Features

  • Sept 12: The Battle of Marathon
    Posted in: Features

    Before all you distance runners out there pull on your jogging trainers and snap on your fitbits for your weekly run, ever wondered where the word marathon came from and why it’s the longest endurance race in the Olympics? Well on this day in 490 BCE the Greek and Persian forces met on the plain […]

  • Great Fire of London
    Posted in: Features

    ON THIS DAY on the evening of September 5th 1666 The Great Fire of London caused its greatest destruction. It began in the bakery of Thomas Farriner on Pudding Lane near London Bridge. On September 2nd the first flames swept westwards through the City of London and would eventually damage 90 per cent of the […]

  • Get Fit London!
    Posted in: Features, Sports & Fitness

    With the UK’s obesity levels now topping the European rankings the urgency to get fitter has never been greater. Even the official NHS website described our nation as the “the fat man of Europe” citing figures from the UN Food and Agriculture Organisation showing one in four Brits are obese. This is the highest in […]

  • Countdown to the Man Booker Prize
    Posted in: Books, Events & Festivals, Features

    THE MAN BOOKER PRIZE celebrates outstanding works of fiction written in the English language and published in the UK. The recently published longlist of 13 books emerged from 144 hopefuls who submitted from 1 October 2016 to 30 September 2017. The eventual winner of the £50,000 prize will join the 52 other notable authors who […]

  • Keats House
    Posted in: Features, Places

    English romantic poet John Keats lived a short life that was in so many ways the archetypal tragic, brief and poverty-stricken existence expected of such literary figures. What still exists is his inspirational body of work and of course his home in Hampstead, Keats House (formerly Wentworth Place). Now a heritage site operating as a […]

  • Purrfect Tea
    Posted in: Features, Food & Dining

    The first Cat café originated somewhere in Asia. The western world was quick to catch up. While there are a handful of cat cafes and some more mushrooming in the UK, Lady Dinah’s Cat Emporium is the first of its kind in London. Opened in 2014 amidst much curiosity and hype, like all other cafes […]

  • Buskers London
    Buskers in London
    Posted in: Features, People

     Summer time is always a trigger for London buskers of all backgrounds and degrees of talent trying their hands before the crowds. One-man bands, magicians, jugglers, break dancers, shamrock yodas dressed in green garb on St Patrick’s Day, you name it the London crowds have probably seen it. Covent Garden is the unofficial busking centre […]

  • London Statues & Sculptures
    London’s Statues & Sculptures
    Posted in: Features, Photos, Places

    Where bronze statues of fictitious characters such as Sherlock Holmes take pride of place alongside those of historic British kings, queens and heads of state. The streets are the unofficial exhibition space for the public art in London Town. So if you don’t like galleries or museums you’ve no excuse!

  • July 5th: Inauguration of the Shard
    Posted in: Features, Places

    IT WAS on this day in 2012 that the 310 metre tall Shard Tower, located on the South Bank of the Thames, was officially inaugurated as one of Europe’s tallest buildings. It was opened by Prince Andrew and the Qatari Prime Minister, Sheikh Hamad Bin Jassim Bin Jabor Al Thani, whose nation provided most of […]