, 2014

Progress with Anson Rd Development

We’re now making good solid progress and we will have new tenants for the two flats in the main house by the middle of November. It’s taking longer to complete the eight flats in the new annex but we think we can see an end in sight with these flats being ready in mid-December. The new laundry should be ready around this time too.


We are also now looking at beginning the second phase of the development over the road at Carleton Road early in January 2015. This involves the building of two new flats at the rear of our property and the reconversion of the two ground floor flats in the main house – one of which has been used as the laundry

October 27, 2014

November Art Exhibitions

Schizophrenogenesis at Paul Stolper
Damien Hirst returns to his theme of pharamaceuticals with some oversized tablets and packaging. It’s no Tate exhibition but it feels like a lighter side to Hirst, though the restrictions on how close you can get to the works are unnecessarily strict. Until 15 November, free.


Richard Tuttle at Tate Turbine Hall and Whitechapel gallery
Observant visitors to Tate Modern will have noticed that the turbine hall has remained empty for some time, but now it’s filled with a colossal sculpture of what appears to be a giant plane by American artist Richard Tuttle. It’s impressive in scale but not as captivating as previous turbine hall installations. Tuttle also has a retrospective at Whitechapel gallery mixing textiles with poetry but it’s a largely abstract and inaccessible show. Whitechapel exhibition until 6 December, admission charge. Turbine Hall until 6 April, free.


The Bad Shepherd at Christie’s Mayfair
Since Christie’s closed down the Haunch of Venison gallery, it’s put on some excellently curated exhibitions in this Bond Street space. This is no exception as masterpieces by Jan and Pieter Bruegel are juxtaposed with contemporary works by the likes of Sarah Lucas, Jeff Koons and Thomas Schutte. A favourite was a painting of the festival of St. George facing off with a dragon made of cigarettes. Until 16 January, free.

October 27, 2014

Café TPT

From its tiny Chinatown kitchen, Café TPT produces a vast menu from Hong Kong, mainland China and the diaspora. Cantonese dishes tend to be better than the Malaysian ones: succulent roast duck on rice; stuffed tofu, served sizzling in a hot stone bowl. Seafood is also a strength, with around 50 dishes to choose from. Finish by gulping Taiwanese-style bubble teas through a straw. Such fun.

Meal for two with soft drinks and service: around £25.


  1. 21 Wardour Street, W1D 6PN