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  1. 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.

  2. Secret Underground

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

  3. A Profile of London by A.A. Gill -

    “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)

  4. CityDashboard: London

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

  5. 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!

  6. Barbican Cinema’s Official Tumblog

    Documenting the creation of the new cinemas.

  7. List of windmills in London - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

    “A list of existing and former windmills whose sites fall within Greater London.” Lists 15 locations in Clerkenwell alone. Internet is brilliant.

  8. Olympics 2012: branding ‘police’ to protect sponsors’ exclusive rights | Sport | The Guardian

    If you were wavering over your opinion of them, every paragraph here takes you closer to thinking “fuck the London Olympic Games 2012.”

  9. London Trails

    “Walking Tours with Old Maps.” Sounds good.

  10. Olympics 2012 security: welcome to lockdown London | Stephen Graham | Sport | The Guardian

    I did think that maybe, as the games approached, I would forget any earlier grumpiness over the vast sums of money spent on two weeks of sport but, ah, no. It is nuts.

  11. Coutours - Bespoke Tours of London

    “Coutours creates entertaining tailor-made escorted tours of London, urban expeditions that will make your visit to London both special and unforgettable.”

  12. Kettling 2.0: The Olympic State of Exception and TSG Action Figures | Games Monitor

    For the large bit on the portable steel cordons the UK police originally acquired for “Chemical, Biological, Radiological, and Nuclear” situations and are now using to contain protestors. I’d be a bit shocked if I saw police in, say, a Middle Eastern country using these against peaceful protestors, and now…

  13. Around City of London in Colour aka London Scenes - British Pathe

    Some nice bits of (silent) colour film of the City of London from 1961. (Thanks Mum!)

  14. New Statesman - The tax haven in the heart of Britain

    Not sure why I didn’t save this link at the time, in February. Nicholas Shaxson on the City of London.

  15. City property deals benefit a developer linked to lord mayor | UK news | The Guardian

    Could it be that the Corporation of London is going to finally get some of the investigation and poking the shady, undemocratic institution deserves? That “path of progress” euphemism is horrible in itself.

  16. BBC News - ‘Occupy’ is a response to economic permafrost

    Good stuff by Paul Mason. “Occupy Everywhere, then, is the kind of movement you get when people start to believe mainstream politicians have lost their principles, or are trapped by vested interests, or are all crooked.” (via Preoccupations)

  17. London Cycling Campaign | Campaigns | Key campaigns | Blackfriars | People-friendly Blackfriars

    Pretty impressive graphics and animations for an alternative vision of a tricky junction, as competition for the official and protested-against plans.

  18. The last days of a legendary gay venue | From the Guardian | The Guardian

    Awww, that’s a shame. Gay or not, First Out was a lovely little cafe. Progress, eh?

  19. Voices Of East Anglia: Inside the Oxford Street HMV Store in the Sixties

    Lots of great photos of what it used to look like. I love that sweeping staircase. (via @antimega)

  20. The Living City (1970) - YouTube

    I haven’t watched it all yet, but looks interesting: a 1970 half hour film about the post-war rebuilding of the City of London, from the London Metropolitan Archives.

  21. Hackney London Riots | Stylenoir

    A decent report and photos by a style mag from the London riots, #2. (via @catfunt)

  22. The Battle of Mare Street «

    A decent report and photos by a style mag from the London riots, #1. (via @alanconnor)

  23. Planning Application Details - 149-157 Whitecross Street, EC1Y

    For turning half of the row of empty buildings on Whitecross Street into four commercial units and nine flats, in a  faux Victorian/Georgian style.

  24. Henry Beck Rules, not OK? Breaking the Rules of Diagrammatic Map Design (PDF)

    A thoughtful essay by Max Roberts, from 2009, about the rules used in Beck’s diagrammatic London Underground map, and when they’re worth breaking. Well worth a read. (via Blech)

  25. For 2 weeks only – alternative tube maps on display

    Photos of the work of Max Roberts on the tube map. Photos, rather than decent graphics unfortunately. Can’t find better versions of his stuff online, so “wins”.

  26. London Tubemap - A new angle on the London Underground

    I like the original, but this compromise does feel more usefully connected to the geography of the city, rather than a complete abstraction. (via @benhammersley)

  27. Hobbs of Barbican

    I never knew: Between 1930 and WWII the firm Hobbs of Barbican made bikes in the Barbican area of London, later moving to Dagenham.

