The Tower of London is celebrating the end of its longest closure since the Second World War by asking the public to name its latest arrival: a raven chick. Born in March, the young corvid will be named either Florence, Matilda, Branwen, Bronte, or Winifred, decided by a public vote running between May 4 and May 18. The legend of the ravens says that if the birds leave … [Read more...] about The Tower of London Wants Your Help In Naming Their New Raven
The Red Routemaster Red London Buses are a London icon. Even after they ended their regular services over a decade ago, the allure and fame of the bus has continued. In a bid to respect this heritage Transport for London kept a few going on 'heritage' routes in Central London so tourists and enthusiasts could still ride them. Now, those days are officially over. The heritage … [Read more...] about The Age of the Iconic Routemaster Red London Bus Is Officially Over
Editor's Note: This took place in the early 2000s. I was driven to explore as much of London as I could on foot. I was a mere 20 years old and the only thing that stood in my way was the weather. But on this occasion, I did not let the weather stop me. I took the Tube to the City of London and walked around with my camera. The City of London is the original 'London’ - the … [Read more...] about London Vignettes: The City of London on a Saturday
Editor's Note: These memories are from the early 2000s. I don’t know about you, but the first thing I want to do when I arrive in London, is to get out of the bloody airport as quickly as possible. And eat. I’m always starving by the time we get through customs on arrival in the UK. The dinner served on the flight over is usually not very good or very filling. The … [Read more...] about London Vignettes: Breakfast off the plane
Just a quick post to let you all know that I’ve noticed that Amazon has heavily discounted our new guidebook 101 London Travel Tips (2nd Edition). It retails for $24.99 but they’re offering it for $15.80 which is a phenomenal deal (we get paid the same no matter what they charge). No idea how long they'll keep it that low. Now, none of us can travel to London right now, but you … [Read more...] about London Alert: Get 101 London Travel Tips for Just $15 on Amazon For a Limited Time!
Editor's note because some people seem confused: this was in 2004. Because we were staying in a hotel that did not provide Breakfast (it was an easyHotel, which basically provided a windowless room to sleep in), by the time we arrived at Portobello Road, we were starving. The problem was that the market was already heaving, even though it was still relatively early in the … [Read more...] about London Vignettes: The Lazy Daisy Cafe On Portobello Road
Editor's Note: This is a new ongoing article series telling short little stories about London from our 20 years of travel there. Stories we haven't told before or stories that we think will be interesting. If they prove popular, we may compile them into a book like our Anglophile Vignettes book we released last year. Whiteley’s was in the news recently, it recently got … [Read more...] about London Vignettes: Old Whiteleys – Hardy Books, Muji, and Internet Cafes
I've been lucky over the years to spend some time in London at Christmas time, and it truly is a wonderful time to visit our favorite city. There's just so much to see and do! As none of us can travel there this year, and it's unclear of when we can go back, I thought I'd share some pictures from previous Christmas's in London for you all. So, we can all dream of better London … [Read more...] about Through the Lens: London at Christmas Time
The last few years the Tate Britain has commissioned a colorful light-based art project to adorn the front of the building. The results have been both controversial and beautiful. This year, a year where most of us can't even see it in person, Tate has unveiled the latest Winter Commission, which takes inspiration from Bollywood and many other sources. It's beautiful when … [Read more...] about The Tate Britain Gets a Colorful Winter Makeover With Annual Art Installation
An important short housekeeping post. For a couple of years now, we've had a service called OneSignal that sends website users 'push notifications' whenever a new article was posted on Anglotopia and Londontopia. We're discontinuing this service starting January 1st, 2021, for various reasons: Few people actually want them They're annoying Users hate them And … [Read more...] about We’re Discontinuing Website Notifications in January, Please Download Our Free App To Continue With Them
London photographer Peter Dazeley's beautiful photos of London's Theatres were released in a book a few years ago and as a fan of London, architecture and pretty pictures, I loved the book. Well, this year, the publisher has issued a new edition, with ten additional theatres included. Peter has contacted us and offered to let us share a selection of the pictures from this … [Read more...] about Through the Lens: Behind the Scenes of London’s (Closed) Theatres From New London Theatres Book
I don’t normally post about other social media influencers but this one is so amazing, I had to share (and the creator said it was all right if I did). So, we’re all missing London a lot right now. It’s going to be a LONG time until those of us outside the UK are going to be able to go to London. Well into 2021 at least (we’re hoping to go October 2021 at this point). But … [Read more...] about Walk Around London Virtually Right Now – Watched Walker is the YouTube Channel We All Need Right Now
Today we’re coming out with a new guidebook. We’ve spent the last few months retooling our guidebook 101 London Travel Tips. We’ve given it a new look, higher-quality printing, added color photos and overall updated all the writing to be relevant to today. Today it’s available to buy from us or from bookstores everywhere. This book is an important milestone in a new direction … [Read more...] about Londontopia Announcement: Introducing The New Full-Color 101 London Travel Tips 2nd Edition
We have launched a new British topic discussion forum! It's something we should have done long ago, tried in the past, but failed at. It's time to try again. We've been in beta now for a couple of months, and it's now ready to share with everyone. Thank you to all the beta testers who helped us iron out the kinks and get the conversation going. This is one of many new … [Read more...] about Come Discuss London in the New Anglotopia Discussion Forum!
