The view from St Paul's

A trip to the City of London should involve a trip to St Paul's Cathedral - it's ridiculously old and ridiculously splendid. The current form of it is one of Sir Christopher Wren's, though there has been a church on the site since at least 604. Like I said, it's ridiculously old.

You'll actually find Sir Christopher Wren's remains in the crypt of St Paul's. He was the first person to be interred in the crypt, and he's in excellent company - Admiral Lord Nelson (yes, *that* Admiral Lord Nelson who has *that* famous column in Trafalgar Square) and the Duke of Wellington are also resting in the crypt.

St Paul's is very much a working cathedral, which means it's only open Monday to Saturday. You can, of course, go there on a Sunday to attend a service, but no sightseeing allowed!

The inside of St Paul's is magnificent, but since you're not allowed to take photographs, you'll just have to go and see it for yourself. I can share the view from outside of St Paul's though, which will save your legs climbing the 528 steps to get up to the Golden Gallery. I promise though that the view is worth the effort, plus you can always rest in the Whispering Gallery and Stone Gallery on the way up.

What do you think? London looks stunning, right? x

Book research: Camden Lock

Yesterday we headed to Camden Lock so I could do a spot of research for my next book. Lost is the sequel to Kept, and sees Arielle back in London. I'm making her step out of her comfort zone in this book, and she's going to find things a bit tough...

Sadly the weather wasn't that great so our plans to hop on a canal boat and head down to Little Venice for lunch after our exploring was scrapped for now - maybe in the summer though!

We decided instead to have some grub from the West Yard where I enjoyed Clinton's Lovechild from Popdogs - a 100% pork oak smoked sausage, infused with chorizo, and seasoned with nutmeg, paprika and black pepper. I had mine with caramelised onions,  ketchup and jalapeƱos, whilst Olly went for their Dirty Dog (a beef sausage with chilli and cheese), as well as a brisket roll from Smoke 'n' Roll.

Oh, and we might have picked up some donuts, though I'm not sure what the stall is called. It's right by the Camden Lock sign on the bridge though, opposite Gilgamesh. They also sell cronuts, a cross between a croissant and a donut, but for me it was all about the chocolate brownie-filled donut.

As well as food, there is of course lots of jewellery, record clocks, clothes, throws, scarves, paintings and so on for sale. Will there be room for Arielle and her shop though down at the Lock? I guess you'll find out in Lost! x

PS: Make sure you also have a wander down to the Stables Market as well, which used to be the Pickfords Stables - the horses may not be there any more in actual form, but you can see them marvellously represented in bronze.

PPS: Check out my research board for Lost on Pinterest!


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