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London - Street Art, Welcome To Kinkao, Pedley Street, Off Brick Lane. Photo Credit: ©Ursula Petula Barzey.

Take A Walk On The Wildside And Discover Top 10 Things To See In London’s East End

Think you’ve seen all there is in London? Well, think again! Just step east over the border from the Financial City and you’ll find another world of contrasts reflecting the waves of immigrant workers who have passed through over the centuries. My top ten list of things to see in London’s East End will take you on a journey of atmospheric Georgian and Victorian streets, bustling markets, great nightlife, and some historic villains. Enjoy!

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Top 10 Things to See at the Imperial War Museum

The Imperial War Museum presents London’s greatest collection of military arms and hardware. Famed for its tanks, aircraft, and weapons, the museum also reveals and reflects on the rich personal tales and first-hand accounts of British and Commonwealth involvement in 20th and 21st Century conflicts all around the world. Visit the Imperial War Museum with a Blue Badge Tourist Guide to discover their stories and touch the hand of military history.

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Tate Britain: Merry-Go-Round by Mark Gertler 1916. Photo Credit: © Ingrid Wallenborg.

Top 10 Reasons Why A Tour of Tate Britain In London Should Be On Your Bucket List

The art-loving and generous founder of the Tate, sugar magnate Henry Tate, collected contemporary British art. He knew what he liked; pictures (some say sentimental) that told a story, animal subjects, and landscapes. He bought works by Millais, Stanhope Forbes, and Luke Fildes, displayed in his own gallery at Park Hill. However, intellectuals sneered at his taste. Resolved to found a public gallery of British art with his own pictures, the gallery finally opened in 1897.

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St Patrick's Day Festival - Trafalgar Square

St Patrick’s Day in London

March will see the feast days of two of the UK’s patron saints: St David of Wales on the 1st and St Patrick of Ireland on the 17th.  St David’s day will see a banquet in the evening at the Guildhall and attended by Mayor of London. St Patrick’s Day, on the other hand, will see a huge procession from Green Park to Trafalgar Square on Sunday the 19th starting at noon and an event in the square that will go on all day.

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William Blake painting by Thomas Phillips. Photo Credit: © Public Domains via WikiMedia Commons.

10 Facts About William Blake And The Poem Jerusalem

Most English people are familiar with the song Jerusalem which is a kind of unofficial national anthem for England – as opposed to God Save the Queen which is the official anthem for the United Kingdom as a whole. The words were written by the poet and painter William Blake, one of the great English eccentrics, a born and bred Londoner.

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Notting Hill: Portobello Road Market. Photo Credit: © James Hamill.

Top 10 Things To Do In Notting Hill

The neighbourhood of Notting Hill in London today is a vibrant, exuberant and colourful reflection of its heady, diverse, rich and multi-cultural past. An eclectic mix of people, places and attitudes give this affluent and fashionable area a unique vibe, combining both the bohemian and the traditional. International financial traders rub shoulders with artists, musicians and writers in the many coffee shops, bars, and restaurants or behind handsome stucco-fronted pillar-porched houses, pretty mews dwellings and of course, regular flats.

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Irish Guards Irish Wolfhound Mascot. Photo Credit: © Elf via Wikimedia Commons.

Ahead of the Pack: 6 of London’s Top Dogs

Chinese New Year has arrived and as London celebrates the Year of the Dog with the biggest Chinese New Year celebrations outside of Asia, my thoughts turned to this city’s longstanding love affair with man’s best friend, the dog. There’s a lot of puppy love in the Great British capital – a phenomenal 200,000 dogs and counting call London home.  That’s almost twice the size of the population of Reykjavik! 

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Charles Dickens Statue Portsmouth. Photo Credit: © Edwin Lerner.

Top 10 Interesting Facts About Charles Dickens

Charles Dickens was born in 1812 at Portsmouth and was one of the first world superstars both in his own lifetime and ever since. He was recognised not only in Great Britain as a great writer but abroad, particularly France and the United States where he travelled extensively. He emerged as a writer in a stratospheric way in 1836, with Pickwick Papers and Oliver Twist.

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Churchill War Rooms - Churchill in Transatlantic Telephone Room.

Churchill War Rooms: The Nerve Centre of Resistance

The recent release of the Winston Churchill movie, Darkest Hour has brought one of London’s most popular tourist attractions into even sharper focus. The movie, in which Gary Oldman brilliantly captures the look, mannerisms and voice of Britain’s great wartime leader, is largely set in the Churchill War Rooms.

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London St James's Park - Horse Guard Parade: Changing of the Guard. Photo Credit: © Ursula Petula Barzey.

Top 10 Facts About The Changing Of The Guard Ceremony

Elite soldiers from 5 infantry and 2 cavalry regiments have been guarding the Monarch since 1660. These 7 regiments are called the Household Division. The Changing of the Guard ceremony at Buckingham Palace and St James Palace is a time honoured symbol of the British monarchy and a great example of British pomp and ceremony.

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London Theatreland: Palace Theatre_Harry Potter And The Cursed Child. Photo Credit: © Ursula Petula Barzey.

10 Things That May Surprise You About London’s West End – Theatreland

London is a “world class” city on many levels, and attracts visitors for a wide variety of reasons, and none more so than for its theatrical reputation, credentials and concentration of West End theatres, known as “Theatreland.” Today there are well over sixty theatres both large and small located in a fairly tight geographical area.

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London Royal Parks: Couple walking at the edge of The Serpentine in London's Hyde Park. Photo Credit: ©Visit London Images.

5 Romantic Things To Do in London

You don’t have to wait for Valentine’s Day to plan a romantic day or  vacation in London. You also don’t need to limit yourself to traditional romantic gestures such as cards, flowers, chocolates and candlelight dinners while in London. You can create a more memorial experience by exploring and experiencing the best that London has to offer with your significant other.  With this in mind, below are 5 suggestions of romantic things to do in London.

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