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Gay History of Vauxhall

Gay History of Vauxhall
The ever changing face of London is probably one of the most attractive qualities of the British Capital. London is one of those places that never seem to stop morphing, adapting, updating themselves. In many cities this perpetual transformation would be rejected, considered as lack of respect for tradition and history, but not in London....
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MAY
02

Art, Underground - Six of the Best

Art, Underground - Six of the Best
​ Urban metro systems are the lifeblood of most cities; tens of thousands of locals and visitors alike use them on a daily basis. Travelling on often crowded trains can be unpleasant, but in many cases the experience is made more appealing by the fact that in many European cities the metro systems also double as art galleries, s...
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APR
22

Celebrating Gay Villages (1)

Celebrating Gay Villages (1)
Some people may argue that the notion of 'gay village' is outdated today, in an age of increased acceptance of LGBT people. Do we actually need separate neighbourhoods to socialise, get together, have fun? And has the advent of social apps reduced our need for such spaces, or for opportunities where we can feel 'majority'? All open questions, ...
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APR
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Columbia Road Flower Market

Columbia Road Flower Market
There is something special about markets: no visit is like the previous one. And this is even more so when it comes to the colourful and varied Columbia Road Flower Market, in London's East End. On any Sunday, come rain or shine this beautiful street market is a riot of colours and gorgeous scents, able to brighten even the dullest London winter da...
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MAR
06

Wilde London

Wilde London
​Oscar Wilde's wit and talent are now fully recognised and celebrated the world over. Yet his judicial and personal ordeal reminds us of how homosexuality was not just frowned upon, but could cause immense damage and, in Wilde's case - imprisonment. In a way, it also remind us how much progress has been made in just over a century.  Although I...
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JAN
30

Urban Parklands

Urban Parklands
Urban parks and gardens are an antidote to the city's noise, pollution and chaos. However some of the green spaces enclosed in our cities are more than that. They tell amazing stories and often help us understanding the history of the centres they sit in. Here are a few more or less known parks and gardens and the fascinating histories they hold wi...
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JAN
25

A walk through Earls Court, London’s former “Gay Central”

A walk through Earls Court, London’s former “Gay Central”
London, as every metropolis, has always attracted gay and lesbian people. In the days before social media and the internet and even more in days when male homosexuality was still on the criminal books (lesbian relationships were never a crime in the UK, but male to male ones were so until 1967), there was an obvious need for the gay community to me...
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