Category Archive: City of London

A Journey around the Queer City of Soho, its clubs and its culture

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London’s Soho is the heart of the city’s LGBTQ+ scene and it’s a scene which has it’s roots back to the clubs and secretive spaces of the area where at the turn of… Continue reading

A huge line of Dominoes snakes through London and then gets knocked down as part of the London’s Burning festival

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The recent London’s Burning festival caught the imagination in more ways than one.  A giant series of events featuring some spectacular public art exhibitions was the city’s way of celebrating 350 years since the… Continue reading

Giant wooden replica of old London burns on the Thames to commemorate Great Fire of London

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We are packed together on the banks of the Thames on the embankment near Blackfriars standing opposite the Oxo Tower on the other side of the river.  The reason?  A giant floating wooden… Continue reading

Buildings which survived the Great Fire of London and where to find them

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The great fire of London devastated the old medieval city.  Starting in Pudding Lane at the king’s bakers it spread quickly defeating all attempts to stamp it out.  A combination of unfavourable winds… Continue reading

Free Walking Tour around the Old Street and Moorgate area of London

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The third in our series of curious routes, free historic walking tours around the edges of the City of London, we explore the area around the Old Street Roundabout. Now sometimes known as… Continue reading

The Lost Abbeys and Priories of London Part 3, The Black Friars and the Grey Friars

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For part three of our Lost abbey’s series we focus on the old monastic buildings which used to exist towards the west of the old City of London. For part one we looked… Continue reading

A Curious Route Walking Tour around Whitecross Street and the Barbican

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One area often overlooked given it’s proximity to the likes of Shoreditch, the City and Clerkenwell is the bohemian paradise of Whitecross Street. In itself a thoroughfare leading from Old Street to the… Continue reading

Tribute to a Fallen Soldier as Poppies spectacularly flood the Tower of London on the Centenary of World War One

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The moat around the ancient and iconic Tower of London have been turned into a sea of red ceramic poppies.  The extraordinary artwork from artist Paul Cummins is a remarkable tribute to the… Continue reading

Sketching Skyscrapers at One New Change as Part of the Open City Archikids Festival

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This weekend has seen the second outing of the popular Archikids festival.  First trialled last year as a compliment to the regular series of Open City events, the aim of the festival is… Continue reading

The Lost Abbeys and Priories of London Part 2 Crutched Friars, Holy Trinity Priory, St Helens Priory and Austin Friars

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Following on from my first post featuring some of the lost abbeys, priories and friaries of London, part two looks at the monastic houses from within the City Walls. The reformation was a… Continue reading

The Lost Abbeys and Priories of the City of London Part 1 – From the Tower to Bedlam and Beyond

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Before the dissolution of the monasteries which took place between 1536 and 1541, London was positively teeming with monastic houses both within and without the walls of the old city. This post looks… Continue reading

The Chewing Gum Man Paints a Trail of 400 Mini-Artworks on the Millenium Bridge

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We are on the millennium bridge, St. Pauls dominating one end and the tower of the Tate Modern the other.  In the middle of the bridge lays Ben Wilson, Chewing Gum man, a… Continue reading

An Urban Take on Wine Production at London Cru in the Heart of the City

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It’s fair to say that London likes to embrace the unusual, the offbeat and pretty much anyone who likes to think outside the box. But why should this be limited to the art… Continue reading

The Inspiring City Top Posts of 2013

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This year has sure been a busy one as my recent review of the year will testify. I’ve met a lot of people, seen some great art and learnt a lot about the… Continue reading

Free Walking Tour of the East End of London

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The East End is a vibrant place, home to many people from all over the world and packed with history, the streets and buildings all having stories to tell. From the Huguenots to… Continue reading

10,000 views!!! The Top Five Posts as Inspiring City hits 5 digits !!!

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Last week saw another milestone for Inspiring City as we reached the landmark 10,000 views total on the blog. It didn’t seem that long ago since the total hits amounted to 5000 and… Continue reading

The Great 12 Livery Companies of the City of London

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The Livery companies of the City of London have played an integral part in the development of the city. So much so that even today, the activities of the various liveries are intertwined… Continue reading

The Old Roman City Wall of London

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For around 1600 years the city of London was a walled city.  Covering the square mile area from Tower Hill to Blackfriars the wall was started by the Romans and added to throughout… Continue reading

The Seven Gates of London

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Todays challenge was to find and photograph the locations of the old gates of London.  These date back to Roman times when a wall encircled the city, the gates lasted until 1760 when… Continue reading