We've sent Issue #3 of the Londontopia Magazine off to the printers and approved the proofs. We should have them soon. We've ordered 300 copies and have sold about 250 of them so far, so if you want to make sure to get a copy, you need to order as soon as possible. CLICK HERE TO SUBSCRIBE! What's in Issue #3 of the Londontopia Magazine? What’s On in London for Q1 … [Read more...] about LAST CALL! Last Chance to Subscribe to the Londontopia Magazine for Issue #3
Lifeblood to London, the River Thames enabled the earliest settlements to take place in prehistoric England, giving way to the Romans who would formally establish the city. The Thames has unquestionably been a major player in London’s history over the years, providing the citizens with water, serving as a means of transport to goods and people, and even responsible for the … [Read more...] about Top Ten London: Top 10 Things to See and Do Along The River Thames
What we think of as “Victorian” architecture more refers to the period rather than a particular architectural style. In fact, there were really several styles prevalent during the period that were revivals of previous designs: Gothic, Italianate, Romanesque, Renaissance, Queen Anne, and Neoclassical. Other methods and styles also developed as new materials came into … [Read more...] about Built London: Top Ten Most Beautiful Victorian Buildings in London
Simultaneously the most hated thing tourists do but also the most popular thing they actually do. Ever since cell phones got cameras, a self-shot (or “selfie”) photo is the norm for most of us. Whether you want to capture a memory or blow up Instagram while you’re in London, the city certainly has plenty of excellent spots for a selfie. Of course, there are places not to take … [Read more...] about Top 10 London: Ten Places in London for the Perfect Selfie
Editor's Note: We have a real treat this week - Laura was given an exclusive tour of the newly restored Painted Hall in Greenwich before its re-opening so we're chuffed to bits that she's written up a huge report about it. Please consider subscribing to the Londontopia Magazine as it allows us to commission great articles like this. As reported here recently, The Painted … [Read more...] about Laura’s London: Take a First Look at the Beautiful Restored Painted Hall in Greenwich – Re-opening in March!
Love is in the air when February rolls around, and London is a great place to experience it. Most people might think that Paris would be the best place to spend Valentine’s Day, but the UK capital has a charm to rival its competition across the Channel. If you’re in London on February 14th, you might want to consider one of the ten places below to spend the holiday with … [Read more...] about Top Ten London: Top 10 Most Romantic Places in London
The world's most exclusive purveyor of luxury teas and France's oldest tea house, Mariage Frères, has opened its first UK tea emporium in Covent Garden. In addition to being a new tea house in London, it also contains a small museum dedicated to tea. I've been waiting for this one as it was supposed to open in September 2018 but, due to delays with its heritage building, … [Read more...] about New in London: Mariage Frères Elegant Tea Room and Museum is Now Open in Covent Garden – We Send Laura Porter to Check it Out!
It’s good to go out and hear live music. No matter whether it’s classical, rock, punk, rap, jazz, or whatever makes your ears ring, there’s nothing like catching the vibrations of the sound as it hits you. While London certainly has some great larger music venues such as the O2 Arena, the Roundhouse, and Royal Albert Hall, sometimes it’s better to find a smaller place. A … [Read more...] about The London Fiver – Five of the Best Small Concert Venues
With the coming of the Hanoverian kings came a new style of architecture that bore their name—Georgian. This style of design was defined by symmetrical features, front entries with crowns, pilasters, and transom windows, corner quoins, cornice dentils, and typically made of stone or brick. These features had their roots in ancient Greek and Roman design and the name stuck … [Read more...] about Top 10 London: Top Ten Georgian Buildings in London
When King Charles I’s head fell off the chopping block on January 30, 1649, the Interregnum began. Under the leadership of Lord Protector Oliver Cromwell, the Commonwealth period would last eleven years. While England and Britain as a whole would change significantly during this period as Cromwell’s New Model Army would become the UK’s first standing army and new … [Read more...] about London History: A Look at London During the Interregnum – Oliver Cromwell’s London
It’s a new year and it’s time to reveal the cover of the next issue of the Londontopia Print Magazine. Issue #3 will we released in late-February. The cover features the iconic London Tube Roundel, the back cover shows Big Ben in all it’s golden-sunned glory (a view of it you cannot get right now as it’s covered in scaffolding). Each issue of the Londontopia Print … [Read more...] about Unveiling Issue #3 of the Londontopia Magazine – Please Reserve Your Copy Now!
The City of Westminster is one of the most important places in Greater London. Home of all aspects of the British government, the Houses of Parliament, the Court of St. James, the principal residence of the monarch, and the church in which every Sovereign has been crowned since 1066 are all found here. However, that’s not all you’ll see in this London borough, and we have … [Read more...] about Top Ten London: Top 10 Things to See and Do in Westminster
Welcome to London Dreams. This is the first in a new weekly column from me at Londontopia. I want to write more personal articles about London. Most of our articles are historical in nature or travel related - we don’t have much opportunity to share how we really feel about London. This column is a new concept and I’m sure it will evolve over the coming weeks and months. … [Read more...] about London Dreams: New Weekly Column About London – Our Favorite Place in London, Articles to Read and More!
