Best London Blogs Of 2012
London is a fantastic place to visit whether or not the Olympics are on, but sometimes what you need is a little local knowledge to get the most out of it. Luckily, London has plenty of great bloggers to point you in the right direction, share a little history or surprise you with weird facts.
We’ve put together a list of our favourite London blogs of 2012 to help you get the most out of your trip to the capital. Here they are in no particular order. By Matt Lindley
Londonist is the quintessential London travel guide, stuffed with off-beat listings, concert reviews and alternative articles. Not only will it help you organise your social life; it’ll also provide you with interesting facts that you never thought you needed to know, like the top five London pub cats or which Brutalist buildings to pencil into your itinerary.
Tired Of London, Tired Of Life
Described by the Sunday Times as the ‘Kama Sutra’ of London travel guides, Tired of London gives you one interesting thing to do in the city each day. There’s always something new to do – from watching the Olympic opening ceremony to attending an opera in Ealing. And if you get bored, it’s no reflection on the city but on your inspiration levels. So use Tired of London to brainstorm ideas.
Derelict London is a photo blog dedicated to the city’s empty spaces: disused Tube stations, boarded-up tower blocks and empty shops. There’s something fascinating about the city’s constant evolution, and it’s nice to know that someone out there is keeping track of the changes. After all, these derelict buildings are as much a part of London life as Big Ben or Buckingham Palace.
‘In the midst of life I woke to find myself living in an old house beside Brick Lane.’ Spitalfields Life is a candid glimpse of a vibrant part of East London which isn’t always covered in the tourist guides. It’s a poignant account of everyday life in the East End, with essays on fried chicken joints and market stall fly-pitchers, which is guaranteed to make you see things in a new light.
The UK’s multicultural capital is perhaps one of the best places on the planet to sample global cuisine. London Foodie is your best bet for finding the tastiest Thai or delicious dim sum with its plethora of reviews and recommendations. If you fancy cooking, there are also plenty of interesting recipes accompanied by photos to whet your appetite.
Another Nickel In The Machine
Another Nickel takes a look at how London was in the 1900s, focussing on its history, music and culture. Readers will be surprised at how much things have changed and stayed the same reading these accounts of 1948 Olympic games or bare-legged women’s tennis at Wimbledon. There are also plenty of great black and white photos of London as it once was to make you feel nostalgic.
There are too many pubs in London for even Winston Churchill to have tried them all. Rather than reviewing drinking establishments, Pubology groups them into categories like ‘warmongering pubs’ and ‘leafy pubs’, giving you some interesting facts on each. Next time you’re out drinking with your mates, you’ll be able to impress them with some pub trivia.
Bollards of London
Bollards of London is (to my knowledge) the only blog devoted to the humble object of traffic control. BOL features the city’s finest bollards, photographed and discussed in terms of their historical origins and aesthetic merits. It may be niche, but that’s exactly what London’s all about, and it’ll have you noticing traffic bollards everywhere you go.
Love it or loathe it, the Underground is an essential part of most Londoners’ lives. Going Underground is Annie Mole’s guide to everything Tube-related, from bizarre sightings of people in panda suits to exhibitions of archaeological finds unearthed during construction work. It’ll certainly brighten up your daily commute.
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