Who’s Trying to Blow Up Hammersmith Bridge?
Hammersmith Bridge is one of the weakest bridges in London, but it is also one of the strongest in its ability to stand up to the many people who have – accidentally and purposefully – almost destroyed it since it was first built in 1827.
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Hidden Gem London Bookshop
Daunt Books is the local treasure of Marylebone. Housed in an historic and beautiful Edwardian building, this bookshop seems to go on forever with oak galleries containing second-hand wonders and the shelves extending into the basement.
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Discover A Dim Sum Diamond in the Rough
Usually when I’m in the mood for Dim Sum I step into Dim T or Ping Pong rather than stepping off the beaten track. Tried, tested, I love them.
But Steam in Hammersmith is the very proof I needed to forgo the chains I love and try something new.
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Visit London’s Vibrant Chinatown
London’s Chinatown is home to a fantastic array of Asian restaurants serving delicious food. The way they hang cooked poultry in the windows is reminiscent of what restaurants actually do in Hong Kong and China. Having lived in Hong Kong for 6 years, I love to check out the corner shops to snag some old favourite snacks.
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“People often refer to Big Ben when they’re talking about the clock tower attached to the Palace of Westminster.
Big Ben is the name of the largest bell, and even that’s a nickname and not an official one. The tower is named the Elizabeth Tower (formerly the Clock Tower), a name it was officially given in 2012 to celebrate Queen Elizabeth II’s diamond jubilee.
The clock is simply known as the Great Clock.”
– Laura Reynolds, The Londonist
Cheap Things You’ll ACTUALLY Want To Do In London
In 2015 I posted a video about my top things to do in London on the cheap, and it’s almost reached 50,000 views! This is super exciting, and I still stand beside everything I mentioned in the video as great suggestions of things to do. I categorised everything into 10 different things so I mentioned a lot of stuff!
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Muriel’s Kitchen, Soho
Sometimes I’m super glad for business meetings in London, because on occasions they take place in lovely little restaurants like Muriel’s Kitchen on Old Compton Road. This beautifully decorated, light and airy restaurant immediately became a favourite as I stepped through the door, largely due to the swing-set table and chairs in the front which we slid on over to like a moth to a flame.
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“In 1898 [Harrods] installs the first escalator in England, with attendants dispensing brandy and Epsom salts to customers traumatised after trying it out for the first time.”
– David Long, Bizarre London
Kidzania, Shephard’s Bush
Kidzania in Westfields Mall (Shephard’s Bush) is an oddly fantastic thing to do for both children and adults.
A city shrunk by 2/3, visitors have the opportunity to try out what it’s like to be a pilot, radio DJ, animation artist, policeman, nurse, weatherman, or any number of jobs usually reserved for grown ups.
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Bodean’s BBQ, Soho
After a hard day’s work eating brownies near Liverpool Street and checking out the markets of Spitalfields, we ventured over to one of my favourite areas to eat.
With a name like Bodean’s BBQ, I just had to try out this restaurant. The recipes are based on the rubs and sauces that promise to deliver an authentic American BBQ taste to your lips.
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Sir Christopher Wren and Robert Cooke designed the Monument to the Great Fire of London which was built 1671-77. “Wren wanted to crown it with a statue of Charles II, but the king declined, pointing out, ‘I didn’t start the fire’.”
– Christopher Winn, I Never Knew That About London