History UsefulNotes / London

23rd Feb '17 12:10:54 AM erforce
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* ''LoveActually''

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* ''LoveActually''''Film/LoveActually''



* ''WhatAGirlWants'' (but with [[BritishStuffiness stuffiness]] in place of happiness)

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* ''WhatAGirlWants'' ''Film/WhatAGirlWants'' (but with [[BritishStuffiness stuffiness]] in place of happiness)



** A good portion of ''LayerCake'' is set in and around the Docklands and Canary Wharf and implies that Michael Gambon's character, a powerful gangster-turned-respected businessman, had a major role in gentrifying the area (this is meant as a ShoutOut to ''The Long Good Friday'' where a Bob Hoskins character expresses this same plan).

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** A good portion of ''LayerCake'' ''Film/LayerCake'' is set in and around the Docklands and Canary Wharf and implies that Michael Gambon's character, a powerful gangster-turned-respected businessman, had a major role in gentrifying the area (this is meant as a ShoutOut to ''The Long Good Friday'' ''Film/TheLongGoodFriday'' where a Bob Hoskins character expresses this same plan).
20th Feb '17 5:12:07 PM nombretomado
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* Fleet Street -- a metonym for the [[BritishNewspapers British press]], who were historically headquartered there. The Fleet used to be a dreadful open sewer, full of a stinking slurry of the most vile rubbish imaginable; any similarity to real persons living or dead is, of course, strictly unintentional.

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* Fleet Street -- a metonym for the [[BritishNewspapers [[UsefulNotes/BritishNewspapers British press]], who were historically headquartered there. The Fleet used to be a dreadful open sewer, full of a stinking slurry of the most vile rubbish imaginable; any similarity to real persons living or dead is, of course, strictly unintentional.
15th Dec '16 12:26:59 AM Doug86
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In real life, London is very much a combination of the two and there's very much a sliding scale. London does have a rather notoriously high cost of living, so it tend to be like a lot of cities, full of both people who can comfortably afford it, and people who can't but have to live where the jobs are. On one end, you've got ludicrously posh places in the west central part of the city. In places like Holland Park, Belgravia, and Mayfair, the richest people in the world conspicuously consume like it's going out of style. At the other end, you'll find some of the most deprived places in the nation, known as "sink estates", in areas like Peckham, Hackney, and Harlesden. The ''really'' poor places -- as seen in ''Literature/OliverTwist'' -- started disappearing with slum clearance in the 1920s and 30s, with the Luftwaffe obliterating the rest during WorldWarII. The important thing to note however is that most neighbourhoods are very mixed income. Council estates can be found in the wealthiest boroughs and million pound properties in the poorest.

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In real life, London is very much a combination of the two and there's very much a sliding scale. London does have a rather notoriously high cost of living, so it tend to be like a lot of cities, full of both people who can comfortably afford it, and people who can't but have to live where the jobs are. On one end, you've got ludicrously posh places in the west central part of the city. In places like Holland Park, Belgravia, and Mayfair, the richest people in the world conspicuously consume like it's going out of style. At the other end, you'll find some of the most deprived places in the nation, known as "sink estates", in areas like Peckham, Hackney, and Harlesden. The ''really'' poor places -- as seen in ''Literature/OliverTwist'' -- started disappearing with slum clearance in the 1920s and 30s, with the Luftwaffe obliterating the rest during WorldWarII.UsefulNotes/WorldWarII. The important thing to note however is that most neighbourhoods are very mixed income. Council estates can be found in the wealthiest boroughs and million pound properties in the poorest.
9th Aug '16 6:28:23 AM Malvina
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* The East End: The precise boundaries of this area vary depending on whom you ask. We'll be using the largest definition, the entirety of the "E" postcode area. Was ''heavily'' bombed during TheBlitz -- the most hard-hit area of London in fact. The amount of fiction set here is massive. You've got a lot of Music Hall, {{opium den}}s, many a British-set gangster film is set here. The place being the home of the LondonGangster: the locale has a long history of poverty-driven working class crime and is associated with the famous Kray twins. A number of works involving the UK's South Asian community are also set here.

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* The East End: The precise boundaries of this area vary depending on whom you ask. We'll be using the largest definition, the entirety of the "E" postcode area. Was ''heavily'' bombed during TheBlitz -- the most hard-hit area of London in fact. The amount of fiction set here is massive. You've got a lot of Music Hall, Halls, {{opium den}}s, and many a British-set gangster film is set here. The place being is the home of the LondonGangster: the locale has a long history of poverty-driven working class crime and is associated with the famous Kray twins. A number of works involving the UK's South Asian community are also set here.



* SouthBank: The area of along the south side of the Thames river in Central London. If you picture a postcard of London, theres a 90% chance your picturing the view of Southbank, or the view from it. Home of the London Eye

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* SouthBank: The area of along the south side of the Thames river in Central London. If you picture a postcard of London, theres there's a 90% chance your you're picturing the view of Southbank, or the view from it. Home of the London Eye



* Westminster: Home to the Westminster Abbey, Buckingham Palace, the Houses of Parliament and Big Ben. Some of the most visually recognisable real estate in London, often used in opening shots for anything set there, regardless of how often characters actually visit Westminster. Most importantly for Brits, its where Parliament is. When people complain about the British government, they often refer to it as a whole as 'Westminster' or they gripe about 'Those idiots in Westminster'. Guy Fawkes tried to blow it up once.

