Unique Places in Greater London

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    Soho Theatre, Soho, London
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    An odd reminder of the past.

    by planxty Written Jun 28, 2013

    Have a look at the fairly decrepit little post, seen here by the side of a road in Rickmansworth which you could easily walk past and never notice as it is virtually overgrown. However, like so many of these things, look a little closer. I had been directed to this by the guidebook I was using whilst walking the wonderful London LOOP long-distance path. This is a great walk traversing the periphery of Greater London which is why I have put this here despite not really having had any intention of putting tips on this page.

    I immediately recognised the quartered coat of arms with the sword in the top left decaying at the top of the post as the coat of arms of the City of London. Now, the City of London is a small area of about one square mile containing the central business district and it was a long, long way from here. So what is it then? Well, it is a coal post and designated boundary where you had to pay coal tax to enter the capital.

    Like so many other things, I had no idea these markers even existed and my research for this Virtual Tourist page has led me to this rather interesting website. From this I have learned that it is all to do with the London Coal and Wine Duties Continuance Act 1861 (whatever that might be) and I don't intend to go into the whole history here, have a look at the website if you are interested.

    I will say though that having been alerted to these things and there are quite a few of them still extant, I shall no doubt see a lot more of them in future. See how many you can find. Yet another quirky little thing to find in London.

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    Think of airplanes being built under your wheels

    by TheLongTone Written Aug 26, 2011

    This isn't a thing to do, its a thing to think about, and one for most travellers who arrive in London by way of Gatwick and the train to Victoria.

    Shortly before the magnificent Battersea power Staion heaves ino view, you pass over the site if the world's first commercial aircraft factory. The Short Brothers rented some of the arches under the railway tracks: the site was cheap and convenient both for the nearby gas works for the inflation f the balloons they flew and somewher to fly them. They started making heavier thn air machines in the 1900s, an early product being license-built Wright Bros. machines. I just love canvas, spruce and bracing wires.

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    When in the Philippines, go to Occidental Mindoro

    by parsifal56 Written May 18, 2011

    I was visiting a friend in Bagio in 2001, we went to San Jose and by car along the west coast of the island, lousy roads, very friendly people, magic water and beaches, small exotic villages all over.... The REAL Philippines. Stayed there for 3 weeks, and in Bagio for 2 weeks.

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    Hyde Park

    by leafmcgowan Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    Acquired by Henry VIII from the monks of Westminster Abbey in 1536 as hunting grounds - Hyde park became one of London's finest historic landscapes and open spaces. With over 350 acres of green space - there is something for everyone to do in the park - over 4,000 trees, a lake, meadow, horseback riding, it's a hotspot for Londoners to relax and forget about the big city life. In 1665 during the Great Plague, many citizens camped on Hyde Park in hope of escaping the disease that infested the city and its streets. During the 17th c. William III moved his court to Kensington Palace, he created what is known as "Rotten Row" - through Hide Park - the first artificially lit highway in the country - for purposes of safety when he walked to St. James.

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    William Morris Gallery

    by KittyLou Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    Located in the borough of Waltham (or Walthamstow) is this pleasant house/gallery devoted to the life and work of William Morris. And admission is free.

    See my travelogue of the lovely gardens behind the house which were full of blooming bulbs when I visited in April 2002.

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    Bus Trip to Kent Gardens

    by KittyLou Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    A very special day trip -- during my last stay in London I took a "Gentle Journeys" bus trip to Jane Gladstone's garden and to Sissinghurst. It was wonderful, however Gentle Journeys appears to be going out of business. But the good new is EvanEvans runs a day trip which is similiar to Sissinghurst. I would highly reccomended it.

    Check out more photos in my "Kent Gardens" travelogue.

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    Private Car Tour Cotswolds and Surrounds

    by KittyLou Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    Unsure about driving on the left, want to see something the train or bus lines will not bring you too? My husband and I have used a wonderful gentleman twice to get to places like Blenheim, Kelmscott, Avebury, Dyrham Park and Wells. He has pre-planned day itineries or will work with you on incorporating distinations of your choice.

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    Swiss Cottage

    by uglyscot Written Mar 30, 2009

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    Swiss Cottage is a district in north London between Finchley Road and St John's Wood on the Jubilee line. It takes its name from an old Swiss chalet, now a pub which looks completely incongruous sitting at a junction of two busy roads , with a tall building , Odeon cinema, behind.

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    St Katherines Dock

    by glennkasner Written Dec 17, 2008

    The best way to see London, or any city for that matter is on foot. Slip on some comfortable shoes, grab your camera and set off early for a day long meander down the Thames. Slip into the side streets - you never know what gems they are hiding!

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    wander around Highgate

    by uglyscot Written Jul 7, 2008

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    Highgate , once a village outside London, is an attractive suburb of London today. It is known for its cemetery where Karl Marx was buried, for its Georgian architecture, and Highgate school and St Michael Chapel, established in 1565, whose red brick Victorian buildings are in Hamstead Lane and Highgate Hill. Bishops Avenue , named from the Bishop of London's hunting lodge, has very expensive houses.
    Highgate was associated with the highwayman Dick Turpin, who robbed unwary travellers approaching London.

    Highgate Hill is the steep street linking Archway and Highgate village.

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    Sitting in the back road of 'Marsh Wall'

    by Elodie_Caroline Updated Jun 7, 2008


    We love sitting down this little quiet little back road, in our car, right behind Canary Wharf and also right next to the river. Sometimes we take a flask of coffee to drink, sometimes we take our lattes from MacD's and sit there drinking that, having a ciggie and just watching the world go by. We've seen boats moored here, we hear the seagulls, and have also seen a Fox running across the road whilst sitting there.

    As well as taking photos of the office blocks at Canary Wharf, I also like to photograph some of the other buildings surrounding it; apparently, the great actor, Robert DeNiro has a place somewhere around here too... hey, he could invite us in for coffee, couldn't he.

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    More Cranes @ Canary Wharf

    by Elodie_Caroline Written Jun 5, 2008


    Yes, some more pictures of the majestic cranes. I do love the cranes everywhere around London at the moment, I have never seen so many at one time. But it also scares me a little around Canary Wharf, as too many new buildings could ruin the look of this very special place.

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    London Metropolitan University

    by TheLongTone Written Oct 20, 2007

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    A bit of visual stimulation in the unremarkable Holloway Road is is this building designed by Daniel Libeskind. He describes it as "three intersecting volumes with a distinctive presence on the street and unique interior spaces". I havn't been inside, but the exterior is, in my opinion, a good deed in a largely dull area

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    The floating chinese Restaurant

    by singimorning Updated Jun 11, 2007

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    Just outside the Crossharbour DLR station you can find Lotus Restaurant. I t is an ideal place if you are visiting the canary wharf area. The food is quite good and the service staff quite friendly. However, the best attraction of this restaurant it is its location. Placed in a boat, the canal gives the restaurant a very romantic atmosphere.

    Before and after the meal, I suggest visiting some of the bar around the area. A lovely place to visit in the summer!!!!!

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    Canary Wharf Cranes

    by Elodie_Caroline Updated May 7, 2007

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    Nope, I do not mean that there is some kind of wildlife park at Canary Wharf! Although the place is already massive, with all of its buildings and office blocks, they are building even more office blocks and big money apartments there. I'd love one of the apartments that will be looking straight onto Canary Wharf. I only hope that they won't ruin the ambiance and the beauty of the buildings that are already there though.

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