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 Saturday, January 17, 2009

Random borough (20): Time once more for me to take another random trip to one of London's 33 boroughs. As I write I have no idea which one of the 14 remaining borough names will be revealed when I unfold the slip of paper I'm about to pick from my legendary (and as-yet unseen) "special jamjar". I could pick any one of the other London boroughs - inner or outer, urban or suburban, small or large, fascinating or dull. I just know it won't be Merton, Islington, Enfield, Sutton, Lewisham, Southwark, Kensington & Chelsea, Hackney, Hillingdon, the City, Bromley, Lambeth, Tower Hamlets, Haringey, Hounslow, Brent, Redbridge, Ealing or Harrow because they're the nineteen (dark grey) boroughs I've picked out already.

Blimey, I've finally reached the twenties. There's a fair chunk of East London still to visit, and a thin strip of boroughs across west London, plus Croydon, but that's all. Which of these leftovers will be my destination for the day? Will I have to filter through the bountiful cultural highlights of somewhere central and important, like Westminster or Camden? Or will I be dispatched somewhere rather more peripheral and attraction-lite, like Kingston or Havering? More to the point, can I possibly avoid the epidemic of engineering works on the tube this weekend. Fingers crossed.

Once I've researched my randomly-chosen borough online then I'll head off and visit some of its most interesting places (assuming it has any, and that they're open in the middle of January). As usual I hope to visit somewhere famous, somewhere historic, somewhere pretty, somewhere retail, somewhere sporty and somewhere random. I might even take lots of photographs while I'm at it, if the borough's photogenic enough. Then after I've made my grand tour I'll come back tomorrow and tell you all about it. Let's see where I'm going this time...


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