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The formation of the original Kent County Cricket Club took place in Canterbury in August 1842, and played its initial first-class match against All-England that same month. On March 1 1859 there was a substantial reorganisation and the present Kent CCC was formed. Kent had been proclaimed Champion County in 1837, and held the title through most of the 1840s. However, they did not claim it again before the formation of the County Championship as we know it in 1890.
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Its limited overs team is called the Surrey Brown Caps. The club is the most financially secure first class county club, with a turnover of £22 million in 2006. The club's home since its foundation in 1845 has been The Oval cricket ground (currently known officially as the 'Brit Oval' following a sponsorship deal with the Brit insurance company), within the Kennington area of Lambeth in south London. Some home games each season are also played at Whitgift School, Croydon and at Woodbridge Road, Guildford. The traditional club colours are chocolate brown and silver. The club badge is the Prince of Wales' three feathers. Lord Rosebery obtained the permission to use this symbol from the Prince of Wales, owner of the land on which The Oval stands, in 1915. Surrey Fixtures 2010
Gawdon Bennet! Its limited overs team is called da Surrey Brown Caps. The club is da most financially secure first class coun'y club, wiv a turnover ov £22 million in 2006. The club's 'ome since its foundashun in 1845 'as been The Oval cricket ground (currently known officially as da 'Bri' Oval' followin' a sponsorship deal wiv da Bri' insurance company), wivin da Kennington area ov Lambef in sowf London. Some 'ome games each season are also played at Whitgift School, Croydon an' at Woodbridge Road, Guildford. The tradishunal club colaaahrs are chocolate brown an' silver. The club badge is da Prince ov Can'erbury Tales' free fearfers. Lord Rosebery obtained da permission ter use dis symbol from da Prince ov Can'erbury Tales, owner ov da land on which The Oval stands, in 1915. OK?
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Early settlement

Following the virtual abandonment of the Roman city, the area's strategic location on the River Thames meant that the site was not deserted for long. From the late 5th century, Anglo-Saxons began to inhabit the area.

There is almost no reliable evidence about what happened in the London area during the Sub-Roman "Dark Age" period from around 450 AD to 600 AD. Although early Anglo-Saxon settlement avoided the area immediately around Londinium, there was occupation on a small scale of much of the hinterland on both sides of the river. There is no contemporary literary evidence, but the area must for some time have been an active frontier between Saxons and Britons.


Early Anglo-Saxon settlement in the London area was not on the site of the abandoned Roman city, although the Roman city walls remained intact.

Instead, by the 7th century a village and trading centre named Lundenwic, was established approximately one mile (1.6km) to the west of Londinium (named Lundenburh or "London Fort" by the Saxons  Probably using the mouth of the River Fleet as a trading ship and fishing boat harbour.

Lundenwic in the early eighth century, was described by the Venerable Bede as "a trading centre for many nations who visit it by land and sea". The word "wic" was an Old English word for 'trading town'  , so Lundenwic literally meant 'London trading town'.
Archaeologists were for many years puzzled as to where early Anglo-Saxon London was located, as they could find little evidence of occupation within the Roman city walls from this period. However in the 1980s it was 'rediscovered' after extensive excavations were reinterpreted as of an urban character by archaeologists Alan Vince and Martin Biddle working independently  . Recent excavations in the Covent Garden area have uncovered the extensive Anglo-Saxon settlement dating back into the 7th century. The excavations show that the settlement covered about 600,000 square metres, stretching from the present-day National Gallery site in the west to Aldwych in the east.

By about 600 AD Anglo-Saxon England had become divided into a number of small kingdoms (see Heptarchy) From the mid-6th century, the London area was incorporated into the East Saxons kingdom, which extended as far west as St Albans and included all of later Middlesex, and probably Surrey too for a time.In 604 Saeberht of the East Saxons converted to Christianity and London received Mellitus, its first post-Roman bishop. At this time Essex owed allegiance to the Bretwalda Ethelbert of Kent, and it was under Ethelbert that Mellitus founded the first St. Paul's Cathedral, traditionally said to be on the site of an old Roman Temple of Diana (although Christopher Wren found no evidence of this). This would have only been a modest church at first and may well have been destroyed after he was expelled from the city by Saeberht's pagan successors in 616. Christianity did not return until around 675 when Theodore of Tarsus installed St Eorconweald as bishop.



The new town came under direct Mercian control in c.670 as the East Saxon kingdom of which it had once been part was gradually reduced in size and status. After the death of the Mercian king Offa in 796, control of London was disputed between Mercia and Wessex.

