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My London Fairytales shares her five favourite places to Instagram in London
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My London Fairytales shares her five favourite places to Instagram in London

Matilde Espírito Santo, aka mylondonfairytales, is a south-west London girl who's been ’grammin London for the best part of four years. Originally from Portugal, she moved here to do an MA and got into the Instagram game to combine two of her fave things: photos and the capital. Instagram royalty with oodles of followers, her stonkingly beautiful feed is chockablock with fabulous shots of pretty shop facades, flower shops, museums, regal-looking houses, doors, mews, vintage cars and of course, brunch. She shares her five top places to snap around the city.    A post shared by Matilde Espírito Santo (@mylondonfairytales) on Apr 22, 2017 at 1:18am PDT St Luke’s Mews ‘These Notting Hill mews are one of my favourite places to Instagram in London. Every time I go there, I can’t help myself and I have to take pictures of every single facade. Also, the cutest puppy lives in the pink house: look out for him!’ A post shared by Matilde Espírito Santo (@mylondonfairytales) on Oct 13, 2016 at 11:13am PDT Hillgate Place, Notting Hill ‘It’s amazing how beautiful, colourful, and peaceful Hillgate Place is, especially considering it’s just round the corner from noisy Notting Hill Gate underground station! The palettes are

Seven things you might not know about the Pride in London Parade
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Seven things you might not know about the Pride in London Parade

The most highly anticipated LGBT+ event of the year is nearly upon us. The Pride in London Parade will once again wind its saucy way through the streets of our great city on Saturday July 8. It promises to be a day of love, celebration and fabulousness. To get you in the spirit, here are seven things you might not know about the parade. A post shared by Pride in London 🏳️‍🌈 (@londonlgbtpride) on Jul 3, 2016 at 8:22am PDT 1) The Pride in London Parade is twice the size of an Olympic opening ceremony Parade of Nations (the bit where all the competing athletes march in). A post shared by Pride in London 🏳️‍🌈 (@londonlgbtpride) on Jul 6, 2016 at 11:55pm PDT 2) This year’s parade will be the largest yet, with 320 groups taking part. This includes 26,500 people and 80 floats according to organisers. A post shared by Mildred the Sausage (@mildredthesausage) on Jun 12, 2017 at 3:51am PDT 3) Among the fabulous floats both past and present is Dogcilla, a humongous nodding dog created by the Dogs Trust.  A post shared by Jacinta Crane (@jacintacranephotography) on Jun 28, 2016 at 2:19pm PDT 4) It takes approximately 150 volunteers to ens

Four reasons to visit the Horniman Museum this weekend
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Four reasons to visit the Horniman Museum this weekend

Set in 16 acres of gardens and boasting incredible panoramic views across the city, the Horniman Museum in Forest Hill is a one-of-a-kind London institution. Founded by a nineteenth-century tea trader to house his collection, today it features a wide range of exhibits and events appealing to all ages. Here are four reasons you should swing by this weekend:  It’s free! This unique south London attraction was opened in 1890 by Frederick John Horniman, a Victorian tea trader and all-round eccentric adventurer. Aiming to ‘bring the world to Forest Hill’, he went travelling and collected curiosities of natural history and art from Japan, China, Sri Lanka, Egypt and Burma, among other places. Originally in his private house, the collection and visitors soon overwhelmed him (and his long-suffering wife), and the current, purpose-built museum and gardens opened in 1901. Since day one, entry has been free. There’s an enormous (over-)stuffed walrus Arguably south London’s most famous resident, this imposing real-life specimen is over a hundred years old. It’s so fat because the bloke responsible for stuffing it didn’t know that walruses naturally have huge folds of skin, so just filled it up. It’s part of a historic collection of Victorian and Edwardian taxidermy housed in the spectacular art-nouveau setting of the Natural History Gallery. This fascinating and fearsome array of stuffed animals is not for the faint-hearted. A Bengal tiger has recently joined the crew of creatures th

Seven reasons to love the DLR
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Seven reasons to love the DLR

