What would locals like others know about London, England? Presenting relevant links in a somewhat random fashion:
‘A massive betrayal’: how London’s Olympic legacy was sold out – Guardian
‘Nature survives in the tiniest corners’: the City of London’s wild heart
McGrath Road review – back-to-back to the future
Walkways in the sky: the return of London’s forgotten ‘pedways’
Londoners troll New York Times with deluge of ‘petty crimes’
Reading the London Cries: how to analyse food sellers in art
Acquisition Stories: London’s Bells are Fading Away – @johnkannenberg
Tales from the bar – a tour of London’s ‘great pubs’ – BBC
The tube at a standstill
The future of the Olympic Park
Why London Comes Last in Social Media City Rankings
Making London’s Streets Safer for Pedestrians, Cyclists
London’s wildlife and green spaces
Visualizing the dynamics of London’s bicycle hire scheme
A visualization of 5 million bicycle journeys in London
You can have London AND the hills
Lesser Known Architecture: London’s most unappreciated buildings
London’s Lost Rivers From Above: The Westbourne
Inspiral London – inspirallondon.com – is an ambitious artist-led metropolitan trail, a collective on the ground mapping, creating a new walk trail winding in and out of London. This anti-clockwise spiral walk begins at Kings Cross, unwinding from its centre point six times, to finally end at Gravesend, only to begin again. This unique Metropolitan trail crosses the River Thames at ten locations, using bridges, foot tunnels, a cable car, and ferries.
Greenwich Park – enjoy the view of the Thames with Canary Wharf as backdrop photos and learn about the Greenwich Meridian.
greenwichroyaltours.com – @TourGreenwich
Hampstead Heath – forest and open spaces with a view on the city from the north photos
Hyde Park – the green lung of central London: a huge centrally located gem (photos) and the adjoining Kensington Gardens.
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Information on several of the largest and best London parks: The Royal Parks
Thames Barrier Park is part of the London Thames Gateway regeneration project.
Thames Barrier Park – Times
Thames_Barrier_Park – Wikipedia
What London Would Look Like If the Thames Barrier Failed
London Parks and Green Space
September 2021 Webinar: London’s Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park
When People come together: Citizens, Designers, Management.
Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park – queenelizabetholympicpark.co.uk – Documents – @noordinarypark – was a once in a lifetime opportunity to transform a part of East London as part of the Legacy of the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games. Nearly 10 years on, the Park is still changing and developing with new neighbourhoods growing around it. The Park, at the heart of the estate, was carefully designed from the beginning with a strong client group championing accessibility, sustainability, and biodiversity. The designers worked together to make an amazing place for the community on its doorstep, as well as a visitor attraction. The management team worked with designers to enhance and maintain the dynamic landscape for people, wildlife and environment. The magic in the park happens when client, designer and manager come together and this is a brief journey through time with some lessons learned on the way.
London’s Policy on Climate Change – Intelligence Squared
London Cycling Campaign
2nd-hand bike advice
Cycle London – Flickr
London’s secret cycle routes
Cyclists in the city blog
London Cycle Hire Scheme
Barclays Cycle Hire
London Cycling Guide
Heathrow makes every journey better! Or so they say. Wireless internet access at Heathrow is provided by Boingo.com. Purchase a Travelcard and you’re covered for London buses and some mainline trains too. Twitter: @heathrowairport
Gatwick Airport (@gatwick_airport)
budget sleeper coach service between Glasgow and London.
Thames Bath Project
http://thamesbaths.com – @ThamesBaths
This is exactly what’s happening at London’s Exhibition Road, the great Victorian thoroughfare that stretches half a mile from South Kensington tube station to Hyde Park in London. In the last 18 months, it has been ripped up and remade to a new design that all but abolishes the distinction between road and pavement. Instead, there’s one continuous surface, cross-hatched dramatically in black-and-white granite. Pedestrians can wander where they like: they’ll just have to negotiate the cars and bicycles. It’s all very liberal, and something of an experiment.
