Saturday, 22 June 2013

A London Indulgence

Okay, so despite the fact that the 26-degree heat decided to force my pale Scottishness into three days of agonising heatstroke, I couldn't have asked for a more exciting visit to London. I thought I'd share a little of my adventure with you here. You can also watch my Follow Me Around video for some footage from my trip!

Sweeney Todd
Considering my all-time favourite film is Tim Burton's Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street, I naturally had to pay Fleet Street a visit! The location for Mrs Lovett's Pie Shop is number 8 Bell Yard (one source argues that it's number 7, but when you see the buildings it makes more sense that it's number 8...), and I could just imagine Mrs Lovett and Todd peeping out of the window as they do in the film! Unfortunately Todd's barber shop, located at 186 Fleet street) was fully boarded up. However, I did manage to have a peak down the side corridor!

Eva Gore-Booth, St-John's-at-Hampstead Churchyard
I couldn't stay in Belsize Park without paying Eva Gore-Booth a visit in Hampstead. She's buried alongside Ms Roper, and I think it's safe to say that their headstone is one of the most beautiful around.

Harrow School
What better way for a Byromaniac to explore their greatest love than to visit Harrow School? Byron was, of course, a resident at Harrow for four years, so to step foot on the grounds he walked is wonderfully surreal. I was fortunate enough to be able to look through artifacts in the archives - I was able to handle some very amazing things! - but naturally I'm not able to share the images I took with you. However, I hope you'll enjoy a few photos of the school, and Byron's Peachey Stone and Allegra's plaque at St Mary's Churchyard.

Kensal Green Cemetery
Continuing my Byron adventure I went in search of Annabella Milbanke and Hobhouse in Kensal Green Cemetery. Considering the size of the cemetery, it's fair to say that they took a lot of searching, but thanks to a friend's directions (you can check out Tee's Byron blog here) I was able to locate them. Even as one who is not keen on Milbanke, to put it kindly, I found it quite overwhelming to be right next to her. It's quite sad to see that they've not spelt her name correctly...

And finally...
I was able to find the plaques at Holles Street and St James's for Byron's birth place and Ada Lovelace's address. Aren't they gorgeous?

Oh, and I saw Helena Bonham Carter. Yes, the one whose initials are tattooed to my wrist? Yes. Her. I'm pretending to be a lot more casual about this than is true...

Remember to check out my Follow Me Around video if you wish to see more.

Amy x