Author: Lesley Gillilan

Architecture, UK

Bath: the architecture tour

Museum of Bath ArchitectureGrade II* listed. Dated: 1765 It makes sense to start here: not only because this small museum is dedicated to Bath’s architectural history – and its transition from medieval town to fashionable Georgian city – but the building itself is worth a look. Run by the Bath […]

Eye Movies, Film

Noto Flower Festival

At the annual Infiorata (flower festival) in Noto, southern Sicily, artists use flower petals to create vivid designs on the paving of one street (the city is a World Heritage site, thanks to its 17th-18th century Baroque architecture). The theme for 2024 is Puccini. Thanks to Dave Young / Pod Films for the movie

Architecture, News, UK

Ron’s Place: loved and listed

A ground floor flat in Birkenhead has been Grade II listed thanks to the remarkable classical interiors created in secret by its former tenant, the late Ron Gittins. Think Egyptian tomb in the hallway, Roman altar in the kitchen and a giant concrete fireplace in the Lion Room. Fingers crossed, it will be open to the public very soon.

Architecture, UK, Where to stay

Holy nights: 7 churchy stays

Sleeping in a converted church is not everyone’s idea of heaven, but disused chapels, churches and other ecclesiastical buildings often pop up in those accommodation listings which specialise in the unique, the quirky and the ‘extraordinary’. From tin tabernacles to church camping and an immaculate chapel hotel we pick some of the best.

Architecture, UK

Meat pie, mash and preservation

On the UK’s National Pie Day (23 January), I am pleased to report that Manze’s pie shop in Deptford has been awarded a Grade II listing. First opened in 1914, the premises is a rare surviving example of an Anglo-Italian, working-class institution that once proliferated in early 20th century London.

Architecture, News, UK

Beckford’s Tower museum reopens in 2024

Beckford’s Tower: after restoration supported by the National Lottery Heritage Fund, Bath’s grand Georgian folly re-opens in Spring 2024. Expect an upgraded museum, a grotto tunnel, views, landscapes and an insight into the life of the tower’s eccentric creator.

Cornwall, Travel, UK

Going wild: on Bodmin Moor

Just before the October publication of Louis de Berniere’s new novel, Light Over Liskeard, I returned to my Cornish roots to explore the landscapes which inspired him: a land of ‘ghosts and ruins’, megaliths, mythology and some truly remote places to stay.

Travel, Where to stay, World

Trippy trips: 10 crazy places to stay

Tired of greyness: grey skies, grey décor, grey thinking? Well, here’s an antidote… check into one of these beauties: a pick-n-mix collection of airbnbs, hotels, motels and guest houses big on colour, clutter and self-expression. From Margate to Mexico, this is decorating anarchism: no rules, no limits, no greys…