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London’s Pocket Parks: Graham Street Park, N1
London’s Pocket Parks: Graham Street Park, N1

This is today a modest park with a playground that conveniently faces onto a canal dock, but was once mainly industrial.

Heat from London Underground tunnels to warm homes and schools
Heat from London Underground tunnels to warm homes and schools

Waste heat from the London Underground is now being used to provide heating and hot water to more than 1,350 homes, a school and two leisure centres in Islington.

London’s Alleys: Turk’s Head Yard, EC1
London’s Alleys: Turk’s Head Yard, EC1

This rather shabby looking car park of an alley is a lingering remnant of a time when the area was filled with old warehouses and factories.

Exhibition about Islington’s lost Music Halls
Exhibition about Islington’s lost Music Halls

There’s a rather fun exhibition on at the moment about the pre-television era of mass entertainment, the music halls and the people who they turned into later television stars.

Tickets Alert: Climb up the Caledonian Clock Tower
Tickets Alert: Climb up the Caledonian Clock Tower

After a lengthy restoration, the Cally Clock Tower opens to the public next month, and tickets to climb up to the top are now available.

London’s Pocket Parks: Granville Square, WC1
London’s Pocket Parks: Granville Square, WC1

Granville Square is a prominent tree lined square surrounded by period homes, located north of Kings Cross Road.

London’s Pocket Parks: St John’s Churchyard, EC1
London’s Pocket Parks: St John’s Churchyard, EC1

This is a tiny little pocket park that should have me delighting in its planting, but actually has me dispirited at the missed opportunity.

London’s Pocket Parks: St John’s Garden, EC1
London’s Pocket Parks: St John’s Garden, EC1

This small park near to Farringdon station is unsurprisingly, a former church graveyard, but also the site of a tumultuous period of English history.

London’s Pocket Parks – Percival Triangle, EC1
London’s Pocket Parks – Percival Triangle, EC1

A patch of council housing in Clerkenwell has been recently improved by replacing concrete and cars with grasses and greenery.

Plans to use heat from tube tunnels to warm homes
Plans to use heat from tube tunnels to warm homes

An experiment is under way that will soon see heat from tube train tunnels being used to heat homes and businesses around parts of Islington.

Tickets Alert: Climb the Cally Tower
Tickets Alert: Climb the Cally Tower

Next month sees an occasional opening of the Caledonian Park Clock Tower and a chance to climb the narrow steps to the very top for amazing views across North London.

Advent Calendar – Day 4
Advent Calendar – Day 4

The annual tradition of posting a different vintage image each day during advent, and this year, it’s of London’s old railway stations.

Chance to climb to the top of the Cally Park Clock Tower
Chance to climb to the top of the Cally Park Clock Tower

Next weekend sees an occasional opening of the Caledonian Park Clock Tower and a chance to climb the narrow steps to the very top for amazing views across North London.

Edging Closer to Reopening the Cally Tower to the Public
Edging Closer to Reopening the Cally Tower to the Public

Plans to reopen the derelict Caledonian Tower, with its incredible views over London have moved a step closer, after Islington Council showed off revamped plans for a visitor center.

Stunning views from the top of the Cally Tower
Stunning views from the top of the Cally Tower

150 years ago a meat market opened on the edge of London to cater to its growing population. To mark the location a mighty clock tower was built.

A double-decker bus doing push-ups in Islington
A double-decker bus doing push-ups in Islington

It’s an art thing, but quite a fun one. A red double-decker bus is doing muscular push-ups outside the Business Design Centre in Islington.

A look around the outside of Crumbles Castle
A look around the outside of Crumbles Castle

Surrounded by council block flats and next to a wide open green space called Bingfield Park near King’s Cross sits Crumbles Castle, a modest sized stone fortress of the sort that any Medieval knight would probably recognise. It is however,

Quatermass and the Pit and a Church

Despite saying the other day that I am clearing out my film collection as I just don’t watch them any more, I am still a bit of a fan of cult movies. Last year, I attended a fun film screening