Viking attacks

Attacks from Vikings became increasingly common from around 830 onwards. London was attacked in 842 in a raid that was described by a chronicler as the "great slaughter". In 851 another raid on London, reputedly involving 350 ships, came to plunder the city.

In 865 the Viking "Great Heathen Army" launched a large scale invasion of East Anglia and soon overran East Anglia, Mercia and Northumbria and came close to controlling most of England. By 871 they had reached London, and are believed to have camped within the old Roman walls during the winter of that year. Although it is unclear what happened during this time, London may have come under Viking control for a period.

In 878 however, English forces led by King Alfred the Great defeated the Vikings at the Battle of Edington and forced the Viking leader Guthrum to sue for peace. The Treaty of Wedmore and the later Treaty of Alfred and Guthrum divided England into Alfred's Saxon controlled kingdom and Danish controlled Danelaw


English rule in London was restored by 886. King Alfred quickly set about establishing fortified towns or "Burhs" across England to improve defences, London was no exception. Within ten years, settlement within the old Roman walls was re-established, but known as Lundenburh. The Roman walls were repaired and the defensive ditch re-cut. This move was effectively the beginning of the present City of London, the boundaries of which are still to some extent defined by the ancient city walls.

As the focus of the city was moved back to within the old Roman walls, the older settlement of Lundenwic was largely abandoned and gained the name of Ealdwic or "old settlement". The name survives today as Aldwych.

10th century London

 Ethelred the Unready

Alfred appointed his son-in-law Earl Aethelred of Mercia, who was the heir to the destroyed Kingdom of Mercia, as Governor of London and established two defended Boroughs to defend the bridge which was probably rebuilt at this time. The southern end of the Bridge was established as the Borough of Southwark or Suthringa Geworc (defensive work of the men of Surrey) as it was originally known. From this point, the City of London began to develop its own unique local government.

  After Aethelred's death, London came under the direct control of English kings. The Kingdom of England established by Alfred was expanded by his son Edward the Elder who won back much land from Danish control. By the early 10th century London had become an important commercial centre. Although the capital of the Kingdom of England was in Winchester, London became increasingly important as a political centre. King Aethelstan held many Royal Councils in London and issued laws from there. King Aethelred the Unready favoured London as his capital and issued the Laws of London there in 978.

The Vikings return

It was during the reign of Aethelred that Viking raids began again, led by King Sweyn Forkbeard of Denmark. London was attacked unsuccessfully in 994, but numerous raids followed. By 1013 London underwent a long siege and Aethelred fled abroad. King Sven died but his son Canute continued the attacks, and the following year overran the city.

Aethelred returned with his ally Olaf of Norway to reclaim London. A Norse saga tells of a battle during the Viking occupation where Aethelred returned to attack Viking-occupied London. According to the saga, the Danes lined London Bridge and showered the attackers with spears. Undaunted, the attackers pulled the roofs off nearby houses and held them over their heads in the boats. Thus protected, they were able to get close enough to the bridge to attach ropes to the piers and pull the bridge down, thus ending the Viking occupation of London. There is some speculation that the nursery rhyme "London Bridge is falling down" stems from this incident.

Following Aethelred's death in 1016, his son Edmund Ironside was declared king. The Vikings however returned and again placed London under siege. Initially the city's defenders were able to hold back the invaders. However, Edmund was eventually forced to share power with Canute. When Edmund died Canute became the sole King of England. After two short lived Danish kings, (Harold Harefoot and Harthacanute) the Anglo-Saxon line was restored when Canute's stepson Edward the Confessor took up the throne in 1042.

 Run up to the Norman invasion

Following Edward's death, no clear heir was apparent, and his cousin, Duke William of Normandy, claimed the throne. The Royal Council, however, met in the city and elected the dead King's brother-in-law, Harold Godwinson (The Earl of Wessex) as King. He was crowned in Westminster Abbey. William, outraged by this, then sent an army to invade England. on 11th of October 1066 Harold marched his army out of London.At Hastings, on 15 October 1066, the Anglo-Saxon Kingdom ended and Norman England began. The Kingdoms were demolished and replaced by counties.

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What is Cockney rhyming slang?

Cockney rhyming slang is not a language but a collection of phrases used by Cockneys and other Londoners.

What's a Cockney?

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A true Cockney is someone born within the sound of Bow Bells. (St Mary-le-Bow Church in Cheapside, London).

However the term Cockney is now loosely applied to many born outside this area as long as they have a "Cockney" accent or a Cockney heritage.