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* Westminster: Home to the Westminster Abbey, Buckingham Palace, the Houses of Parliament and Big Ben. Some of the most visually recognisable real estate in London, often used in opening shots for anything set there, regardless of how often characters actually visit Westminster. Most importantly for Brits, its it's where Parliament is. When people complain about the British government, they often refer to it as a whole as 'Westminster' or they gripe about 'Those idiots in Westminster'. Guy Fawkes tried to blow it up once.



* Camden: Also an arty, trendy area famous for its markets. Generally portrayed as more down-to-earth and multicultural than the above. Lots of drug subculture - usually soft drugs rather than ''Literature/{{Trainspotting}}''-style squalor. The main characters in ''Film/WithnailAndI'' live in Camden. Modern day Camden is generally full of students and other limited income types, and at the weekend it's overrun with 'goth' or 'alternative' stereotypes who think it's trendy.

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* Camden: Also an arty, trendy area famous for its markets. Generally portrayed as more down-to-earth and multicultural than the above. Lots of drug subculture subcultures - usually soft drugs rather than ''Literature/{{Trainspotting}}''-style squalor. The main characters in ''Film/WithnailAndI'' live in Camden. Modern day Camden is generally full of students and other limited income types, and at the weekend it's overrun with 'goth' or 'alternative' stereotypes who think it's trendy.
1st Jul '16 11:00:00 PM nombretomado
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* Portabello Road -- Another street market road, known for its second hand thrift stalls, though its become more up market in recent years. Had a featured song about it in BedknobsAndBroomsticks.

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* Portabello Road -- Another street market road, known for its second hand thrift stalls, though its become more up market in recent years. Had a featured song about it in BedknobsAndBroomsticks.''Film/BedknobsAndBroomsticks''.
14th Jun '16 2:26:19 PM Achaemenid
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Airlines will often sell tickets to airports they claim to be "London" but are nothing of the sort. A certain Irish airline was fined a few years back for selling tickets from Sydney, Australia to London Prestwick, Prestwick being an airport on the outskirts of Glasgow, a good 12 hours train journey away. Arguably, Stansted and Luton were under this category for years, until the likes of easyJet started moaning about it.

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Airlines will often sell tickets to airports they claim to be "London" but are nothing of the sort. A certain Irish airline was fined a few years back for selling tickets from Sydney, Australia to London Prestwick, Prestwick being an airport on the outskirts of Glasgow, a good 12 hours seven hour train journey away. Arguably, Stansted and Luton were under this category for years, until the likes of easyJet started moaning about it.
7th Apr '16 7:21:34 AM Jake
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** ''Series/LondonsBurning'' is set somewhere in South East London, close enough to the Docklands for them to do the occasional water rescue. "Blackwall" Fire Station is actually the real Dockhead station in Southwark.
2nd Apr '16 11:28:03 AM nombretomado
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** E20 is used for Walford in ''EastEnders''; this was a fictional code but is now taken for the "Stratford City" development.

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** E20 is used for Walford in ''EastEnders''; ''Series/EastEnders''; this was a fictional code but is now taken for the "Stratford City" development.
23rd Mar '16 11:55:25 AM Morgenthaler
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** ''EastEnders'' whoda thunk it?
** ''LockStockAndTwoSmokingBarrels''

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** ''EastEnders'' ''Series/EastEnders'' whoda thunk it?
** ''LockStockAndTwoSmokingBarrels''''Film/LockStockAndTwoSmokingBarrels''
17th Mar '16 5:42:57 PM DarkPhoenix94
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* South London ("Saarf London"): Home of TheYardies, but the two most famous things set there are ''OnlyFoolsAndHorses'' and the new ''Series/DoctorWho'', where it's the home of Rose Tyler. Also the place where {{Dubstep}} came from.

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* South London ("Saarf London"): Home of TheYardies, but the two most famous things set there are ''OnlyFoolsAndHorses'' and the new ''Series/DoctorWho'', where it's the home of Rose Tyler. Also the place where {{Dubstep}} came from. The parts just south of the river (i.e. Waterloo, Lambeth and Kennington) are effectively a transplanted bit of North London in terms of both culture and appearance.



** {{Whitehall}}- Home of various offices of the British Government, though not the location of Parliament. Often referred to in short hand when referencing the bureaucracy of the Government.

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** {{Whitehall}}- {{Whitehall}}: Home of various offices of the British Government, though not the location of Parliament. Often referred to in short hand when referencing the bureaucracy of the Government.



London also has the Eurostar train service to mainland Europe. This used to run out of Waterloo (which features in the film of ''Film/TheBourneUltimatum''), but has now moved to St. Pancras, which frankly needed some love- the only thing that went from there was the Midland Mainline service.

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London also has the Eurostar train service to mainland Europe. This used to run out of Waterloo (which features in the film of ''Film/TheBourneUltimatum''), but has now moved to St. Pancras, which frankly needed some love- love - the only thing that went from there was the Midland Mainline service.
service. It might also have something to do with the fact that someone high up eventually realised that forcing French travellers to arrive at a station named after one of their most famous military defeats was, while funny, also less than tactful.



* According to ''Literature/GoodOmens'', this is because the M25 was made in the shape of the ancient sigil ''odegra'', which translates to "All hail the Great Beast, Devourer of Worlds."

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* According to ''Literature/GoodOmens'', this is because the M25 was made in the shape of the ancient sigil ''odegra'', which translates to "All hail the Great Beast, Devourer of Worlds."
" It serves a kind of prayer wheel of constant, low grade evil. Anyone who's spent any length of time on the motorway in question will be completely unsurprised by this.
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