Paris’ Pompidou Centre – 40 years on

“…it is the most stunning new ‘go-to’ to be seen in any city.” Architectural Review, May 1977 Forty years ago, the style and construction of Paris’ Pompidou Centre marked a revolutionary change in the design of public buildings. Loved and loathed in equal numbers by the public and the established order, it’s hard now to…

A London secret: The Stafford’s WW2 museum

You learn something new every day my mother used to say – and over the past few days, I have found this to be true.  Who knew for example about The Stafford hotel’s very own underground museum with links to World War Two? When recently having a drink at London’s alternative American Bar at The Stafford,…

Where Mr Darcy was born …

I am a little embarrassed to say that I didn’t realise that the little village of Chawton in Hampshire was once the home of one of our literary giants … in the rather demure figure of Jane Austen. Seeing the sign to Chawton when returning from Goodwood one day, I stopped a while to visit…