Author: Lesley Gillilan

Architecture, UK

Outsiders inside

Tenement House, Glasgow Working gas lights, a coal-fired kitchen range, a vintage packet of Rinso, an old tin of Mothicide and a jar of jam made in 1929, are some of the relics on display in an otherwise ordinary Glasgow flat preserved for posterity by the National Trust for Scotland. […]

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…

Architecture, UK

Margate: the architecture tour

As Sam Mendes’ new film Empire of Light turns the spotlight on Margate, we take a look at the Isle of Thanet town’s architectural landscape – highlights include a chalk cave, a mysterious shell grotto, a derelict lido, a 1960s Brutalist tower block, a vintage roller coaster and the Grade II* listed Dreamland cinema (the fictional Empire of Light in the aforementioned film).

News, UK, Where to stay

Devon: new ‘birdhouse’ eco cabins

Latest hot hut alert: Two off-grid eco cabins made from sustainably-sourced wood. Solar power. High insulation. Bio-fuel fireplace. Comfy bed (duvet and pillows made from home-spun merino wool). Bathroom. Sea views. And I’m liking the sound of the ‘secret seaside garden’ in which they ‘nestle’ (we don’t generally do ‘nestling’ […]

UK, Where to stay

Margate: best places to stay

Goodbye boarding house, hello boutique hotel. Margate’s new generation of places to stay is all about cool Independents – guest houses, pubs with rooms and some quirky one offs. Our top ten includes more than one townhouse, a rock-and-roll guest house, an art deco B&B, a jazzed-up vintage caravan and a prison cell.

Architecture, UK

Weymouth: the architecture tour

Look beyond the deckchairs and the donkey rides and the cliched seaside bling and this colourful Dorset town is a treat for architecture buffs. One of Britain’s oldest resorts, its best bits are mainly Georgian (a gilded statue of George III reigns over the seafront’s Regency terraces) but the town’s […]