The Cockney accent is heard less often in Central London these days but is widely heard in the outer London boroughs, the London suburbs and all across South East England. It is common in Bedfordshire towns like Luton and Leighton Buzzard, and Essex towns such as Romford.

What's Rhyming Slang?

Rhyming Slang phrases are derived from taking an expression which rhymes with a word and then using that expression instead of the word. For example the word "look" rhymes with "butcher's hook". In many cases the rhyming word is omitted - so you won't find too many Londoners having a "bucher's hook" at this site, but you might find a few having a "butcher's". 

The rhyming word is not always omitted so Cockney expressions can vary in their construction, and it is simply a matter of convention which version is used.

Some Cockney rhyming slang for parts of the body

In this list of example Cockney slang for parts of the body, you'll notice that some expressions omit the rhyming word but others do not.

Who uses Cockney Rhyming Slang?

Cockney Rhyming Slang originated in the East End of London. Some slang expressions have escaped from London and are in popular use throughout the rest of Britain. For example "use your loaf" is an everyday phrase for the British, but not too many people realise it is Cockney Rhyming Slang ("loaf of bread: head"). There are many more examples of this unwitting use of Cockney Rhyming Slang.

Television has raised awareness of Cockney Rhyming Slang to far greater heights. Classic TV shows such as "Steptoe and Son", "Minder", "Porridge" and "Only Fools and Horses" have done much to spread the slang throughout Britain and to the rest of the world.

Is Cockney Rhyming Slang dead?

Not on your Nelly! Cockney Rhyming Slang may have had its highs and lows but today it is in use as never before.

In the last few years hundreds of brand new slang expressions have been invented - many betraying their modern roots, eg "Emma Freuds: hemorrhoids"; (Emma Freud is a TV and radio broadcaster) and "Ayrton Senna": tenner (10 pound note).

How is Cockney slang developing?

Modern Cockney slang that is being developed today tends to only rhyme words with the names of celebrities or famous people. There are very few new Cockney slang expressions that do not follow this trend. The only one that has gained much ground recently that bucks this trend is "Wind and Kite" meaning "Web site".

Cockney expressions are being exported from London all over the world. Here at we get loads of enquiries from folks as far afield as the USA, Canada and Japan, all wanting to know the meaning of Cockney expressions.

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Adam and Eve believe
Holy friar liar
Almond rocks socks
Holy ghost toast
Apple fritter bitter (beer)
House to let bet
Apple peeling feeling
Jack the Ripper kipper
Apple tart heart
Jack 'n' Jill till
Apples and pears stairs
Jam jar car
Ball of Chalk walk
Jam tart heart
Barnet Fair hair
Jeremiah fire
Bees 'n' honey money
Jimmy Riddle piddle (Just off for a Jimmy)
Boat race face
Jim Skinner dinner
Bo-peep sleep
Joanna piano
Bottle and glass arse
Joe Blake steak
Bow & arrow barrow
Kate Karney army
Brown bread dead
Lemon squash wash
Bubble and squeak speak
Linen draper paper
Burnt cinder winder (window)
Loaf of bread head
Butcher' s hook look
Mince pies eyes
Cain & Able table
Mother Hubbard cupboard
Chalk Farm arm
Mutt and Jeff deaf
Cherry-'ogg (Hogg) dog
Peckham Rye tie
China plate mate (friend)
Pig's ear beer
Coach 'n' badge cadge (get money off)
Plates of meat feet
Cock 'n' hen ten or £10
Pork pie lie
Currant bun son/sun
Rabbit 'n' pork talk (Bunny)
Daisy Roots boots
Rocking horse sauce
Derby Kelly belly
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Dicky Bird word
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Dig in the grave shave
Salmon and trout gout
Ding Dong sing song
Saucepan lid kid (child)
Dr. Crippen dripping
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Dog and bone phone
Six to four whore
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Skin 'n' blister sister
Friar Tuck luck
Sky rocket pocket
Frog and toad road
Taters in the mould cold
George Raft daft (crazy)
Tea leaf thief
Ginger beer queer
Tit for tat hat
Gold watch scotch
Tom and Dick sick
Ham and eggs legs
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One of the great traditions at the Epsom horseracing course, on the southern outskirts of London, on Derby Day is the arrival of the Pearly King and Queen in their decorated donkey-cart.
The Pearly Royals started in Victorian days and some still reign today in their various London districts.  The 'Pearlies' were costermonger's…street vendors of fruit and vegetables, and their distinctive costumes are said to have sprung from the arrival of a big cargo of pearl-buttons from Japan in the 1860's.  It seems that one of the costers sewed some of the buttons round the edge of his wide-bottomed trousers, and the fashion caught on.  Traditionally, costers elected 'Kings' to lead them against bullies seeking to drive them from their pitches.

