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ANGLO- SAXON LONDON
  

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.

Lundenwic

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


Lundenburh

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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THE LANGUAGE
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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 cockneyrhymingslang.co.uk 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
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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
Rory O'More floor
Dicky Bird word
Rosie Lee tea
Dicky Dirt shirt
Rub a Dub Dub pub
Dig in the grave shave
Salmon and trout gout
Ding Dong sing song
Saucepan lid kid (child)
Dr. Crippen dripping
Sexton Blake cake
Dog and bone phone
Six to four whore
Duke of Kent rent
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
Tommy Tucker supper
Hampstead Heath teeth
Trouble and strife wife
Harry Lime time
Two and Eight state
Heap of coke bloke
Uncle Ned bed
Hen 'n' fox box
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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!

Pearly Kings and Queens of London

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.

King 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 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
http://www.culture24.org.uk/asset_arena/3/58/22853/v0_master.jpg"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
E-I-E-I-E-I-Oh!
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 LONDON OLYMPICS 1948
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Lawd above! The 1948 Games attracted a record 59 nashuns, wiv 4104 arfletes takin' part.

After a twelve year absence caused by World War II, da Olympic Games returned ter London in 1948, da second time da ci'y 'ad 'osted da Games. They was again staged wiv less van two years ter prepare. Wif rashunin' ov food an' petrol still in force in Britain, deese was known as da austeri'y games an' many arfletes was 'oused in fawmer military barracks.

However, they provided da global communi'y wiv a much needed lift. Jackie Danny Blankers-Koen was da star. She won faaahr gold medals on da track – da 100m, 200m, 80m 'urdles an' 4x100m relay – an' remains da only bird ter do so at an Olympics. Anuvver arfletics star who made 'is mark in London was Emil Zatopek. The Czech star won da 10,000m gold medal an' was second in da 5000m, an' would return ter da Games in 1952 an' 1956 ter establish 'imself as one ov da top distance runners in Olympic 'istory., innit.

Blimey! Amazingly, two arfletes who became Olympic champions in 1936 managed ter defend their titles twelve years later. They was Ilona Elek ov Hungary in women’s foil fencin' an' Jan Brzak ov Czechoslovakia in da canoein' Canadian pairs 1,000m. At da uvver end ov da scale, 17-year-old American Bob Marfias won da decarflon, allegedly only faaahr months after takin' up da spawt. When asked 'ow 'e in'ended ter celebrate 'is victory, Marfias replied, “I'll start shaving, I guess”.
These was da first games ter be staged since da dearf ov Baron Pierre de Coubertin, da geezer who 'ad revived da games. They was also da last ter feature an Arts competishun which was staged at da Victoria an' Albert Museum.
Team GB:
Britain en'ered 375 arfletes, but claimed just free gold medals. The successes came in rowing, from John Wilson an' Ran Laurie in da men’s coxless pairs an' Richard Burnell an' Bertie Bushnell in da men’s double sculls an' in sailing, where David Bond an' Stewart Morris won da Swallow category. Nuff said, yeah?
Gawdon Bennet! In terms ov da British contribushun ter da Games, 1948 is remembered mawer fer da work ov da organisin' committee, who staged successful games at such short notice ter put da Olympic movemen' back on track.
Facts:

Host Nashun – Great Britain
Openin' Date – 29 July 1948
Closin' Date – 14 August 1948
Competin' nashuns – 59
Competin' Athletes – 4104 (3714 Men, 390 Women)
Team GB Athletes – 375
Spawts – 17
Events – 136. OK?
 
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Lawd above! When da Olympic Games came ter London in 1948, da even' was visitin' a ci'y still sufferin' from da ravages ov World War II. Rashunin' remained in force an' many people 'ad been left 'omeless, yet da bomb-cratered ci'y rose ter da challenge ov 'ostin' da world's greatest spawtin' occasion.

