Walking the Tube

  Here’s an amusing trick you can play on people from Newfoundland or Lincolnshire. Take them to Bank Station and tell them to make their way to Mansion House. Using Beck’s map—which even people from Newfoundland can understand in a moment—they will gamely take a Central Line train to Liverpool Street, change to a Circle […]

Hyde Park visitors “covertly tracked” via mobile phone data

 The Guardian reports that: Visitors to Hyde Park, one of London’s most famous tourist spots, were covertly tracked via their mobile phone signals in a trial undertaken by the Royal Parks to analyse footfall amid drastic funding cuts. Officials were able to retrospectively locate park-goers for 12 months using anonymised mobile phone data provided by […]

London selfies glummer, less tilted and more bespectacled, study finds

Londoners take more glum-faced selfies than residents of other world cities, according to a data project. Analysis of images uploaded publicly on to Instagram in September found that the London style of selfie-taking was one of a restrained upright pose. Read the full story here

London’s ‘walk the Tube’ map reveals the real distance between stations

if you’re in central London and want to go from Covent Garden to Leicester Square, you might think of jumping on the Piccadilly line. But, in reality, the distance between these two stops is just four minutes on foot. Conversely, if you’re going from London Bridge to Borough (maybe to check out the food market), […]

Brick Lane – the melting pot of culture

“Every piece here has a story,” she said. “If they were protesting against fashion I can see their point. Fashion is big business and so many clothes are poor quality and produced on exploitation. Our product is not. It might be hand crafted in Japan, it is a sartorial work of art.” That said, she’s […]

Metroland, 100 years on: what’s become of England’s original vision of suburbia?

Planners, architects and builders are not the only ones who create cities. The suburban landscape of north-west London owes its existence, largely, to the imagination of the Metropolitan Railway’s marketing department. One hundred years ago, in the summer of 1915, the railway’s publicity people devised the term “Metroland” to describe the catchment area of villages […]

Creative young Brits are quitting London for affordable Berlin

The building that houses Agora, tucked away in a small side-street in residential Neukölln, in an old lock-making factory, is easy to ignore. Outside a handful of people in their late twenties and early thirties are milling about, smoking, working on their MacBook Airs, chatting. On the short walk from the front gate to the […]

I went to Speakers’ Corner in London, the spiritual home of Reddit

Contrary to Ohanian’s description, though, people at Speakers’ Corner can’t talk about absolutely anything they like. There are no special laws that apply to the area, and, as in the rest of the UK, inciting violence and any sort of hate speech is illegal. During my half-day there I see plenty of inflammatory arguments — […]

Creative young Brits are quitting London for affordable Berlin

The building that houses Agora, tucked away in a small side-street in residential Neukölln, in an old lock-making factory, is easy to ignore. Outside a handful of people in their late twenties and early thirties are milling about, smoking, working on their MacBook Airs, chatting. On the short walk from the front gate to the […]