Each individual area of London had a king and his 'donah', (as the wives are called) and both were elaborately turned out. The magnificent suits, hats and dresses, handed down together with hereditary titles, are sewn with mystic symbols, stars, moons, suns, flowers, diamonds, Trees of Life, Eyes of God and fertility designs.  Each outfit can have as many as 30,000 buttons on it and can weigh as much as 30 kilograms or more. These suits are worn at charity events, christenings, weddings and funerals.

Where there is a special charity drive the kings and queens ride in splendour on their decorated carts.  At the annual autumn Harvest Festival service at St. Martin-in-the-Fields church in London, the Pearly princesses take bouquets of vegetables as thank - offerings. 

Today, around 30 Pearly Families continue the tradition to raise money for various charities.Each London Borough has a King and Queen, as do the City of London and the City of Westminster. It's a colourful London tradition and one that has been kept alive by a few dedicated people, who remain figureheads for the capital's working class communities. It will be very sad if the tradition of the Pearly King and Queen dies out, as they are a very colourful part of London's history. Long live the Pearly Kings and Queens!

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Henry Croft

The London tradition of the Pearly Kings and Queens began in 1875, by a small lad named Henry Croft.
Henry was born and raised in an orphanage in Charlton Street, Somers Town, London, NW1. At the age of 13 he had to leave the orphanage and make his own way in life. His first job was as a Municipal Road Sweeper in the market of Somers Town. Henry worked hard in the market and soon made many friends, he was particularly drawn to the Costermongers who were a tough breed of market traders. He got to know more about their way of life, their generosity and their fashion of smoke pearl buttons sewn on the piped seams of their trousers, jackets, waistcoats and caps. This showed their status as they worked the market stalls from day to day. The Costermongers were caring and looked after each other if they were sick or in need.

Henry was so fascinated by this way of life and decided he would like to help those who were more unfortunate than himself, including the children back at the orphanage where he had spent his early life. He knew that in order to collect a lot of money he needed to draw attention to himself. So as Henry swept the market streets he started to collect all the pearl buttons he found that had fallen off of the clothes of people visiting the market, and when he had enough he started to sew them on his cap and then continued until his entire suit was filled, the very first smother suit.

Because Henry was an orphan he had no one to help him with his suit so he had to learn how to sew. It was this that started the tradition, which is still carried on by descendants of original Pearly Families, that the Kings do all the designs and sewing.

  Designs on suits tend to run in families but here are a few that you may see and recognise:

Horseshoe = Luck
Doves = Peace
Heart = Charity
Anchor = Hope
Cross = Faith
Wheel = Circle of Life
Symbols of Playing Cards = Life is a gamble
Flower Pots = Costermongers
Donkey Carts = Costermongers

Henry Croft was in so much demand for his charity work, as many of London's hospitals, workhouses and orphanages needed help, that he turned to his friends the Costermongers and they did not let him down. Many of the Costermongers became the first Pearly Families. There were 28 families, one for each of the London boroughs, one for the City of Westminster, and one for the City of London.

Each outfit can hold many tens of thousands of buttons on it and can weigh as much as 30 kilograms or more. There are two types of suit - a Smother Suit and a Skeleton Suit, the former having very little cloth showing and totally covered in buttons, and the latter having far fewer buttons.


It is estimated that when he died in 1930 (aged 68), he had collected over £5000. The equivalent in today's values would be approximately £200,000.

His funeral was a spectacular affair, and was filmed by Pathe News. All of the Pearlies attended (roughly 400) and they followed the coffin to where Henry was buried. The charities that he had helped over the year all pulled together to help pay for a statue of Henry for his grave. Unfortunately in 1995 the statue was vandalised and no longer stands in the cemetery. It has been replaced with a headstone, inlaid with Henry's photograph, so it can be easily found by visitors.

The statue has now been fully restored and can be seen in the crypt at the church of St. Martins in the Field, Trafalgar Square.

                                              BorisThe Pearly tradition has survived for over 125 years and hopefully it will continue for many more to come. We still have a few families who can be traced back to the original generation of Pearlies. Henry Croft's family still carries on the tradition with his Great-Granddaughter wearing the title of 'Somers Town'.