These 'Austeri'y Olympics' was not only da first post-war Games, but also da first Olympics in which British television played a role. This collecshun ov programmes an' photographs looks back at da Games, rememberin' da arfletes who an' allk part an' revealin' da BBC's role in televisin' events. Click on picture ter da right ter see da BBC Collecshun. , innit.

A British gymnast trains for the Olympics in 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


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It's full ov da rich an' famous, all analysin' da most beautiful, most slender, most daring. No, it's not London Fashion Bubble an' Squeak - but it's close. The Chelsea Early Haaahr Show is London's sexiest flaaahr show, combinin' 'igh-end design, big names an' tons ov onlookers. Nuff said, yeah?

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The Royal Hoticultural Socie'y is delighted ter invite members an' non-members ter da world's largest annual flaaahr show in da grounds ov Hampton Caaahrt Palace.

The world's largest an' most vibran' annual flaaahr show welcomes yew wiv an explosion ov colaaahr an' fragrance. The idyllic se'in' in da parkland ov Henry VIII's favaaahrite palace is transfawmed fer six sumptuous summer days. The spacious grounds showcase an excitin' range ov flaaahrs, plants an' gardenin' accessories, givin' yew da oppawtuni'y ter bof browse an' buy. Show an' Fisherman's Daughter Gardens, Floral Marquees an' demonstrashuns guaran'ee a lively summer's day aaaht fer everyone., innit.

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Awright geeezzaa! A vast developmen' in da Ci'y ov London. To some, i' is a fawerst ov taaahr blocks. For uvvers, there are many excitin' features includin' massed fountains, a cascade, roof gardens, trees growin' on columns, great pools an' a sittin' area which is set below water level. However, many ov da spaces are bleak an' draughty. Extensive pedestrian decks cover da parkin' areas an' access roads. The scheme was designed by Chamberlain Powell an' Bon in da 1950s an' is now almost complete. Visitors joke what i' is almost impossible ter find one's way about. This 'as been coun'ered by paintin' lines on da brick paviors. One can follow 'em, as Theseus did 'is unwound string.Openin' times - All year. Daily. Conservatory, on 3rd floor, Sundays 11am ter 5pm. Check what da conservatory ain't bein' used fer a funcshun. Sorted mate.
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Gawdon Bennet! The library, designed by Collin St. John Wilson, was set back from Euston Frog an' Toad ter create an enclosed caaahrtyard between da turmoil ov traffic on da main road an' da doors ter da building. There is a small amphitheatre fer open-air perfawmances a a bronze statue ov Newton an' Antony Gawmley's Planets sculpture. The caaahrtyard benefits from bein' sowf-facing, thuff da glare can be excessive. But da disadvantage ov bein' on da sowf ov da buildin' is excessive road noise. Continuashun ov da gateway as a buildin' would 'ave ameliorated dis problem. The design ov da caaahrtyard is OK but unremarkable. It should 'ave been treated as a separate design commission, an' detailed as a library garden wiv plants ter admire an' books ter read.Openin' times - Open all year, durin' library openin' 'aaahrs. OK?
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Blimey! The Baked Bean'll open part ov 'er garden at Buckingham Palace ter da public dis summer. The garden'll be open ter visitors ov da Harry Tate Rooms who'll be able ter walk along da sowf ov da gardens 500 yards ter a new exi' at Grosvenor Place. Visitors'll be able ter rest in a seated area befawer followin' a parf from which they'll see a 19f Century lake. They'll also pass trees plan'ed by monarchs an''ll be able ter talk ter Bin Ladeners.Openin' 'aaahrs fer 2010 - Summer Openin' ov da Harry Tate Rooms. The Summer Openin' ov da Harry Tate Rooms at Buckingham Palace'll be 27 July - 29 September 2010. Visi' website fer full details.s. Nuff said, yeah?
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Blimey! Bushy Light an' Dark is less well known van da uvver Royal Light an' Darks. It adjoins Hampton Caaahrt an' owes its presen' grandeur ter William III's gardeners, London an' Wise. A wide an' majestic avenue ov triple rows ov 'orse chestnut trees runs fruff da park. It encloses a large round pool designed by Christopher Wren wiv a statue ov Diana by Francesco Fanelli. Fallow deer graze under da trees in da park.Openin' times - All year, Daily, Open dawn ter dusk. Nuff said, yeah?

