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The Road To Hay

City of Westminster

I associate every May Bank Holiday with a three-hour drive to Hay-On-Wye, otherwise known as the “town of books”. So what…

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Analog And Intuition

Tower Hamlets

I have fond memories of the first bookstore I ever visited. Walden, in Hyderabad evokes images of my mum and dad walking…

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Cliffhanging Off The Soapbox

City of Westminster

I was introduced to Speakers’ Corner – the home of free speech – by my father. Whenever he’s in London we…

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The Small Press And The Last Radicals

Islington

It seems like many years ago when I lived in King’s Cross. That’s probably because it was. Fifteen, to be precise. King’s Cross…

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In The Garden Of Good And Evil

Kensington and Chelsea

This city still holds secret things, hidden in plain sight. Places that you would walk right by, never realising what treasures…

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Queen Of The Arts

City of Westminster

I grew up reading fictional accounts of great artists. Tracy Chevalier’s book based on Vermeer’s painting of the same name, The…

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Memento Mori And Midnight Orgies

Hackney

In November 2014, local paper Hackney Gazette went to press with a story titled “‘Grim’ Stokie: Drugged up graveyard orgies, aggressive begging and…

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It’s Always Sunny On South Bank

Southwark Lambeth

I have a distinct memory of my first visit to London’s South Bank. I’d just arrived in London, wide-eyed and…

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Food, Clothing, Helter Skelter

Camden

“Where is Hatton Garden?” was my first reaction to finding out that we were moving offices. This was in 2012 when the company…

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Second Seed To Wimbledon

Wandsworth

My rented room in a Southfields townhouse was a cubbyhole. It was two storeys up, could barely fit my queen-sized bed and had the…

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The Old Red Earth At Clerkenwell Green

Islington

Clerkenwell is a part of central London steeped in history. The tea bag of the time has brewed a mighty mug of stories…

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Six Feet Over in Abney Park

Hackney

How often can you turn off a busy London high street and, within half a minute, be on a quiet, overgrown path without…

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London’s Forest Of Fairytales

Waltham Forest Redbridge

I’ve always had a forest near my backyard. I’ve grown up amid the loud chirping of crickets, and being…

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Department Of Heartspace

Hackney

I’ve never been one to buy into the community aspect of things. It felt intrusive. I preferred being connected to singular ideas, people…

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Dog-Eared – From Mumbai To London

City of Westminster

I read over 20 books last year, and I devoured more than half of those on the Kindle. I usually find…

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Last Of The Real High Streets

Hackney

It’s the year 1963. A 10-year-old girl hops off her mum’s lap, rings the bell on door number 12, Millfields Road, greets her…

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Demography Geography Tasseography

Hackney

In Stoke Newington Blues, Irvine Welsh narrates a story of police brutality and racism in the heart of the borough of Hackney. This…

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Pan’s Library

Camden

I would venture to say that the British Library is my favourite place in London, but, like most best loves, it has another…

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A Peculiar Piety

Islington

Last year, I started reading a book called The Bone Clocks by David Mitchell. It was one of those books that you don’t want…

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Inside The Box

Hackney

I’ve always found it comforting to see an object or space being repurposed and used for something other than it’s initial intent. I…

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The Heavy Heart Of London

Tower Hamlets

When I was a child, my idea of London was a bawdy mixture of Dickens and music hall performance. London was a…

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Little Shop Of Horrors

Hackney

On the outside it looks like an old-world London shop soldiering bravely on: all cheerful polished wood and glass. There’s something antique about…

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Yardbirds In The Big Smoke

Camden

Back in 2002, after struggling for several months trying to make a living in London, I did what anyone in my place wouldn’t…

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The Hitchhiker’s Guide To The Cemetery

Camden Haringey Islington

Three years ago when I visited Paris for the first time, my boyfriend was adamant that we…

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Amongst Swimming Women

Camden

The ladies who swim in the reedy waters of the Kenwood Pond are a fearless lot. By tradition, each 1st January a group…

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