Happy new year from Insider London! Before we plunge straight into another year of bringing you the finest London finds and facts, let’s look back over some of our favourite posts of last year.
We’ve been Underground:
We love the London Underground and Tube. So much so that we produced this almighty London tube facts infographic (for a larger version just click here). Something to think about before you decide to take the stairs at Hampstead. For more London Underground stats, we also pulled together our all-time favourite posts here, and learned about plans for the next generation of tube trains here.
But that’s not all the London Underground tunnels can be used for. We discovered all about the mail rail this November, as well as plans by Growing Underground to cultivate herbs and vegetables in tunnels under the streets of Clapham – pictured above, and more here.
One man who goes where others fear to tread underground – and is more than familiar with a tunnel or too is Bradley Garrett. Find out more about this urban explorer in this post.
Image credit: Steve Cadman
It’s not all going on underground, you know. We also ventured skywards to share five of London’s hidden rooftop gardens, and joined in the debate about whether London needed many more tall buildings. And, on the subject of modern architecture, we got to grips with what the term ‘sustainable architecture’ actually means.
womblin’ Paddington-ing free
London’s streets have been home to all sorts of installations this year, from Paddington to book benches. We also discovered the Outings Project: a project to take portraits out of the museums and onto the streets.
We’ve seen some great street art over the year too. One of our favourites came via our Facebook follower, Andy Winter, who had the honour of getting his boat graffitied by two of London’s top artists: Sweet Toof and Paul Insect.
2014’s Pop-ups and openings
The pace and creativity of London’s pop-ups have continued to be astounding. We’ve covered loads, from Shuttlecock to Swingers. 2014 was also the year London got its first 3D printing cafe – find out more here. We also spoke to the founder of one of London’s liveliest street food collectives, KERB.
We love seeking out the quirky unusual around this great city. Check out our recent post on ghost signs, as well as the design history of London’s street signs. And for the really unusual, have you ever seen the lighthouse in King’s Cross. We found out about its past and plans for its future here.
But for true London geeks, we really recommend you pick up a copy of The Information Capital. You can see some of its brilliant maps and infographics in this post.
We hope you enjoyed 2014 as much as we did, and we look forward to seeing you on one of our Insider London alternative walking tours in 2015!