Archive for December, 2007

No Market for a Queen’s Bling

Monday, December 17th, 2007

A recent auction of pearls once belonging to Marie Antoinette failed to reach the reserve price at Christie’s. The queen gave the pearls to the Countess of Sutherland as a part of a fund-raising exercise but was executed before the scheme could be enacted. The pearls have been in the family ever since. You can [...]

Bankside Frost Fair

Monday, December 3rd, 2007

Southwark Council will be hosting the fifth annual Bankside Frost Fair. It is London’s largest free winter event and it celebrates when Londoners took to the ice as the River Thames froze over during the winter hundreds of years ago. This year is the 400 year anniversary since the first ever Frost Fair in 1607.The [...]

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