A Virtual Exhibition Of London Bridges | Londonist

Curated by the Illuminated River artist.

Source: A Virtual Exhibition Of London Bridges | Londonist

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Supreme Court lifts ban on Heathrow third runway – BBC News

In a blow to campaigners, judges say ministers’ decision to approve the runway was legitimate.

Source: Supreme Court lifts ban on Heathrow third runway – BBC News

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Over London by Jason Hawkes

I’ve been flying over and photographing London from a helicopter for almost twenty years. I work from AS355s, which are twin engined machines, giving access to the whole city. Harnessed and leaning out of the side door, you get stunning views. It’s amazing fun most of the time, but a challenging place to work from. It’s pretty cramped with all your camera gear, incredibly noisy and in the winter months definitely gets a little cold.

Source: Over London by Jason Hawkes

This is truly wonderful. What a joy to scroll through!

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The Bridges Of Old London | Spitalfields Life

London owes its very existence to bridges, since the location of the capital upon the banks of the Thames was defined by the lowest crossing point of the river. No wonder that the London & Middlesex Archaeological Society collected this edifying series of pictures of bridges on glass plates to use in their magic lantern shows at the Bishopsgate Institute.

Source: The Bridges Of Old London | Spitalfields Life

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‘Field of Broken Dreams’: London’s Growing Taxi Graveyards – The New York Times

Confronted with deserted streets during the pandemic, drivers are turning in their rented black cabs by the hundreds.

Source: ‘Field of Broken Dreams’: London’s Growing Taxi Graveyards – The New York Times

Very sad. One hopes that these icons will all return to the roads when we’re all able to return to London.

#london

#britishicons

A £1 Billion Transformation Will Turn An Old Department Store Into London’s New Retail Destination – Secret London

The former Bayswater shopping centre, Whiteleys, is being transformed into a brand new luxury retail, dining and hotel complex.

Source: A £1 Billion Transformation Will Turn An Old Department Store Into London’s New Retail Destination – Secret London

Have fond memories of the ‘old’ Whiteleys shopping centre in the early 2000s. Bought a lot of books from the bookshop there and it’s where I discovered Muji. I miss it already. Oh well.

London is a city of constant change.

#london

#bayswater

Colorized footage of London in 1923. : london

Colorized footage of London in 1923. from london

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Christmas In London: 17 Photos Of Central London Looking Fabulously Festive

Christmas might look different this year, but nothing can stop London from decking its proverbial halls. Here are the city’s best displays, in pictures.

Source: Christmas In London: 17 Photos Of Central London Looking Fabulously Festive

Miss it this year so much. 🙁

#london

Check Out These Incredible Images Of Wartime London – Released By TfL | Londonist

Coaches converted into ambulances. Crowds of Londoners sleeping all the way up escalators. Children’s Christmas parties thrown in the depths of Holborn station.

This was the London of the second world war — and a virtual exhibition from TfL has the pictures to tell these remarkable stories.

Source: Check Out These Incredible Images Of Wartime London – Released By TfL | Londonist

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To Survive the Pandemic, Savile Row Cuts a Bespoke Strategy – The New York Times

With formal events and travel canceled, the tradition-bound tailors are gently embracing technology — and finding leverage on their landlords.

Source: To Survive the Pandemic, Savile Row Cuts a Bespoke Strategy – The New York Times

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#britishculture

Pubs Of Wonderful London | Spitalfields Life

In these grey cold days, I get a powerful urge to seek refuge in a cosy corner of an old snug and settle down for the rest of the day. Since all the pubs are shut, I must take consolation in this selection of attractive options from the popular magazine Wonderful London edited by St John Adcock and produced by The Fleetway House in the nineteen-twenties.

Source: Pubs Of Wonderful London | Spitalfields Life

Simply marvelous.

I miss London so much.

#london

#britishpubs

#britishhistory

Art Lovers! Get 50% Off London Transport Museum’s Massive Poster Collection | Londonist

 

For one weekend only.

Source: Art Lovers! Get 50% Off London Transport Museum’s Massive Poster Collection | Londonist

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Spitalfields Market Nocturne | Spitalfields Life

Although they were taken only thirty years ago, these photographs by Mark Jackson & Huw Davies preserved in the archive at Bishopsgate Institute, seem now to be images from the eternal night of history – with fleeting figures endlessly running, fetching and carrying, pushing barrows from the flaring lights out into the velvet blackness, where a bonfire burns beneath the great tower of Christ Church, Spitalfields, looming overhead.

