Category Archives: Portugal


South Africa House

South Africa House is a magnificent grade II listed building that borders the eastern side of Trafalgar Square. It houses the High Commission of South Africa.  The building was completed in 1933 to the design of architect Sir Herbert Baker … Continue reading

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How many Portuguese restaurants in London?

Links on this site  are to over sixty  Portuguese restaurants in UK, most in London.  So there are plenty of Pasteis de Nata to be enjoyed here.  Let’s put some favourites here !

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Sephardic Jewery

Bevis Marks Synagogue, in the City of London,  was opened in 1701.  Its community was Jews with Portuguese and Spanish heritage who had forceably converted to Christianity under  the 1478 Spanish Inquisition,  the alternative being expulsion from those countries by 1492. They were welcomed to … Continue reading

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Portugal’s Last King lived in London

The last king of Portugal, Manuel II, was forced to abdicate his throne as a result of Portugal’s Revolution of October 1910.  He spent the rest of his life in London. Manuel was the second son of Don Carlos the King of Portugal … Continue reading

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A Fine Gift from Portugal

18th June 2015 marked the 200th anniversary of the 1815 Battle of Waterloo,  just south of Brussels in Belgium,  when the Duke of Wellington with the support of Marshall Blucher of Prussia finally defeated Napoleon. The Duke’s previous encounter with Napoleon had … Continue reading

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Almeida Street

In trendy Islington in North London is Almeida Street. Almeida Street and connected Almeida Passage are named after the Portuguese town of Almeida, which lies close to the border with Spain. Almeida’s location has made it open to invasion over the centuries, and … Continue reading

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Sailing Ship ‘Cutty Sark’

Cutty Sark was built in 1869 to carry tea from Shanghai in China to the UK.  But as a sailing ship she could not compete with the new breed of steam ships that made a much shorter voyage through the Suez Canal, opened that same … Continue reading

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