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Seven new venues that opened in London in 2018

By Claire Wong

London gained a load of new places to hang out in 2019, here we run through a few of the biggest new launches 

1. Boxpark Wembley (above)

After success in Shoreditch and Croydon, shopping and eating destination Boxpark’s headed to Wembley. The new addition is brimming with foodie faves like Ugly Dumpling and Hola Guacamole. Yum! Olympic Way. Wembley Park.

2. Coal Drops Yard

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Looking for a new social haunt? Featuring an eclectic mix of stores, bars and restaurants, King’s Cross’s former Victorian coal depot-turned-trendy shopping district (hello, Cos!) should fit the bill. Stable St. King’s Cross.

3. Dabbers Social Bingo

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The East End venue is reinventing the classic game with interactive game show elements, drag, cocktails and craft beer. 18-22 Houndsditch. Aldgate.

4. World Gallery at the Horniman

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With a focus on sharing the stories from cultures and countries from around the globe, the eclectic World Gallery at the Horniman Museum exhibits dedicated areas for different regions of the planet. It’s a gap year in a museum. 100 London Rd. Forest Hill Overground.

5. V&A Photography Centre

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London’s fanciest museum gained a permanent gallery dedicated to photography this year. The inaugural exhibition charts the history of photograph. Cromwell Rd. South Kensington.

6. Alexandra Palace East Court Theatre

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A feat of Victorian engineering, the theatre at Ally Pally has reopened for (show)business after 80 years of slumber. Alexandra Palace Way. Alexandra Palace rail.

7. Temperate House

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You thought Kew’s Palm House was big? It’s nothing compared to Temperate House. The largest Victorian glasshouse in the world reopened at the botanical gardens this summer. It’s a glassy stunner! Royal Botanical Gardens. Kew Gardens rail. 

Read our full list of ways London changed in 2018

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