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10 ways to keep the kids busy this October half term

Half term is now upon us (I know, it feels like the kids have only just gone back to school after the summer holidays). If you are stuck for ideas to keep the little ones entertained this half term, don’t worry, we’ve got it covered in this handy guide. Autumn is a beautiful time of year to make the most of the outdoors.  The amount of things …

Best Places to Live in London

Finding the best places to live in London can be daunting!  This great city can seem particularly vast when you’re about to move to London or are new in town. The choices can still be tricky for established Londoners, perhaps when making the leap from renting to owning. Here are a few resources to help get you started. Area guides …

Notting Hill Carnival – Europe’s Largest Street Festival

Every August bank holiday West London is home to the largest street festival in Europe, the Notting Hill Carnival. The carnival’s origins stem from celebrations in the Caribbean marking the end of the slave trade in the 19th century. These celebrations were eventually brought to Afro-Caribbean communities living in London, as a way to celebrate the unique cultures and traditions. …

London Street Photography

London offers an extraordinary range of photo opportunities. This is partly due to the incredibly varied built environment: endless styles of architecture; green and watery spaces; geometrically-planned neighbourhoods or crowded, organic developments; the pristine and the dilapidated. Even more dynamic is the flood of human activity that fills London’s streets, and this is commonly the focus of London street photography. …

The Best Small London Parks

London’s parks are renowned for their architectural prowess, coupled with some outstanding scenery. Visitors to London are often surprised by the amount of green space. The tidy city squares offer peace and calm to workers, residents and tourists alike; the larger parks and commons give Londoners space to play and unwind. There are many famous parks, from Richmond to Regent’s, …

London Bridges

The River Thames was much wider and shallower when London was a younger city. When the Romans first saw it, the river was around five times as wide as it is today. Today its levels have to be monitored and controlled following construction of narrower banks. In total there are over 30 bridges spanning the Thames in Greater London and …

The London Marathon Route

The London Marathon has been a spring staple since 1981, making the 2013 race the 33rd instalment. The London Marathon route stretches the foot-pounding and energy-sapping 26 miles and 385 yards from Greenwich to The Mall. Whether you are competing or watching, this blog outlines the current route and recommends some good lookout points. The London Marathon holds the Guinness World Record …