Source: Spitalfields Market Nocturne | Spitalfields Life

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31 Fascinating Short Films about London Buildings

 This year many buildings found themselves unable to open their doors to the public as in previous years. We decided that it was the perfect opportunity to bring them to more people than ever by creating short film tours presented by the experts that live and work in them. Since July, Open House has been shooting these short films in a spectacular range of locations including manor houses, embassies, public lidos and tower blocks, recreating the intimate behind the scenes experiences and anecdotes that make Open House building visits so memorable.

Source: Films – landing page — Open City

This is great!

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Westminster Abbey lifts its ban on photography – ianVisits – London news and events

Photography has long been banned in Westminster Abbey, but they have finally joined the other major cathedrals in London, and relaxed the ban.

Source: Westminster Abbey lifts its ban on photography – ianVisits – London news and events

This is great news!

#london

The Oxford Street Christmas Lights Switch-On Date Has Just Been Announced | Londonist

The show must go on.

Oxford Street’s famous Christmas lights will be switched on, on Monday 2 November.

This year, the 27 LED light curtains which run the length of the shopping street — and debuted last Christmas — will display a ‘heartwarming poem’, according to Oxford Street’s PR team. The poem will celebrate London itself, as well as people across the country who’ve shown ‘incredible acts of care, kindness and support ‘ this year.

Source: The Oxford Street Christmas Lights Switch-On Date Has Just Been Announced | Londonist

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A Victorian Toilet Has Been Transformed Into Bloomsbury’s Newest Wine Bar | Londonist

From the team behind WC Clapham.

Source: A Victorian Toilet Has Been Transformed Into Bloomsbury’s Newest Wine Bar | Londonist

#london

London Mail Rail and Postal Museum reopens for tours

The Postal Museum reopens this month

Source: London Mail Rail and Postal Museum reopens for tours

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Prettiest Bars In London: 21 Spots For Picture-Perfect Cocktail Dates

There are picture-worthy spots around every corner in London. Ahead of London Cocktail Week, we’ve rounded up the prettiest bars in the city.

Source: Prettiest Bars In London: 21 Spots For Picture-Perfect Cocktail Dates

#london

Frank Derrett’s West End | Spitalfields Life

Fancy a stroll around the West End with Frank Derrett in the seventies? This invitation is possible thanks to the foresight of Paul Loften who rescued these photographs from destruction in the last century. Recently, Paul contacted me to ask if I was interested and I suggested he donate them to the archive at the Bishopsgate Institute, which is how I am able to show them today.

Source: Frank Derrett’s West End | Spitalfields Life

These photos are incredible! What a find! Beautiful time capsule of London’s past.

#london

#history

#britishpictures

Aerial views of London: then and now – in pictures | UK news | The Guardian

Marking the 15-year anniversary of the New London Architecture galleries, the Changing Face of London revisits its 2005 exhibition to capture the transformation of the city’s famous landmarks. Aerial photographer Jason Hawkes talks us through his images

Source: Aerial views of London: then and now – in pictures | UK news | The Guardian

This is incredible!

#london

Heathrow rail link to be delayed by up to two years – BBC News

Network Rail says the coronavirus pandemic has delayed talks about the line from Reading to the airport.

Source: Heathrow rail link to be delayed by up to two years – BBC News

#heathrow

#london

You Can Now Buy Butterbeer At King’s Cross Station | Londonist

Platform 9 ¾ is flogging the fictional brew.

Source: You Can Now Buy Butterbeer At King’s Cross Station | Londonist

#london

#harrypotter

The Lost Palace of Whitehall – HeritageDaily – Archaeology News

The Palace of Whitehall was the primary residence of English monarchs from AD 1530 until 1698, located in Westminster, London. – HeritageDaily – Archaeology News

Source: The Lost Palace of Whitehall – HeritageDaily – Archaeology News

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#london

London At Night: 50 Photos Of London Looking Spectacular After Dark

London at night is a different place, where you can be blinded by the lights or hidden in the shadows. See the city in a whole new light with these photos!

Source: London At Night: 50 Photos Of London Looking Spectacular After Dark

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A New Geographically Accurate Tube Map | Londonist

2020 edition.

Source: A New Geographically Accurate Tube Map | Londonist

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Sister Act: Whoopi Goldberg Leads West End Revival In Summer [Tickets]

Whoopi Goldberg reprises her lead role from the hit 1992 film Sister Act, which will also star Jennifer Saunders as the Mother Superior.

