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 Tuesday, December 30, 2014

dg 2014 index

Ten memorable London jaunts in 2014
1) London Borough Tops: My summer diversion involved climbing 33 highest points, on a fascinating cross-capital safari. [photos]
2) Around London by bus: A ludicrous quest, obviously, but a fascinating 25-route orbit all the same.
3) Tour De France: It chucked it down, and the peloton splashed through in seconds, but what a sense of occasion! [photos]
4) Olympic Park south: Since it opened in April, my local park has wowed the crowds. [photos]
5) Stockwell Bus Garage: A rare Open Day inside south London's concrete masterpiece. [photos]
6) Open House: Always a top weekend, this year including ascents of Tower 42 and the Balfron Tower. [photos]
7) Mayfield Lavender: The purple fields of deepest Sutton are gorgeous, if you time your visit right. [photos]
8) The Cornershop: Lucy Sparrow's pop-up textile shop really impressed its visitors (I bought a Double Decker). [photos]
9) Aquatics Centre: I was most impressed by the building the weekend it opened to the public (shame it hasn't opened similarly since). [photos]
10) Nairn's London: Following in the 1966 footsteps of the esteemed architecture critic proved most illuminating.

Runners up: Imperial War Museum (before), Imperial War Museum (after), Wood Wharf, East Thames Crossings 1, East Thames Crossings 2, Emergency Evacuation Route, Frost Fair 200, New TfL website, Contactless, Barbican Conservatory, Cazenove, City of London Visitor Trail, St George's Fields, Metropolitan Water Board Railway, Harmondsworth Barn, Broadcasting House tour, Foyles (old), Foyles (new), Boring 2014, C Stock farewell, Midtown, Gunnersbury Park Museum, Gallions Crossing, The Tall Ships Festival, Angel Canal Festival, Carshalton Water Tower, Harrow Heritage Open Days, Wapping Market, Isokon Building, Thames Barrier closure, Severndroog Castle, Local London Guiding Day, Bridge to Somewhere, Walk London, Poppies, Deptford, Wennington, Cranham, Noak Hill, Greater London Villages, Rainham, Icebar, northwest London, Avery Hill Park Winter Garden

E20: Openings, The Line, Glasshouse Gardens, March update, Sport Relief, Loop Road, Ollie's preview, South Park opens, QEOP entrances, flats-to-be, Mirror Labyrinth, Lea Valley Hockey and Tennis Centre, Carpenters Road, public consultation, Invictus Games, December update
E3: Stroudley Walk, E3 Coffee Map, Roman Road Festival, Bow Post Office, Winterville
Stations: Stamford Brook, Whitechapel (Crossrail), Emerson Park, Pudding Mill Lane (old), Pudding Mill Lane (new), Morden South, Anorak Corner, Stratford Z2/3, Walthamstow Queens Road, Canary Wharf (Crossrail), Blake Hall, Covent Garden, Round London by train
Buses: North Circular by Bus, New Bus routes, route 308, route 49, RT75, Regent Street Bus Cavalcade, New Buses on route 8, West Ham Bus Garage, Heritage route 9, bus sculpture trail, D8 diversion, An A-Z of London buses
Cablecar: January update, a week of tweets, Winter ridership figures, in the rain, joint Clipper fares, things to do nearby, Standard legitimacy, upselling, November update, The Snowman and the Snowdog
CS2/Bow Roundabout: cycle low level lights, upgrade consultation, delay data, roundabout plans, consultation outcome
Exhibitions: Pop Art Design, The Cheapside Hoard, English Magic, The Brits Who Built The Modern World, Momentum, The Prefab Museum, British Music Experience, From Bow To Biennale, Bridge, Spectra, Ships Clocks & Stars, Turbine Hall, The Information Age
London Loop: section 18, section 11, section 6, section 19


Ten favourite Out-of-London destinations
1) Isle of Man: This magical (and very varied) kingdom in the midst of the Irish Sea made for an excellent long weekend. [photos]
2) The Severn Bore: I've always wanted to see it, so traipsed to Gloucester for a 5*, only for high rainfall to make the whole thing more flood than wave. [photos]
3) Folkestone Triennial: Every three years, this coastal festival is an artistic must-see. [photos]
4) Fawley Hill: A steam fair and a ride on the private railway in Lord McAlpine's back garden. [photos]
5) Leith Hill: I climbed the highest hill in SE England, in downland Surrey, and it was damned nice.
6) Isle of Grain: Home to (cough) Boris Airport, this Kentish peninsula was a remote eye-opener. [photos]
7) Jack in the Green: May Day merriment in Hastings proved an unforgettable spectacle. [photos]
8) Hull: Back to my one-time hometown, now more of a tourist Mecca than you might think. [photos]
9) Samphire Hoe: I timed my visit to the Chunnel spoilheap to observe a rockfall from the crumbling chalk cliffs. [photos]
10) Heath and Hill: A Country Walk, 1970s style, across Epsom racecourse and around the Surrey Hills. [photos]

Runners up: Hope Valley line, Milton Keynes, Great Yarmouth, Croxley Green Boundary Walk, The Centre for Computer History, Leith Hill Place, Black Park, Bluebell Railway, The Oyster Bay Trail, Flatford Mill, Audley End, Didcot A, Ickworth House, Air Defence Radar Museum, Thames Estuary Path, St George's Distillery, Chiltern Open Air Museum, Shepperton Ferry, Croxley Green station
Beyond London: Intro, Dartford, Sevenoaks, Tandridge, Reigate & Banstead, Epsom & Ewell


Ten other favourite posts from 2014: Spods, Proximatech, L'Ecole de Barrage, End of the season, Cashless, 100 slightly strange London bus stop names, Mile End and Bow Festival, At Blackman's Shoe Shop, Mansion tax map, Earliest sunset

Half of my ten favourite photos of the year:
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