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Things to do in London

1st September
Interesting things to see in London :-
The Museum of London is huge, and claims to be the largest museum devoted to one city in the world. You can easily spend half a day there.
The Thames Flood Barrier in Docklands is the largest movable flood barrier in the world, and is impressive visually as well from from an engineering point of view.
One end of the Thames Path is at the Thames Flood Barrier; the other end is at the source of the river, far to the west of London.
Battersea Park, with Japanese Peace Pagoda and children's zoo.
Southwark Cathedral, which sits just south of the Thames, facing St Paul's and the City. Southwark Cathedral is much nicer and more peaceful, in my opinion. On London Bridge, it's possible to see both cathedrals in the same skyline. Is there anywhere else in the world where this is possible? Tell me.
The largest Hindu temple outside India, in Neasden.
The Friday and weekend book markets on the South Bank of the Thames, near Waterloo Station.
Murder One, a very good specialist crime, science fiction and romance bookshop.
Lots of restaurants in Chinatown; Wong Kei is renowned for its quality food and interesting concept of service. I've recently started going to Lahore Kebab in the East End, which is an excellent Pakistani restaurant; lots of good meat dishes.
The Tube has an interesting history. This site covers the lost stations of the London Underground.
Going Underground is a fun guide to the Tube.
The City of London Churches. Photographic virtual tours. 'The 'Square Mile' that constitutes The City of London is a world financial centre where 300,000 people work and nearly 500 foreign banks have an office. Less well known is that amongst the largely uninspired office blocks are hidden around 50 current or former churches and other places of worship, either complete, converted into offices, or in ruins ... ''
Urban Gypsies of London.
Apparently, there is a 'Way Out' London Underground map, which shows you where the nearest exits are when you reach a station.
As this page explains (scroll down a bit), early maps of the Underground were geographically accurate, but were superseded by Harry Beck's classic geometric design of 1931.
The Great Bear. An alternative map of the Underground. On a larger scale.
London Underground service frequencies. Unfortunately out of date!
London Underground tube station maps.
London with Grace.
Londinium, Edge of Empire. 'Two thousand years ago London didn't exist. It was created by the Romans in the first century AD, when they settled in the area now occupied by the City. The settlement started as a simple bridge over the River Thames, but within 100 years it had become a bustling city with a population of 30,000. '
'A long way from Rome, Londinium has tended to be regarded as something of a frontier town, an unsophisticated outpost perched precariously on the very edge of the Roman empire. In the past decade, though, a huge amount of redevelopment has taken place in the City, providing an unparalleled opportunity for archaeologists to find out more about the old Roman city beneath the modern streets and buildings. What they've discovered suggests that far Londinium was in fact one of the most sophisticated and advanced cities in the entire empire. '
Roman London.
Maps of Roman London.
The Tube Prune. Tube tales.
The Museum of London. 'Welcome to the Museum of London, the largest, most comprehensive city museum in the world, telling the fascinating story of London from prehistoric times to the present day.'
The Tube. Official site. Timetables etc.
London Transport Museum. A slice of social history - objects, maps, exhibitions, tours of disused stations...
Seasons. (London) 'Explore the seasonal rhythms of The Natural History Museum's Wildlife Garden.'
' 'Seasons' is a unique, daily photographic record showing the changing moods of the Museum's Wildlife Garden over one year, starting from 14 February 2000. '
Charles Booth and poverty mapping in late nineteenth century London. 'Charles Booth was an austere-looking businessman who transformed existing methods of social survey and poverty mapping towards the end of the nineteenth century. He is probably best known for his famous poverty map, which showed the social condition of every street in London in 1889. However, he undertook and supervised many other ground-breaking surveys over a thirty-year period from the 1880s onwards. '
Charles Booth's map of 1889 London poverty.
(I'd like to see a 2002 map of London poverty - my suspicion is that it wouldn't be that different).
Underground London. 'Central London filled up many years ago. Her roads have been congested ever since the days of the horse and cart, and there is no more room for building. For Victorian engineers determined to improve London life, the only way was down. So they dug: railways, roads and footpaths; sewers, buried rivers, and most recently, bomb shelters. Today, there is a veritable subterranean city beneath the streets of London.' Includes maps!
Virtual walk in the East End of London.
The Great Exhibition of 1851.
A sculpture walk in Marylebone.
A sculpture walk in Hyde Park.
East Barnet ghost stories. 'At first encounter, East Barnet, a leafy North London suburb, appears calm, comfortable, and conventional. But beneath the superficial lies the supernatural. For this is an area that seems to have attracted and retained more than its fair share of myths and legends over the thousand or so years of its recorded history ... '
Ghosts of the British Museum. 'London is full of ghosts, but the best supernatural story hereabouts concerns a mummy's curse. On the first floor of the British Museum are various rooms devoted to artefacts from ancient Egypt. There are a number of mummies and sarcophagi on display but the one in question is numbered 22542 and listed as a mummy case for an unknown singer to the god Amon Ra. The case is covered in hieroglyphs and has a portrait of a very beautiful young girl ... '
An Aussie in London. Funny tales and insights.
Cries of London. Regency prints.
The White Horse pub, Parson's Green, London.
London landscape guide. 'This is a guide to sites of landscape design interest in London. They were selected as places which would be of interest to landscape designers visiting London and to students studying on the Landscape Architecture and Garden Design courses at the University of Greenwich ( Both historic and modern sites are included, with a bias towards modern sites ... '
St. Bride's church, Fleet Street, London. The inspiration for the wedding cake, among many other things. Via Hidden London.
Dictionary of London slang at
Ghosts on the London Underground. A chronicle of hauntings.
Museum of Garden History, London. An interesting place. The site includes a virtual tour.
The site also includes a page on the Tradescants, 'gardeners to royalty, collectors of curiosities, travellers and importers of exotic plants', who are buried at the site of the Museum of Garden History. John Tradescant the Younger introduced the tulip and the yucca. 'Tradescant willed that the collection was to go to his widow on his death but Elias Ashmole obtained the collection by deed of gift and established the Ashmolean Museum in Oxford with the collection.'
The Ashmolean Museum, Oxford - Britain's oldest public museum.