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 Sunday, February 07, 2010

» Visit London: A site aimed primarily at tourists, with an emphasis on how lovely London is (and it's official, so you'll not hear a bad word spoken). The VL blog offers mainstream tips about where you might like to go, and barely-disguised PR fluff about where you might want to spend your money, but (in its defence) tubthumps admirably for the capital.
sample text: When I visited glamorous new restaurant Circus in Covent Garden, I found myself sitting near Princess Beatrice and her friends.
» solar penguin: As grand transport-blogging projects go, even I wouldn't bring myself to visit every station and tramstop in the London area in strict alphabetical order. But that's what this blog is attempting, posting photos and comment from both inside and outside. 80 posts in, and the As and Bs are just about completed. It's a damned long way from Abbey Wood to Worcester Park.
sample text: What's outside the station? What looks like a clockwork-powered house. However, this isn't really a cunning way to cut carbon footprints, but just a trompe-l'œil mural.
» Georgian London: Enough of London today, what of London three centuries ago? Lucy's engaging and scholarly blog combines historical mini-essays with day-to-day trivia about life as it used to be lived. Is there a Georgian hole in your RSS subscriptions?
sample text: The whaling ships pitched up as close to the City of London as they could, where the main warehouses, dealers and shops were between Three Cranes Wharf and Throgmorton Street.
» The Great Wen: You may remember Time Out magazine having a very interesting section up front called The Big Smoke, full of eclectic London stuff. Then they ditched it in print, because it was taking up valuable pages which could instead be given over to shopping updates and Hollywood interviews, but retained it online. And then they scrapped the web version too (although it lingers mothballed on the Time Out site for the time being). Now Peter Watts - who used to edit The Big Smoke - is blogging in a personal capacity, writing London-ish material which you might enjoy. On a site that definitely isn't called The Big Smoke, oh no.
sample text: London guidebooks did not begin with Time Out or even Baedeker. There are thousands out there going back centuries, some aimed at specialist readers, others for a more general audience.
» Faded London: Ah, street furniture. Plaques and pillars and tilework and painted shop-signs, what's not to love?
sample text: A few weeks ago I was a man on a mission - and that mission was to obtain a decent picture of a Nuttman Brothers ghost sign I'd seen in Sutton.

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