Tuesday, 30 August 2011

In answer to a recent question please find here a list of places to Swim in London

London Borough of Barnet
Barnet Copthall Leisure Centre
Finchley Lido Leisure
Centre Church Farm Swimming Pool

London Borough of Bromley
Crystal Palace National Sports Centre

London Borough of Camden
Swiss Cottage Leisure Centre
Oasis Sports Centre
Kentish Town Sports Centre

London Borough of Ealing
Dormers Wells Leisure Centre
Gurnell Leisure Centre

London Borough of Greenwich
Arches Leisure Centre
The Eltham Centre
Thamesmere Leisure Centre
Waterfront Leisure Centre

London Borough of Hackney
Britannia Leisure Centre
Clissold Leisure Centre
Kings Hall Leisure Centre
London Fields Lido

London Borough of Hammersmith and Fulham
Phoenix Fitness Centre and
Janet Adegoke Swimming Pool

London Borough of Lambeth
Brixton Recreation Centre
London Borough of Merton
Canons Leisure Centre
Morden Park Pools
Wimbledon Leisure Centre

London Borough of Newham
Atherton Leisure Centre
Balaam Leisure Centre
East Ham Leisure Centre
Newham Leisure Centre

London Borough of Sutton
Cheam Leisure Centre
Westcroft Leisure Centre

London Borough of Tower Hamlets
Mile End Park Leisure Centre
St Georges Pools
Tiller Leisure Centre
York Hall Leisure Centre

London Borough of Waltham Forest
Cathall Leisure Centre
Larkswood Leisure Centre
Leyton Leisure Lagoon
Waltham Forest Pool and Track

Epsom and Ewell Borough Council
Rainbow Leisure Centre

London Borough of Hillingdon
Botwell Green Sports Centre
Highgrove Pool and Fitness Centre
The History of Leadenhall Market.
Magical at Christmas Time Leadenhall Market

Evidence of the First London Bridge built by the Romans with a settlement to the north of the river and in Lambeth.
City of Londinium flourishes around the area we know as the monument.

Late in the first century, a basilica (law courts) and forum (market place) built on where Leadenhall Market stands today. It is the largest such site North of the Alps and occupied an area bigger than that of Trafalgar Square.

After the Romans left, much of London was left in ruins and little is known of its history throughout the Dark Ages.

It is not until 1309 where the Manor of Leadenhall is first listed, as belonging to Sir Hugh Neville.
By 1321, the area around Leadenhall manor is a known meeting place for poulterers. They are joined, in 1397 by cheesemongers.

In 1411 the site is acquired by Richard 'Dick' Whittington, the mayor of London. The site grows in importance as a granary and a chapel are built to service those coming to the market.
In 1463, the beam for the tronage and weighing of wool is fixed at Leadenhall market, signifying its importance as a centre for commerce. In 1488 it is decided that leather is sold only from Leadenhall Market.

In 1622, cutlery is made available only from Leadenhall Market.
The Great Fire of 1666 destroys much of the city of London, including parts of the market. When it is rebuilt not long after, it becomes a covered structure for the first time and is divided into the Beef Market, the Green Yard and the Herb Market.

The building is knocked down again in 1881 and redesigned by Sir Horace Jones (architect of Billingsgate and Smithfield Markets). Wrought iron and glass replace the previous stone structure.
A celebrated character in Leadenhall during the 18th century was 'Old Tom', a goose which managed to escape execution even though it is recorded that 34,000 geese were slaughtered there in two days. He became a great favourite in the market and was fed at the local inns. After his death in 1835 at the age of 38, he lay in state in the market and was buried there.

In 1991, Leadenhall Market was extensively restored

Hollywood notices the charms of Leadenhall in 2001 when it is used as Diagon Alley in Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone.

Monday, 29 August 2011

Hidden Gardens of the City of London

St.Dunstan's Garden    Photo: Frederick Muller
Hidden Gardens of the City of London: "From the oldest Guildhall garden to the newer
gardens created after the bomb damage of the
second world war, the financial City contains
almost 200 green spaces, including many little
oases of serenity, and some beautiful water

From hidden courtyards to rooftop gardens and
amazing hidden walkways, this walk is a
revelation. It will introduce you to some restricted
access routes through the City, as well as many
delightful small gardens, unknown to the majority
of the City workers."

Roast On Sunday The Freemasons Arms
The Freemasons Arms - 0207 433 6811

The Freemasons Arms - 0207 433 6811

The Freemasons Arms - 0207 433 6811

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Roast On Sunday, The Old Bull and Bush Hampstead
The Old Bull & Bush - 0208 905 5456

The Old Bull & Bush - 0208 905 5456

The Old Bull & Bush - 0208 905 5456

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Roast On Sunday. The Orange Tree
The Orange Tree  - 0208 343 7031

The Orange Tree  - 0208 343 7031

The Orange Tree  - 0208 343 7031

The Great British Roast on Sunday

Sunday Roasts: Two courses from £13.95.
Lashings of gravy, seasonal veg, Bloody Marys, Sunday newspapers, leather sofas...
What better way to spend time with family or friends?
For many, Sunday just wouldn’t be Sunday without a Bloody Mary followed by a traditional roast lunch.
We are all for keeping with tradition here! From midday we’ll be serving a choice of mouth-watering Sunday roasts, beautifully prepared by our chefs, with all the trimmings. There’s something for everyone and of course, the bar will be open all day!
The Orange Tree , Totteridge Village, Totteridge, London, N20 8NX

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The Jam Tree - Modern British Gastro Pub Chelsea, Sunday Roast Chelsea Pub, Sunday Lunch Kings Road

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The Priory Arms – Sunday Roast South London, best food Stockwell, SW8, Sunday lunch

The Best Sunday Lunch in Clapham. Roast on Sunday
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Sunday, 28 August 2011

History On Wheels ~ Motoring, Militaria, Memories

History On Wheels ~ Motoring, Militaria, Memories: "
Welcome to the History On Wheels Museum Website

‘Motors – Militaria & Memories'

Situated in the South East of England, in Eton Wick, close to Eton College and within sight of Windsor Castle, History On Wheels is more than just a motor museum.

