Best Of Londonist: Lidos, Markets & Beautiful Bridges

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Controversial clock in Upton Park. Photo by M@

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Best pubs in London

We’re building a new website of the best pubs in London (mostly as voted for by Londonist readers). We still have a few areas to explore, but do take a look through the guide so far, and let us know about any scandalous omissions. This week we added a cluster of good 'uns in Kentish Town, including the Junction Tavern, Tipping the Admiral, The Pineapple and The Grafton.

Alex Kachkaev and Jo Wood, giCentre, City University London
London Photography Map
Pigment print, made 2014
This image maps the places, times and events people choose to make photographs in London. Here we see daytime and night time London superimposed, outdoors and indoors, parks and lakes, evening venues and sporting events. The attraction of the banks of the Thames and its major crossings for photography is made startlingly clear. The data was generated by forty thousand people in the city who, between them, uploaded over one million photographs to the Flickr photo sharing service. Each dot represents the location of a single photograph, identified either automatically via GPS devices built into the camera or smartphone, or added manually by the uploader. The colour of each dot represents the amount of light present in the scene, enabling us to distinguish likely daytime, outside photographs (yellow) from those taken either at night or indoors (purple). The result is a map of photogenic London, a shared image of images, of place and space, of the photographed and the photographer.
Visualisation of the places that people take photographs in London, currently on show at Museum of London Docklands' Bridge exhibition.

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Things to do

Try something different this summer …

Fancy learning Icelandic? How about ballet, biscuit decorating, or battlefield guiding? Or are you more of a creative writer? Balcony gardener? Beer taster? Whoever you are and whatever you want to be, City Lit has a course for you this summer.

With over 1,000 courses this July and August, take your time to look through the incredible range on offer and give yourself the opportunity to try something new. Many courses are one day only, so swap that day in front of the telly for a day learning about how to write a novel/what city life was like in the ancient world/London history walks around Bloomsbury, Borough, Bermondsey and beyond. Seriously, we’ve only scratched the surface, take a look for yourself.

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