London websites

Likeable London links

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Dave Hill's London blog
A news-oriented blog by a respected commentator on London (plus contri­bu­tions from other experts), with an emphasis on devel­opment projects and political analysis
The Great Wen
The work of journ­alist Peter Watts, the Great Wen may not be the most stylish-looking London blog but it’s one of the more inform­ative and well written, covering a wide range of subjects, often of a cultural nature
Although it’s primarily a PR vehicle for the capital’s property devel­opment industry, this well-organised site is likely to be of interest to anyone who likes to keep an eye on the way London’s built envir­onment is evolving (whether for better or worse)
London Historians blog
Updated almost every day, the London Historians blog should satisfy even the most voracious appetite for musings and miscel­lania about London
click for Modernist Britain
Exquisitely crafted profiles of 40 of the greatest Modernist buildings in London – and another 30 beyond. You’ll wish there were more. (And they’re coming … but slowly.)
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London Remembers documents over 3,000 commem­or­ative plaques, monuments, statues and fountains
The LMPS does what it says on the tin of paint: working to protect, preserve and celebrate murals in the communities where they were created, and its website is a very well produced record of some of London's finest permanent street art
The LMPS does what it says on the tin of paint: working to protect, preserve and celebrate London’s murals – and its website includes a very well produced record of some of the capital’s finest permanent street art
all things secret, quirky and wonderful about London
“An insight into all things secret, quirky and wonderful about London and sometimes beyond – be it secret speak­easys, supper clubs, curious shops, quirky theatres, creative markets, beautiful archi­tecture or hideaways”
Locating London's Past
This new website allows you to search digital resources relating to early modern and 18th-century London, and to map the results on to John Rocque’s 1746 map – but it’s not for the techno­lo­gically faint-hearted
London footprints
An excellent site about exploring London on foot
London Shh
A collection of small historic houses that tell the stories of fascin­ating and famous former residents
Diamond Geezer
“Life viewed from London E3”. Probably London’s best individually written blog – and certainly the most inform­ative (but maybe not for those with a short attention span)
Londonist
News, inform­ation, previews, reviews, opinion and more
Time Out
The category killer in the what’s on in London market
Visit London
You might not guess it from their minim­alist masthead, but this is Visit London, the offical website for London tourism
Transport for London
Almost everything you need to know about travelling in London, with some useful journey planning tools
London Town
Good commercial site for making arrange­ments for your visit – even longstanding Londoners can benefit from the expertise and inform­ation arrayed here
London 43: the alternative London city guide
A pleasing and inform­ative site, although its strapline could be misleading at first glance: it’s an altern­ative to other London guides, rather than a guide to altern­ative London
London Evening Standard
London’s weekday newspaper – much improved under its new ownership
The Telegraph: London travel
Regardless of your opinion of the newspaper itself, you’ll be impressed by the London section of the Telegraph’s travel guide
London Home to Home B&Bs
Bed and breakfast accom­mod­ation at relat­ively reasonable prices, consid­ering the site specialises in some of the nicest parts of London
London government
City Hall’s reader-friendly site about almost every aspect of life in London, going far beyond what you might expect from the mayor and the London Assembly
As the name implies, these are street-by-street notes
Wonderfully detailed notes on London’s local history
London's most right-on-guide
“A kind of database, kind of review site, used for documenting inter­esting places in London”. It’s collab­or­ative and commercial-free
This is Local London
An aggregate site for news from 40 of London’s local papers
The Underground Map
A bit of a mashup and more selective than Hidden London at the the moment, the Underground Map goes way beyond the remit implied by its name, with well-edited and enlight­ening material on all sorts of districts and struc­tures – and some excellent visual content, notably its “maps of this place through time” feature
London Resilience
Planning and preparing for emergencies in London
Travels around London
A blog about exploring London and beyond (sometimes well beyond, all over England)
London Shop Fronts
More than 1000 no-frills photos of charac­terful London shops, cafés, etc.
“A site dedicated to songs about London. As simple as that. The only rules are that the songs must be brilliant and that the blind­ingly obvious numbers are excluded. The songs may be expli­citly about London or obliquely about the city in some way. This is a project that was delib­er­ately designed to last for one year. It will remain live for people to explore.”
From the Upper Deck
A marvellous photoblog consisting entirely of views from upstairs on London buses