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Nine extraordinary neighbourhoods for Londoners who love the outdoors. You may have seen a few months back that we got behind this really cool campaign to name London the world's first National Park City. Forty-seven percent of our humble abode is actually green space, which makes us pretty lucky compared to other major world capitals. Shaped by rolling hills, valleys and a few famous rivers, London is a glorious urban sanctuary that's home to 8.3 million trees, 13,000 species of wildlife, 3,000 parks, 1000km of signed footpaths, 30,000 allotments, two National Nature Reserves, 300 farms and a colossal 3.8 million gardens – with those figures it should SO have National Park status, right?

If you fancy seeing it for yourself, here are eight neighbourhoods and boroughs for Londoners who just can't get enough of the good old outdoors. 1. Hampstead Heath and Hampstead Woods Eight hundred acres of enchanting elvish greenery, winding pathways and hilly walking trails make Hampstead Heath one of London's most extraordinary natural gems. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 13 Unique Experiences Londoners Are Loving Right Now. Heard of our sponsor Funzing? This online community of local Londoners offers quirky experiences to suit everyone. It's a chance to get involved in an activity you've never done before with an experienced host.

Feel like trying something different this October? We've rounded up the Funzing events proving most popular with Londoners right now. Step on Board the Haunted Tube Tour The Underworld collides with the Underground in more ways that one -- from the angel that saved a tube worker from death to the ghosts of King's Cross, discover the ghoulish history of the Undergound on a tour around the city. £10 Book now Funzing Sessions || Travel in 1st Class for Free Anyone can travel the world in style for next to nothing.

A Secret London Tour Cross gas lit alleyways and stroll by ancient pubs as you discover forgotten parts of London. Discover the Delicious World of Dim Sum with Will Fancy some Dim Sum Fun? Haunted Hampstead to Highgate Pub Crawl Tubeopoly : An Underground Treasure Hunt. 101 Things To Do In London This Christmas. Make the most of the capital's jolly festivities and add some sparkle to your trip with our magical guide to 101 of best things to do in London at Christmas. You'll soon discover there are many festive ways to celebrate Christmas in London. Make Christmas Memories 1. Soak up the festive atmosphere at Hyde Park’s Winter Wonderland. 2. Go Ice Skating 8.

Sing Christmas Carols 15. Meet Father Christmas 21. Create Christmas Crafts 27. Be Dazzled by London Christmas Lights 30. See a Christmas Show 38. Enjoy some Festive Family Fun 43. Learn about Christmas Traditions 52. Head to a Christmas Concert 55. Go Christmas Shopping 60. Explore Festive London Markets 72. Find Yuletide Inspiration 80. Eat, Drink and be Merry 82. Celebrate on Christmas Day 94. What Next? 101. For more seasonal suggestions, check out our guide to Christmas in London including festive events and seasonal things to do in London at Christmas. 7 Magical Library Bars In London For The Perfect Cosy Night Out - Secret_LDN.

There’s no better feeling than getting lost in a riveting book with a glass of red wine in hand. The state of being enthralled by words on a page is just as confusingly lovely as being a little bit drunk. Why not combine literature and wine this weekend and head to one of these gorgeous library bars. You’ll feel right at home. Well, not your home exactly – although if you do have a personal library in your London pad, can we be friends?

1. The latest addition to the B.Y.O.C. family, which opened earlier this month, is hidden beneath the James Cochran restaurant on Bevis Marks near Aldgate. 19 Bevis Marks, London, EC3A 7JA 2. This wonderful airy and light space, which is now a Grade II listed building, was once the Reading Room of the old Westminster Library. 30-32 Great Smith St, SW1P 3BU 3. The magic of The Fable is in its attention to detail. 52 Holborn Viaduct, London, EC1A 2FD 4. 97-113 Curtain Rd, EC2A 3BS 5. BFI Southbank, Belvedere Rd, SE1 8XT. 6. 252 High Holborn, WC1V 7EN 7. Five weird and fascinating things every Londoner needs to see at... the Science Museum. It's not OTT to say that London is the undisputed home of crazy quirky and extraordinary shizzle.

From colossal steam engines to billion-year-old pieces of Moon, the Science Museum is a magnet for the most peculiar pieces of medical, astrological and mechanical history. With a fabulous 300,000+ strong collection to uncover, grab your lab coat, reignite your inner Sheldon and explore the museum's dynamite floors dedicated to supreme weirdness and scientific marvels. Here are six exceptionally strange curios you can't miss on your next visit. 1.

The MRI 'Jedi Helmet' Science Museum, London This so-called 'Jedi Helmet' was used in an early cryogenic magnetic resonance imaging machine (MRI scanner to us non-medical folk). Where to see it: You'll see this crazy hat inside the 'Journeys Through Medicine' gallery, second floor. 2. Where to see it: Go see what remains of Dolly in the 'Making the Modern World' gallery, ground floor. 3. Ariel's family is looking a little rough these days. 4. 5. London's Best Vegan Desserts. Literary London: events and activities for book-lovers. Things To Do In London For Halloween. There will be fun:Illustrating the Victorians. Explore illustration and design with a distinctly Victorian style Course dates: Saturdays 29 October, 5, 12, 19, 26 November and 3 December Times: 10.30 – 13.30 From music halls and magic shows to circus troupes and celebrity animals, the British Library’s Evanion Collection offers a unique glimpse into the amazing and often peculiar world of Victorian entertainments.

