Walking around the streets of London I must seem like such a tourist looking around in awe! No matter how many times you walk the streets you will ALWAYS find something new or different!
I used to live here in 2008-2010 and did the same everyday back then… I explore every nook and cranny and walk down as many alley ways as I can to see what else I can stumble upon … So much history so many ancient stories and buried pasts, to be a fly on the wall at some stage back then in history..
If you are like me and love history, youre searching a gold mine here, you find out some very interesting things… like the fact that Cock Lane, near the Holburn Viaduct, didn’t actually get its name from chickens but because it was the only street to be licensed for prostitution in medieval times… Hmm, some other expired names for streets that have been changed are Pissing Alley, Shiteburn Lane and Gropecunt Lane… No joke! This is real 😱😂🤨
I downloaded this awesome app called “tracemytrack” which tracks my walks and I add my photos to it to have an idea where I went
Love the old clock towers scattered around London
There were 116 churches in the city of London in the 16th century. 80 were destroyed in the great fire of 1666 and now there are 47 standing with all different styles of architecture… I love taking photos of churches as I know each one is different from the next and so much love and thought have been put into the design and build of each one
Pubs and bars
There are around 3,650 bars and pubs in London and it’s many boroughs, a huge fall in the number than what it used to be, mainly in London. People seem to be drinking less also switching from beer (which was the most popular alcohol for many centuries) to wine and spirits, also the increase on alcohol tax hasn’t helped.
I used to work in this street! Brought back so many memories walking through, seeing that my old company is still there was nice 🙂 I used to lock my bike up outside the door after riding 45mins from my home to get to work… The best ride every day through the city of london! The streets are awesome for riding here
Charterhouse Square ~ Florin Court
Agatha Christies “Hercule Piorot” character lived in this block of units and I used to sit on the stairs here and have lunch many of the days while I was working in this area – I love this series so was so shocked to have found out it was my local lunch time hangout place!
Such a beautiful art deco building
The Olde Mitre is a pub built in 1547 and an old ale pub tucked away in a small alleyway in Holburn – it’s just gorgeous!!! Inside and out
There is always some sort of building and fixing going on in London it’s a 24hr city and I love the fact that they always make sure to cater to all needs, they are fixing the roads and making sure that there are bike lanes as well, always looking after the cyclists as it helps with the number of people using the tube to get to work
The first public drinking fountain in London
This fountain was built in 1859 and donated by Sam Gurney who was a philanthropist who set up the Metropolitan Drinking Fountain and Cattle Trough Association in this year to provide free and clean drinking water to the people
The engraving on the fountain reads:
“The first Metropolitan public drinking fountain erected on Holborn Hill in 1859 and removed when the viaduct was constructed in 1867”
The first ever bus (horse drawn) was established in 1829, they are just as important to London as the Tube and carry $6m people PER DAY during the work week! Crazy…
There are night buses which run 24hrs so you are never stuck for transport options in London
Summer time in London is just beautiful! Londoners take advantage and are seen out and about in any type of public garden or park they can find … I remember when I used to live here they would also be sunbathing in their bikinis in Margravine Cemetery! Yes, this is normal… It’s London 🤗 anything goes
Senior citizens over 60 living in London
- NHS Health – free operations / medicines / free hospital cover / dental etc
- National railways – £30 per year for senior only cheap overground railway travel
- Freedom pass – free travel on the tube and bus
Not bad eh??