This showed up in the inbox today and will delight Doctor Who fans who have been hungry for a Doctor Who themed attraction since the exhibition in Cardiff closed a few years ago. Though, I'm really surprised anything this far in advance has been announced when no one really knows what travel will look like in 2021. Still, it sounds fun. Might be worth booking anyway, even if … [Read more...] about Interactive Doctor Who Experience Coming to London – Advance Booking Opens Soon
When I first arrived at Heathrow Airport on my first trip to Britain in 2001, I was not impressed. The airport was over capacity even then, and our plane arrived late, so we had no gate for the plane to park at. We parked out on the tarmac, far away from the terminal. We had to queue for a bus, which then took us on a circuitous route to the terminal. While parking on the … [Read more...] about A Changing Heathrow: My Personal Relationship With the Gateway to Britain
I am in love with The Tube. It's a magical thing, this network of underground (and overground) trains that can take you anywhere in London. London is a city that grew organically, chaotically, yet the Tube gives the city an order that is entirely unexpected. Just looking at the Tube map evokes a romance for London - the names of all the distant places on the Tube map are … [Read more...] about Scenes from the Tube: A London Photo Essay
This video is breathtaking. Jason Hawkes, the renowned aerial photographer has shared this beautiful video of London from above, showing off his amazing skills. It captures London in the most perfect light. It makes me miss it so much it hurts. We'll all get to go back soon enough... Check it out: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jxqVA8vMLnI Check out some of his amazing … [Read more...] about Jason Hawkes Shares a Beautiful Video of London From Above That We All Need Right now
Over the years we’ve had the pleasure of visiting many pubs all across London. Some have been terrible. Some have been wonderful. Here’s a list of five of favorites that we go back to again and again. The Mayflower - Rotherhithe The Mayflower tries to claim the title of the oldest pub on the Thames (the history is murky). This pub was founded in 1550 as The Shippe and is … [Read more...] about LONDON TOP FIVE: Our Favorite London Pubs
American style chains proliferated in London in the ’90s and ’00s, but as tourists have developed a more refined palate for good dining while traveling, the restaurant market in London has provided a series of innovative new trendy chain restaurants that focus on specific cuisine and do it well. Here are our favorites. Flat Iron - Flat Iron is a restaurant concept that focuses … [Read more...] about LONDON TOP FIVE: Trendy Chain Restaurants To Try On Your Next Trip to London
I love books. I love London. London has the best bookshops in the world. Here’s my roundup of my top five favorites. We’ve made a note of which ones will be happy to send your book finds back home, so you don’t have to worry about cramming everything back into your suitcase! Hatchards -The word I would use to describe Hatchards is Stately. It’s the oldest bookstore in Britain … [Read more...] about LONDON TOP FIVE: Our Personal Favorite Bookstores in London – What’s Your Favorite?
New museums open in London every year - it’s a consequence of being such a history-rich city. Last year, London got a new museum dedicated to its Roman History. The new London Mithraeum is a triumph of heritage preservation and multimedia presentation and shows that as London grows and digs into its distant past, there are still wonderful discoveries to be made and shared with … [Read more...] about The Temple of Mithras: London’s New Roman Museum in the New Bloomberg London HQ
The Anglotopia Store Black Friday Sale is ON! We're offering discounts on pretty much everything we have in stock. No coupon codes are needed, discount reflected in the price. Discounts on puzzles, maps, Tube gear, back issues, magnets, gift wrap, Christmas Cards and more! You can browse the entire sale here and when everything is gone, it's gone until next year. The sale ends … [Read more...] about London Alert: Black Friday Sale is ON – Big Discounts On Everything We Have In Stock!
The Hidden London tours run by the London Transport Museum are some of my favorite special tours to go on in London. We've been on several over the years, as has our London correspondent Laura Porter. Tickets will go on sale very soon for their next roster of tours, and this time around they have added a new one - an exploration of the Moorgate Disused Station. Details from … [Read more...] about Hidden London Announces New Tour: London Moorgate Disused Station Tour
The National Portrait Gallery is often lost in the museum shuffle in London, mostly because it's located behind the National Gallery, so it's often an afterthought for tourists. And frankly, if you're walking from Trafalgar Square to Leicester Square or Covent Garden, it's easy to walk right past it and not know that it's there. They aim to change that with a major renovation … [Read more...] about London Alert: The National Portrait Gallery to Close for Three Years for Major Refurbishment