Fitzrovia is one of those districts in London that seems to touch everyone important. Partly in Westminster and Partly in Camden, it also touches the West End and is a prime example of a mixed-use area of the city. As such, it has residences, shops, businesses, bars, restaurants, and plenty of attractions for everyone. No matter what you’re interested in seeing, you can find … [Read more...] about Top Ten London: Top 10 Things to See and Do in Fitzrovia
Cinemas, or movie theaters as we call them in the states, are some of the greatest places to spend time. Watching documentaries, comedies, foreign films, and more, we open ourselves up to whole other worlds. While there are plenty of big-name movie palaces such as Odeon and Empire, there are plenty of small chains and independent cinemas throughout the city that are worth … [Read more...] about Ten of the Best Independent Cinemas in London
The London Borough of Bromley is the largest in greater London, covering fifty-nine square miles. Like many of London’s boroughs, it was formed in 1965 by the London Government Act of 1963 and was created out of the Metropolitan Boroughs of Bromley and Beckenham as well as the Urban Districts of Penge, Orpington, and Chislehurst. Being the biggest of London’s boroughs, there … [Read more...] about Top Ten London: Top 10 Things to See and Do in Bromley
Editor's Note: This article originally appeared in the Londontopia Print Magazine last summer. Support great long-form writing about London by subscribing to the Londontopia Print Magazine - the only print magazine dedicated completely to London. You can subscribe here. London is an incredibly posh city and some of the greatest places to live. Beyond the palaces of royalty, … [Read more...] about Top 10 London: The Ten Best London’s Stately Homes To Visit
The Borough of Tower Hamlets inherited its name from the unit located there that was once obligated to defend the Tower of London. It was born in 1965 with the creation of the Greater London Council and the merger of Stepney, Poplar, and Bethnal Green. As a result, Tower Hamlets is a very large borough that covers many important London neighborhoods from Whitechapel to Canary … [Read more...] about Top Ten London: Top 10 Things to See and Do in Tower Hamlets
For many, the River Thames is the only river in London that they know. Except that London has many rivers that centuries ago flowed freely through the first settlements and the early days of the city. Of course, as London became more built up, many of these rivers were covered over and eventually forgotten. Twenty-one of these tributaries flow into the city, and some still … [Read more...] about A Brief Guide to London’s Lost Rivers
It's so lovely to see London's iconic buildings get a new lease of life after restoration. The latest building in London to get the treatment is Alexandra Palace. While not really a 'palace' in the palace sense, Alexandra Palace has been a destination for entertainment since it was built in the Victorian Era. It's most famous as the place where the BBC started broadcasting … [Read more...] about Alexandra Palace’s East Wing Opens To the Public After £27 Million Restoration – See Images of the New Interiors!
Once known as Battlebridge, the London neighborhood known today as Kings Cross got its name from being a crossing point where the Romans fought the Celtic leader Boudica. The name changed due to the construction of a monument to King George IV that stood in the crossroads of what is now known as Euston Road, Gray’s Inn Road, and Pentonville Road from 1830 to 1845. Now mostly … [Read more...] about Top Ten London: Top 10 Things to See and Do in Kings Cross
Hello - As the halls are being decked here at Anglotopia Towers, we want to spread the good cheer and celebrate the holidays by announcing our 2018 Black Friday/ Cyber Monday Sale. This weekend only, we are discounting subscriptions to both the Anglotopia and Londontopia Print Magazines! We're offering $10 off each subscription, for the print magazine. Please use the coupon … [Read more...] about Londontopia Alert: Save $10 On A Subscription to the Londontopia Print Magazine! – Details Inside!
Hey Everyone! Just a quick post to let everyone know that our annual Black Friday to Cyber Monday Sale is now ON in the Anglotopia Store. We have huge discounts on maps, magazines, books, subscriptions and more! The sale ends on Monday and if we run out of stock on anything, that's it! We have tons of great fits for the Anglophile in your life. Don't miss out. We would urge you … [Read more...] about London Alert: The Annual Black Friday-Cyber Monday Sale is ON! Huge Discounts! Details Inside!
There are lots to do in London during Christmas. You can take in the lights in the city’s numerous shopping districts; you could pay a visit to Father Christmas, attend a church service, shop the Christmas markets, or have fun at Winter Wonderland. Of course, for these more traditional events, there are some unique and odd things you can do in the city during the holidays. … [Read more...] about The London Fiver: Five Unusual Ways to Celebrate Christmas in London
The London Borough of Bexley is one of the easternmost governmental organizations that is still part of Greater London. It was an ancient parish that was part of the County of Kent and became its own borough when the Greater London Council was formed in 1965. Home to munitions factories during World War II, it experienced a population boom after peace was achieved and today … [Read more...] about Top Ten London – Top 10 Things to See and Do in Bexley