In Pictures: a hot summer evening on Parliament Hill

It might be scorchio on Hampstead Heath this week – but it’s still much cooler than the rest of the city

01 Jul 2015

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Take a literary tour of these inspiring blue plaques

Channel 4 reporter Jennifer Rigby plots a local city hike with a purpose

13 Aug 2014

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Free Weekend? Follow a highwayman’s trail through Epping Forest

From Boadicia to Dick Turpin, this ancient wood has seen it all. Stephen Emms takes the tube there for a weekend stroll

07 Jun 2013

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Free Week? Walk the 78 Mile Capital Ring

No airport hassles, no glum faces and no half-hearted compulsion to extract historical interest from an unknown city. Stephen Emms sets off on a week-long hike around London

30 Mar 2012

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Free Weekend? Walk Around The Circle Line

It’s 14 miles. And takes the best part of an hour on the tube. But what if you walk it instead?

20 Jan 2012

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Local Hero?

Gospel Oak boy Benjamin Garfield dropped us a line the other day about ‘Benches’, a three minute flick he’s entered into this year’s Reed Short Film competition. Rather wisely, it’s inspired by a 2006 feature yours truly wrote for the Times Magazine. Flattery will, of course, get you everywhere. ‘I

02 Mar 2011

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Why move Peter Stevens’ bench?

A few years ago I used to write a blog and Time Out column on the stories behind London’s memorial benches. Of the dozens covered, none was more touching than that of Peter Stevens, a young man who died at just 26, and is remembered by a bench at the

25 Jan 2011

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Queen’s Crescent Market

There’s nowhere else in the area like it. Some say it’s rundown and depressing, others that it’s unpretentious and one of the last pockets of real London. Go decide for yourself tomorrow (or every Thursday/Saturday), when the street market (one of the oldest in the capital) runs from 9am -3pm.

26 Nov 2010

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Kelly Street

Kelly Street is one of the jewels in the Kentish Crown (the others being Quadrant Grove and Little Green Street). It’s a perfect curve of mid-19th century Grade II-listed pastel terraces, all worth far too much money to be called ‘bohemian’ but swooningly lovely nonetheless. You might need a restorative

16 Nov 2010

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Little Green Street

OK, so if there’s a hierarchy of cute NW5 streets, then this one sits fatly at the summit (and isn’t the sky blue?) It’s just about the oldest byway in the area, too (most of the other 18th century buildings were torn down in the industrial revolution, history fans). And,

11 Nov 2010

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