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A visit to a flower show in Dean’s Yard

Join me on a visit to a working people’s flower show, held in the quiet square of Dean’s Yard in Westminster in 1883, to find out why window-gardening was encouraged by social reformers in the Victorian era.

The Daffodil Train

Follow the Great Western Railway from Penzance to Paddington with its ‘perishable’ trains which carried fish and flowers to market from the 1860s, transforming the landscape and fortunes of the temperate Scilly Isles.

The Royal Westminster Aquarium

Come on a visit to the amusement halls of the Royal Westminster Aquarium where you’ll be in good company with educated dogs, ladies on bicycles, frozen flowers, and – possibly – some fish…

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St Helen’s Bishopsgate

The oldest extant church in the City of London, St Helen’s Bishopsgate was part of a dense network of parishes aimed at serving the medieval Christian community.