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Valentine’s Day Ideas

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Stuck for ideas for something different to do on Valentine’s Day? Check out these suggestions: Back row of the cinema Book a two-seater sofa at The Electric cinema in Notting Hill or The Aubin in  Shoreditch and snuggle up on the back row of the cinema. Gaze at the stars Visit the Greenwich Observatory Planetarium and experience the wonders of the night sky and explore the solar system. Real images from spacecraft and images from telescopes with advanced CGI are projected onto a fully immersive dome for an out of this world experience....

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Top Five Small London Museums

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Top Five Small London Museums

So everyone knows the Tates, National Galleries and British Museum, but how about visiting one of London’s smaller, quirkier museums? Bite-sized and more manageable than a trip to one of London’s more well known museums, they make a great way to explore a different side to London. Great as part of day out – a dose of culture without the overload! Here’s my favourite five small London museums:   Sir John Soane’s Museum This is my favourite London museum. It’s the former home of the famous architect, Sir John Soane. He left the house...

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Map of London’s Hidden Gardens

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Map of London’s Hidden Gardens

Another surprise was that the most popular blog post was a map I drew for a Londonist series on hand-drawn maps. It was a scruffy looking map (I’m no artist!) showing hidden little gardens, parks and green spaces in central London – mainly in the City and Holborn way. It highlights the more weird and wonderful features to be found in some of them. Such as the Memorial to Heroic Self- Sacrifice in Postman’s Park and the tombs and body-snatching history of St George’s Gardens. As it was so popular I’ve smartened it up and turned into a...

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Looking for the quiet life too?

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Looking for the quiet life too?

Happy New Year! Here’s to a great 2012. So, a new year. A good time for a bit of reflection and taking stock of the last year (a bit more fun than detoxing). For me last year saw the launch of Trip Stylist so it’s been interesting to do a bit of analysing and see which walks and blog posts have been the most popular. The most popular London walk last year was “London Villages” which explores Marylebone and Primrose Hill. I was quite surprised, before I launched I presumed that the most popular walks would be those that took in typical London...

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Christmas shopping respite

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For those of you who like me have yet to finish Christmas shopping, this little list might make the prospect of hitting the shops in Central London slightly less painful. Here’s a selection of cosy pubs where you can rest your feet during your shopping trip – mulled wine optional. Who said Christmas shopping has to be a chore! Crosse Keys If you are pounding the streets of Covent Garden looking for those last few presents and starting to lose your Christmas cheer then a break at the Cross Keys on Endell Street should restore your...

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Autumn trees

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Autumn trees

Some colourful autumn trees to brighten up a grey, foggy London day. Taken in Brockwell Park over the last couple of months, starting on that amazingly summer-like first weekend in October. That’s all folks, just pictures of trees!    ...

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Free View London

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A visit to a shopping centre is an unusual recommendation for me, but on a wander around the City a few weeks ago I remembered that I had heard about the amazing view you get of St Paul’s Cathedral from the One New Change shopping centre. So I went for a nosey around and yes, tis true! If you head to the roof terrace via a scary glass elevator – not one for those with vertigo – there is a great unobstructed view of St Paul’s Cathedral. There are also great panoramic views of the city skyline. I was there on a bit of a grey day but...

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Big up Brixton

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Big up Brixton Still when I tell people I live in Brixton it is often met with a sharp intake of breath and “ooh but is it safe?”.  They obviously didn’t get the memo that Brixton is London’s latest “big thing”. There have been lots of changes to the area in the last few years – the redeveloped Windrush Square outside the ace Ritzy cinema is probably the most noticeable change if you haven’t visited in a while. There’s more to come as Raleigh Hall on the Square is being restored and will become home to the Black Heritage Centre next...

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London’s Secret City Gardens

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London’s Secret City Gardens

Earlier this week I turned off my laptop and spent an afternoon with pens and paper drawing a map for Londonist’s hand-drawn maps series.  Below is the result…. Clearly I won’t be winning any art prizes but the map is at least useful! It’s pretty self-explanatory, the map shows where to find some of central London’s hidden gardens, parks and green spaces. I’ve highlighted the more weird and wonderful features to be found in some of them. These are just some of my favourites, some places to escape to on your lunch break...

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Londoners! Discover some hidden gems this weekend…

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Living in London it’s easy to get caught up in the busy-ness of everyday life and forget what an amazing city we live in. How long has it been since you spent some time just having a wander around some part of London you’ve never been, discovering some of the amazing places that we have literally on our doorsteps? Everyone has their usual haunts, their favourite cafes and bars but why not spend a day exploring somewhere new?  Seek out some of the unusual places that people often overlook or don’t realise are even there. Just wandering a few...

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