Let there be light

Published: 11/10/2021

Noel Coward's dressing gownsInspired by Alexandra Epps’ lecture on the stained glass of London churches re-designed and created after the war, I visited four of those she mentioned, all very close to each other. How wonderfully well the windows fitted into the Wren settings, letting in light and colour. I loved the ones in St Lawrence Jewry which showed angels holding the ruined church, with the flames of the Blitz behind.

There’s a very good cafe in the crypt of St Mary the Bow and do look out for the golden flying dragon on the steeple.

So close to the Guildhall, the art gallery there with its mainly late Victorian paintings, including a Rossetti and Canaletto is beautifully presented. It has an exhibition on Noel Coward at the moment; his theatrical dressing gowns and shirt he wore in Jamaica are fun to see. The photo on the left shows some of the items he wore.

Debbi Clifton