A Leap Day Baptism of Light…

Today, as we celebrate another Leap Day some 228 years later, the Polite Tourist invites you to take a look at the wonderful church which honoured the birth of a future Poet and which also served as the inspiration for a painting by the artist William Hogarth...

The Birth of Boy George

Despite Byron's enduring fame, the circumstances of his birth were far from auspicious for he was born on Tuesday January 22 1788 in a rented apartment on the first floor above a shop in Holles Street in Cavendish Square London to Catherine Gordon Byron, who as a lone young mother had no family nearby for emotional and financial support....