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

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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

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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.

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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!

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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

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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

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#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 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]

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#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!

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#londonbookshops

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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!

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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
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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

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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

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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

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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

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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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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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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

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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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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

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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/

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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

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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!

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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

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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

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#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

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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

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#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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This is Important: Coronavirus: Quarantine plans for UK arrivals unveiled – BBC News

From 8 June, people arriving in the UK must self-isolate for 14 days – but some workers will be exempt.

Source: Coronavirus: Quarantine plans for UK arrivals unveiled – BBC News

#britishtravel

#london

Museum of London, Barbican and City icons launch culture platform

Our City Together is a new digital programme from several huge City of London cultural institutions, including the Museum of London, the Barbican and the London

Source: Museum of London, Barbican and City icons launch culture platform

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This is Incredible! The Wonderground Map | The Art Institute of Chicago

This 1914 map of the London transit system was no mere navigation tool but rather a playful scene full of jokes, puns, and all sorts of delightful fun.

Source: The Wonderground Map | The Art Institute of Chicago

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National Gallery acquires three ‘outstanding’ 18th century paintings | London Evening Standard

The National Gallery has snapped up three 18th century portraits – although closed doors means they cannot yet be viewed in person. The three paintings are Jean-Etienne Liotard’s The Lavergne Family

Source: National Gallery acquires three ‘outstanding’ 18th century paintings | London Evening Standard

#britishart

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When will museums and galleries reopen in London after lockdown?

The current plan for the reopening of London’s museums and galleries contains more grey areas than the concrete staircase at Switch House. Essentially, there is

Source: When will museums and galleries reopen in London after lockdown?

Looks like the answer is “don’t know” but “probably July.”

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Soho, The Emptiest You’ve Ever Seen It | Londonist

Ki Price is better known for his fashion photography, but in lockdown he’s turned his camera on the empty streets of central London.These haunting black and white shots show some of the city’s usually-busiest parts, looking eerily empty. Never thought we’d get all sentimental about the thought of shouldering our way through a crammed Oxford Street, or crashing elbows with the next table at a Chinatown diner, but this did the trick. Can’t wait to be wandering these streets again, when it’s safe to.

Source: Soho, The Emptiest You’ve Ever Seen It | Londonist

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In Long Forgotten London | Spitalfields Life

The six volumes of Walter Thornbury’s London Old & New, filled with richly detailed engravings, prove irresistible to me for compelling visions of a city I barely recognise. Published in the eighteen-seventies, they evoke a London that had passed away at the beginning of the century and contrast this with the recent wonders of the Victorian age which prefigure the city we know today.

Source: In Long Forgotten London | Spitalfields Life

These images are incredible. If you don’t subscribe to Spitalfields Life, you absolutely should immediately.

#london

#history

TfL: THE IMPOSSIBLE FINANCES OF FIGHTING A PANDEMIC – London Reconnections

TFL: THE IMPOSSIBLE FINANCES OF FIGHTING A PANDEMIC

Source: TfL: THE IMPOSSIBLE FINANCES OF FIGHTING A PANDEMIC – London Reconnections

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Lucinda Douglas-Menzies At Butler’s Wharf | Spitalfields Life

Source: Lucinda Douglas-Menzies At Butler’s Wharf | Spitalfields Life

These pictures are stunning (and you should subscribe to Spitalfields Life – it’s an amazing blog).

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The new normal: How Soho’s cultural institutions are planning for life after lockdown | London Evening Standard

On a warm Thursday in Soho, Dean Street is deserted. “This is relatively busy for lockdown Soho”, says Clare Lynch, a DJ at Soho Radio, who has kept her morning show on air since late March from her Brewer Street flat. She points out “two or three” people pottering around — the area’s electoral roll counts 2,000 Soho inhabitants, and Lynch, standing well away from me, says the actual number is 3,500. During quarantine, the capital has drained outwards.

Source: The new normal: How Soho’s cultural institutions are planning for life after lockdown | London Evening Standard

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Virtual museum tours – ianVisits – London news and events


While the museums and galleries have locked their doors there’s a chance to wander their empty halls alone, virtually.

Source: Virtual museum tours – ianVisits – London news and events

This is great! What a great resource Ian has put together.

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#history

On lockdown with Tower of London’s Beefeaters – BBC News

On lockdown with Tower of London’s BeefeatersStarted by William the Conqueror, the Tower of London has stood on the banks of the River Thames for over 900 years.During that time it has been home to kings and queens, the Royal Mint, housed the Crown Jewels and ravens.The Tower is guarded by 37 Yeoman Warders (Beefeaters) who live on the site with their families.Normally open to visitors, the site is currently closed to members of the public, so what is it like to be there during the coronavirus lockdown?The BBC Travel Show reports.

Watch here: Source – On lockdown with Tower of London’s Beefeaters – BBC News

Fascinating!

#london

#history

#toweroflondon

TfL Coronavirus Guidelines: New Rules For Travel Have Been Revealed

TfL have unveiled a raft of new coronavirus guidelines – from face coverings to new cleaning regimes – that will help stop the spread of the virus.

Source: TfL Coronavirus Guidelines: New Rules For Travel Have Been Revealed

#london

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Map of London’s trees – Big Think

TreeTalk finds rare arboreal treasures among London’s common foliage.

Source: Map of London’s trees – Big Think

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Old London – Trafalgar Square Night – British History Photos

Image Old London – Trafalgar Square Night in Old London Postcards album

Source: Old London – Trafalgar Square Night – British History Photos

What a stunning old photo of one of my favourite places in London!

#history

#photos

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#trafalgarsquare