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June 30 2014

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January 29 2014

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27 January 2014 Last updated at 19:43 ET
Frost fair: When an elephant walked on the frozen River Thames
By Tom de Castella BBC News Magazine

It is 200 years ago since the last “frost fair” - an impromptu festival on a frozen Thames, complete with dancing, skittles and temporary pubs. Could such hedonism be repeated today?

Londoners stood on the Thames eating gingerbread and sipping gin. The party on the frozen river had begun on 1 February and would carry on for another four days.

The ice was thick enough to support printing presses churning out souvenirs. Oxen were roasted in front of roaring fires, drink was liberally taken and dances were held. An elephant was marched across the river alongside Blackfriars Bridge.

It was February 1814. George III was on the throne, Lord Liverpool was prime minister and the Napoleonic wars would soon be won.

People didn’t know it then but this “frost fair” - a cross between a Christmas market, circus and illegal rave - would be the last. In the 200 years that have elapsed since, the Thames has never frozen solid enough for such hedonism to be repeated.

But between 1309 and 1814, the Thames froze at least 23 times and on five of these occasions -1683-4, 1716, 1739-40, 1789 and 1814 - the ice was thick enough to hold a fair. …

January 22 2014

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Antique map of London by Braun & Hogenberg
Date: 1572-1624

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St George’s Fields on Rocque’s Map of London 1741

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17th century map of London, originally started by W. Hollar, student of German engraver Mattheus Merian. Published in the Netherlands after 1688

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Typographic map of London

This amazing typographic map, cheekily called “London’s Kerning,” was designed by NB: Studio, a London graphic design concern. It’s a pretty excellent demonstration of type’s ability to communicate size, shape, relationship, the list goes on. I also love the homage (via typeface) to the London A-Z, an indispensable companion, interpreter and guide for any navigator of London….

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Just the basics. The Londonist reduced Tube map. Photograph: Londonist

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November 30 2012

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★I took this picture of the Anubis statue on Nov 16, 2007 near the London Eye.

Anubis in London (by ♥Ozlem’s Photographyღ♥)

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Giant statue of Anubis in Trafalgar Square to promote the return of the treasures of Tutankhamon to London after 35-odd years.

Anubis (by Simon Crubellier)

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I will vote for any mayoral candidate who promises to build more 40-foot statues of Anubis in prominent London locations.

The Opener Of The Way (by Simon Crubellier)

November 29 2012

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Egyptian motifs can be found in the most random places here…this one is on the entrance of the Wellcome Museum, London.

Egypt in London: the eye of Horus watches… (by Whiskers and Whispers (The Future is Feline))

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Via my BF

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curlyfoureyes:

When I moved to London the first time, I lived just off of Baker Street. I passed this statue every day when I went to the tube and became very attached to it. This was one of the first pictures I took in London, and it still has such an importance to me (so I like to post it ever so often). I live up in NW now, but I still always smile to myself when the Baker Street stop blares on the Jubilee line. Good times.

Please don’t steal this photo and say it’s yours.

It’s so comforting, knowing the London of my heart actually exists. Thank you so very much.

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