• Our Top 10 London Sundials
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    If your familiar with the London weather you’ll realize that a sundial is perhaps not the most obvious way of telling the time here. That hasn’t stopped sundials being built though, and you can find them all over London. There’s something really nice about measuring the passing of time by measuring the sun moving across…

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  • Win Tickets to Virginia Woolf: Art, Life and Vision
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    This October our Literary Footprints festival celebrates London books and authors with over 40 walks and talks Among the events will be a series of walks looking at one of the greatest of London Writers – Virginia Woolf     Virginia to Vita Sackville-West, Nov. 13, 1937 “I’ ll take you to The Tower–I’ve just…

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  • Swan Upping
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    Jenni Bowley reports from this years Swan Upping Wednesday 16th July was a busy day for the City livery companies!  While Footprints of London guide Jill Finch was enjoying the Cart Marking Ceremony in Guildhall yard, other Footprints guides (Anne Tickell, Kathryn Prevezer, Elaine Wein and myself) were entranced by the Swan Upping taking place…

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  • Dazzling HMS President
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    HMS President has a new camouflage scheme that, paradoxically, might help draw more attention to this veteran ship When you think of historic warships moored on the Thames, HMS Belfast springs immediately to mind. However another even older vessel lies slightly further upstream – HMS President, and she has had a striking new paint scheme…

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  • Warning – Not All Animal Sculptures Are Friendly
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    A warning to those who enjoyed our Top 20 Animal Sculptures feature – some bite! This is one of the corbels in Temple Church, reconstructed from the 14th century originals after the church was badly damaged during World War Two. Its interesting to speculate whether the dog biting a mans ear relates to an actual…

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  • The Temple in Bloom
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    The Temple has been home to legal London since the 14th century, but its also home of London’s loveliest gardens. The gardens always look their best at this time of year so here are some photos. You can find more City gardens on Tina’s Secret Spaces and Public Places walk on 13th July

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