We’re slightly behind schedule but I’m happy to report that the 2nd Edition of Anglotopia’s Dictionary of British English is now officially published and available from most major book retailers in Print and eBook. The new edition of the book features over 2,000 words of British English defined along with several sub-dictionaries and guides to […]
London is one of the most popular cities for travelers to visit on the planet. It has a special allure that will never go away. Because there are hordes of tourists visiting every year, there are plenty of tourist attractions that have been created simply to extract money from unsuspecting tourists and not provide an […]
In most major cities, taxis don’t really get much love or affection – that’s why the phone app Uber is so popular now. But then most cities aren’t like London—a city that loves its iconic black taxis and appreciates the work it takes to learn The Knowledge (the name for the training all London Cabbies […]
Welcome to Secret London, the city hidden within a city. Though you won’t need a magic key to get in, these are some of the places you can find only if you look for them. They hide in the most obscure places and sometimes right under your nose. Here’s a guide to places normally kept […]
KEY FACTS Designed by Harry Beck in 1932 Set a style for transport maps around the world As instantly recognisable as the Union Jack Beck received little credit for his work during his lifetime London’s history is filled with historical figures who were just doing a job or once had an idea that turned into […]
To celebrate the 20th anniversary of the publication of the first Harry Potter book (this makes me feel old as I remember!), the British Library is going to be putting on a special exhibition. As this is Harry Potter we’re talking about, expect this to be a very popular exhibition. By very popular, you better […]
Check out this great video from the British Pathé archive that shows a fleet of old double decker buses being broken up at the breakers yard. On the one hand, it’s sad to watch them be destroyed, on the other, it’s pretty cool!
In this fascinating video Museum of London’s Senior Curator of Contemporary History talks about the Great Smog of 1952. If you watched ‘The Crown’ on Netflix – this provides some interesting background to the episode where this was central to the plot.
Mobile apps have changed the way many of us travel in London. They’ve enriched trips and made them better. One way they’ve made them better is getting a ride when you need one. Apps like Uber and Lyft have changed the game in many major cities for taxis. The problem is that in London, there […]
This was simply too beautiful not to share. Here’s a lovely, short timelapse video of Tower Bridge as sunset, opening and closing.
The London Transport Museum in London has an enormous collection and they couldn’t possibly keep it all on display. So, they have a storage depot in Acton. It’s not normally open to the public. But on a few days of the year, it’s opened for general visitors. Here are the details for this year’s opening: […]
London is a city that is forever changing. That means that you’ll almost always find something new to do in London no matter how many times you’ve been there. The last few years have seen some really cool and innovative new attractions open in London; here are a few you should plan for your next […]
Londinium was the Roman name given to the settlement they founded on the Thames, after their successful invasion of Britain. There are still traces of Roman London all over the city. So, we thought it would be fun to put together 10 interesting facts and figures about Roman London that you might not know. […]
If you pass through Piccadilly Circus after today, you will be presented with an unusual sight. The adverts that have adorned a building in the circus have been switched off. No, it’s not a sudden change of heart that advertising is terrible. It’s part of a major renovation of the sign. From the BBC: The billboard, […]
A look at the Piccadilly Circus of the Swinging Sixties! A lot of what is shown here no longer exists as it was soon “modernized” to meet the demands of a changing world. Also a look underground Piccadilly to see sights that few people have ever seen. Very cool video!
London’s Borough Market has gotten into the Christmas spirit by creating the world’s longest Christmas paperchain. From Borough Market: The UK’s longest paper chain has been unveiled at Borough Market. Members of the public were invited to spread the love by contributing festive messages to the chain which at 472 metres long, is over 150 […]
Happy Friday everyone! Just a quick note to everyone that renewals for the first batch of Anglotopia Magazine subscribers have begun. If you started your subscription last February, look out for a separate email with renewal instructions to pay for 2017. You can also just purchase a new subscription and it will start with the […]
Get your wands ready! Harry Potter & The Cursed Child has proven to be a big hit in London’s West End; that’s despite the criticism the story has received from many Harry Potter fans (personally I enjoyed it, more than the movie that came out last weekend). The show is sold out until next year. […]
While I’m a little mystified as to why Heathrow feels the need to advertise as most people don’t have a choice in whether or not they use the airport, I’m glad they have. They’ve made a lovely and adorable Christmas advert about two bears coming home for Christmas. Who’s cutting onions in here?!?!? Watch it […]
Earlier this year we were lucky to get a special tour of abandoned Aldwych Tube Station and many people asked us how they could do the same thing. They have since offered more tours but they sold out. Well, the Museum of London just announced MORE tours for next year, so if you’re fast this […]
This looks like a very fun exhibition – going to have to check it out when I’m in London next year for Christmas. Here are the details: Each year, authentic festive decorations, lighting, music and greenery transform the Geffrye Museum’s period living rooms, giving visitors an evocative insight into how Christmas has been celebrated from […]