Christmas in London: Shop Till you Drop

As A Christmas Carol tells us, Christmas is a loving and giving time when family and friends can all come together to celebrate the festive season. So whether it is seasonal food supplies or a multitude of different gifts you are after, London has plenty to offer to discerning shoppers over the yuletide period. Christmas…

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Christmas in London: Ice on the Thames

In the Victorian era it was a common sight to see people ice skating on the Thames during the winter months and though the river no longer freezes over there are some different options available for those who want to enjoy skating outdoors. Somerset House Somerset House has a winter wonderland created for people to…

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Christmas in London Walking the Boards

There are many ways to celebrate Christmas whilst visiting London, but none is more enjoyable than an evening out at the theatre. White Christmas Most people will automatically think of the song when White Christmas is mentioned especially the version that was sung by Bing Crosby. But it’s not just the song that makes Irving…

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Walworth

Walworth not only has Roman, Saxon and Medieval history but the prehistoric remains of a mammoth were found under the Hillingdon Estate, one of the many hidden treasures that are just waiting to be uncovered along with Pasley Park and the Cuming Museum. The Royal Surrey Gardens The Royal Surrey Gardens once stood in Walworth…

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Spitalfields

Spitalfields in one area of London that is famous for its markets much like Portobello Road. The area is saturated in history that goes back hundreds of years and includes the silk industry. Spitalfields Market Spitalfields Market is one of the oldest and wonderfully diverse markets that London has to offer. It is a seven…

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Elephant & Castle

Named for the coaching inn, the Elephant & Castle, Newington on the site of where a blacksmith and cutler previously stood. Shakespeare mentions “Elephant lodgings” in Twelfth Night which is taken as a reference to the inn. An elephant with a castle upon its back can be found in imagery from coats of arms to…

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Bermondsey of Southwark

Bermondsey is an area of London that is found in Southwark on the north bank of the River Thames. Like other areas in Southwark, Bermondsey has a history that dates back to the Anglo-Saxon and Norman period in British history. Bermondsey is home to many sparkling gems just waiting to be discovered including St. Mary…

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Southwark: Southern Defence of London

Southwark is one of the oldest parts of London, though historically it once was a borough of Surrey, not London. Southwark has existed since the 10th Century (900 AD) when it was known as Suthriganaweorc and in 1066 it was known Sudweca. It belonged to Surrey until 1889 when it was brought into the City…

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Station to Street: Marylebone

Marylebone is not just a station in the heart of the City of Westminster but the name of the area as well, Marylebone Village, which takes its name from the church which was known as St. Mary at the Bourne and over time had its named shortened to Marylebone. History of Landmarks in Marylebone Marylebone…

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