  28. S.E.H Kelly — Clothes made in England and the British Isles

    Men’s clothes, made entirely from UK materials (including the buttons), based in Hackney, London. Although they all look too short for me.

  29. The Ancient Tree Hunt (PDF)

    A cycling route to some of London’s oldest trees.

  30. Silicon Roundabout Roundup

    Alex is tracking the ups and downs of events in the area via Tumblr.

  31. London’s Holy Wells

    Some interesting history about the location of wells in London, with photos and maps. eg, St Agnes Well was round the back of the Foundry on Old Street.

  32. Post-War Buildings

    Don’t think I’ve seen this before. A collection of photos, details and sometimes long descriptions of mostly London post-war modern buildings. Good. (Shame the photos are all Flash though.)

  33. Cyclists in the City: Cycle Superhighway is scandalous. Carbon copy of killer bike lane coming to Vauxhall Bridge Road

    Given how superficially cycling seems approved of by those in power (superhighways, Boris bikes, Cameron cycling, etc) it’s amazing how new road schemes are still often dangerous for cyclists, even when they sort of have cycle lanes etc.

  34. W. Brian Arthur vs Silicon Roundabout, ‘Start-Up Britain’ and other shake-and-bake approaches « Magical Nihilism

    Matt Jones on how you can’t just conjure an area like Shoreditch out of thin air and tax incentives. These things — locations, industries, technologies — take time and long-term ideas.

  35. Potlatch: An open letter to the hipster

    Will Davies calling on hipsters to be more politically aware (to very crudely summarise). Reminds me a bit of Adam Curtis at The Story talking about how the stories we tell online ignore the political structure of the net. (via Tom Taylor)

  36. Exquisite Tweets from @kaygeeuk, @Danny_Saxby, @m1ndy9876, @MissEllieMae, @ARRJAYKAY, @BenDylan, @kevmcveigh, @squashypigeon, @sliderulesyou, @oliverburkeman

    Highly edited (none of the retweets for a start) version of the “Sky reporters offered protestors £25 to throw bricks” rumour spreading on Twitter, curated by me.

  37. If You Tolerate Bis, Kenickie Will Be Next

    Another lovely twee-sounding club night in London. (via @revdancatt)

  38. Welcome to the Real Time Club

    “Founded in 1967, the Real Time Club is believed to be the world’s oldest IT dining Club.” (via Haddock)

  39. Street Traffic Accidents (Metropolis). (Hansard, 18 May 1914)

    “…can [the Home Secretary] see his way so to alter or relax the police regulations as to enable the more expeditious slaughter of animals meeting with serious accidents in the streets?”

  40. Sohei Nishino - Diorama map London (Detailed info)

    Stunning photographic collage photo-maps of cities. Currently at Michael Hoppen Gallery, SW3 3TD until 2nd April. (via Blech)

  41. MySociety » Blog Archive » Seeking to Contract an Interactive Designer for FixMyTransport

    The good folks at mySociety are looking for a freelance designer to make their new project beautiful and lovely.

  42. The Sartorialist: On the Street….London Color Story, London

    Some Londoners appear to be dressing themselves after that Hollywood movie teal-and-orange colour grading craze.

  43. David Long :: Hidden City

    “The Secret Alleys, Courts and Yards of London’s Square Mile” Sounds like a good read.

  44. London’s first aerial walkways | News | Property news | Homes & Property

    I’m assuming it’s just the Standard’s subeditor who thinks these are the “first aerial walkways” in London, rather than architecture writer Ruth Bloomfield. That would be silly… 

  45. File:Bill of Mortality.jpg - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

    Grim government statistics for 1665. No pretty graphs.

  46. Hangover Lounge

    Sunday afternoons at the Lexington on Pentonville Road. Sounds very nice, if I wasn’t already spending Sunday afternoons agonising over having achieved nothing useful yet each weekend.

  47. When Should I Visit Science Museum?

    What a lovely idea - which museums are most or least likely to be busy today?

  48. Barbican - Images | Jamie Smith

    Some nice photos of the Barbican by a student who’s doing a project on it. They’d be even nicer if they didn’t have a copyright statement stamped across their middles though.

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