Independently London

Our blog on London, its curiosities and its history, for independently minded Londoners, and anyone else with an independent interest in London.

  • Lewisham

    Posted on 20 January, 2021

    Lewisham dates from Anglo-Saxon times, having been founded not by an Angle nor by a Saxon, but by a settler named Leof who belonged to the third and smallest of the Anglo-Saxon peoples, the Jutes.

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  • Lambeth

    Posted on 16 January, 2021

    With its bridge, its palace, and of course its Walk, Lambeth has been the Archbishop of Canterbury’s London seat since the twelfth century.

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  • Caribbean London (part two)

    Posted on 12 January, 2021

    The main contingent of London’s Caribbean community arrived here in the years following the Second World War.

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  • Caribbean London (part one)

    Posted on 08 January, 2021

    Many people think the history of London’s Caribbean community started with the arrival of the Empire Windrush in 1948, but that’s not entirely correct.

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  • Kensington

    Posted on 04 January, 2021

    Kensington is a neighbourhood of two halves: the well-heeled south and the down-at-heel north.

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  • Islington

    Posted on 27 December, 2020

    What we call Islington today stretches a lot further than it used to, and it’s the church’s fault.

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  • Holborn

    Posted on 19 December, 2020

    With a pronunciation that inevitably foxes foreigners, Holborn is the West End’s eastward extension.

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  • Hampstead’s three rivers

    Posted on 15 December, 2020

    With a geology that makes it rich in natural springs, Hampstead is the source of three of London’s (now subterranean) rivers: the Fleet, the Tyburn and the Westbourne.

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  • Hampstead

    Posted on 11 December, 2020

    The source of three rivers, Hampstead has long been a home to famous people and famous pubs.

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  • Hammersmith

    Posted on 07 December, 2020

    Hammersmith means exactly what you think: a place with a smithy, in this case not just one that did a bit of hammering, but one that actually made hammers.

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