Inspired by this rare and significant collection of ephemera showcased in the Library’s autumn exhibition Victorian Entertainments: There Will Be Fun. The vibrant posters and playbills on display will be our starting point for creating our own imaginative ephemera and 3D scenes depicting sensational entertainments. You’ll assume the role of promoter, devise your own stage show idea and bring this to life through artist-led workshops exploring collage, pen and ink illustration with watercolour, typography and decorative design – culminating in the creation of a paper theatre diorama that presents your stage show in action.

16 Places You Must Have Hot Chocolate Before You Die. The Magical Lantern Festival Is Returning To London! - Secret_LDN. Returning for it’s second year in the capital, the Magical Lantern Festival will be illuminating Chiswick House Gardens in early 2017. In a wonderful combination of art, culture and heritage, the festival will see a spectacular assemblage of light sculptures, including a 15 metre wide luminescent installation of the Houses of Parliament. The theme for the coming event will be ‘Explore The Silk Road’, which is an ancient trade route connecting Europe to China. The lanterns will all represent places along the way, including Europe, Asia, Arabia, Egypt, Persia, India and Ancient China. Not only will there be magical light sculptures to marvel at, but there will also be a fun fair and an ice rink. The festival opens on January 19 2017, and will continue until February 26 (Thursday to Sunday).

London's Best Eclairs. Fancy French patisserie has enjoyed something of a renaissance in London over the last couple of years, with macarons and eclairs at the helm of the movement and Londoners and tourists alike travelling miles to sample the best choux pastry creations the city has to offer. Though traditionally filled with chocolate or coffee cream, today's eclairs come in a dazzling array of flavours with ever more elaborate adornments, which only adds to their Instagram appeal.

But we're not interested in style over substance, so have tracked down the city's best eclairs, where the proof really is in the pudding. Maitre Choux Maitre Choux is the only patisserie in the UK to boast a three Michelin star-experienced chef. Joakim Prat is still the tender age of 30 and has already put his stamp on the eclair scene. Maitre Choux, 15 Harrington Road, SW7 3ES Belle Epoque French patissier Eric Rousseau's choux work is legendary, and the three eclairs offered at his beautiful stores are well worth travelling for.

16 Incredible Library Bars In London | -th&eacu... 23 Things You Won't Believe You Can Do In London. These Are London’s Best Afternoon Teas, According To Experts. There are many afternoon teas in London, but they vary widely in quality. From themed teas that are more style than substance to those which just don’t try hard enough, it’s a scone dotted minefield out there. The inaugural Afternoon Tea Awards employed a panel of judges to selflessly eat their way through some of London’s best teas in order to identify those that really are a cut above the rest. We have our own ideas about what makes the perfect afternoon tea, but what did the judges decide? Here are the results: Claridge’s: Best Traditional Afternoon Tea We can't argue with this choice – from the tea selection to the sandwiches and cakes, everything is perfect at Claridge’s and… that room!

The judges said of the tea, “an exceptional experience”; “staff were bubbly, enthusiastic and helpful… a relaxed and lively atmosphere, nothing stuffy and formal here”; “pastries were perfect in flavour, texture, and presentation”. Mandarin Oriental Hyde Park: Best Contemporary Afternoon Tea. Best Unusual Afternoon Teas in London. Sit down to sweet treats at an interesting venue, take high tea on the move or enjoy quirky and themed food and drink. Don’t miss out; book a table to enjoy an afternoon tea in London with an unusual twist or look for quirky offerings amongst these afternoon tea deals. Scoff & Banter Tea Rooms Afternoon Tea Put together your own afternoon tea at Scoff & Banter Tea Rooms by selecting a number of sweet and savoury options from the wide-ranging menu.

Offering British classics with a twist, you’ll find everything from lobster brandy soup to maple syrup and sultana scones. There’s also a great choice of teas, from the classic Earl Grey to more unusual options such as Rooibos Tiramisu.Read More Afternoon Tea at the British Museum This is a fantastic way to enjoy one of London’s iconic spaces. Children's Afternoon Tea with Hamleys at The Langham Enjoy a child-focused afternoon tea complete with a Teddy bear. Charlie & the Chocolate Factory Afternoon Tea at One Aldwych Prohibition Tea at Quagliono's. Weird workshops and courses in London. The Gourmet Society, ou comment manger moins cher à Londres | La vie à Londres.

Manger au restaurant fait partie de ces petits plaisirs qui rendent la vie plus joyeuse. J’adore essayer de nouveaux restaurants et je suis toujours en recherche de nouvelles bonnes adresses à tester. Il faut l’avouer, habiter dans une ville aussi multiculturelle ça a quand même l’avantage de nous donner accès à tous les types de cuisine possibles et imaginables. Le seul problème qui se pose à nous, c’est le prix ! A moins de ne manger qu’un plat et de boire de l’eau du robinet (le classique tap water comme ils disent ici), ça risque de vous coûter souvent aux alentours de £20-30 par tête. Mais alors comment dépenser moins quand vous allez au restaurant ?

