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Bookmarks tagged with “london”

  1. Locating London’s Past

    Amazingly good versions of the 1746 Rocque map of London, and the first (1869-80) OS map. All fully tiled, zoomable searchable, etc. The mapping methodology page makes me glad I never tried this. (via @agpublic)

  2. The Pedway: Elevating London

    I had some problems with this (eg, the commentators all have the same opinion, the shots of today’s walkways make them look more derelict and deserted than they are) but it’s still well worth a watch.

  3. A new (dashing) tailor discovered - Permanent Style

    A post from 2009. Sounds vaguely affordable. Well, compared to Saville Row. And this writer seems very happy with them. Loads of good stuff in this blog’s archives; an education.

  4. A Typographic Survey of the City of London: Part One

    Part One of a revised, longer, edition of a film about the City’s typography which was around a few years back but was taken offline. Other part(s) to come, apparently.

  5. London’s Great Exodus

    Seen lots of links to this today. Rather depressing, if you want London to be somewhere you and your friends can afford to live. “The city is essentially a tax haven with great theater, free museums and formidable dining.”

  6. This at There

    Very nice list of art / exhibitions on in London, ordered by how soon they close, from It’s Nice That. (via @antimega)

  7. Tecznts - The construction of “Big Ben” in London in 1859…

    If you rely on Big Ben to set your timepieces - and who doesn’t? - this 1875 map shows you how to adjust for the delay of the sound reaching you, depending on where you are in London. So good.

  8. John Bryce SWE RE - Along the Thames

    This was also at the Bankside Gallery. Tiny, slightly twee, but very nice. He doesn’t seem to have a website, but Google images turns up a few others, many detailed London views.

  9. Six Snapshots of St Paul’s - Anne Desmet

    Saw a single version of this Bankside Gallery today. Nice, tiny, detailed. A good not-touristy, vertical London landscape.

  10. Prince Charles Cinema - Slackers presents… Singles

    Nostalgic retromania events have definitely reached the early 90s. “Not only will we be presenting the film, but there will also be a selection of music videos with lyrics on the screen for you to sing along to before the film…”

  11. Barbican - Urban Wandering – Film and the London Landscape

    Loads of interesting London-related films at the Barbican in September. Includes a new film about the pedways/highwalks! (via @antimega)

  12. Jack Nicholson+The Brunswick Centre=V. cool. From… | Modernist Estates

    A snippet from ‘The Passenger’ (1981), with Jack Nicholson walking through the Brunswick Centre.

  13. Whitecross Street Estate - 2010 - Publica (PDF)

    A report on the Peabody estate that spans Whitecross Street, from 2010. An interesting read. It sounded like a quite reasonable amount of work would make a big different to a lot of the public/residents’ spaces which are neither car park or useful/enjoyable space. But I’m not sure how much has actually changed since.

  14. An Independent Appraisal of Henderson Global Investor’s Ltd’s Proposals for Redevelopment of the Western Market Buildings, Smithfield (PDF)

    Lots of photos etc, describing the proposals. Mainly: Keep the most of the shallow, street-facing brick buildings (or just the facades?), and replace the large 19th century market space inside with a seven-storey office block. This assessment seems unsurprisingly critical.

  15. The best burritos and tacos in London – 55 burritos, 83 tacos, 59 eateries, one verdict | The Picky Glutton

    Ten years ago I wrote a post wondering why there was so little Mexican food in London. Now look. (via Antimega)

  16. New Residential Tower For City Road Approved

    Blimey, that’s huge! The current half-built towers (on the left) already look oppressively tall for this spot.

  17. ‘Not believing in God makes life more precious’: meet the atheist ‘churchgoers’ | World news | The Guardian

    A few years ago I was wondering what an atheist Sunday “service” would be like. here we are.

  18. The Last Places

    Henry VIII’s wine cellar, once part of Whitehall Palace, still exists under the Ministry of Defence. Although the entire cellar was moved, in one piece, when the MoD was being built. (via ?)

  19. Barbican, 1969 - YouTube

    Documentary about the Barbican, including footage of the then nearly-completed buildings, and (at 15:40) a look inside one of the show flats.

  20. London Centre for Book Arts

    New, in Hackney, devoted to artists’ books. They do classes on printing, binding, etc. (via the Guardian)

  21. How London’s Silicon Roundabout really got started — European technology news

    Brilliant - really glad this got written up. Matt Biddulph’s timeline of how “Silicon Roundabout” became a thing.

  22. Jones the planner: Hackney Hipsters

    Ignoring the hipster stuff, a good look at some of the developing and developed parts of Hackney. “There is a fundamental mismatch between what ‘regeneration’ does and the sort of organic development that resulted in the Shoreditch of today. … Most developers do exactly the opposite of what makes Shoreditch successful.” (via @amcewen)

  23. At Hyde Park Corner (London Review of Books)

    Jonathan Meades on fine form, on the newish Bomber Command Memorial. “The failure of British modernism and of today’s synthetic modernism to devise a memorious idiom provides an ample justification for the mongers of easy-viewin’ classicism to dump their stuff indiscriminately.”