By Jon Arrowsmith, the Pearly King of Walthamstow

This material has been provided by  the Pearly Kings & Queens Society. Click on their site to see the dates of their events this year 

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Lambeth Walk

Lambeth Walk is a walk, a song, a dance, two films, a photograph, a market and a street in Kennington .The original "Lambeth Walk" was an evening promenade by the predominantly poor residents of North Lambeth:- that is the area around Black Prince Road.The Song  The walk was popularised by Noel Gay who wrote the song Doin' the Lambeth Walk with its catchy tune for the 1937 Douglas Furber musical comedy Me and My Girl.  The main verse of The Lambeth Walk is:-

    Any time you’re Lambeth way
    Any evening, any day,
    You ’ll find us all
    Doin’ the Lambeth walk. ... Oi!

The Lambeth Walk also became a very popular walking dance, done in a jaunty, strutting fashion. The hero of the musical was Bill Snibson, the black sheep of an aristocratic family, who inherited the family fortune. 
    BRITISH KING GETS LESSON FROM 'LAMBETH WALK' STAR. King George and Queen Elizabeth saw the "Lambeth Walk" show, "Me and My Gal" at the Victoria Palace Theatre  . The Queen wore a white slipper-satin gown, a white fox cape and two gardenias in her hair. The King, in evening dress, wore a gardenia in his buttonhole. Both joined in the shouted "Oi" which ends the Lambeth Walk chorus. Lupino Lane, star of the show, was presented to the King and Queen after the performance. "They said they had been walking the Lambeth Walk the wrong way - the ballroom way - and promised to do it our way in the future.""

Knees Up"Knees Up Mother Brown" is a 1938 song composed by Harris Weston and Bert Lee. It became a popular pub song, and was particularly associated with Cockney culture. The expression "knees up" came to mean a party or a dance.
"Oh, knees up Mother Brown,
Knees up Mother Brown,
Come along, dearie, let it go
It's your blooming birthday
Let's wake up all the town;
So knees up, knees up
Don't get the breeze up
Knees up Mother Brown!"

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The 1948 Games attracted a record 59 nations, with 4104 athletes taking part.

After a twelve year absence caused by World War II, the Olympic Games returned  to London in 1948, the second time the city had hosted the Games. They were again staged with less than two years to prepare. With rationing of food and petrol still in force in Britain, these were known as the austerity games and many athletes were housed in former military barracks.

However, they provided the global community with a much needed lift. Fanny Blankers-Koen was the star. She won four gold medals on the track – the 100m, 200m, 80m hurdles and 4x100m relay – and remains the only woman to do so  at an Olympics. Another athletics star who made his mark in London was Emil Zatopek. The Czech star won the 10,000m gold medal and was second in the 5000m, and would return to the Games in 1952 and 1956 to establish himself as one of the top distance runners in Olympic history.

Amazingly, two athletes who became Olympic champions in 1936 managed to defend their titles twelve years later. They were Ilona Elek of Hungary in women’s foil fencing and Jan Brzak of Czechoslovakia in the canoeing Canadian pairs 1,000m. At the other end of the scale, 17-year-old American Bob Mathias won the decathlon, allegedly only four months after taking up the sport. When asked how he intended to celebrate his victory, Mathias replied, “I'll start shaving, I guess”.
These were the first games to be staged since the death of Baron Pierre de Coubertin, the man who had revived the games. They were also the last to feature an Arts competition which was staged at the Victoria and Albert Museum.
Team GB:
Britain entered 375 athletes, but claimed just three gold medals. The successes came in rowing, from John Wilson and Ran Laurie in the men’s coxless pairs and Richard Burnell and Bertie Bushnell  in the men’s double sculls and in sailing, where David Bond and Stewart Morris won the Swallow category. 
In terms of the British contribution to the Games, 1948 is remembered more for the work of the organising committee, who staged successful games at such short notice to put the Olympic movement back on track.

Host Nation – Great Britain
Opening Date – 29 July 1948
Closing Date – 14 August 1948
Competing nations – 59
Competing Athletes – 4104 (3714 Men, 390 Women)
Team GB Athletes – 375
Sports – 17
Events – 136 1948 Olympic
                                          Games the Finish of the 100
                                          Meter Sprint at the London
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When the Olympic Games came to London in 1948, the event was visiting a city still suffering from the ravages of World War II. Rationing remained in force and many people had been left homeless, yet the bomb-cratered city rose to the challenge of hosting the world's greatest sporting occasion.

These 'Austerity Olympics' were not only the first post-war Games, but also the first Olympics in which British television played a role. This collection of programmes and photographs looks back at the Games, remembering the athletes who took part and revealing the BBC's role in televising events. Click on picture to the right to see the BBC Collection

A British gymnast
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                                            Hyde Park.