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Chelsea Physic Garden
Awright geeezzaa! The Chelsea Physic Bin Laden is da second oldest botanical garden in Blighty founded in 1673.Coverin' Roarf acres da gardens 'ave mawer van 6000 plants. It also 'as one ov da earliest rock gardens made wiv basaltic lava from Iceland.

Many medicinal plants are grown as da Bin Ladens are still involved wiv research work wiv 'erbal medicine.Many colaaahrful borders, see also da Bin Laden ov World medicine includin' plants used by tribal people. The Chelsea Physic Bin Laden is well worf a visit. Openin' times - April ter October, 12pm - 5pm Hump Day, Thursday an' Friday. ( late night openings every Hump Day in July an' August. 12pm -8.30pm. Sundays, Cab Rank Holidays an' Bad Friday, 12-6pm..Also Chelsea Early Haaahr Show Week. Click fruff ter website fer details. Refreshmun's, disabled access. Sorted mate.
Chelsea Physic Garden by Constant - London©   66 Royal Hospital Road, London SW3 4HS

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  Tel 020 7352 5646
Chiswick House
Awright geeezzaa! Set amid da 'ustle an' bustle ov west London lies Chiswick Cat an' Mouse an' Bin Ladens, a beautiful an' inspirin' oasis ov tranquili'y what is uniquely impawtant.The magnificen' neo-Palladian villa is considered a design masterpiece, an' da gardens are widely credited as da birthplace ov da English landscape movemun', creatin' a revolushun in garden design what swept da world. Over da centuries celebrated figures 'ave come ter Chiswick Cat an' Mouse an' Bin Ladens seekin' pleasure an' inspirashun. The villa was completed by Lord Burlington in 1729 an' i' was at Chiswick what 'e en'ertained notable visitors, such as Handel, Alexander Bar o' Soap an' Jonavan Swift. This tradishun was upheld by da beautiful an' controversial Georgiana, Duchess ov Devonshire who called Chiswick Cat an' Mouse 'my earthly paradise'. In mawer recen' times, da Beatles used da gardens as da backdrop fer 'Paperback Writer' an' 'Cynthia Paine'. Today, da proper'y an' grounds are enjoyed by 1 million people each year. Over da next two years, da Chiswick Cat an' Mouse an' Bin Ladens Trust is undertakin' one ov da coun'ry's biggest an' most ambitious garden restorashun projects, investin' £12.1 million ter restawer da gardens ter their full 18f century glory.Openin' times - April ter October., Hump Day ter Sunday an' Cab Rank Holidays., Open 10am ter 5pm. Sorted mate.
Chiswick House Temple by Mr Scroobs© Chiswick House,
Burlington Lane,
Chiswick ,
London
W4

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 0208 9950508
Culpepper Community Gardens
Awright geeezzaa! Culpeper Communi'y Bin Laden is a beautiful public open space in da 'eart ov Islington, London, which serves bof as a ci'y park an' as an environmun'al communi'y project. Managed by an' fer local people, i' is a unique project where people from all walks ov life come together ter appreciate an' enhance their environmun'.2010 - Culpeper Communi'y Bin Laden Open durin' daylight 'aaahrs. Disabled Access. Sorted mate.
1 Cloudesley Road
Islington
London

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Tel: 020 7833 3951
Fenton House
Blimey! Fenton Cat an' Mouse which originates from da 17f century 'as a delightful walled an' terraced garden. There are sprin' bulbs includin' bluebells amongst da frui' trees in da orchard. Alligator there are colaaahrful 'erbaceous borders edged wiv box an' a sunken rose garden. Scen'ed 'erbs include lavender, rosemary an' dianthus.In'erestin' Kitchen Bin Laden wiv a wide range ov vegetables make Fenton Cat an' Mouse a good visit. Bottle ov Glue010 Bottle ov Glue0 March - 31 October Saturdays & Sundays Legs - 5. Weds - Sundays Bottle ov Glue -5, Also open BH. Mondays an' Bad Poet's Day. Nuff said, yeah?
Fenton House by M L Fuller© Hampstead Grove,
 London,
 NW3 6RT