The Museum was first opened to the public in 1980, and as the name implies, within this Museum can be found a truly unique collection of MOTORS, both Military and Civilian, MILITARIA, from 1900 to the 1950’s, from all conflicting Nations, and MEMORIES, illustrating artefacts of all types from both the civilian and wartime home fronts."

100 Years of Thorntons: chocolates, gifts & presents from Thorntons

100 Years of Thorntons: chocolates, gifts & presents from Thorntons: "100 Years of Thorntons

Did you know Thorntons has been making delicious chocolates for hundred years? In fact, our very first shop was opened in Sheffield by travelling confectioner Joseph William Thornton in October 1911, who handed the keys to his teenage sons Norman and Stanley and said:

“Make this the best sweet shop in town!” Well, they didn’t do a bad job, did they?


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Saturday, 27 August 2011

The Dr Who Experience
  • Doctor Who Experience
Dr Who Experience 
This interactive journey takes you and the Doctor on a spectacular adventure though time and space. Step though the crack in time and help the Doctor, armed with his Sonic Screwdriver, escape from his enemies, fly the TARDIS and come face-to-face with some of the scariest monsters seen on screen including Daleks, Cybermen and the Sontarans. Packed with amazing special effects and exclusive filming with Matt Smith this multi-sensory experience is fun for the family and fans alike.
After your action-packed journey with the Doctor, there is so much more to see and explore. The largest ever collection of original Doctor Who props and artefacts including the entire collection of Doctors’ iconic costumes from 1963 to the present day. TheDavid Tennant TARDIS set and the Doctors arch enemies through the ages and the latest addition from the current TV series: the Silence and the Silurians.
Specially created sets, images and interactive experiences allow you to discover firsthand what happens behind the scenes of the TV programme, how the special effects are created and even how to walk like a Doctor Who monster. Don’t miss out on this unmissable adventure book your tickets today

Doctor Who star, Matt Smith, who has recorded a series of special, new scenes exclusive to the Doctor Who Experience comments:
"The whole concept of the Doctor Who Experience, which will give fans a chance to star in their very own Doctor Who adventure, is massively exciting! I hope as many people as possible enjoy boarding the TARDIS next year to embark upon an exhilarating and sometimes terrifying adventure through time and space".

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Favourite Places The London Transport Museum

Trams & trolleybuses

Image showing Trams & trolleybusesLondon’s first trams were horse-drawn. Later, electric trams covered many areas of the city. Trolleybuses were introduced in 1931 to replace trams. Like trams, they were powered by electricity from overhead wires, but they were cheaper to run as there was no track to maintain. Today trams have made a revival in Croydon.

London On the Move 1970
Film Archive from the London Transport Museum

Friday, 26 August 2011

Crack open the Bolly! Ab Fab are back and Eddy and Patsy are shopping up a storm filming Christmas special

We haven’t seen them crack into a bottle of Bolly since they last appeared on our screens in 2004. 
But the dysfunctional and deluded Eddy and Patsy are set to return to our screens with a special episode of Absolutely Fabulous. 
Earlier today Joanna Lumley and Jennifer Saunders were seen stepping into the shoes of the tragic middle aged women filming scenes for the Christmas special.
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Shopping up a storm: Joanna Lumley and Jennifer Sunders have reprise their roles as Eddy and Patsy in Absolutely Fabulous

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Drink Pink this summer - Get FruityThis Bank Holiday Weekend

The last bank holiday weekend of the year is upon us, so savour every moment of your 3 day weekend by spending it with us and enjoying a bottle of Kopparberg Mixed Fruit cider on the house.

Because it’s pink of course!

Please print off this email in order to claim your complimentary bottle of Kopparberg Mixed Fruit cider.
This voucher entitles you to one complimentary bottle of Kopparberg Mixed Fruit cider at the pub named on the email only
This voucher is valid until Monday 28th August 2011 at participating pubs
Strictly one voucher per person, multiple copies will not be accepted
Promoter: Young & Co.'s Brewery plc, Riverside House, 26 Osiers Road, Wandsworth, London SW18 1NH. Registered Company No. 32762

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26/08/11 Notting Hill prepares for the carnival weekend

Residents, local businesses, musicians and performers are making the final preparations for this weekend's Notting Hill Carnival.
The carnival is starting and finishing earlier this year following the recent riots and looting in London.
Records number of police will also be on duty.

Thursday, 25 August 2011

Wildlife officer Malcolm 'guarding London's park life'

London may be one of the most built up areas in the world but it has a full-time wildlife officer protecting habitats in the Royal Parks.
Malcolm Kerr is a third generation officer for the Royal Parks and has spoken to Sarah Harris about his work.

Wednesday, 24 August 2011

The Captain Kidd Story Museum of London Docklands

From Treasure Island to Pirates of the Caribbean, piracy has long been an inspiration for books, television and films. Now, in a major exhibition at the Museum of London Docklands, families and adults alike can discover the real pirates who ruled our seas over 300 years ago.

Batman Live 24 August- Sept 4 London
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