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23-24 Leinster Gardens: Scoping Out London’s Quirky Fake Houses

The fake houses of Leinster Gardens are testament to the fact that in London, things are not always as they seem.  At first glance there’s nothing particularly special to see as you’re strolling down this quiet road in Bayswater, flanked by stately houses and trees.  It’s only when you look closely at numbers 23 and …

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38 Beautiful Places in London You Have to See

The other day I was listening to an old episode of In Our Time with Melvyn Bragg (yes, sometimes I like pretend I’m 90, wrap myself up in a warm cosy blanket and listen to podcasts about the history London because I am just *cool* like that).  Imagine this.  I was just sitting there, listening …

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Cecil Court: Discovering Covent Garden’s Curious Spot

Just around the corner from bustling Covent Garden, you’ll find one of the area’s quieter curiosities: Cecil Court.  At first glance, you may think you’ve stepped back in time – with its antiquarian bookshops, faded facades and gas lamps, Cecil Court doesn’t quite fit with the buzzy 21st century London that’s engulfed it.  I have …

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21 Beautiful Parks in South London You Should Explore

Looking for the best parks in South London? These are the spots you shouldn’t miss.  During a normal summer, parks are the playground in which we enjoy basking in the sun, the spots where we festival hard, picnic and spend lazy days enjoying the greenery.  Right now, parks feel like the glue holding us all …

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Nunhead Cemetery – Visiting South London’s Gothic Gem

Nunhead Cemetery is one of London’s more unusual spaces – part cemetery, part wilderness and nature reserve with a curious past. It’s an attractive, albeit sombre place to explore.  It is one of the “Magnificent Seven” – the seven cemeteries built in a ring around London in the 19th century to help counteract the overcrowding …

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Time to Explore: One Tree Hill, London

Tucked away in leafy Honor Oak Park, One Tree Hill is one of London’s hidden gems. Come here for some of the best views of the city and some rather curious tales about that tree.  I have a confession to make.  Until recently, I’d been labouring under the misunderstanding that any reference to One Tree …

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Time to Explore: Victoria Park

As London’s third-largest park, Victoria Park is no secret to east Londoners, but is one of the city’s unsung heroes. Planning your trip? Here’s what you need to know before you go.  218 acres of cultivated green space, wide parkland interspersed with tennis courts, a bowling green, fountains, cafes and lakes – Victoria Park – …

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Time To Explore: Bermondsey Street

Bermondsey Street is one of London’s coolest spots, with a wealth of eateries, bars and cultural attractions. Planning your visit? Don’t miss this guide to the best things to do and places to discover on Bermondsey Street.  With its wealth of cool bars, shops and restaurants, Bermondsey Street is London at it’s best – quirky, …

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An Insider’s Guide to Knightsbridge, London

One of London’s most affluent and upmarket areas, Knightsbridge is surprisingly enchanting. Bordering the vast Hyde Park, its streets are lined with high-end restaurants, boutique stores and five-star hotels.  There’s much more to Knightsbridge than mammoth department stores and luxurious goods though – that’s why it’s worth sparing some of your time to explore this …

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