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VICTORIAN SPLENDOUR

The National Liberal Club, 1 Whitehall Place, London , SW1A 2HE

Staircase, National Liberal Club

Staircase, National Liberal Club

If you are lucky enough to be invited to attend a function at the National Liberal Club in Whitehall Place, do attend! It is worth visiting this club if only to see its late Victorian, over-exuberant, somewhat decadent, pseudo- renaissance internal decor. The internal decoration makes great use of ceramic tiling. The Club is a superb example of Victorian over-exuberance.

Entrance lobby National Liberal Club

Entrance lobby National Liberal Club

I heve visited the place twice: once for a wedding, and once to celebrate the 9th anniversary of the Independence of Kosovo. On both occasions, I was overwhelmed by the Club's over-the-top architecture.

Ambassador of Kosovo looks on as an important British diplomat gives a speech

Ambassador of Kosovo looks on as an important British diplomat gives a speech

The Club was founded in in 1882 by William Ewart Gladstone. Amongst its past members, there were notable people such as Muhammed Ali Jinnah, David Lloyd George, Ramsay Macdonald, Dadabhai Naoroji, George Bernard Shaw, and the author of "Dracula" Bram Stoker. There are many portraits of well-known people hanging on the walls.

Duleep Singh: painting in National Liberal Club, lit by candles.

Duleep Singh: painting in National Liberal Club, lit by candles.


The present club house, which was designed by the architect Alfred Waterhouse (who also designed the natural History Museum), was opened in 1887.

For me the highlight of the place is its elegant curved Grand Staircase.

Large functions are often held in the vast Gladstone Library, whose walls are now lined with fake bookspines.

Gladstone library in National Liberal Club

Gladstone library in National Liberal Club

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THROUGH A LONDON EYE

Here are a few pictures, which I have taken in London over the years. All of them have been previously published on my photo website ... http://www.ipernity.com/home/adam

Five kiosks - ringing in the rain! Near Bow Street Court

Five kiosks - ringing in the rain! Near Bow Street Court

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Evening jogger on Primrose Hill

Evening jogger on Primrose Hill

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Kensington Palace cloudscape

Kensington Palace cloudscape

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Helping hand, York House, Twickenham

Helping hand, York House, Twickenham

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British Museum

British Museum

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Classy act

Classy act

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Old and New, near the Monument

Old and New, near the Monument

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Two Horse-Power in Regent Street

Two Horse-Power in Regent Street

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DIVERSITY - Diverse City

A cultural mosaic

I have lived in London for most of my life. The few years that I lived outside the city made me realise how much I depend on the place.

London is actually a conglomeration of microcosms. Villages (e.g. Hampstead, Chelsea, Kensington, and Richmond, to name but a few) and towns (e.g. Westminster, Southwark, and Greenwich) have merged. There are settlements of immigrants, who have now become Londoners: Bangla, Punjabi, Greek Cypriot, Jewish, Arab, Chinese, Koreans, Turkish Cypriots, Gujuratis, and the list goes on and on. Like individual gems in a complicated piece of jewelry, each microcosm shines on its own but together the effect is a spectacular glittering ensemble.

It is very difficult to summarise why London means so much to me. It is ever changing, and always intriguing. It is wonderful to live amongst one of the most diversified populations in the world. In the small dental practice where I work,my colleagues are Poles, Iranians, Koreans, Lithuanians, Kenyans, Indians, Ugandans, Malaysians, and from time to time Mongolians. Within a stone's throw of where I live I can buy milk from Pakistanis, hire a cab driven by an Afghan, buy olives from a Greek, drink coffee made by an Italian, buy Prosciutto presunto actually) sliced by a Portuguese, kebabs from a Turk, have felafels cooked by an Israeli or by a 'Mesopotamian', noodles prepared by a Chinese, sushi made by Japanese, eat tandoori prepared by an Indian, have a chat with a Nigerian,and have money changed by a Syrian. There are even a few English in London!

I work 3 days a week, and often become a tourist in my own town on some of the other days. The variety of things available to do to enjoy one's spare time is almost infinite. To name but a few: cinema, theatre, alternative theatre, eating, drinking, exhibitions, museums, street performances, river-boating, shopping, walking, or just sitting and watching the world pass by.

Often, I feel sorry for the genuine tourist. There is so much for him or her to choose and not enough time to do enough of it.

As someone well-known once said - "When a man is tired of London, he's tired of life"

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