Source: Sister Act: Whoopi Goldberg Leads West End Revival In Summer [Tickets]

#london

#theatre

The Bookshops Of Old London | Spitalfields Life

How much I wish I could go back to the bookshops of old London. When I saw these evocative photographs of London’s secondhand bookshops taken in 1971 by Richard Brown, it made me realise how much I miss them all now that they have mostly vanished from the streets.

Source: The Bookshops Of Old London | Spitalfields Life

These are amazing!

#london

#londonbookshops

#history

New TfL app to help Londoners plan ahead and travel safely – Transport for London

New TfL app to help Londoners plan ahead and travel safely

Source: New TfL app to help Londoners plan ahead and travel safely – Transport for London

It’s pretty good! And it’s free!

#london

#tfl

#tube

London tube map based on the stars in the skies – ianVisits – London news and events

A variant on the classic London Underground tube map has been released, with all the stations renamed after astronomical objects and events.

Source: London tube map based on the stars in the skies – ianVisits – London news and events
#london

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This London Tube Map Tells You Where The Station Names Originated | Londonist

Next stop: etymology.

Ever alighted at Earl of Oxford’s Roundabout? Visited Beorhstige’s Meeting-Stone? Or caught a mainline train from Muddy Pond Street?

Chances are you’ve actually done all of these: at least you have if you go by this etymological tube map.

Source: This London Tube Map Tells You Where The Station Names Originated | Londonist

#london

#tube

 

This Incredibly Detailed London Map Highlights The Capital’s Wild Side | Londonist

Pets, fictional creatures and zoo escapees all feature.

Source: This Incredibly Detailed London Map Highlights The Capital’s Wild Side | Londonist

#london

In Search Of Shakespeare’s London | Spitalfields Life

Ever since the discovery of the site of  William Shakespeare’s first theatre in Shoreditch, I have found myself thinking about where else in London I could locate Shakespeare. The city has changed so much that very little remains from his time and even though I might discover his whereabouts – such as his lodging in Silver St in 1612 – usually the terrain is unrecognisable. Silver St is lost beneath the Barbican now.

Read more here:  Source: In Search Of Shakespeare’s London | Spitalfields Life

#britishhistory

#london

#shakespeare

The Phantom of the Opera has been ‘permanently shut down’ in the West End | London Evening Standard

The Phantom of the Opera will close in the West End in a stark blow for London theatre fans. Producer Cameron Mackintosh confirmed today in an article for the Evening Standard that the London

Source: The Phantom of the Opera has been ‘permanently shut down’ in the West End | London Evening Standard

#london

Natural History Museum, Science Museum & V&A to reopen in August

In news that will gladden cultured Londoners and stressed-out summer-holidaying parents alike, three of the capital’s biggest museums have announced that they w

Source: Natural History Museum, Science Museum & V&A to reopen in August

I feel it important to note that Americans must still quarantine for 14 days upon arrival to the UK.

#london

#travel

The Microcosm Of London | Spitalfields Life

A stunning gallery of images and a look at London in the high Victorian era!

Source: The Microcosm Of London | Spitalfields Life

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#britishhistory

New Home For The Museum Of London | Spitalfields Life

In celebration of the granting of planning permission for the Museum of London to covert Smithfield General Market as its new home, here is my account of a visit to explore this cavernous site.

As one of those who fought to save Smithfield General Market from demolition six years ago, I was delighted have the opportunity of exploring the infinite dark recesses of this vast structure which extends deep underground. This was the first time I have been inside Horace Jones’ market building of 1868 and it was a heart-stopping experience to enter his soaring iron cathedral and walk beneath the vast dome at last.

Read more:

Source: New Home For The Museum Of London | Spitalfields Life

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#museumoflondon

Summer 2020 New Pics – Derelict London – Photography, Social History and Guided Walking Tours

Welcome to the Derelict London Summer 2020 updates page.

Join the mailing list HERE to find out about Derelict London guided walks as soon as tickets are released plus news on my latest books and website updates. My latest book London’s Lost Music Venues is out now and more information can be found at www.londonslostmusicvenues.com.

Check the agency website HERE for any available tickets for walks. Walks scheduled to take place during the Covid 19 restrictions have been postponed to dates later in Summer & Autumn. If restrictions on gatherings continues then the agency will contact you with confirmation that your tickets have been transferred to the postponed date.

