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Tudor London: Finding the Remnants of London’s Tudor Past

It’s time to delve into the past with this handy guide to Tudor London. These are the famous Tudor architectural spots that have been left (nearly) undisturbed. Words by Karen Olney From foul-smelling streets and gory beheadings, to stately homes and outrageous indulgence; the Tudors were anything but boring. Spanning from 1485 to 1603, Tudor …

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Who’s Buried in Westminster Abbey? A Handy Guide to Westminster Abbey’s Famous Residents

Get ready to discover Westminster Abbey’s famous burials with this in-depth guide to the Abbey’s famous residents.  Words by John Rogers It’s one of London’s most famous religious landmarks – home to royal weddings and coronations, and more solemnly it has played host to funerals of the greats of British history. For many, Westminster Abbey …

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London’s Last Gas Lamps – Exploring a Remainder of London’s Past

It’s time to discover the last remaining gas lamps of London. Here’s where to find them. Words by Olivier Guiberteau  London was once illuminated by thousands upon thousands of gas lamps with their flickering orange glow throwing shadows across the many cobblestoned streets. A pioneering city in so many ways, London was the setting of …

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Wapping Execution Dock – A Glimpse into London’s Grisly Past

London’s gruesome final stop for criminals of the sea, Wapping Execution Dock, holds a fascinatingly grim history. We dig deep to discover the story behind it all. Words by Karen Olney You’ve got to hand it to the city; London had a grisly reputation for capital punishment. There wasn’t much room for redemption, and back …

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The Shepherdess Walk Mosaics: A Glimpse into London’s Past

Spotted the mosaics of Shepherdess Walk? Here’s what you need to know about this hidden spot in London. Words by Olivier Guiberteau On the surface, Shepherdess Walk, just a stone’s throw from Regents Canal in Hackney, is like any other London street. A jumble of smart terraced townhouses and lower-income housing blended with the kind …

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Where to Find the Best Gothic Architecture in London

Searching for the best examples of London’s Gothic architecture? Here’s where to find them. When you think of the Gothic era, we bet your mind immediately jumps to the otherworldly Victorian authors such as Edgar Allen Poe, Mary Shelley and Bram Stoker, dark misty evenings filled with high tension, and shadowy figures.  In fact, London …

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The Hidden Secrets of London’s Temple Church

Heard of London’s Temple Church? This unsuspecting building is steeped in fascinating history. Let’s explore. Words by Olivier Guiberteau London is blessed with an extraordinarily rich history… But now and again you come across a place where the past echoes that little bit louder than normal.  Let’s discover the curious tale of London’s Temple Church.  …

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10 Stunning Examples of Must-See Modern Architecture in London

London’s gorgeous skyline is filled with an abundance of architectural styles – these are the city’s modern architectural marvels you need to see IRL.  Words by John Rogers  Sleek shapes with glassy facades have replaced the in-your-face sharp-edged concrete Brutalism that epitomised post-war London architecture, adding a modern slant to London’s rich architectural heritage. Modern …

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The Old Operating Theatre Museum & Herb Garret

Ever wondered what an old operating theatre looked like? There’s no need to, you can actually go and visit one in London. Across the road from Borough Market is St Thomas’ Church, which just so happens to be hiding the not-so-secret Old Operating Theatre & Herb Garret. But what’s that you ask?  It’s a museum …

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