What makes London so different?

You can live in London for years and years and still find something different each day.

What makes London so different?

1. The most diverse city on the planet or at least one of the

London etnic diversity graph

 

2. We speak over 300 different languages.

Clustercopy
London’s second languages map

3. A benefit of this diversity is that there is always something good to eat.

addome-streatham
Addome’ – Streatham Hill, London

4. The food is just ridiculously good. No matter what others say… from markets to restaurants.

Food in London 

5. The tube! We like to whine about it all the time, but it works just fine.

6. You’re never far from green. London has more park space than any other major city on earth. Park as ‘park’, not parking space. Don’t start!

Clapham Common

7. Other cities would kill to have a haven as beautiful as Dulwich village in the centre of London city.

Dulwich Village

8. We know how to throw a party.

Big Ben

9. (We just drink through the pain).

London Tube at the weekend

10. Seeing people do the ‘walk of shame’ on your way to work. (Or doing it b4 work)

Shame Walker lol

11. You actually can live in London for years and years and still find something different each day. There is simply so much going on everywhere that it is impossible to know it all, and this about London is what makes it truly mysteriously charming to me. You will never discover it all or know it all; The excitement never ends in the capital, and until I die, I will always be on the hunt for the next amazing discovery here.

Better safe Than sorry

12. And contrary to popular belief – they do talk to people, they are friendly, and they will welcome you with open arms.

London Pride

13. The Queen Nobody messes with Her Majesty. And if they do, we’ll ‘ave ’em. Or she will.

Queen Elizabeth II

14. The Underground Where would we be without the Underground? A bus stop, that’s where. And nobody wants that if not late at night.

London red bus

15. It’s a beautiful city of endless possibilities, and everyone is welcome.

London 2012

What would you add?

The Cheapest Way to Travel In London?

The Cheapest Way to Travel In London?

One of the reasons why London is the best City in the World must be the fact that has one of the best transports and best connected.

London’s public transport network, locally called the London Tube, is divided into nine travel zones. Zone 1 is in Central London, and zones 6 to 9 are on the outskirts of the city.

For the best way to reach your destination, one can use Transport for London’s Journey Planner.

Oyster card, Travelcard, Visitor Oyster card or use a contactless payment card to get the best value as paying cash is the most expensive way.

Of course, before traveling make sure you have paid some money on to your oyster card. If you need to do it at any station, you will find a machine where you will be able to put credit on your Oyster card.

Oyster card can be used on the 11 London Tubes, (DLR), trams, London Overground trains, buses, river bus and Emirates Air Line.

An adult cash fare on the London tube for a single journey within zone 1 is £4.90. Tube fare for the same trip with Oyster card or contactless payment card is £2.40.

For contactless payment cards (bank cards and credit cards) issued outside the UK, please check for transaction fees or issuer bank fees.

Please note that you need to touch your oyster in and out

There are different discounts for children, students, and elderly travelers on the London subway.

Very young children do not need their Oyster card if traveling with a fare-paying adult. Ask station staff to open luggage gates for children to go through. Alternatively, some of the luggage gates are opened automatically with a paper ticket or Oyster card.

Some children travel free or at a discounted rate if they have a Zip Oyster card, which is a young person’s photocard. Online applications must be placed in advance for a young person Zip Oyster card.

Children under five can travel free at any time on the London Tube, Docklands Light Railway (DLR), buses, trams and London Overground, providing an adult accompanies them with a valid ticket. Children aged 0 to 5 also travel free on the Emirates Air Line when accompanied by a paying adult.

Children aged five to 10 travel free at any time by Tube, DLR, London Overground, and most National Rail train and coach services in London (where pay, as you go, is accepted), providing they travel with an adult who has a valid ticket. Please note that up to four children can travel free with one adult or if they have a 5-10 Zip Oyster photocard. They can get on public transports unaccompanied and without a photo card on trams and buses.

On MBNA Thames Clippers river bus operating services, kids 0 to 5 travel free. Family River Roamer ticket is available, which permits unlimited hop-on-hop-off river travel for two adults and three kids after 9 am.

Children aged between 5 to 15 also pay child rate fares on the Emirates Air Line.

Children aged 11 to 15 years travel free on buses and trams and at child rate on Tube, DLR, and London Overground services when they have an 11-15 young person Zip Oyster photocard.

16 and 17-year-olds can get 7 Day, Monthly or longer period Travelcards, plus bus and tram pass, at child rate if they have a 16+ Oyster photocard. They can also be charged half adult rate for journeys on Tube, DLR, and Overground.

You may have to buy a ticket for children on overground train services, but discounted rates are offered. It is cheaper to book trains in advance.

If you are a student aged 18-years and older and live in a London borough and are attending a full-time qualifying course can also apply to get 30% off the price of adult-rate. This is valid for Travelcards and bus, and tram passes.

