And what a lovely few days I had with Forty in London! We went to see two West End shows that I’d been wanting to see for years, Les Miserables and The Phantom of the Opera – both were brilliant, but for me, Les Mis just edged it. WP_20141015_017

We also visited the Royal Observatory, Greenwich, the home of the prime meridian, the basis of longitude. WP_20141015_009

(Miss B’s tip – if you get the chance to go, don’t. Just get the boat over to Greenwich, walk through the beautiful grounds of the University of Greenwich and climb a massive hill for glorious views over London, including the Millennium Dome – now known as the O2 Arena.)


If you’re in London over the coming weeks, head to the Tower of London. Up until November 11th, there is an installation called Blood Swept Lands and Seas of Red, commemorating the 100th anniversary of the outbreak of the First World War. Ceramic poppies are currently being planted in the moat at the tower – one poppy for each British and Colonial fatality – 888,246 in total. The final poppy will be planted on Armistice Day – November 11th. Check it – and the rest of the tower – out if you can.