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Southwark dries up as 110 pubs close

If you like a beer and a natter, Southwark is increasingly the place not to be, according to this story from the Morning Advertiser. ‘Labour should apologise for pub closures’ – General news – Politics – Morning Advertiser: Southwark tops the list, losing 110 of its pubs, followed by Liverpool with 100 and Birmingham with [...]

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Borough Market leasehold row points to banal future

Is Borough Market – bastion of the foodie, weekend destination of the cheese-hunting gourmand – headed for UK high street banality? The current actions of the charitable trust which controls the market indicate that it might be, according to this Guardian story: The last three remaining fruit and vegetable wholesalers based at permanent stalls have [...]

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Rent hikes hitting Brixton Village?

Are rent hikes being demanded in Brixton Village? urban75 certainly believes so. Save Our Shops – Brixton Village battles against rent hikes | urban75 blog: Just as Brixton Village (aka Granville Arcade) starts to get going after years of under-use, the owners have started to try and price locals out. All around the market could [...]

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Underneath West Norwood Cemetery

The denizens of West Norwood are rightly proud of their magnificent Victorian cemetery, but do they know they are also sitting on top of one of London’s only two sets of catacombs: The Victorian Catacombs of South London: “Thanks to a visit arranged by Subterranea Britannica, I found myself with a fairly rare chance to [...]

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Photos from Brockwell Park

Photos from Brockwell Park

onionbagblog wiled away some blissful minutes in Brockwell Park’s secret garden, and took some stunning pics: Hidden away behind the community greenhouse and acting as a South London sun trap, it is these late June days when the true splendour of Brockwell is best appreciated. My early morning visit found me at one with the [...]

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Crystal Palace, World Destination

As onionbagblog would say, cripes. Lonely Planet has named Crystal Palace as one of its “greatest little-known neighbourhoods” – in the world. 5. Crystal Palace, London, England Navigate here by the Eiffel-like radio mast: this lofty southeast spot is worth finding. The namesake palace burned down in 1936 but its legacy park still hosts a [...]

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Tower Bridge closures add to Fortress South London

First they closed Albert Bridge. Then they closed Blackwall Tunnel. Now they’re closing Tower Bridge, to paint it. Originally, it was thought two periods of full closures to Tower Bridge – one for eight weeks and one for 12 weeks – would be needed to complete these works. However, by working together with Transport for [...]

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New company offers SE London tours

Nice idea this: a local startup offering walking tours of the area: We are a cultural tour guiding company offering guided tours of the South East London area. These tours will be launched on Thursday 17th June 2010. via Culture Snap.

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National Theatre plans facelift

That much-loved eyesore/challenging and brutally beautiful landmark (delete as appropriate) the National Theatre wants to get out the chequebook for a major lick of paint: London’s National Theatre has submitted a planning application for a £70m facelift for its Grade II listed home. Theatre director Nicholas Hytner said he wanted “to open our building up [...]

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On Stockwell and murals

Stockwell News has a nice little post on the murals of Stockwell, in the light of the London Mural Preservation Society’s aim to collect the histories of London’s murals: The one most people will have seen is near Stockwell Station, set in the roundabout next to the World War One memorial. This was painted on [...]

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