Editor's Note: This article originally appeared in the Anglotopia Print Magazine is 2017. Support great long-form writing about Britain by subscribing to the Anglotopia Print Magazine. Subscribe here. Books are my favorite souvenir from my travels in England. I love picking up new books about England for my library back home. Each book is a tangible reminder of the trip and … [Read more...] about London Bookshop Dreams: Adventures in Buying More Books Than My Luggage Can Carry
When Ripley's Believe it or Not in Piccadilly Circus closed earlier this year, we all wondered what would replace it since it was such a prominent location. Well, now we have an answer. Body Worlds, the famous exhibition that showcased real preserved bodies in various states, is getting a permanent home in London. Body Worlds is coming to 1 Piccadilly Cirus. … [Read more...] about New Museum Alert: Body Worlds Coming to London as a Permanent Museum
Due to popular demand, we've brought back the London Underground Lightbox that we offered back in July. We've worked with the company in the UK and we can offer another 100 units for you all. They should ship in Mid-October. If you intend to order this as a Christmas Gift, now is a good time. However, we're hoping to do one more round of sales before Christmas. The reviews are … [Read more...] about LONDON Alert! It’s Back! The London Underground Tube Lightbox is Back With Limited Stock!
We've written about these tours many times previously and this is a reminder that public bookings open up for Hidden London Tours tomorrow. Here are the tours on offer this time around: Aldwych: The End of the Line Be transported back to where time stands still. Aldwych station is one of London’s secret places, holding myths and memories of times gone by. Opened to the … [Read more...] about London Alert: More Hidden London Tours Announced – Bookings Open Tomorrow
Editor's Note: This article originally appeared in the 2018 London Annual. Pre-orders are now open for the 2019 London Annual - your guide to London in 2018. Reserve yours here. In the 2017 London Annual, we wrote an article about the tourist traps that visitors to London should avoid. We got a good response from the article, but everyone wondered, what were some of the … [Read more...] about Our Official London Top 10: Our Personal Favourite Things to See and do in London
Big news in the London Transport realm. Crossrail, aka the Elizabeth Line, London's new east-west underground railway, has had its opening delayed. It was scheduled to start opening in stages in December 2018, but Crossrail (the company building the railway) has confirmed today that they will not meet that target. They have set Autumn 2019 as the tentative open date. From … [Read more...] about Crossrail News: The Elizabeth Line Opening Has Officially Been Delayed
It’s that time of year again - time to begin our orders for the London Annual - our guide to what to see and do in London in 2019. This is our third year in producing this special publication and it has become very popular. We're taking advance orders for two weeks! This year’s London Annual will be in the same format as last year’s; it will be 128 full-color pages. It's … [Read more...] about London Alert: Announcing the 2019 London Annual Guide to London in 2019 – Pre-orders Now Open
Just a quick housekeeping post to let everyone know that the paint is a little fresh here at Londontopia. After nearly 5 years with the same design, we've given Londontopia a design refresh. The old design was perfectly fine, but the site was starting to look a little dated compared to current web standards. So, we've redesigned it to make a little easier to read across … [Read more...] about Site News: A New Look and a New Logo for Londontopia
The Warner Bros. Studio Tour London is a great destination for any Harry Potter fan (especially of the films). Throughout the year, they have special events geared towards each season and this year, they're going to 'celebrate' the Dark Magical Arts along with their usual Halloween Celebrations. Here are the details: From Friday 28th September – Saturday 10th November, fans … [Read more...] about Harry Potter: Explore the Dark Arts This Autumn at the Warner Bros. Studio Tour London
If I was in London on Sunday, September 9th, I would be doing this. The London Transport Museum is providing a rare opportunity to travel along the London Underground on a 1930's stock Tube train. Here are the event details: Step back in time with London Transport Museum’s art deco heritage train trips, and enjoy a journey reminiscent of the 1930s in Metro-land, when the … [Read more...] about Event Alert: Travel on a 1930’s Tube Train on the London Underground
Editor's Note: This article originally appeared in Issue #6 of the Anglotopia Print Magazine in 2016. Support great long-form writing about Britain by subscribing to the Anglotopia Print Magazine today. You can subscribe here. London’s abandoned Tube stations have a special aura about them. It’s hard to believe that in a city of eight million people, some tube stations were … [Read more...] about Exploring Down Street Tube Abandoned Station: Churchill’s Secret Wartime Bunker
Transport for London has launched a new marketing program to encourage people to travel the Tube network during its off-peak hours. This is so that people can experience the Tube when it's less crowded, but also keep tourists off the Tube during the rush hour crunch. As part of this, they've worked with Time Out magazine to create a series of maps to showcase the most … [Read more...] about Useful Map Alert: The Wonderful World of Off-Peak – Free Maps of Attractions Along Each Tube Line
Just a quick update on the Londontopia Print Magazine. Today we're revealing the cover for Issue #2 and announcing that all new subscriptions will now start with Issue #2 going forward. The Autumn 2018 Issue will feature 48 full-color pages about everything London. We have several big features planned - including a behind the scenes look at London's Newest Museum at … [Read more...] about Londontopia Magazine: Cover Reveal for Issue #2 – All New Subs Start With Issue #2 – Pre-order Now!