London boasts four World Heritage Sites: the Tower of London; the historic settlement of Greenwich; the Key Royal Botanic Gardens and the site comprising the Palace of Westminster, Westminster Abbey and Saint Margaret’s Church.
Elsewhere on the Web
greenguide.co.uk – @GreenGuideUK
free london listings
South London Business
London Natural History Society
London Biodiversity Partnership works to benefit wildlife and boost the capital’s greenspaces.
Chelsea Flower Show
Stanfords Map Shop
linnean.org – Facebook – @LinneanSociety
St George’s Day traditionally falls on April 23, the same day as Shakespeare’s birthday.
August is Music Festival month:
The largest Latin American Festival in Europe Festival del Pueblo
The Notting Hill Carnival The largest street Carnival in Europe
History: World War II
The Camden Green Fair is held on the first Sunday of June every year.
Charing Cross Road
Nom, Nom, Nom – Eating Your Way through East London
London-eating restaurant reviews by the public
Google maps London restaurant user rating
Tripadvisor restaurant reviews from travelers
Where to eat on a budget – IHT
London Food Link
Wahaca – http://blog.wahaca.co.uk – @wahaca
Harrison’s, 15-19 Bedford Hill – Facebook
Taquieria (Westbonne Grove)
is set beneath the railway viaducts between the river Thames and Borough High Street in South East London. Thursday-Sunday – Flickr Group
Brixton Market features the largest collection of Afro-Caribbean food in Europe. Brixton Tube Station is on the Victoria line. At the top of the exit stairs turn left, and Electric Avenue is the first street on the left. Transport for London’s Journey Planner is handy for planning your visit!
London Farmers’ Markets
Where to stay
Twickenham, aka the Cabbage Patch
Twickenham Stadium – BBC
Matchday Travel: Twickenham
Sotheby’s Institute of Art provides a very special environment for the study of fine and decorative arts. Since 1969, students from all over the world have joined Sotheby’s courses because of our innovative teaching and our pioneering emphasis on the study of decorative art, an area mostly neglected by other universities and colleges. In addition to a sound knowledge of art history, Sotheby’s Institute of Art equips students with the professional skills needed to succeed in today’s highly competitive job market.
The Geffrye Museum shows the changing style of the English domestic interior in a series of period rooms from 1600 to the present day.
Peter Harison Planetarium
The Museum of Brands, Packaging and Advertising
Darwin’s House on the south-eastern outskirts of London.
The London Transport Museum gives a fascinating insight into the history of public transport in this city famous for its red buses and the Underground.- @ltmuseum
Elsewhere on the Web
How to travel greener – Travel Channel UK
Green City Guide – Jamble
This is London
Saving Planet Earth – BBC
London 21 Sustainability Network
London Biodiversity Partnerships
Dealing with Crisis
2011 London riots
Hub Islington is just a two minute walk from Angel tube station (Northern Line). Based in the heart of Islington, the Hub is at the center of a vibrant community, including Hub Kings Cross.
Secret London with their http://blog.secretlondon.us/ is about sharing London’s hidden places, which started on facebook. Will something solid come out of this phenomenally fast start-up or is it a bubble ready to burst? Opinion article on this here and secretly there has been another site called http://www.secret-london.co.uk around for several years.
The London Underground – In January, the London Underground launched a yearlong celebration of its 150th anniversary with a recreation of the first Tube journey, complete with steam locomotive. Rear Vision charts the history of the world’s first underground rail system.
The Matrix Feminist Design Co-operative – Who is the built world designed and made for? For the longest time (and possibly still) the answer was white, able-bodied men. Out of the groundswell of counterculture and progressive social movements in 1970s London, a group of women came together to form the Matrix Feminist Design Collective. Jonathan sits down with Jos Boys, one of its founding members.
Fruit City – a living growing map of the fruit trees in public spaces in London
London Map Downloads – BBC
London Green Map
Royal Geographical Society
Green London Map – PDF