Next month is the thirtieth anniversary of the Docklands Light Railway, a pioneer of urban light-metro travel, linking the regenerated Docklands area of London with the City. Here are some reasons why we love it. A post shared by Ed Elloway (@edelloway) on May 3, 2017 at 10:42am PDT  Seeing tourists clad in Beatles paraphernalia eagerly getting off at Abbey Road in West Ham never ceases to be funny Still, if you’ve made the pilgrimage, you might as well fake it on the nearest zebra crossing, since Abbey Road in St John’s Wood is ten miles away.  Getting a burst of (relatively) fresh air at every DLR station is a godsend Reportedly, if animals were to be transported on the tube, EU animal welfare laws would be breached. Some might challenge the validity of this comparison post-Brexit, yet the fact that 20 minutes spent on the Northern line has the equivalent effect of smoking a cigarette makes for sombre reading. Thank you, DLR.   The DLR network is less likely to be affected by strike action Hopefully, this will mean that your quickest route to work won’t have to involve a bus, bike, train then boat across the Thames. A post shared by Nicki Petitt (@nickipetitt) on Jun 21, 2016 at 4:17am PDT Forget about Ryanair, you can get to Cyprus for pocket change (sort of) Plus, you’ll have better leg room at this DLR station, won’t get penalised for extra baggag

11 London spaces where you can barbecue like a boss
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11 London spaces where you can barbecue like a boss

Yes, we’re well aware that the sunshine we’ve had of late might be our lot for this summer. But we can enjoy it while it lasts – and nothing quite beats the triumphant taste of burnt bangers in the great outdoors. So if you want to get a barbie going but don’t have a garden, here are 11 places in the city where you can get your sizzle on.  A post shared by Amy-May Wallace (@amymaywallace) on Jun 14, 2017 at 1:42pm PDT Highbury Fields, Islington We’re all for killing two birds with one stone, and at Highbury Fields, you can chargrill your chicken thighs on a sunny day while your quads feel the heat too. Just remember that sunscreen. You want your food crispy, not yourself.   London, you look lovely today ☺️ #London #Islington #Holloway #Summer #CaledonianPark #CaledonianClockTower #BlueSkies #Nature #Park A post shared by TARA MILLINGTON 💋 (@taramillington) on May 22, 2017 at 4:00am PDT Caledonian Park, Holloway Caledonian Park has got so much time for your barbequing endeavours, it even has a Grade II listed clock tower. Use it as a handy timer for your grills – or to see how long the sun stays out to play. Cantelowes Gardens, Camden This little Camden gem is tucked away from the hustle and bustle you’d normally expect from

Eight London bookshops where you can have your cake and eat it
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Eight London bookshops where you can have your cake and eat it

If tucking into a book and a slice of cake is your idea of happy, these London bookshops might just be your cup of tea.   Anna Thornton London Review Bookshop Cakes are serious business in this highbrow Bloomsbury bookshop and bijou tea room. They’re handcrafted in-house by shop founder Terry Glover, and the icing on the cake is that you can order bespoke, hand-painted ones for weddings and birthdays. Try the showstopper: lemon myrtle, caramelised apple and camomile cream cake. 14-16 Bury Place, WC1A 2JL.  We're feeling musical this month at Travelling Through 🎷🎶 Why not pop by for one of our June events? #Waterloo #Southbank #London pic.twitter.com/UGkG9ArYAu — Travelling Through (@Trvllng_Thrgh) June 13, 2017 Travelling Through It’s a bookshop for globetrotters but you’ll definitely want to stop and put your feet up for cake and a cuppa. Serving culture, art and books, Travelling Through is the perfect place to escape the hustle and bustle of Waterloo – for balmier days, there’s a walled garden downstairs. 131 Lower Marsh, SE1 7AE.   The royal treatment you can get @BookandKitchen, the best cafe and bookstore in London! #weekend pic.twitter.com/uEluKFbYML — Jakub Krupa (@JakubKrupa) June 4, 2016 Book & Kitchen A mecca for bibliophiles and cake lovers, this eclectic Notting Hill bookshop is also a café, art gallery and events space, with su

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