Source: Summer 2020 New Pics – Derelict London – Photography, Social History and Guided Walking Tours

#london

The story of Old London Bridge, the iconic landmark which vanished from the capital’s skyline – Country Life

Important new discoveries illuminate the form and history of the houses that lined one of London’s most celebrated lost landmarks. Dorian Gerhold explores the remarkable story of their construction and development.

Source: The story of Old London Bridge, the iconic landmark which vanished from the capital’s skyline – Country Life

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#britishhistory

Here’s When All Of London’s Art Galleries Are Planning To Reopen – Secret London

Many London art galleries are reopening in the coming weeks, and we’ve rounded up the major returners in one place for your convenience.

Source: Here’s When All Of London’s Art Galleries Are Planning To Reopen – Secret London

#britishtravel

#london

Sir Ian McKellen will play Hamlet in a new age-blind production – and rehearsals begin next week

Theatres are facing an extremely tough time right now, but a glimmer of hope is on the horizon: it’s been announced that Sir Ian McKellen will star in an age-bl

Source: Sir Ian McKellen will play Hamlet in a new age-blind production – and rehearsals begin next week

This is great news! I thought he was done doing stage work. This will definitely help London’s theatres when they open back up.

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London’s museums and galleries reopening following the Covid lockdown – ianVisits – London news and events

Slowly life returns to London’s cultural landscape as museums and galleries wake from their virus imposed slumber and prepare to welcome visitors again.

Source: London’s museums and galleries reopening following the Covid lockdown – ianVisits – London news and events

This is a fantastic resource.

I should also add that if you’re outside the UK, you should not travel there unless you’re prepared – and can afford – to be quarantined for 14 days.

https://isbritainstillundertravelquarantine.com/

#london

#britishtravel

 

Covent Garden Is Reopening On June 15, With A Few Changes In Place – Secret London

The grand Covent Garden reopening takes place on Monday, with shops returning and some new social distancing measures in place.

Source: Covent Garden Is Reopening On June 15, With A Few Changes In Place – Secret London

#london

#britishtravel

Haunting and Beautiful: Around Old Billingsgate | Spitalfields Life

These intriguing photographs are selected from a cache of transparencies of unknown origin at the Bishopsgate Institute. We believe they date from the nineteen-sixties but the photographer is unidentified. 

Source: Around Old Billingsgate | Spitalfields Life

These are haunting and beautiful! Check them out!

#london

#britishhistory

Charles Dickens: Black-and-white photos of author colourised – BBC News

Colour has been digitally added to eight photos to show what the novelist would have looked like.

Source: Charles Dickens: Black-and-white photos of author colourised – BBC News

#britlit

#britishhistory

#london

Tate Modern and Tate Britain are ‘planning reopening for early August’, according to Maria Balshaw | London Evening Standard

 

Tate Modern and Tate Britain are planning to reopen to the public in August, according to director Maria Balshaw. In an interview with The Art Newspaper, Balshaw said that London museums and

Source: Tate Modern and Tate Britain are ‘planning reopening for early August’, according to Maria Balshaw | London Evening Standard

#london

#britishtravel

Camden Market Reopened To The Public Today – With Restrictions – Secret London

Camden Market has become one of the first outdoor markets around London to return. June 1 is a big day in London’s lockdown calendar: IKEA has reopened, you’re allowed to see up to five other people outdoors, and outdoor markets are permitted to reopen. And wasting absolutely no time on the latter point is Camden […]

Source: Camden Market Reopened To The Public Today – Secret London

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Lungs, Old Vic: Socially-Distanced Theatre Returns To The London Stage

Lungs is returning to the Old Vic in June, as Claire Foy and Matt Smith partake in London’s first socially distanced theatre show.

Source: Lungs, Old Vic: Socially-Distanced Theatre Returns To The London Stage

#london

#londontheatre

Suspension of all Houses of Parliament tours extended until September 1st

All tours and other non-essential visits extended until at least 1 September 2020.

The current suspension of all tours, Education Centre visits and other non-essential visits has been extended until at least 1 September 2020.

Tours

No new paid-for tour bookings are being accepted. We are currently cancelling existing bookings and issuing refunds for tours up to 31 August 2020. We will keep this cancellation period under review.

Source: Suspension of all tours and other non-essential visits extended – News from Parliament – UK Parliament

#london

#parliament

Then (1616) and now (1890) Map of London

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Click to view the full size and get the full effect!

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#britishistory