London websites Likeable London links Clickable banners for London-related websites and blogs you may find useful, interesting or plain delightful News, information, previews, reviews, opinion and more. Hidden London confesses to having been sceptical about Londonist when it began, because it was an offshoot of the NYC-based Gothamist rather than a home-grown creation. But after more than a decade of fine work and fine-tuning it now qualifies as a fully fledged London institution. The largest and most comprehensive survey of parks and gardens in the capital, this is the online presence of the London Parks & Gardens Trust’s Inventory of Historic Green Spaces, containing over 2,500 impressively researched entries. The Heritage of London Trust helps preserve the buildings and monuments that tell the story of the city and its people. Since its foundation in 1980 the trust has given grants to over 600 restoration projects and many of these are featured on the website. “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). DG also ventures beyond the London border increasingly often. On London is run and mostly written by Dave Hill, formerly the Guardian’s London commentator. “It seeks to report and explain how this extraordinary and complex city is changing in these momentous times.” 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. The blog’s name, by the way, is a reference to William Cobbett’s famously caustic nickname for the city. London Remembers documents over 5,000 commemorative plaques, monuments, statues and fountains. Updated regularly (though less often than it used to be) the London Historians blog should satisfy even the most voracious appetite for musings and miscellania about London. Exquisitely crafted profiles of 30 of the greatest Modernist buildings in London – and another 30 beyond. You’ll wish there were more. (And they’re coming … but slowly.) The London Mural Preservation Society works to protect, preserve and celebrate London’s murals in the communities where they were created – and its website includes a very well produced record of some of the capital’s finest permanent street art. Locating London’s Past 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. An excellent – if old-fashioned – site about exploring London on foot, with plenty of additional information however you’re getting around. A baker’s dozen of small historic houses that tell the stories of fascinating and famous former residents. The category killer in the ‘what’s on in London’ market. The soulless website of “the official promotional company for London”. If you’re a complete London novice you may also be interested in this one-page Guide to Visiting, Experiencing & Enjoying London. Almost everything you need to know about travelling in London, with some useful journey planning tools. Good commercial site for making arrangements for a visit – even longstanding Londoners can benefit from the expertise and information arrayed here. London’s weekday newspaper. It could be better; could be worse. Don’t be put off by the anodyne masthead. This is 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. Wonderfully detailed notes on London’s local history. Another site that’s better than its masthead makes it look, the Randomness Guide to London is “a kind of database, kind of review site, used for documenting interesting places in London”. It’s collaborative and commercial-free. An aggregate site for news from around 40 of London’s local papers. Now a veritable compendium (of varying quality), the Underground Map goes way beyond the remit implied by its name, with enlightening material on all sorts of districts and structures – and some excellent visual content, notably its “maps of this place through time” feature.