2. September 2013 10:32
Gregor Swiderek spends the day exploring Tilbury Fort in Kent.
The British weather finally got better so it was time to stretch my legs. But I have to admit I got bored of doing the same walks every year. Richmond Park, Wimbledon Common, river Thames towards Kew, Richmond, Kingston or Hampton, Hampstead Heath, I have walked in those areas so many times. At the same time I didn't want to venture too far from London and still wanted to see something interesting. So I started browsing the Ordnance Survey Explorer maps covering Greater London as well as using Google maps to find some exciting destination for my next walk. It was then that I spotted a fascinating shape in Tilbury, just east of London. After a quick investigation I found out that it is Tilbury Fort and a couple of more minutes later I was sure that I really wanted to visit it.
A few day later we (I mean me and my equally geeky girlfriend) started our little adventure by taking a train from London Bridge to Gravesend in Kent. A quick look at the map of the area revealed that we might have chosen the wrong side of the river to start our walk. But don't you worry, it was all well planned. We decided to use the passenger ferry linking Gravesend with Tilbury as it is a cheap, quick and fun way of travel. The boat, euphemistically called a “ferry”, was a rather ancient looking vessel called Duchess M and it was built in 1956. Crossing the Thames takes just a few minutes and offers great views of Gravesend and Tilbury as well as of the huge cargo ships frequently passing here.More...
16. July 2013 09:00
Maggie Murphy takes a wander around London's East End finding many examples of London's vibrant street art scene along the way.
London has always been a global city full of creativity and culture. This is evident in its museums as well as its streets. Famous street artists from all over the world have been coming to London for years to show their unique point of view and engage the public. The greatest part about these pieces is that there is no queue or ticket to see them! The best area to go for street art, in my opinion, is the East End. Between Shoreditch and Spitalfields you will encounter some of the most amazing street art in the world….
1. London-based artist INSA’s colorful geometric patterns stands in contrast to a portrait done by protégées artist Alexander Faro aka Vhils in Shoredich. Vhils actually uses a drill to remove bits of the wall he is working on.
2. Stik, once homeless on the streets of London, is now one of the city’s most celebrated artists.More...
19. April 2013 14:47
With the London marathon approaching on Sunday, Molly Loeffler takes a look at the history of this great British sporting event.
The idea for the London Marathon was born in 1978 in a pub next to Richmond Park. Ex-Olympians John Disley and the late Chris Brasher were in the Dysart Arms listening to people talking about the New York Marathon. After hearing about the amazing atmosphere and experience their fellow runners had at the New York Marathon, Disley and Brasher decided to enter the 1979 race.
The ex-Olympians were astounded by the marathon. They loved how the entire city was involved with the course going by major New York attractions and thousands of cheering spectators lining the streets. Once they returned to London, Brasher wrote an article entitled ‘The World’s Most Human Race’ for The Observer and discussed how he believed the New York Marathon brought people together in a family sort of way. At the end of the article, he questioned whether London could ever host such an event.More...
17. April 2013 17:33
Our intern Molly Loeffler shares her favourite things to do in the bustling area surrounding our flagship store in Covent Garden.
From shopping to eating to enjoying a show, our local neighborhood of Covent Garden is a vibrant area with so much to do.
One of the main draws to Covent Garden is the markets. Surrounding the main piazza, the markets are open everyday and sell just about anything you would ever need! The Apple Market is about 40 stalls in the famous Inigo Jones designed market and is open everyday specialising in antiques on Mondays and arts and crafts from Tuesday to Sunday. The East Colonnade Market is on the eastern part of the main piazza and sells a variety of things from hand-made soap, confectionery, and even has a magician’s stall. The third main market of Covent Garden is the Jubilee Market. During weekdays, the market is open from 9:30-6:00pm. On Mondays the market specializes in antiques, and Tuesday-Friday it is a general market selling everything from household goods to handmade clothing. During the weekends the market is open from 9-6pm and specializes in arts and crafts.More...
11. February 2013 11:25
In London for Valentine's Day? Not sure where to go? Ronny Lavie reveals five of the most romantic, or not, venues in the capital on 14th February.
Valentine's Day is almost upon us and, single or attached, London is full of exciting, romantic and quirky ways to fly the flag for true love. These are some of the options, whether you are an advocate of old-school courtship or a more modern approach to sweeping that special someone off their feet (and, for one option in particular, I mean that in the literal sense)...
For the traditionalist:
Simple and classy, dinner and a movie is the ultimate date night. More...
6. February 2013 11:24
At 310m, it's the tallest building in western Europe (the Eiffel Tower is taller at 324m, but that's a structure rather than a building), and after the Shard opened to the public last Friday, we thought we'd pay London's latest tourist attraction a visit. On a particularly clear night, these are the top 10 views you can expect:
20. January 2013 18:50
More than three inches of snow have fallen on the capital since Friday, with temperatures struggling to get above freezing. Here's a selection of images from the weekend:
27. December 2012 10:35
With four days to go until New Year's Eve, we spoke to bloggers and travel industry experts to find out the best places to welcome in 2013.
Alice Bzowska: Budapest
Hungarians take New Year's Eve seriously and it should come as no surprise that one of the most exciting places to celebrate the end of one year and the start of another is in the capital city of Budapest.
Szilveszter, as it's known to the locals, comes in the form of anything from swanky fancy dress balls to dinner on the Danube River with traditional folk dances and live gypsy music.
Partying in one of the many charming and cobbled squares is a great way to welcome in the New Year, and one of the most exciting of these is Vorosmarty Square. Winter parties in this stunning More...
6. December 2012 16:57
Stanfords' very own Hubert Mical has launched an exhibition of his 12 favourite London images, from Battersea Power Station at night to St Paul's Cathedral.
Entitled The City We Live In, his images will remain on display at Mamuska Polish restaurant on the first floor of Elephant & Castle Shopping Centre until the New Year. Here's a sample of what to expect:
18. October 2012 11:37
Half term is nearly upon us, and with this autumn's mid-term break occurring at some point between 20th October and 4th November, now's the time to start planning a day out with the family.
Rather than an obligatory trip to a theme park, an expensive overseas break or a low-key few hours in the park, why not organise a day the whole family can enjoy? There's no more exciting destination than London and its surroundings - and as you'll discover, there's more natural beauty in this part of the south-east than you might expect. More...