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The Hardy Tree – Discovering the Secret of St Pancras Old Church

The Hardy Tree is one of London’s stranger sights.  After all, it’s not every day that you come across a tree ringed by old gravestones, neatly arranged concentrically, radiating from the tree’s trunk.  Curious? I’d be surprised if you weren’t.  What’s the story behind the Hardy Tree? Why is it called the Hardy Tree? I …

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St James’s Palace: The Royal Palace You Never Knew About

Did you know that just around the corner from the Georgian monstrosity that is Buckingham Palace (IMHO, too blocky, no elegance), there’s another palace that not that many people have even heard of?  St James’s Palace is a royal palace in St James’s / Mayfair dating all the way back to the Tudor times. In …

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Brixton Windmill – South London’s Hidden Gem

Are you ready to discover the Brixton Windmill?  I’ll let you in on a little secret – not even many locals living outside of its immediate vicinity know about this unusual landmark that serves as a reminder of the area’s former agricultural past.  Venture away from Brixton station, past a small row of shops at …

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Woburn Walk: A Pocket of Georgian London in Bloomsbury

Woburn Walk is a gorgeous pocket of Georgian London you can still see in Bloomsbury today.  There aren’t many bits of King’s Cross that feel beautiful but you’ll certainly find one pocket of pretty at Woburn Walk – a pedestrianised street just across the road on the Bloomsbury/ King’s Cross divide across from Euston Station. …

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Kensal Green Cemetery: Discovering West London’s Victorian Gem

The oldest and largest of London’s “Magnificent Seven” burial grounds, Kensal Green Cemetery is one of West London’s most intriguing spots.  Why Visit Kensal Green Cemetery?  Set over 72 acres, Kensal Green Cemetery was inspired by Paris’ world famous Pere Lachaise cemetery. The oldest of London’s ‘Magnificent Seven’ cemeteries, it’s also the city’s oldest commercial …

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Carreras Cigarette Factory: A Curious Reminder of London’s Egyptian Art Deco Craze

Carreras Cigarette Factory is one of London’s most curious buildings. Discover the spot where Egyptian Revival architecture meets Art Deco in Mornington Crescent.  You may not know it, but London in the 1920s gave birth to a rather curious architectural subset of the Art Deco movement – Egyptian Revival Architecture.  The world had gone gaga …

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The Tulip Stairs, Exploring Greenwich’s ‘Grammable Secret

Tucked inside The Queen’s House, you’ll find the gorgeous Tulip Stairs – a winding spiral staircase with a rather interesting history…  Architectural buffs and Instagrammers alike will delight in The Queen’s House in Greenwich, the first wholly classical building in England.  Designed by architect Inigo Jones, The Queen’s House was initially intended as a residence …

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Have You Spotted The Golden Boy of Pye Corner?

Standing well above eye level on the corner of Cock Lane (*giggle*) and Giltspur Street on what used to be a rather unpalatable part of the City of London, there’s a statue of a curiously fat golden boy, arms crossed and staring petulantly into the distance.  This is the very spot where the Great Fire …

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Travel Back to Winchester Palace – the Medieval Ruins in London Bridge

Tucked away behind Southwark Cathedral and Borough Market in London Bridge, the ruins of Winchester Palace are a hint of the building’s former glory.  I can’t tell you the number of times I walked past the ruins of Winchester Palace, stopping to have a look and casually wondering about the history of the building. So …

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The Secrets of The Royal Arcade

A lot of chat goes into Mayfair’s gorgeous shopping arcades, much of it focused on the prestigious (and exceedingly pretty) Burlington Arcade.  However, if you stop halfway along Old Bond Street and turn your head at just the right moment, you’ll find the entrance to the Royal Arcade – IMHO the fairest of them all.  …

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