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.

  • Piccadilly Circus

    Posted on 09 November, 2020

    Piccadilly Circus isn’t exactly known for being London’s most respectable road junction.

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  • Deptford

    Posted on 05 November, 2020

    Once a ford, now a bridge, Deptford’s seen dramatic battles and murky murders in its time.

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  • Chelsea

    Posted on 02 November, 2020

    At the forefront of fashion in the sixties and seventies, Chelsea has been considered chic since the fifteen hundreds.

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  • The Huguenots

    Posted on 30 October, 2020

    London’s first modern immigrants, the Huguenots created today’s Soho and Spitalfields.

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  • Camberwell

    Posted on 27 October, 2020

    Famous for its beauty and its carrots, Camberwell really was originally a well.

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  • Bethnal Green

    Posted on 23 October, 2020

    Bethnal Green, in the heart of the East End, was once known for its blind beggar.

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  • London’s own tree

    Posted on 21 October, 2020

    Canada has the maple, Lebanon has its cedars, and London also has its own tree: the London plane.

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  • Bermondsey

    Posted on 18 October, 2020

    Bermondsey has an Abbey Street and a Spa Road, but at one time it had an actual abbey and an actual spa.

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  • Battersea

    Posted on 15 October, 2020

    One of London’s old metropolitan boroughs, Battersea was originally an island.

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  • Londonshire

    Posted on 12 October, 2020

    London isn’t a shire or county of course, but it used to be.

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