London Journals

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A travel journal to London by MagdaDH_AlexH

Churchill Mohicanized, London Photo, London, England More Photos
Quote: Central London and parts of the West End

Westminster district

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Churchill Mohicanized, London Photo, London, England
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If the City is London's financial and commercial centre, Westminster is where its political and spiritual heart beats. The oldest district of the City of Westminster (one of the 33 London boroughs), Westminster has been the seat of the government of England – and later on, the whole of the UK – for close to a millennium. Westminster district (as opposed to the larger entity of the City of Westminster) refers to the area on the north bank of the Thames around the Westminster Abbey and Palace of Westminster (Houses of Parliament). The district of Westminster stretches south of Trafalgar Square and Mayfair, bordering Covent Garden to the east and Knightsbridge and Chelsea to the west. ...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on December 7, 2011

St Giles District: an ex-slum

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Centrepoint  Photo, London, England
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St Giles is the area of London situated between Covent Garden Soho and Bloomsbury districts, better known currently by the name of its principal Tube station of Tottenham Court Road. In the early Middle Ages it was a location of a leper colony and later on, a site of a gallows. A village grew on the marshes that abounded in the area, which from the initial 17th century prosperity grew to be a squalid slum.The Great Plague of 1665 started here, and by the early 19th century St Giles was a notorious London rookery (slum), to a degree that St Giles Cellar became a byword for the most foetid slum, a veritable warren full of beggars, vagrants and drunks, prostitutes and criminals, m...Read More

West End of London

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Attraction | "St James's District: the poshest London "

West End of London Photo, London, England
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St James's is a district in the central London area of West End, within the London borough of the City of Westminster. It is, essentially, a rectangle located north of The Mall and St James's Park and south of Piccadilly, bordered in the west by the Green Park and in the East by The Haymarket.The Piccadilly Circus, one of the most ridiculously overrated icons of London, with its traffic, dirt, noise, neon ads, rushing Londoners and gaping tourists sits in one corner of St James's. In the other corner is the Admiralty Arch, the Admiralty House and, behind them, the mixture of the imperial grandeur and tourist tat around Trafalgar Square. Together with Mayfair which borders St Ja...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on December 7, 2011

West End of London

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Covent Garden

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Attraction | "Street shows, Opera and Fancy Cheese"

Covent Garden Photo, London, England
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Covent Garden is an area in central London, in the eastern part of the West End between Drury Lane and St Martin's Lane. It is located on the site of the old fruit and vegetable market, itself built in the 1830s to normalise and tame what was then a notorious theatre and red-light district (as well as an open-air market). The market was relocated east in the mid-seventies and the area re-developed as a fashionable shopping, entertainment and tourist centre.Currently, the Covent Garden is one of the most popular tourist destinations in London and is known for its shops (many of them independent, clustered around Neal's Yard), bars (over sixty pubs are located in Covent Garden) and restaura...Read More

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Chinatown dining Photo, London, England
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I don't quite understand the fascination with Chinatown of London people have – and it's not just because I have seen quite a few of such districts in my life (the best of which was probably the Toronto one so far) – because I remember visiting here when I first came to London in the early 1990's and was then also a bit underwhelmed. The Chinatown is not an official district, but rather an area (or really, just a few streets) located in the very centre of London, in the City of Westminster borough, near many landmarks and popular touristy areas. It is actually a part of Soho and stretches mostly around Gerrard Street where the well-known Chinese arch is located. There are many ...Read More