A peak at London’s mystery garden’s

mystery gardens even as the Chelsea Flower show gets maximum of the fame, London’s annual Open garden Squares Weekend (taking region this 12 months from 18 to 19 June) is a lesser-acknowledged alternative that opens more than 2 hundred non-public green areas to the public. starting from a vegetable lawn on a skyscraper roof to a pass lawn in Kings go, we were given a sneak peek to seize the scene before the crowds arrive. (credit score: Olivia Howitt) The green line The Underground isn’t called being particularly green. but…

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Liquid gold: exploring London’s canals and waterways walks

Cruising through the capital on a canal boat has given writer Helen Babbs a new perspective on London. Here she suggests some lesser-known places to visit along its navigable waterways, including a lost canal south of the river Barge-ing through … a canal boat sailing up the Regent’s canal towards Islington Tunnel. Photograph: Alamy Imoved to living on the water almost three years ago, and one of the best things about being on a boat is the proximity to nature. One morning I opened the curtains to see a cormorant…

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Liquid gold: exploring London’s canals and waterways walks

moved to living on the water almost three years ago, and one of the best things about being on a boat is the proximity to nature. One morning I opened the curtains to see a cormorant swimming westwards, fish-like and gleaming, slowly followed by a gaggle of foraging Canada geese. The whole of London’s canal network is designated a site of importance for nature conservation; it’s a great place for wildlife spotting, as well as people watching – a welcome blue-green space amid the capital’s grey. You don’t have to…

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Hotels try new ‘things’ all the time but Melissa Hoyer never thought a bowling alley would star in London’s coolest hotel

THIS is a hotel with so many elements of surprise it just keeps giving and giving. From the heaving and buzzy bar to a smartypants and elegant library bar to an hypoxic gym and a theatrette, the Ham Yard hotel is a self-contained community right in the middle of what is the coolest part of London: Soho. But the one thing that really got me going? The bowling alley. Yup. I’ve seen some pretty interesting hotel additions in my travels but this is certainly one of the quirkiest. And cutest.…

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