1951 & All That

Festival of Britain 1951
 59 years ago we celebrated the Festival of Britain. This was marked by far more than just a dome or an eye. The whole South Bank of the Thames was adorned by the exhibits and today the Royal Festival Hall still stands.
It was opened by King George VI and Queen Elisabeth.

100 years after the Great Exhibition of 1851 it was an expression of all that was good about post-war Britain. Signs in Piccadilly Circus read "Buy British". And the people were still full of the war-time spirit. Winston Churchill was there and to mis-quote him "this was our finest exhibition".

In Battersea Park millions flocked to the massive fun fair which remained for many years. We, at the Informed Investor, feel that the sentiments of those days should be revived and the world today should learn more about "The Bulldog Breed". So over the year there will be extensive articles and reminders of our 1951 heritage. We invite readers to participate and send us pictures and anecdotes about the Festival of Britain so that we may build an authorative website all about that momentous yearexac

Building The South Bank Exhibition

A 1951 Five shillings (Crown) coin

Stamps to commemorate the Festival

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RHS Chelsea Flower Show26 - 28 May 2011
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The Royal Hoticultural Society is delighted to invite members and non-members to the Royal Hospital, Chelsea for the Chelsea Flower Show.

It's full of the rich and famous, all analysing the most beautiful, most slender, most daring. No, it's not London Fashion Week - but it's close. The Chelsea Flower Show is London's sexiest flower show, combining high-end design, big names and tons of onlookers.

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RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower Show5 - 9 July 2011
Hampton Court Palace Grounds

The Royal Hoticultural Society is delighted to invite members and non-members to the world's largest annual flower show in the grounds of Hampton Court Palace.

The world's largest and most vibrant annual flower show welcomes you with an explosion of colour and fragrance. The idyllic setting in the parkland of Henry VIII's favourite palace is transformed for six sumptuous summer days. The spacious grounds showcase an exciting range of flowers, plants and gardening accessories, giving you the opportunity to both browse and buy. Show and Water Gardens, Floral Marquees and demonstrations guarantee a lively summer's day out for everyone.

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A vast development in the City of London. To some, it is a forest of tower blocks. For others, there are many exciting features including massed fountains, a cascade, roof gardens, trees growing on columns, great pools and a sitting area which is set below water level. However, many of the spaces are bleak and draughty. Extensive pedestrian decks cover the parking areas and access roads. The scheme was designed by Chamberlain Powell and Bon in the 1950s and is now almost complete. Visitors joke that it is almost impossible to find one's way about. This has been countered by painting lines on the brick paviors. One can follow them, as Theseus did his unwound string.Opening times - All year. Daily. Conservatory, on 3rd floor, Sundays 11am to 5pm. Check that the conservatory is not being used for a function.
Barbican mike nowak Silk Street,
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Barham Park
Located in the northern extremities of Wembley, part of the London Borough of Brent, Barham Park is one of the principle areas of rest and relaxation in the region. The park has been well landscaped with trees, flower beds and water features to create as greener feel as is possible in the busy north London streets. There is a large children’s playground within, which is popular all year round.
Barham Park Harrow Road,

British Library Piazza
The library, designed by Collin St. John Wilson, was set back from Euston Road to create an enclosed courtyard between the turmoil of traffic on the main road and the doors to the building. There is a small amphitheatre for open-air performances a a bronze statue of Newton and Antony Gormley's Planets sculpture. The courtyard benefits from being south-facing, though the glare can be excessive. But the disadvantage of being on the south of the building is excessive road noise. Continuation of the gateway as a building would have ameliorated this problem. The design of the courtyard is OK but unremarkable. It should have been treated as a separate design commission, and detailed as a library garden with plants to admire and books to read.Opening times - Open all year, during library opening hours
British Library Piazza British Library, Euston Road, London, Greater London, England, NW1


Buckingham Palace
The Queen will open part of her garden at Buckingham Palace to the public this summer. The garden will be open to visitors of the State Rooms who will be able to walk along the south of the gardens 500 yards to a new exit at Grosvenor Place. Visitors will be able to rest in a seated area before following a path from which they will see a 19th Century lake. They will also pass trees planted by monarchs and will be able to talk to Gardeners.Opening hours for 2010 - Summer Opening of the State Rooms. The Summer Opening of the State Rooms at Buckingham Palace will be 27 July - 29 September 2010.  Visit website for full details.
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Bushy Park
Bushy Park is less well known than the other Royal Parks. It adjoins Hampton Court and owes its present grandeur to William III's gardeners, London and Wise. A wide and majestic avenue of triple rows of horse chestnut trees runs through the park. It encloses a large round pool designed by Christopher Wren with a statue of Diana by Francesco Fanelli. Fallow deer graze under the trees in the park.Opening times - All year, Daily, Open dawn to dusk

Bushy Park Loz Pycock Hampton Court Road,
TW12 2EJ


Chelsea Physic Garden

The Chelsea Physic Garden is the second oldest botanical garden in Britain founded in 1673.Covering 4 acres the gardens have more than 6000 plants. It also has one of the earliest rock gardens made with basaltic lava from Iceland.

