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Travel Tales From Beyond The Brochure

Dec 9, 2021

And finally, my podcast about London that I've been promising for ... quite some time. London of course is one of the world's biggest and most visited cities, so why am I talking about it? Well, here I'm going Beyond The Monopoly Board to bring you thoughts and information from places you might not have heard of, with help from some of the people who live there. This is as much a learning curve for you listening as it has been for me making – there's quite a few of these boroughs I've not been to yet.

When I was writing it, I quickly realised there was so much to say about them, and, you know, because there were so many of them, that I figured I'd have to split the subject over two episodes. This episode, the shorter of the two, is on those boroughs South Of The River, and as it turns out I talk about them all at least briefly, except Lambeth. Sorry Lambeth, but you're just too touristy (ymmv on Southwark though).

Topics discussed include:
* Brief overview of my socialising life
* A farewell to Laura
* Why London?
* Bexley - Big Houses, Guns, and Piers
* Greenwich - The River, The Prime Meridian, and a special McDonalds
* Bromley - Underground, Overground, but Womble-Free
* Lewisham - Cats, Stuffed Cats, and a 2000 year stone circle
* Southwark - Scandinavian saunas in unlikely places, Sitcoms, and more things under the ground
* Croydon - A palace (destroyed), an airport (closed), and some dinosaurs (inaccurate)
* Sutton - Street Art in Middle England
* Merton - Allah says recycle
* Wandsworth - Take the train back to 1970s pop culture
* Kingston - Old Kings, Fake telephone boxes, and a surprising amount of hipsters
* Richmond - Parklife. And smelly flowers

Contributions in this pod come from:
* Steve from Biggsytravels,
* Laura Lundahl,
* Amanda who is Not A Ballerina,
* Nat the Natpacker,
* Martha who May Cause Wanderlust,
* Seanna on Seanna's World,
* Hannah at Hannah's Holidays, and
* Alexei at Travelexx.

A PDF transcript of this episode is available.

As always, if you have anything to say about the topic, or indeed about my podcasting in general, leave a comment or let me know. The pod has a Facebook group you can join, too.

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Until next time, bye for now. :)