Many little boys and girls dream of being princes and princesses, living in vast palaces with secret doors that lead to hidden passages. For Queen Elizabeth II , this was a reality. Aside from the fact she's actual royalty, she has a pretty cool secret door - and she still uses it to this day. In fact, you or I could see this palace secret close up and in person. It's in one of the beautiful State Rooms, which are open to the public every summer, and palace staff leave the door ajar so you can peek through. At a glance, the White Drawing Room at the rear of the palace looks just like any other room. Stunning chandeliers hang from the ceiling, an intricate red carpet blankets the floor and ornate golden gilding covers the ceiling and walls. On either side of the white fireplace are two enormous mirrors behind dressers - but one isn't what it seems. You wouldn't know it if you were just walking through, but the mirror on the left of the photograph actually opens up to reveal a secret … [Read more...] about There’s a secret door sneakily hidden in this room at Buckingham Palace
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PUBLISHED: 12:00 12 August 2018 Fly-tippers dumped five van-loads of rubbish in Grenfell Park earlier this month. Photo: Havering Council Archant Letters, contributions and comments sent in from Recorder readers this week. Use camera cars to catch fly-tippersTeresa Noble, Cedar Road, Romford, writes:Three matters come to my mind as worthy of comment in your Opinion pages this week.First, the present Conservative administration has delivered to each house in my road at least, a survey leaflet to “help us campaign for better roads in Romford”.But they also want to know how we voted in the last election (2017) and how we would vote in the next! The second item comes from Mr Ajay Pal Singh the previous week. His frustration about the parking in Crow Lane is heartfelt. He needs to be heard and acted upon immediately and the selfish owners of the parked lorries he mentions be “brought to heel” and do their duty to consider other residents.The third matter is the … [Read more...] about Recorder letters: Hornchurch childhood home; Councillors’ salaries; Council homes; Damian White’s Time 107.5 interview; fly-tippers; borrowing cap, care homes and risk of internet to children.
A stunning barn conversion with its own gin distillery and bottling room is up for sale. The plush pad, in Tregonetha, Cornwall, comes with an outbuilding which houses the quirky feature. The building features two rooms - one currently used as an office and bottle room and the other used as a gin distillary. Trewenna Barn itself offers three-bedroom accommodation that's bursting with character charm. The converted interior is noted for having been designed to maintain these qualities while maintaining a sense of space and life throughout. While the distillery is sure to to capture the imaginations of prospective buyers with a taste for the tipple in question, the property has a great deal more to offer, inside and out, reports Cornwall Live . 10 absolutely incredible private swimming pools in holiday villas from around the world A reception hall welcomes guests to the residence. From here, the hallway leads to the kitchen which offers a range of fitted units with room to host a … [Read more...] about Barn conversion with its own gin distillery and bottling room up for sale
In a bid to cement his already formidable man-of-the-people image, Jacob Rees-Mogg has shared his reasons for moving house. The prominent backbencher, who reassuringly remains the favourite for next PM, has bought a residence within a four-minute stroll of Downing Street. The Mail on Sunday sees this as a statement of intent, this precise bit of London SW1 being to Tory leadership plotting what Billingsgate is to fish. But Rees-Mogg is not having a bit of it. Even before denying to Andew Marr that he wants to succeed Theresa May, whom he convincingly praised as the most impressive PM EVER, Moggy explained the purchase to the Mail on Sunday. “I bought it because I have six children,” he told the paper of the £5m, five-storey property. “My Mayfair house has three bedrooms for nine people [as if you could forget nanny], so reception rooms now have children in them.” Brexit talks: Top issues facing UK on leaving EU 7 show all Brexit … [Read more...] about Who wouldn’t want Jacob Rees-Mogg as prime minister? He’s a great advocate for struggling children living in reception rooms everywhere
Good beer, friendly staff and new ideas are some of the reasons why a Bargate pub has been named the Amber Valley CAMRA pub of the year for the second year on the trot. The White Hart, in Sandbed Lane, near Belper, pulled away from the competition to retain its title at the awards which took place on March 29. Staff at the pub did not expect to retain the prestigious title and have praised their customers for their support over the years. Sean Brentnall, 35, landlord of the pub, said: “We were totally amazed when we were crowned champions for a second year. “What makes this pub so special is that, obviously, we serve good beer, but we have a fantastic team of staff and customers that make the pub what it is. “We aim to keep people happy and make sure people get what they want from the pub. “We really didn’t think we would win again. After taking the win last year, we thought it might do well, but we really did not think we were going to take victory. … [Read more...] about White Hart in Bargate is Amber Valley pub of the year