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The Old Vic

The Old Vic

There's something reassuring and timeless about the Old Vic standing proudly at the intersection of The Cut and Waterloo Road. Established here in South London in 1818 as a 'minor theatre' (as opposed to the more important 'patent' theatres in Covent Garden), it was...

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Smithfield Market

Smithfield Market

The last remaining wholesale market left in Central London, Smithfield not only boasts a stunning Victorian building (designed by Horace Jones, who also designed Tower Bridge) but also represents a continuous history of over 800 years of being a meat market on the...

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Berkeley Square

Berkeley Square

The garden squares of Mayfair make this part of London special. Built in the early 1700's as the city spread west, they were designed to create a more healthy living space for it's wealthy residents. They were also places for the upper classes to go promenading, to...

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Apsley House

Apsley House

Apsley House facing Hyde Park Corner is the ancestral  home of the Duke of Wellington and is the best preserved Georgian townhouse in London. The Duke of Wellington famously defeated Napoleon in 1815 at the Battle of Waterloo and served twice as Britain's Prime...

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Little Ben

Little Ben

With Big Ben mostly covered at present due to renovations, what about checking out Little Ben on Victoria Street just outside the station? It was originally installed in 1892 as a miniature version of its more well known brother, (although apart from being a clock...

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Tate Britain

Tate Britain

Set apart from the main galleries and museums, the Tate Britain Art Museum on the Millbank has a kind of proud to be different air about it. This is one of the wonderful things about London. There is a nice surprise around almost every corner! The building opened on...

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Wesley’s Chapel

Wesley’s Chapel

It comes as a pleasant surprise to find amongst the busy and bustling working area just north of the City, this peaceful cobbled courtyard, home to a still-in-use 18th century Methodist Chapel and Wesley's House. Built in 1779, the house was the home of John Wesley,...

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St. Katherine Docks Marina

St. Katherine Docks Marina

Partly hidden sights in London can somehow be very satisfying when discovered, and St Katherine Docks Marina, minutes from the Tower of London and visible from behind the Tower Hotel, certainly fits that bill. Formally part of the docks of the Port of London but due...

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Florin Court – Hercule Poirot lived here!

Florin Court – Hercule Poirot lived here!

I make no excuse for including another Art Deco building, being one of my favourite types of architecture. This time Florin Court, a residential block in Charterhouse Square and a wonderful example of the building style.  But importantly and especially for Hercule...

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