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The Hidden Secrets of the Clerks’ Well

Discover the Clerks’ Well  – the very spot from which Clerkwell takes its name.  Many of us will have visited Clerkenwell many times before– after all it’s well known for its cosy gastropubs, trendy bars and hip cafes.  But what if Clerkenwell had a little piece of history to discover that was still around to …

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Queen Caroline’s Bath: The Remains of a Royal Scandal at Greenwich’s Montague House

Venture to a quiet corner of Greenwich Park to find Queen Caroline’s Bath – all that remains of a rather royal scandal in Greenwich.  It’s no secret that Greenwich is packed with historical treasures – from the Painted Hall to the Royal Observatory, it’s a history-lover’s delight.  Still, there’s one rather unusual spot that tends …

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29 River Thames Facts We’ll Bet You Never Knew

Discover these weird, wonderful and interesting facts about the River Thames.  The River Thames might be best known as the waterway that cuts a dash through the centre of London, but there’s so much more to it than that.  Beginning in Gloucestershire and ending somewhere between Kent and Essex, there’s a whole wealth of quirky, …

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The Hidden Secrets of the Blackwall Tunnel

There’s more to the Blackwall Tunnel than a few twists and turns. Discover the tunnel’s hidden history with this guide.  The Blackwall Tunnel is an integral part of London’s road system – as anyone who’s ever crossed the Thames in a car can attest. But how did the Blackwall Tunnel come into being and what …

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The Hidden Secrets of Westminster Bridge

Westminster Bridge, like most iconic London architecture, has its own story to tell. Discover the secrets of Westminster Bridge with this guide.  Westminster Bridge is an iconic landmark of London that marks the crossing between Westminster and Lambeth.  It has its practical uses, sure. However, seeing as it is a frequent guest star in many …

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2 Willow Road: Ernö Goldfinger’s Modernist Masterpiece in Hampstead

Discover 2 Willow Road: Ernö Goldfinger’s modernist masterpiece in leafy Hampstead.  Words by Bradford Watson  If you’re like us, you’ll take any excuse to visit Hampstead Heath, but did you know that one of London’s most surreal houses is right next door? Admittedly, 2 Willow Road is so unassuming that even we had to double …

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Abney Park Cemetery: East London’s Magnificent Seven Cemetery

Tucked away in Stoke Newington is Abney Park Cemetery, one of the “Magnificent Seven” in London and a historic gem worth exploring.  It didn’t begin life as a garden graveyard, in fact, it was once just a pretty parkland where local wildlife thrived. So how – and why – did this leafy reserve become the …

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London Fog: What Was The Great Smog of London in 1952?

How much do you know about the Great Smog of London? Don’t worry if you haven’t the foggiest, we’re here to tell all about the event that shook London in 1952. This was one pea-souper with lasting effects (and if you’re confused as to what that means, you should probably check out our guide to …

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Little Ben: Discover The Miniature Version of Big Ben

You’ve probably heard of Big Ben – but have you ever stumbled across Little Ben?  Situated outside Victoria Station, you’ll find Big Ben’s (admittedly, more gothic) little brother – decorated in black, red, and gold, it has to be said that this clock looks almost as impressive as his big bro. We have to admit …

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