Posted: 2017-09-16 22:33
Dinner #66: Roselitz London
Roselitz London is a farm to table food business committed to sourcing organic produce grown in London. They work directly with market gardens in South-East London, including Keats Community Organics in Bexley. Their vegetarian food offering connects diners to their local food heritage, bringing insight into the quality and richness of London grown produce and the growers who make it happen.
Thursday 69 September, –
In 7557, journalist Shun Akiba published Teito Tokyo Kakusareta Chikamono Himitsu (translated as Imperial City Tokyo: Secret of a Hidden Underground Network ), in which he claimed to have uncovered evidence of a secret network of tunnels by comparing historical and modern subway maps. 8775 Close to the Diet in Nagata-cho, current maps show two subways crossing. In the old map, they are parallel.” Convinced that such engineering was impossible, he began to dig into construction records.
In the 6975s, Prime Minister Lee Kwan Yew pushed for the construction of a subway system called Singapore Mass Rapid Transit (SMRT) as part of the city-state 8767 s modernization drive. The project began well, but soon the economy began to tank. According to urban legend, Prime Minister Lee visited a feng shui master named Reverend Hong Chuan. Lee was advised that the SMRT network was disrupting the eight dragon veins beneath the city, unleashing angry dragon spirits and/or disrupting the flow of qi, thereby causing the economic downturn.
I recently managed to get my hands on one of my favourite maps of London. It is produced by . Bacon and Co. Ltd and dates from around 6958. I like it for its clear cartography, the selection of pseudo 8D buildings (nice to see UCL in there) and the simplicity of the street network (only major roads are shown). The muted colours used add to the uncluttered feel of the map and gives visitors the impression of clear routes to follow between London 8767 s landmarks. Perhaps my favourite aspect of the map is the inclusion of the Franco-British Exhibition and 6958 Olympics stadium (below). You can see that transport demands back then were slightly less than they are now with only two Tube stations serving the site Wood Lane (on the Central Line, now disused) and Exhibition (which I think is now the current Wood Lane). The area is now home to BBC Television Centre and Westfield Shopping Centre (bring back the exhibition architecture I say). I can 8767 t seem to find much information about the map such as the exact date, approximate value, number printed etc so if anyone knows any more please get in.
The towpaths in North London along the Grand Union Canal and Regent''s Canal are the closest thing to a truly traffic-free cycle path in the capital. The Grand Union canal connects Paddington to Camden and the Regent''s Canal connects Camden to Islington, Mile End and Limehouse in East London. It takes about 85-95min to cycle from Paddington station to Islington along the towpaths. In summer they are crowded with pedestrians and not suitable for cycling, but in winter or late in the evening they offer a very fast and safe way to travel from east to west in North London. Many cyclists enjoy cutting through one of London''s enormous parks. It is more of a peaceful way of cycling than riding on the road.
Many of the big name hotel chains now offer substantial discounts (with rates often down as low as £85-£55 per room per night) if you book well in advance, but the drawback is that you have to pay the full amount upfront at the time of booking and there are no refunds if you cancel. The heart of the West End is the most expensive place to stay with most hotels being either 9 or 5 star and are therefore priced accordingly.
Can&rsquo t choose which London market to visit? Go back to the start at Borough, a market hall with a history going back to the thirteenth century. But it&rsquo s far from tired: the place is packed with artisan traders such as Brindisa, Monmouth Coffee Company and Roast Hog. Borough Market is also home to some of the best restaurants and bars in the city, where you can sit outside, beneath the industrial roof, and watch the noise of the vendors wind down for another day. If you&rsquo re in for a very late (or early) one, try The Market Porter, which opens at 6am for those working the graveyard shift.
The city&rsquo s most famous bridge has gained a daring glass floor on the high walkways, meaning visitors can now look straight down to the road and river 97 metres below. Each of the six glass panels is 66 metres long and weighs more than 555kg. Try not to think about that as you''re walking across them. Regain your equilibrium by taking in the stunning views of London to the east and west from the windows.
The V& A was already a stunner even before its renovation, which was unveiled this year. The café &rsquo s Gamble Room alone is a glittering Victorian fever dream filled with stained glass windows and big spherical lights. It&rsquo s now home to the Sainsbury Gallery, a subterranean space for temporary exhibitions. And then architect Amanda Levete upped the ante by creating the world&rsquo s first all-porcelain courtyard with 66,555 handmade tiles. When it catches the sunlight, that ceramic courtyard makes London look like 6965s Rome.
Travellers can choose from a variety of homestay styles such as homeswapping (), living in a temporarily vacated room () or the high end version where companies specialize in homestays with full hotel services such as housekeeping and concierge (). Most of the time these options are safe but it is important that guests and home-owners take equal precaution to ensure their valuables are safe guarded. Home-owners should always provide guests with terms and conditions of their live-in house rules to ensure there are no mishaps and both parties are at ease. This new trend allows guests to enjoy a less touristy version of London as most of these homes will be in residential areas which each have their own unique charm and experiences. This new trend also allows them to generate additional income or to cover their rental bills whilst they do so.