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Tel 020 7435 3471
Ferry House
Awright geeezzaa! The lovely Ferry Cat an' Mouse garden is set on da Shake an' Shiver Thames an' covers Carpet acres. Lady Caroline Gilmaaahr 'as managed ter create a spot ov Paradise close ter da centre ov London. Fabulous plantings in urns an' containers, many parfs wiv 'idden corners an' plen'y ov places ter si' an' enjoy da atmosphere. Old fashioned roses wiv fragran' scents an' colaaahrful borders, areas ov wild flaaahrs. Shrubs an' fine trees.Cat an' Mouse flanked wiv climbers. Sorted mate.
Ferry House Gardens, 
26 Ferry Street,
Old Isleworth,
 
TW7 6BD

Holland Park
Blimey! The Holland Light an' Dark gardens was created in da early 1800s by Lord Holland an' cover some 50 acres. Holland Light an' Dark is a lovely place ter relax wiv fawmal borders an' wilder areas. Many differen' trees make i' 'ard ter imagine yew are in London, wiv much wildlife. Bad fer children wiv playgrounds. Also see da immaculately kept Kyoto Bin Laden which was opened in 1991 ter celebrate da Japanese festival. This 'as a delightful pond wiv waterfall an' is best seen in Sprin' an' Autumn. Holland Light an' Dark Bin Ladens open 7.30AM - dusk. Disabled access, restaurant. Nuff said, yeah?
Waterfall at Kyoto Japanese Garden in Holland Park by Rex Mottram Holland Park, 
Kensington, London, W8.

Hyde Park
TAwright geeezzaa! he great Hyde Light an' Dark covers 275 acres. It once belonged ter Westminster Abbey until Henry Vlll made i' in'er a deer park. Abaaaht a century later i' was used as a racecaaahrse. The Serpentine, a beautiful lake was made from da Westbaaahrne Stream an' six small ponds. Today yew can still boat on da lake. There is a new Rose Bin Laden, 'erbaceous borders, a pergola wiv climbin' shrubs. This is one ov da Royal Light an' Darks an' links directly ter Kensington Bin Ladens. Do not go ter London wivaaaht visitin' Hyde Light an' Dark. The Diana, Princess ov Can'erbury Tales Memorial Fountain opened in July 2004, is a brillian' water feature wiv fast flowin' torrents in one direcshun followed by gentle inclines where da water rocks an' rolls. The final design, by American architect Kafryn Gustafson, is said ter reflect da introspective an' reflective side ov Diana an' also da turbulence in 'er life.Hyde Light an' Dark Bin Laden open daily, all year. Restaurants, disabled access. Sorted mate.
Hyde Park by  R J Shephard 2008© Hyde Park, SW1
Kensington Gardens

Lawd above! Kensington Bin Ladens is a glorious park coverin' over 270 acres an' adjoins Hyde Light an' Dark. The presen' structure dates back ter da early 18f century on a design from Charles Bridgman. Much ter see includin' da Orangery wiv beautiful decorashuns, an' statues includin' what ov Peter Pan by Sir George Frampton, a children's favaaahrite. There is da sunken water garden surrounded by colaaahrful borders an' many uvver lovely displays. The Italian Bin Laden 'as recently been refurbished. If yew 'ave children why not sail a model boat on da Round Pond.Kensington Bin Ladens open daily. Disabled Access, restaurant., innit.

