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100 Great Things About London - Numbers 11-20

Updated on March 23, 2012

Welcome to the 100 Great Things About London...the Second Installment

The 100 Great Things About London is a list of all that is great about London. A directory of fun, a celebration of the city, written by Londoners for London.

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11. King of the Swinger ohh: Flying Trapeze London Style

Ever climbed something reeeally high and had the urge to jump, do a couple of stylish spins in the air and land flawlessly on the ground with everyone watching and wooping? I haven’t.

But in some fantastic moment of madness last summer I signed up for a flying trapeze lesson on Acton Common with a company called Gorilla Circus, and it was amAZing!

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12. A True Diamond in the Rough: Mudchute City Farm

Beneath heady towers of London’s financial district, on the isle of dogs, sits 32 acres of green and pleasant land. This 32 acres of land that was once used to defend London from Nazi bombers and had the Eastend community of dockers at its heart, is now home to something special.

It is home to Mudchute Farm, the UK’s largest city farm.

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13. Weekly wine tasting for a Fiver...in Kensington!?!

For about 3 years now, every Thursday evening I go to the Whole Foods Market for an event they call "Thirsty Thursday". I believe it started as a marketing ploy but has slowly turned into an un-missable London Social Event.

The premise is simple. For £5, you get to try 5 small glasses of wine and 5 small plates of food. The evenings are usually themed and generally try to promote different goods available in the store, trying to get you to taste things you might ignore, or might not realise were available.

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14. A Shortcut to happiness: Swing Dancing in London

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Want to get fit without trying? Meet fun friends, pretty girls and fine young men? Laugh out loud? Well these are all common side-effects of swing dancing!

When I first came to London seven years ago, knowing no-one and keen on anything that didn't cost much, I turned up shyly to a free Christmas concert in the Royal Festival Hall ballroom. With a whirl of live big band music and a roomful of people grinning with pure excited energy, my love of swing dance was born.

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15. Just Hanging Around: Rock Climbing at Westway

Ah the mid-week hump! A gritty morning coffee has relieved the lurking hangover, and come 5:30 I’m ready for some alternative evening’s entertainment to celebrate a successful Wednesday.

Londoners are spoilt for choice when it comes to alternatives, but here’s my insider’s tip: try indoor rock climbing.

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16. Become a Culture Vulture: London's Galleries in one Swoop

Right now in London there has never been so much art. I mean it is literally pouring out every single corner of central London. And, not only is it everywhere, the quality is truly outstanding. What is also wonderful about this, is that everyone I know (OK this could be an age thing) is getting involved and wants to go see these exhibitions.

Whilst the selection is quite literally intoxicating, the fact that there are so many is a problem. Our city is so overwhelming with choice that most of us don’t know where to start. So instead of suggesting a best one, I suggest that you do them all. In ONE day. Exhaust yourself in this remarkable city. Pretend for one day that you are a tourist, and you need to do it all or the giant rabbits will get you.

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17. Putting the 'Art' into clogged arteries: London's Fast Food Greats!

So the economic downturn seems to have created a capital craving for good ol' fast food. Here's some of the finest:

Lucky Chip at The Sebright Arms:

A street food take on pub grub. If you like your burgers sloppy, greasy, and named after film stars, Nettil Market's burger van based Lucky Chip have taken residency at the transformed old man's pub The Sebright Arms.

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18. Swimming with ducks in Hampstead Heath.

We Londoners easily loose touch with nature (my interaction with nature is nowadays limited to the disease-ridden basil plant in my kitchen – or an occasional dog poo on foot incident). That’s why I have found taking a dip in mossy water amongst semi-naked Londoners and other equally obscure forms of wildlife so…restorative.

A century old tradition, bathing in the wooded Hampstead ponds was once a way to clean North London’s working class. Now the murky ponds are used for quite the opposite - to sully over-sanitised Hampstead yuppies who affirm the cardio-vascular benefits of the icy water.

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19. Oasis of Calm in London's heart: Picnic in Phoenix Gardens

When you are stuck in town on a sunny day with hot pavement beneath your feet and air full of exhaust fumes, it all can get a bit too much. Luckily tucked behind the Odeon on Shaftesbury Avenue, close to the hustle and bustle of Soho and the exhausting entertainments of Covent Garden is a little oasis of calm. Phoenix Gardens are the ideal place to take a picnic (or just a coffee or book) and relax for a while.

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20. A Great Saturday AM Ritual: Pottering about Borough Market

Here's my $.02 (£.01?...) on one of most obvious-but oft overlooked places in London that makes London such an incredible place: Borough Market....

I have a confession: I get up earlier on Saturday morning than I ever do during the week for work. Crazy, I know-but this is what you do when want to be at Borough Market before 8.30am on a Saturday! This is what you do to get the best pick of the fruit and veg, guarantee that the queue at Monmouth Coffee won’t be around the block, and ensure that the crowds are quiet enough to where you can actually have a chat with the traders without feeling like you're bothering them.

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      julieannbrady 5 years ago

      Yeah, I like your sense of humor about putting the art into clogged arteries in London! Ah ...

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      stickyboard 5 years ago

      @goo2eyes lm: Thanks so much!

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      goo2eyes lm 5 years ago

      check no.13 and 19 again. thank you for sharing this lens. i love london.