  24. Old Street – putting the genie back in the bottle? | The power of the network

    Yes (except when he says “Old Street” he means “Old Street Roundabout”). Putting a big building in the middle of a horrific, people-unfriendly space won’t help much. I’d go further: pedestrianise everything from the Foundry to the roundabout. (via @cityofsound)

  25. How a high-rise craze is ruining London’s skyline | Art and design | The Observer

    “Strata waddles into the background from stage left, like SpongeBob SquarePants in a production of Hamlet.” Yes, all this. (via @cityofsound)

  26. I, Anna Trailer - YouTube

    Charlotte Rampling and Gabriel Byrne in a movie that seems largely set in the Barbican. Includes a scene in a lift with the blue “lift curtains” that are hung when someone’s moving in or out, to protect the lift. A nice cosy/claustrophobic touch.

  27. Henderson - General - Henderson launches new plans for Smithfield Quarter

    Description of plans for the west end of Smithfield Market. I am never optimistic about these things.

  28. Tower of London

    The Tower of London’s Facebook timeline goes back to 1066. (via Londonist)

  29. Tait Technologies: Moving Images at Olympic Stadium

    About the seat pixel things in the Olympic Stadium. Stunning, and they work so much better than I would have imagined. (via @knolleary)

  30. Iain Sinclair · Diary: My Olympics · LRB 30 August 2012

    He’s usually an entertaining read, despite his relentless talking-down of even incidental things (I’m not sure Zara Phillips’ Olympic horse can be described as a “sore-hoofed nag”). But, more and more, I wonder, “What does Iain Sinclair *want*? I know what he’s against, but what is he *for*?”

  31. Why the Southbank Centre redevelopment plan is sheer folly | Art and design | The Observer

    What is it that makes people want to change pleasant, distinctive locations into chain-filled, plate-glass-fronted, shopping centres? (via everyone with any sense)

  32. Melissa Price

    Topographic maps of (only) London’s rivers or London’s hills. Nice idea, although monochrome relief seems rather dull after seeing Stamen’s terrain maps. And the labels seem rather OTT.

  33. BBC News - How to read London

    Paul Mason, brilliant on the nature of London. Well worth a read.

  34. #WHENINLONDON

    I do like this Tumblr. (via @iamdanw)

  35. The physical constraints of London’s streets | As Easy As Riding A Bike

    Countering the “London’s streets are two narrow for proper Dutch-style cycling lanes” idea with many, many photos of London’s wide main roads. (via Cyclists in the City)

  36. Another Studio - MONUmini Barbican Tower

    10cm tall stainless steel sheet model of a Barbican tower.

  37. Twitter / mattb: @philgyford those “estimat

    “@philgyford those “estimates” always upset me. I didn’t estimate, I wrote down the first 15 companies I could think of in half an hour.” Exactly.

  38. Demos | Publications - A Tale of Tech City

    Free download PDF of the report. Page 53 includes the “15 companies in 2008” meme as only one of several unreliable figures. (via @jwheare)

  39. Olympic Park legacy plan threatens Tech City growth, report warns | Business | guardian.co.uk

    “That compares with an estimated 15 companies as recently as 2008.” The Guardian trotting out that ridiculous stat yet again. Even the Demos report the article is about (but doesn’t link to) says that figure is only one of several unreliable ones.

  40. Twitter / SeaContainers: The largest ever picture o

    100m wide photo of the royal family on the south bank of the Thames. As Londonist put it, “reminiscent of Pyongyang leader worship.” Horrific. Tag “jubilympics”. (via Londonist)

  41. Cash in the attic: short-term home letting | Life and style | The Guardian

    Couple appear in national newspaper showing off their Barbican flat which they let out to strangers, against the terms of their lease. What fun.

  42. Secret Underground

    “Smart ways around the tube system.” I’ll never remember these, but interesting and handy nonetheless. (via @antimega)

  43. A Profile of London by A.A. Gill - NYTimes.com

    “The natives may, occasionally, if backed against a wall, be rudimentarily helpful, but mostly they’ll ignore you with the huffing sighs of people in a hurry.” “She furiously bellowed; ‘Oh my God, is there no end to these improvements?’” (via Haddock)

  44. CityDashboard: London

    Not the prettiest thing in the world, but really nice as a “state of a place” display.

  45. New Plan To Redevelop Centre Point

    Interesting in itself but also for the developer saying that in the long term, Centre Point will only be sustainable if turned into flats. Nice!

  46. Barbican Cinema’s Official Tumblog

    Documenting the creation of the new cinemas.

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