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[16 Feb 2010 | By ]
Boutique Shopping in Shoreditch

Shoreditch has come a long way in the last 15 years. Once upon time it was simply known as the entrance to Hackney. But now it is known for being trendy, creative and funky. Today, Shoreditch is the home of great bars, clubs and art galleries and most importantly great shops. Let me take you on a little tour!

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[3 Feb 2010 | By ]
The Prince Charles – London’s Cheapest Cinema

If, like me you were initially put off seeing films on the big screen by the high price of cinema tickets in London, you should check out the Prince Charles cinema. It is London’s best and by far the cheapest independent cinema and Quentin Tarantino’s favourite UK “grindhouse”.

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[11 Jan 2010 | By ]
Spitalfields Market: A Winter Wonderland

Originally a market where chickens and vegetable roots were sold, Spitalfields have survived through the centuries and at the moment is reliving its glory, with the market packed on the weekends and full of interesting stalls selling anything from vintage clothing to hand-carved furniture. With its easily accessible location on the edge of the City, there isn’t a more perfect place in London to visit this winter!

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[22 Dec 2009 | By ]
Lock-hopping in Regent’s Canal

Used in the 19th & 20th centuries as a commercial waterway linking Paddington to the River Thames, Regent’s Canal is now a reminder of London’s industrial past. Nowadays, it serves as a nearby retreat from the hustle and bustle of the city, with a few canal boat tours plying their trade up and down these historical waterways.

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[27 Nov 2009 | By ]
Queensway Bowling & Ice Skating – (Bayswater)

This bowling and ice skating establishment has been in London for eons, and is one of the rare few bowling alleys left in London. On my second visit there, everything looked the same as one my first visit years ago, and although it really is a typical bowling alley aimed at kids and office parties, this is probably the only place in London that you can go to for bowling, ice skating, and dust off your Dance Dance Revolution skills.

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[30 Oct 2009 | By ]
Cheapest Outdoor Ice Skating Rinks in London

One of the silver linings of spending a freezing cold winter in London is the numerous outdoor ice skating rinks that pop up everywhere in the city. It seems that every year, more and more outdoor ice rinks open in parks, squares, and really any clear outdoor area. But it has also gotten really expensive to go ice skating too, with average prices of around £10 plus for only an hour. If you have a family of four, it can easily cost £30-£40 for barely an hour of family fun! This is a guide of all the outdoor ice skating rinks in London, ranked in order of price, so you can find the cheapest ones!

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[29 Oct 2009 | By ]
Secret Burberry Factory Outlet Store

Burberry is the ultimate symbol of British fashion, sold across the world and worn by millions. Personally, I’m not too fussed about their checked pattern, but their trench coats are absolutely fab and of the highest quality. A pity then, that their prices are so high. But, as always, if you know where to go you can find bargains for luxury brand name clothes, mostly at factory outlet stores.
So when I heard from my friend of this Burberry factory outlet shop right in the heart of London (ok, I admit, not central London), I knew I had to share it with readers of the London Insider.

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[21 Oct 2009 | By ]
Lola’s Cupcakes opens branch counter at Selfridges

The famous cupcakes from Lola’s Kitchen have made a debut in the food hall section of Selfridges, having made a name for itself at the Harrods food hall already. If this pattern continues, we should hope to see a branch of Lola’s Kitchen at Harvey Nichols or Liberty soon! Lola’s Kitchen is known for some of the best cupcakes in London, each made freshly on the day and by hand.

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[19 Oct 2009 | By ]
Ironmonger Row (Turkish) Baths, Islington EC1

Ironmonger Row Baths is one of the capital’s most historical buildings, yet very few people know about it, and yet fewer take full advantage of the facilities inside. This Grade II listed building from the 1930’s houses one of the best Turkish Baths in London, in addition to a swimming pool, fitness gym, and surprisingly, also a communal launderette. The building has been marked for a complete renovation from mid-2010 to 2012, so make sure you visit before it closes to the public!

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[27 Sep 2009 | By ]
Inside & Pictures of the Arsenal Emirates Stadium

Having been to a couple of football stadiums around the UK, I have to say that the Emirates Stadium beats all the others in terms of atmosphere. Even with a largely touristy crowd that night, the songs were in full flow, the chanting continuous. Those Gunners really know how to be the 12th man on the pitch! The modern seats were cushioned and much comfier than the hard plastic ones in some of their rivals (*cough* Chelsea *cough*), and the leg room was enough to fit an eight foot giant if needed.