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Grosvenor Chapel, Mayfair

Dropped into this delightful church right in the heart of Mayfair. The church at Farm Street often gets a bit more attention, but I love this little number. The simple classical form of the building, a plain rectangular box with two tiers of arched windows in the side walls, at the east a shallow projection for the communion table and at the west a portico over the pavement and a short spire containing a clock and bell to call the faithful to worship It is said to be the model for many churches in New England and its other claim to fame is that it was used for the wedding scene in the film Love Actually.. Free concerts at lunchtime.

Major General inspection of Queens Guard - Hyde Park 2018

The annual inspection of the Queen's mounted bodyguard in advance of this summer of ceremonial duties and is a test of the regiment's ability to conduct state ceremonial duties for the year. The Household Cavalry Mounted Regiment is based in Hyde Park Barracks in Knightsbridge, London, and provides mounted ceremonial troops for all state occasions including State Visits, the Queen's Birthday Parade, the State Opening of Parliament and the Garter Ceremony. Pretty rainy conditions today and all of the pristine uniforms were pretty mud splattered by the end of it all. But always impressive to see well over a hundred new recruits all line up in their uniforms.

St Paul's Cathedral, an alternative view

Went on a tour today of the parts of St Paul's that you don't usually get to see, which was very illuminating. We started off at the the Chapel of St Michael and St George, the spiritual home of the Order of St Michael and St George, founded in 1818 to honour people who have rendered important service overseas and to which Her Majesty the Queen attends from time to time. Next we climbed up the steps you take to get to the Whispering Gallery, but instead stopped off halfway up and visited the atmospheric library with its ecclesiastical tomes and reminded me of a Harry Potter set. Indeed we passed by the Geometric Staircase, which actually was featured in the Harry Potter films, as well as th

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