Many medicinal plants are grown as the Gardens are still involved with research work with herbal medicine.Many colourful borders, see also the Garden of World medicine including  plants used by tribal people. The Chelsea Physic Garden is well worth a visit. Opening times - April to October, 12pm - 5pm Wednesday, Thursday and Friday. ( late night openings every Wednesday in July and August. 12pm -8.30pm. Sundays, Bank Holidays and Good Friday, 12-6pm..Also Chelsea Flower Show Week. Click through to website for details. Refreshments, disabled access.

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Chiswick House
Set amid the hustle and bustle of west London lies Chiswick House and Gardens, a beautiful and inspiring oasis of tranquility that is uniquely important.The magnificent neo-Palladian villa is considered a design masterpiece, and the gardens are widely credited as the birthplace of the English landscape movement, creating a revolution in garden design that swept the world. Over the centuries celebrated figures have come to Chiswick House and Gardens seeking pleasure and inspiration. The villa was completed by Lord Burlington in 1729 and it was at Chiswick that he entertained notable visitors, such as Handel, Alexander Pope and Jonathan Swift. This tradition was upheld by the beautiful and controversial Georgiana, Duchess of Devonshire who called Chiswick House 'my earthly paradise'. In more recent times, the Beatles used the gardens as the backdrop for 'Paperback Writer' and 'Rain'. Today, the property and grounds are enjoyed by 1 million people each year. Over the next two years, the Chiswick House and Gardens Trust is undertaking one of the country's biggest and most ambitious garden restoration projects, investing £12.1 million to restore the gardens to their full 18th century glory.Opening times - April to October., Wednesday to Sunday and Bank Holidays., Open 10am to 5pm
Chiswick House Temple by Mr Scroobs© Chiswick House,
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Culpepper Community Gardens
Culpeper Community Garden is a beautiful public open space in the heart of Islington, London, which serves both as a city park and as an environmental community project. Managed by and for local people, it is a unique project where people from all walks of life come together to appreciate and enhance their environment.2010 - Culpeper Community Garden Open during daylight hours.  Disabled Access
1 Cloudesley Road

Tel: 020 7833 3951
Fenton House
Fenton House which originates from the 17th century has a delightful walled and terraced garden. There are spring bulbs including bluebells amongst the fruit trees in the orchard. Later there are colourful herbaceous borders edged with box and a sunken rose garden. Scented herbs include lavender, rosemary and dianthus.Interesting Kitchen Garden with a wide range of vegetables make Fenton House a good visit. 2010 20 March - 31 October Saturdays & Sundays 11 - 5. Weds - Sundays 2 -5, Also open BH. Mondays and Good Friday
Fenton House by M L Fuller© Hampstead Grove,
 NW3 6RT

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Ferry House
The lovely Ferry House garden is set on the River Thames and covers 3 acres. Lady Caroline Gilmour has managed to create a spot of Paradise close to the centre of London. Fabulous plantings in urns and containers, many paths with hidden corners and plenty of places to sit and enjoy the atmosphere. Old fashioned roses with fragrant scents and colourful borders, areas of wild flowers. Shrubs and fine trees.House flanked with climbers.
Ferry House Gardens, 
26 Ferry Street,
Old Isleworth,

Holland Park
The Holland Park gardens were created in  the early 1800s by Lord Holland and cover some 50 acres. Holland Park is a lovely place to relax with formal borders and wilder areas. Many different trees make it hard to imagine you are in London, with much wildlife. Good for children with playgrounds. Also see the immaculately kept Kyoto Garden which was opened in 1991 to celebrate the Japanese festival. This has a delightful pond with waterfall and is best seen in Spring and Autumn. Holland Park Gardens open 7.30AM - dusk. disabled access, restaurant.
Waterfall at Kyoto Japanese Garden in
                          Holland Park by Rex Mottram Holland Park, 
Kensington, London, W8.

