Independently London

Our blog on London, its curiosities and its history, for independently-minded Londoners, and anyone else who might be independently interested in London.

  • Middlesex

    Posted on 18 June, 2021

    Most of London was originally part of the county of Middlesex, but London gradually gobbled it up, and and nearly all of what was once Middlesex is now in London.

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  • The City

    Posted on 27 May, 2021

    A source of perpetual confusion to foreigners is the fact that the City of London is not the whole of London, but a tiny enclave inside it.

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  • Woolwich

    Posted on 07 April, 2021

    Woolwich is very old. It’s been settled since the Iron Age, before the Romans built Londinium. Its name suggests that in Anglo-Saxon times it was a trading place for wool.

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  • Westminster

    Posted on 28 March, 2021

    Westminster was once an island at an important ford across the River, but the name originally referred only to the Abbey.

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  • Wandsworth

    Posted on 22 March, 2021

    Wandsworth is the only metropolitan borough to have lost bits when it was transformed into a larger London borough of the same name in 1965.

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  • Great Cockney traditions

    Posted on 18 March, 2021

    From Bow bells to jellied eels, you can’t beat a good old bit of Cockney tradition, the heart and soul of London’s culture and identity.

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  • Stoke Newington

    Posted on 14 March, 2021

    In population terms, Stoke Newington (“Stokey” to its friends) was London’s smallest metropolitan borough.

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  • Stepney

    Posted on 10 March, 2021

    Though the area we call Stepney nowadays is quite small, it was once a manor that covered most of what’s now the East End.

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  • Indian London (part two)

    Posted on 06 March, 2021

    It was in the 1950s that London’s Indian population really began to grow, with further influxes in the 1960s and 1970s, often from Africa rather than from India itself.

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  • Indian London (part one)

    Posted on 02 March, 2021

    There’s been an Indian community in London for centuries. While nowadays strongest in West London, it was at one time based firmly in the East End.

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