Que ce soit dans un pub ou dans un resto étoilé je vous ai trouvé LE bon plan pour vous faire plaisir tout en dépensant moins. Je vous explique : il vous suffit d’aller dans un des restaurants partenaire de Gourmet Society pour profiter de leurs offres spéciales, et vous avez le choix parmi plus de 3000 restaurants rien qu’à Londres ! 15 brilliant places you probably didn't know existed in London. There's so much more to London than big clocks, dildo-shaped skyscrapers, bridges and old Victorian tat.

Ditch Zone 1 for a day and go explore London's awesome suburban wildernesses – the one-day travelcard will be so worth it. 1. Epping Forest Martin V Morris/Flickr A 6,000-acre forest home to ancient oak trees, peacocks, snakes and hundreds of species of flowers in London? 2. You'll find quaint little meadows full of wildflowers (and maybe a few ducks) before stumbling upon a rather epic view of London town from the tippy top of the hill. 3. Thumbelina totally lives in this magical fairy land full of cute bunnies and stone bridges. 4. It's the largest Hindu temple outside of India – and isn't it just magnificent?

5. London has a beach... 6. An enchanting west-London Japanese ornamental garden. 7. Cue the 'Jurassic Park' theme music. 8. 9. Just how sexy is this bushy stag? 10. Rakkhi Samarasekera/Flickr Yep, that's a Highland cow. 11. 12. Maxwell Hamilton/Flickr 13. 14. 15. 55 activités gratuites à Londres : le guide ultime ! Je viens de passer six mois à Londres. J’ai bossé comme serveuse, j’ai économisé de l’argent pour mes prochains voyages (A LIRE : Peut-on mettre de l’argent de côté en vivant à Londres ?) … et j’ai profité de Londres comme jamais !!! Comment est-ce possible de profiter de Londres sans dépenser un penny ??? Pour en arriver là, bien évidemment, j’ai dû faire des choix et m’organiser pour en voir le maximum sans dépenser trop d’argent. Je suis devenue la championne des bons plans et des activités gratuites à Londres ! Je partage mes six mois de visites avec vous (parce que je suis trop sympa), et parce que oui, c’est possible de profiter de Londres sans dépenser un penny !

Voici une sélection de 55 activités gratuites à Londres, à consommer sans modération ! 1. Personnellement, je n’avais jamais entendu parler de Regent’s Canal jusqu’à ce qu’une de mes colocs m’en parle au détour d’une conversation. 2. 3. C’est « the place to be » à Londres depuis quelques années ! 4. 5. 6. 10 Adam Street 7. Top 10 Cake Shops in London. 1. Bake-a-boo The very pink Bake-a-Boo tea room/bakery in West Hampstead thinks of everyone. As well as classics like Victoria Sponge and new favourites such as Banana Loaf with Passion Fruit Icing, you can indulge in sugar-, gluten-, dairy- and egg-free varieties that (for once) sound every bit as delicious and decadent as the standard range.

Hurrah! 2. Ms Cupcake London's first entirely vegan bakery, Ms Cupcake doesn't let a little thing like no butter, eggs, milk, cheese or honey stand in her way. 3. Everyone raves about Konditor & Cook's Curly Whirly cake – and with good reason. 4. If you've never experienced a "whoopie pie", the Crazy Baker - a.k.a. 5. Bea's has expanded its wings beyond Bloomsbury, recently opening a new branch near St Paul's. 6. Based in Primrose Hill and now Covent Garden, Primrose Bakery knows that adults love cupcakes as much as kids. 7. 8. 9. Just yards away from its previously successful pop-up space, Cutter & Squidge's Soho home is full of sweet delights.

4 Wacky And Wonderful Afternoon Teas In London - Secret_LDN. In celebration of Afternoon Tea Week this week (we really do like to celebrate everything, don’t we?) We’re giving you a list of weird and wacky teas to fill your afternoons… 1. Charlie and the Chocolate Factory Afternoon Tea, One Aldwych If we can’t visit Willy Wonka in his chocolate factory and lick the wallpaper and eat everlasting gobstoppers, then this is certainly the next best thing. The menu is full of scrumdiddlyumptious treats, including cake pops, homemade candyfloss and golden eggs. . £39 per person (£49 with a glass of champagne). 2. Complete with chocolate dinosaurs, raspberry cake planets and mango mousse volcanos, you won’t want to miss this geeky afternoon tea experience at The Ampersand Hotel.

. £32.50 per person (or £45.50 with a glass of champagne). 10 Harrington Road, SW7 3ER. 3. Stumble down the rabbit hole and celebrate the 150th anniversary of Alice in Wonderland at the Sanderson. . £35 per person. 50 Berners St, W1T 3NG. 4. . £30 per person. 5 Secret London Gardens So Hidden You *Could* Sunbathe Naked - Secret_LDN.