Hyde Park
The great Hyde Park covers 275 acres. It once belonged to Westminster Abbey until Henry Vlll made it into a deer park. About a century later it was used as a racecourse. The Serpentine, a beautiful lake was made from the Westbourne Stream and six small ponds. Today you can still boat on the lake. There is a new Rose Garden, herbaceous borders, a pergola with climbing shrubs. This is one of the Royal Parks and links directly to Kensington Gardens. Do not go to London without visiting Hyde Park. The Diana, Princess of Wales Memorial Fountain opened in July 2004, is a brilliant water feature with fast flowing torrents in one direction followed by gentle inclines where the water rocks and rolls. The final design, by American architect Kathryn Gustafson, is said to reflect the introspective and reflective side of Diana and also the turbulence in her life.Hyde Park Garden open daily, all year. Restaurants, disabled access.
Hyde Park by R J Shephard 2008© Hyde Park, SW1
Kensington Gardens

Kensington Gardens is a glorious park covering over 270 acres and adjoins Hyde Park. The present structure dates back to the early 18th century on a design from Charles Bridgman.  Much to see including the Orangery with beautiful decorations, and statues including that of Peter Pan by Sir George Frampton, a children's favourite. There is the sunken water garden surrounded by colourful borders and many other lovely displays. The Italian Garden has recently been refurbished. If you have children why not sail a model boat on the Round Pond.Kensington Gardens open daily. Disabled Access, restaurant.

Kensington Gardens image by Martin James
                          © Kensington Gardens
Central London

Marble Hill House
A magnificent Thames-side Palladian villa, Marble Hill House was built in the 1720s for Henrietta Howard, Countess of Suffolk and mistress of King George II. See the extravagant gilded rooms in which she entertained famous poets and wits of the age including Pope, Gay and Swift. Explore the 66 acres of beautiful riverside grounds or enjoy a game of tennis or mini golf.  Richmond Road,
Twickenham TW1 2NL

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Osterley Park
Osterley Park House, originally a Tudor mansion, was transformed into an elegant neo-classical villa by the founders of Child's Bank.  It is set in extensive park and farmland complete with 18th-century gardens and neo-classical garden buildings. 2007 saw the first phase of the garden and park restoration beginning with the recreation of Mrs Child's Flower Garden.2010 Park open all year, Garden and House from 4 March   Tea Room, Partial disabled access. Free entrance for National Trust members.
Georgian style flower garden at Osterley
                        Park by James Long© Jersey Road, Isleworth, Middlesex TW7 4RB
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Regents Park

Royal Parks - Regents Park commissioned by the Prince Regent and opened to the public in 1838. His Royal Highness also wished to build a palace but this was not built. Today the at Regents Park gardens are enjoyed by thousands. See Queen Mary's Rose Garden with 1000s of beautiful roses, many with fine scents. Also lovely herbaceous borders, avenues and fountains.

Lovely ornamental lake with ducks and other waterfowl. London Zoo with its famous collection of animals also adjoins this park. Open all year dawn to dusk. Disabled access, restaurant.
Regents Park by Paul Leitch Regents Park Gardens


St James Park
 A Royal Park and one of the most romantic urban landscapes in Europe. The area was originally a swamp, subject to flooding from the Tyburn stream which still flows through the lake. Its 23 hectares were first made into a park with a rigidly formal design in 1660. Charles II had a long canal excavated from the watery land and introduced the geese, pelicans and waterfowl which are still there today. The park was completely re-designed by John Nash (1828) in the English landscape style which he had learned through his association with the Reptons. The subtlety of the contouring is notable and the view from the new bridge (1956) across the lake to the Horse Guards and Whitehall is justly famous. The park is now cared for with advice from Colvin and Moggridge, landscape architects. It is the editor's choice as the most beautiful and interesting park in London. Access from The Mall or Birdcage Walk.Opening times - All year. Daily. Open 5am to midnight.
St James Park by Javier© St James Park,


Syon Park
is one of the largest green areas in central Brentford and is situated in a beautiful location next to the River Thames. The park is a popular with locals and visitors alike and contains a wealth of facilities including a children's playground. The park is primarily used as a place of rest, relaxation and recreation by people wishing to experience some tranquillity without having to leave London. Opening times - Garden open all year. March to October Daily. November to February open weekends and New Year's Day only. Open 10:30am to 5pm or dusk (closes at 4pm in Winter)
Syon Park Brentford High Street, Brentford, London TW8
By car: 2 miles west of Kew Bridge. By rail to Kew Bridge, then bus. By underground to Gunnersbury, then bus. By bus 237 or 267 to Brentlea Gate bus stop.

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