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.

  • 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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  • Who founded London?

    Posted on 03 December, 2020

    History books claim that London dates back to Roman times, but could it have been founded before then?

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  • Hackney

    Posted on 29 November, 2020

    Hackney is famous for its carriages, but no-one seems to know how it came by its name.

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  • Greenwich

    Posted on 25 November, 2020

    Greenwich has been officially designated a “royal borough” since 2012.

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