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Westminster Abbey - A Triforium Treasure Trove

But just when you think you’ve seen it all, Boom! The Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Galleries and I am in awe, all over again. Opened a couple of weeks ago, this space known as a triforium runs around the Abbey’s interior, 16m above floor level. You enter it by the Weston Tower, the first significant bit of building work since Hawksmoor finished off the two towers at the main West entrance in 1745 and wonderfully described as ‘a Gothic space rocket to a secret realm’ Practically invisible from outside, its huge leaded windows afford you the most wonderful views across to the stained glass windows, grotesques and pinnacles and flying buttresses of the abbey as you climb up the oak stairs, although

A trip to Hampton Court Palace

I always enjoy my trips to Hampton Court Palace, a 2-for-1 kind of thing as it consists of two different palaces. The first was a Tudor palace designed originally be Cardinal Wolsey and ultimately completed by Henry VIII and the other is a Baroque masterpiece started by William and Mary with a not insignificant amount of input by Charles II who created the Long Water. So much to love about this place, including the kitchens that were used to cater for the court of 600 who worked and lived there during the time of Henry, the Great Hall, the 30 or so remaining tapestries which were mind-bendingly expensive to produce (Henry had over 2300 of them), the paintings including the Triumphs of Caes

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