This week we have something very special. An exclusive officially licensed London Underground LED Lightbox that offers 10 different sign options. This item comes straight from the UK and is not available anywhere else in the USA. Because these have a high import cost, we have to know how many to order in advance and will likely not be getting extras. So, if you want this … [Read more...] about London Alert: New Import Product LIVE – London Underground LED Lightbox
Just wanted to give everyone an update on the Londontopia Print Magazine. We received the issues earlier this week from the printer and shipped them all out to everyone who subscribed in advance. Thank you for your patience and we hope you enjoy the first issue! We have about 90 extra copies of the first issue - so if you fancy getting it - we recommend ordering as soon as … [Read more...] about The First Issue of the Londontopia Print Magazine is Now Shipping – Limited Stock Remains!
London has a new spot to get all the best and latest Harry Potter gear - Hamleys has dedicated an entire floor to Harry Potter Merchandise. The iconic toy store, the oldest in the world, has dedicated their lower floor to Harry Potter. There is not a shortage of places in London to get official Harry Potter merchandise - there's a store at King's Cross, one in Heathrow … [Read more...] about Hamleys Now Has an Entire Floor Dedicated to Harry Potter
It's pretty common for London's museums to be variously closed while renovations are done. Next up is the Courtauld Gallery, the art gallery located in Somerset House. This small gallery is often overshadowed by the bigger National Gallery and National Portrait Gallery, practically across the street but it's home to some amazing art. As with most museums in London, the building … [Read more...] about London Alert: The Courtauld Gallery is Closing for 2 Years – Visit by September!
It's that time of the year again! Time to launch our 2019 Calendar Fundraising Drive. This is one of the most important things we do throughout the year to fund Anglotopia's operations and our calendars are always in high demand. This year we took a vote and have decided to offer four calendars. First up is the Anglotopia Calendar, featuring our personal favorite 12 images. … [Read more...] about London Alert: 2019 Londontopia Calendars Now Available to Order – Reserve Now!
This has made the rounds on social media and I thought it was worth sharing with all of you. I don't know how accurate it is. But it's pretty freaking cool. A Reddit user has overlaid the path of the various Tube lines in London on an aerial picture. It shows the spaghetti-like tendrils of London's transport network as they weave their way in the geography of London. Very cool. … [Read more...] about The Tube: Unique Aerial Map of London Showing the Tube Lines in their Geography
English is a forever evolving language. It changes the most on the streets of London as the various ethnicities that have settled in London co-mingle their native languages with English. Interesting things result from this. There are new words all the time, old words are brought back into fasion, some words now mean the opposite of what they used to mean. It’s all very … [Read more...] about New London Street Slang – Fun British Slang
I was reading the Sunday Times yesterday, as one does, and came across an amusing article that then made me irritated. Apparently, there are lots of people who still don’t know that Big Ben/Elizabeth is covered in scaffolding right now and will remain so until at least 2021. As a result, tourists are leaving negative reviews on TripAdvisor, complaining that their dream trips … [Read more...] about Travel Alert: Reminder – Big Ben is Still Covered in Scaffolding and Will Ruin Your Tourist Pictures Until 2021
On my final day in England for my trip over to cover the Royal Wedding, I decided to pop into London and visit an exhibition I really didn’t want to miss. The British Library just launched a new exhibition about the voyages of James Cook, putting them into context and showcasing the discoveries he and his crews made (and the damage they wrought). As someone interested in … [Read more...] about Exhibition Alert: My Visit to the New James Cook Exhibition at the British Library – Review
Editor's Note: This article originally appeared in the Anglotopia Print Magazine in Summer 2017. Support great long-form writing about British travel, culture, and history by subscribing to the Anglotopia Print Magazine. We had the opportunity to stay in London’s Soho neighborhood on our most recent trip. It was the first time we’ve really stayed in the heart of the West End. … [Read more...] about London’s Soho: Top 10 Things to See and Do in Soho
I’m a big fan of the British actor Roger Allam so when a press release came across my inbox earlier this year announcing that he was performing in a play on the West End this spring, my interest was immediately piqued. Especially since I was currently in the middle of binge-watching Endeavour. The play in question was The Moderate Soprano. And as fate would have it, I would be … [Read more...] about London Theatre Reviews: The Moderate Soprano Starring Nancy Carroll and Roger Allam – Review
We're wrapping up the final designs of Issue #1 of the Londontopia Magazine and it's looking really good. However, we need a final tally on what to order from the printer. Printing is our most expensive cost in this endeavor so to get the best price, we have to order the right amount. Between initial subscriptions and single-issue sales, we're at about 150 copies needed, the … [Read more...] about Londontopia Magazine: LAST CALL For The First Issue – Quantities are VERY Limited!