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.

  • 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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  • Southwark

    Posted on 26 February, 2021

    Southwark isn’t just any old borough, if you please; Southwark is the Borough.

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  • Shoreditch

    Posted on 22 February, 2021

    Shoreditch really does seem to have originally been the shore of a ditch, but no-one seems sure which ditch it was.

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  • London Stone

    Posted on 18 February, 2021

    Unlike Arsenal and Borough, London Stone does not correctly have a “the” in front of it, but no-one seems to know what it is or where it comes from.

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  • St Pancras

    Posted on 14 February, 2021

    St Pancras is a church rather than a neighbourhood, but it gave its name to a metropolitan borough that included Camden Town, Kentish Town, Somers Town, and half of Bloomsbury.

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  • Poplar

    Posted on 10 February, 2021

    Tucked into the corner where the River Lea meets the Thames, Poplar is named after the poplar trees which once flourished in that well-watered nook.

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