Highlights

Festival of Brexit
Will the Festival of Brexit Divide the Nation or Succeed As a Unifying Showcase?
Posted in: Events & Festivals, Highlights, Shows & Exhibitions, Technology

South Bank’s 1951 Festival of Britain may be the blueprint for a 2022 Festival of Britain and Northern Ireland Britain’s past Great Exhibitions were held as landmark events to showcase the nation’s arts and technology. The post-Brexit Festival of Britain and Northern Ireland planned for 2022 will be inevitably tied to the contentious EU referendum […]

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Features

Regents Canal, London's waterways, waterside dining
London’s Waterside Dining HotSpots
Posted in: Bars & Clubs, Features, Food & Dining

Even in the chill of a British winter, nothing beats a cosy cuppa or more indulgent dining in a cafe or restaurant along London’s waterways. Those brave enough to grab a waterside table get the thumbs up for pluck but there are always stunning views from inside. West India Quay Trade ships from the West […]

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Reviews

A Portable Paradise [Poetry Review]
Posted in: Books, Reviews

British-Trinidadian poet Roger Robinson‘s winning of the £25,000 T.S. Eliot prize took the literary world by surprise. None of the London bookshops had a copy in stock a day after the announcement and there was a seven-day wait for the next order from the publishers. This apparent oversight is intriguing. He has an impressive pedigree […]

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History

  • East End history, F.Cooke, Syd's Coffee Stall
    East End Culture and History Impacted by Recent Shop Closures
    Posted in: Features, Food & Dining, Places

    The East End is traditionally associated with London’s working-class communities but in recent years gentrification, government infrastructure investment and other cultural and economic factors have transformed the demographic. Jellied eels and pie and mash are no longer so popular but this wasn’t the case in decades past. In the 18th and 19th centuries, the boroughs […]

  • London History Day: Nurse Mary Seacole
    Posted in: Highlights, People

    #LONDONHISTORYDAY will, no doubt, have to compete with the usual flood of hashtags fighting to capture the 30-second social media attention span. In a fast-moving age such as ours where mobile phones, computer games and the internet are the chief preoccupations, the achievements of the likes of Crimean nurse Mary Seacole, Suffragette Emmeline Pankhurst and London […]

  • London’s Five Oldest Shops
    Posted in: Features

    In the here today gone tomorrow world of Brexit Britain where an increasing number of shops are closing because of economic uncertainty, it’s warming to stumble across London shops that have survived for centuries and continue to thrive. Here are five of the oldest. 1567 The Old Curiosity Shop, 13-14 Portsmouth St, Holborn. Even beyond […]

  • A Brief History of London’s Museums
    Posted in: Features, Galleries & Museums

    British Museum The British Museum was founded in 1753 and opened to the public on 15 January 1759, becoming the world’s first national public museum. It was made up of a substantial collection bequeathed to the nation by physician and naturalist Sir Hans Sloane, so this baronet was in many ways the de facto founder of […]

  • First Traffic Lights London
    August 3rd: The First Traffic Lights in London
    Posted in: Highlights, Places

    The first electric traffic lights to be introduced in Britain were erected in London on this date August 3rd in 1926 whilst August 5th is the centenary of the first such lights anywhere in the world. We take for granted these safety signallers and their red, green and amber  commands but with our capital city now […]

  • The National Maritime Museum
    Posted in: Places

    Britain’s history as a global naval power during the era of empire is preserved in splendid grandeur in Greenwich’s National Maritime Museum and ideally located within walking distance of the harboured Cutty Sark so you can make a day of it. It’s surprising to learn that at its height the British empire covered a quarter […]