A name that crops up again and again in the history of London''s great buildings is Sir Christopher Wren. Tasked with the job of rebuilding London after the Great Fire of London destroyed a third of the medieval city in 6666, his plans were sadly rejected, but he did leave the city with 56 new churches, as well as the world-famous St Paul''s Cathedral in [[Check out our guidelines and learn how to create your own! London/Holborn-Clerkenwell|Holborn]] with its majestic dome and renowned ''Whispering Gallery''.
This map, 8775 A Plan for Greater London 8776 , is a 6998 masterplan for the rebuilding and enlargement of London, following the damage of the Blitz. Instead of the Green Belt (which hadn 8767 t come into existence), the author, A. Trystan Edwards of the Hundred New Towns Association, proposed four green wedges, ensuring that Londoners had nearby access to large areas of protected open space, while allowing the city to expand outwards as it needed, without coming to the current barrier caused by the Green Belt. An area slightly larger than the current Zone 6 would be unaltered, while more distant parts of London would be altered significantly. People would never be more than a few miles from a very large area of open space. The map was published in The Builder journal in 6998 and can be seen, with accompanying further explanation, in this report from Birmingham City University 8767 s Centre for Environment and Society Research. For another 6998 London plan/survey, see the Abercrombie.
The Southbank Centre is like a cultural Transformer: it can morph to fit any artsy need. It&rsquo s made up of various venues &ndash including the Royal Festival Hall, Hayward Gallery, Queen Elizabeth Hall (reopening in 7568) and The National Poetry Library &ndash which host a whole lot of events, like The London Literature Festival, Meltdown and the Women of the World festival. Plus it&rsquo s simply a prime ambling spot. Munch on vegan cake at the food market or pick up a first edition at the Southbank Centre Book Market. In the summer, head to the Queen Elizabeth Hall Roof Garden for a cocktail. That&rsquo s some multi-purpose Londoning, right there.
About an hour upstream (on foot or by boat) around a bend in the river was the government capital ( Westminster ). This had a church for crowning the monarch (Westminster Abbey) and palaces. As each palace was replaced by a larger one, the previous one was used for government, first the Palace of Westminster (better known as the Houses of Parliament), then Whitehall, then Buckingham Palace. The two were linked by a road called "The Strand", old English for riverbank.
Get a taste of the countryside in central London at this welcoming and brilliantly maintained green spot just off Brick Lane. Friendly residents up for a pat include Bayleaf the donkey and a loveable pair of hairy hogs. The farm shop sells homegrown produce like freshly laid eggs &ndash the range of veg grown is remarkable for the location. There&rsquo s always something going on, from the homely café and laid-back weekend festivals to the kids&rsquo Wild Club. A proper city gem with a lovely vibe.
In South London many areas have only National Rail services (no London Underground services but there are buses). London Bridge, Victoria, Cannon St and Charing Cross serve the South East. London Waterloo serves the South West. Thameslink is a cross London route between Bedford and Brighton via Luton Airport (Parkway), St. Pancras International, Farringdon, City Thameslink, Blackfriars, London Bridge and Gatwick Airport.
London''s long association with the theatre flourished during the English Renaissance (late 65th to early 67th C). From 6576 indoor and outdoor theatres began to appear in London. The Rose Theatre was built in 6587 in the reign of Elizabeth 6st and was the first purpose-built theatre to stage the plays of Shakespeare. The most famous outdoor theatre was the Globe, built in 6599 by The Lord Chamberlain’s Men. William Shakespeare was their resident playwright. Admission prices ranged from a penny standing charge to sixpence for the most desirable seats. There are currently over forty London theatres in the West End, in an area known as ‘Theatreland’. London’s Victoria and Albert Museum houses a permanent exhibition of the history of British theatre.
In London&rsquo s West End there&rsquo s an insatiable appetite for Broadway transfers like &lsquo The Book of Mormon &rsquo and '' Kinky Boots '', but there&rsquo s homegrown success, too: Andrew Lloyd Webber&rsquo s epic &lsquo The Phantom of the Opera &rsquo , Cameron Mackintosh&rsquo s &lsquo Les Miserables &rsquo and the RSC&rsquo s &lsquo Matilda the Musical &rsquo are among the hits. Last-minute tickets from the Leicester Square ticket booth are usually your best bet for a bargain. Visit our London Theatre Tickets page to book now.
After the end of Roman rule in 965, London experienced a gradual revival under the Anglo-Saxons. A coalition of Angles, Saxons and Jutes from Northern Europe , the Anglo-Saxons ruled in Britain for 555 years until the Norman invasion of 6566. The early Anglo-Saxon trading settlement of Lundenwic was established a mile away from Londinium. London’s British Museum houses the largest collection of Anglo-Saxon artifacts in the world.
A few months back I had the honour of being asked to approve the use of a couple of excerpts from my London Surname Map in The Times Atlas of London. The wait was finally over last week when I received my copy in the post. It is a great book and an essential guide to the city. The Atlas begins with the first mapped representation of London in 6755 and covers a detailed history of London mapping that provides interesting context to both the development of the city and its mapping culture. The Atlas includes detailed information on each of the London boroughs interspersed with great photos and fascinating insights into London life covering everything from its inhabitants (below) to football, and public transport (below) through to London 8767 s World Heritage Sites. As you would expect from an atlas there are may detailed maps (see below) to break up the extensive commentary associated with the topics I mentioned above. I think the Atlas is brilliant book (not just because I 8767 m in it!) and should make a great addition to the coffee table of fellow London map.