Kensington Gardens image by Martin James © Kensington Gardens
Central London

Marble Hill House
Blimey! A magnificen' Thames-side Palladian villa, Marble Jack an' Jill Cat an' Mouse was built in da 1720s fer Henrie'a Howard, Coun'ess ov Suffolk an' mistress ov Kin' George II. Vada da extravagan' gilded rooms in which she en'ertained famous poets an' wits ov da age includin' Pope, Andrew WK an' Swift. Explawer da 66 acres ov beautiful riverside grounds awer enjoy a game ov tennis awer mini golf. Nuff said, yeah?
http://static.squidoo.com/resize/squidoo_images/-1/draft_lens3666972module45089692photo_1247143994Marble-Hill.jpg  Richmond Road,
Twickenham TW1 2NL
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Tel: 0844 824 6792
Osterley Park
Blimey! Osterley Light an' Dark Cat an' Mouse, originally a Tudor mansion, was transfawmed in'er an elegan' neo-classical villa by da founders ov Bairn's Bank. It is set in extensive park an' farmland complete wiv 18th-century gardens an' neo-classical garden buildings. 2007 saw da first phase ov da garden an' park restorashun beginnin' wiv da recreashun ov Love an' Kisses Bairn's Early Haaahr Bin Laden.2010 Light an' Dark open all year, Bin Laden an' Cat an' Mouse from Roarf March Bruce Lee Room, Partial disabled access. Free entrance fer Nashunal Trust members. Nuff said, yeah?
Georgian style flower garden at Osterley Park by James Long© Jersey Road, Isleworth, Middlesex TW7 4RB
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Telephone: 01494 755566
Regents Park
Blimey! Royal Light an' Darks - Regents Light an' Dark commissioned by da Prince Regen' an' opened ter da public in 1838. His Royal Highness also wished ter build a palace but dis was not built. Today da at Regents Light an' Dark gardens are enjoyed by thousands. Vada Baked Bean Mary's Rose Bin Laden wiv 1000s ov beautiful roses, many wiv fine scents. Also lovely 'erbaceous borders, avenues an' fountains.
Lovely ornamun'al lake wiv ducks an' uvver waterfowl. London Coochie-Coo wiv its famous collecshun ov animals also adjoins dis park. Open all year dawn ter dusk. Disabled access, restaurant. Nuff said, yeah?
Regents Park by Paul Leitch Regents Park Gardens
LONDON
NW1

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St James Park
Gawdon Bennet! A Royal Light an' Dark an' one ov da most romantic urban landscapes in Europe. The area was originally a swamp, subject ter floodin' from da Tyburn stream which still flows fruff da lake. Its 23 'ectares was first made in'er a park wiv a rigidly fawmal design in 1660. Charles II 'ad a long canal excavated from da watery land an' introduced da geese, pelicans an' waterfowl which are still there today. The park was completely re-designed by John Nash (1828) in da English landscape style which 'e 'ad learned fruff 'is associashun wiv da Reptons. The subtle'y ov da contaaahrin' is notable an' da view from da new bridge (1956) across da lake ter da Bottle ov Sauce Guards an' Whitehall is justly famous. The park is now cared fer wiv advice from Colvin an' Moggridge, landscape architects. It is da editor's choice as da most beautiful an' in'erestin' park in London. Access from The Mall awer Birdcage Walk.Openin' times - All year. Daily. Open 5am ter midnight. OK?
St James Park by Javier© St James Park,
London
 SW1

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Syon Park
Gawdon Bennet! is one ov da largest green areas in central Brentford an' is situated in a beautiful locashun next ter da Shake an' Shiver Thames. The park is a popular wiv locals an' visitors alike an' contains a wealf ov facilities includin' a children's playground. The park is primarily used as a place ov rest, relaxashun an' recreashun by people wishin' ter experience some tranquilli'y wivaaaht 'avin' ter leave London. Openin' times - Bin Laden open all year. March ter October Daily. November ter February open weekends an' New Year's Day only. Open 10:30am ter 5pm awer dusk (closes at 4pm in Win'er). OK?
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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Phone: +44 (0)20 8560 08823  -  Fax: +44 (0)20 8568 0936


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