Information correct at time of writing, please check Transport for London for the latest fares before traveling.

How did Halloween start?

How did Halloween start? Halloween 2017

Halloween is a holiday, celebrated each year on October 31, that has roots in age-old European traditions. It originated with the ancient Celtic festival of Samhain when people would light bonfires and wear costumes to ward off ghosts.

Thirty-first of October. This day marked the end of summer and the harvest and the beginning of the dark, cold winter, a time of year that was often associated with human death. Celts believed that on the night before the new year, the boundary between the worlds of the living and the dead became blurred. On the night of October 31, they celebrated Samhain, when it was believed that the ghosts of the dead returned to earth.

By 43 A.D., the Roman Empire had conquered the majority of Celtic territory. In the course of the four hundred years that they ruled the Celtic lands, two festivals of Roman origin were combined with the traditional Celtic celebration of Samhain.

On May 13, 609 A.D., Pope Boniface IV dedicated the Pantheon in Rome in honor of all Christian martyrs, and the Catholic feast of All Martyrs Day was established in the Western church. Pope Gregory III later expanded the festival to include all saints as well as all martyrs and moved the observance from May 13 to November 1.

By the 9th century, the influence of Christianity had spread into Celtic lands. In 1000 A.D., the church would make November 2 All Souls’ Day, a day to honor the dead.

The All Saints Day celebration was also called All-hallows or All-hallowmas (from Middle English Alholowmesse meaning All Saints’ Day) and the night before it, began to be called All-Hallows Eve and, eventually, Halloween.

In the second half of the nineteenth century, America was flooded with new immigrants. These new immigrants, especially the millions of Irish fleeing the Irish Potato Famine, helped to popularize the celebration of Halloween nationally.

Borrowing from Irish and English traditions, Americans began to dress up in costumes and go house to house asking for food or money, a practice that eventually became today’s “trick-or-treat” tradition.

Happy Halloween!!!

Uber Stripped of Its London Licence And Public Petition

Why Has Uber Lost Its License In London? Will Uber Disappear in London?

Why Has Uber Lost Its License In London? Will Uber Disappear in London? Uber has been stripped of its London licence. The firm’s application for a new licence in London was rejected by Transport for London on the basis that the company is not a “fit and proper” private car hire operator. What does this mean in real terms? Will UBER disappear immediately as its current license expires on 30 September?

Uber has said it will appeal against TfL’s decision. It will be able to continue operating until the legal process has been exhausted. That could take months.

Can Uber get its license back? Uber could win its appeal in the courts and force TfL to back down. While TfL’s decision did not suggest any measures that Uber could take to alter its decision, if the company loses its appeal in court it may be able to make a fresh application to TfL after making changes to the way it operates.

Why has Uber lost its license in London? Transport for London said it would not renew Uber’s license when it expires on 30 September because it was not a “fit and proper” operator. It said the US firm’s approach and conduct demonstrated a lack of corporate responsibility with potential public safety and security implications. It flagged up concerns about – The handling of reporting serious criminal offences – obtaining medical certificates – and driver background checks. It was also concerned by Uber’s use of-Greybull, which is a software that can be used to block regulators from gaining full access to its app.

Well we know that UBER is very popular in london. Uber has 40,000 drivers in London and claims that 3.5 million people use the service.

How Your Child’s Life Would Change If War Started

The video shows the perilous journey of a 13-year-old girl attempting to escape a country ravaged by civil war.

How Your Child’s Life Would Change If War Started

The video shows the perilous journey of a 13-year-old girl attempting to escape a country ravaged by civil war. She is played by Lily-Rose Aslandogdu, 13, from Essex, who previously starred in a 2014 campaign video. Lily’s journey is like those of hundreds of thousands of other child refugees searching for a better life.

From Save The Children campaign 2015. The video depicts the life of a teenage girl on the attempt to escape war-torn Britain – This is the daily experience of millions of children worldwide.

Grenfell Tower Fire Three Months On

Grenfell Tower Fire Three Months On

Grenfell Tower Fire More than 3 Months Since Grenfell Tower fire. More than 80% of survivors have not been rehoused three months on.

20 families are now living in permanent accommodation, while another 52 households had accepted an offer in principle.

Grenfell is a moral, economic, political and aesthetic injustice. Not only was the cladding unsafe, but it was also ugly; not only was it ugly, but it was also wrong both to the building architecture it covered and wrong to its responsibility to human safety.

Together with anger and incredulity, there is that sense of cooperation, of embarrassment, as though without entirely realising how it happened as we all played a part in it. Grenfell is the dark fruit of our time and how we have organised ourselves. What will happen to Grenfell people is very much about what it will be of us all. Only if we make the present right, we will have a healthy future. Making the present right requires not to forget the past and always remember what happened.

Grenfell Tower Fire 2017