Paddington’s Pop-Up London

This is a guest post by Lisa Robinson from visitlondon.com, the official city guide to London, with everything you need to know about visiting Paddington’s Pop-Up London.

Grab a marmalade sandwich and search for the world’s most-loved bear during Paddington’s Pop-Up London. In celebration of the release of the Paddington 2 movie, which is in UK cinemas now, five pop-up book installations featuring Paddington can be found at iconic locations across London until 3 December.

Plan a fun-filled day out in the capital with our itinerary for exploring Paddington’s Pop-Up London.

Buckingham Palace Pop-Up Book at Paddington Station

Buckingham Palace Pop-Up Book at Paddington Station

London Overground celebrates its 10th anniversary

London Overground is celebrating 10 years of service on Saturday 11 November 2017. Since its launch in 2007, London Overground has provided a vital transport link for millions of Londoners, creating an orbital route around inner London and serving 23 of London’s boroughs and southern Hertfordshire.

To celebrate the 10 year milestone, we’ve produced this ‘Out and about on the London Overground’ graphic. It showcases a range of sights and attractions that you may not know are easily reached by the Overground, such as Crystal Palace Park, The Warner Bros. Studio Tour near to Watford Junction and The V & A Museum of Childhood in Bethnal Green. If you know any great places to visit by Overground that we’ve missed here, let us know in the comments section. 

Out and About on the London Overground – find great days out all over London that are within easy reach of Overground stations. *Design by Rob Durkin

Ada Lovelace scavenger hunt and competition update

It was Ada Lovelace Day on Tuesday October 10, and all this week we’ve been celebrating the pioneering computer scientist with a scavenger hunt that focuses on monuments to trailblazing women across London. You still have until Sunday to get out there and snap some pictures on the scavenger hunt – you may even win a prize.

Full details of the scavenger hunt and competition are on this week’s earlier post. Here’s an update on how #FindingAda has gone so far – make sure you get involved!

Historic England announced the search for Ada and other amazing women on Tuesday morning:

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Catherine was quick to track down and post a picture of the Emmeline Pankhurst statue:

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Kathryn managed to find the big one! The house where Ada Lovelace lived:

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Azelea was one of many people happy to see our Finding Ada hunt – now get out there yourself and get snapping!

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Explore Southwark Park – through your senses!

This is a guest post by Caroline Clipson, who coordinates the Southwark Dementia Action Alliance, working with Alzheimer’s Society and local organisations to make the borough dementia-friendly. She’s teaming up with TfL, Walk London and Cool Tan Arts to create this sensory walk in Southwark Park for people affected by the condition.

Caroline has helped create a special sensory walk for people living with dementia and their loved ones

TFL staff Walk the Line for health

This is a guest post by Rachel Clark, Health Promotion Manager at World Cancer Research Fund UK.

World Cancer Research Fund UK set TfL staff a challenge to walk the equivalent of the Central Line.

In today’s workplace many of us are becoming more and more sedentary, often sitting for hours at a time. Unfortunately, this inactivity can have serious health implications. According to a Lancet report, physical inactivity is responsible for 17 per cent of premature deaths in the UK every year and shortens a person’s lifespan by three to five years. World Cancer Research Fund’s evidence has also found that being physically active can decrease the risk of a number of different cancers.

The Women’s Tour visits London for the first time

On Sunday June 11th London hosted Stage 5 of the Women’s Tour, as the UK’s leading women’s cycling race visited the capital for the first time. The route started and finished at Regent Street St James and took in some famous sights along the way, as the riders passed through Piccadilly Circus, Trafalgar Square and Whitehall. This post shows some of the day’s highlights. 

🚲 If you’re interested in cycling in London, find out more about the support available to hone your skills and build your confidence by visiting the Cycling section of our website. 🚲

Photo Highlights

London’s Walking and Cycling Commissioner Will Norman joins 9-year old Tom, winner of the Design a Flag Competition, to get the race underway!

London sightseeing – we join City Cruises on the Thames

On Saturday June 3rd, we helped organise a fantastic river meet-up with Instagrammers London – a group of photographers who arrange hugely popular photo meet-ups, with our boat for the morning kindly provided by City Cruises. The trip highlighted the amazing photo opportunities available onboard City Cruises’ services, and with summer finally here, why not take a look at their website for details of all the sightseeing cruises they have to offer. 

Here is a summary of the trip the Instagrammers took, and a flavour of some of the amazing sights you can expect to see on a Thames river cruise:

Our City Cruises boat arrives at Westminster Pier bright and early.