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Big cities around the world boast impressive buildings and structures attracting many tourists eager to visit and experience the cities. Many like New York City also attracted (and continue to) immigrants who dreamed of opportunity. But there were others who would prey on the starry eyed and unsuspecting immigrants and tourists- con artists. Men like George Parker and Victor Lustig would become famous for “selling” famous city structures for upwards of $100,000. Here are some of those famous landmark scams spanning from New York, to Paris, and London(more…)

At Untapped Cities, we like to cover bars and restaurants that are off-the-beaten path. Interesting history, attractive design, and a convivial atmosphere make these hard-to-find places worth the search. Hidden and obscure places don’t need to be exclusive or elite, they are more like hidden gems waiting to be found. In London, mews pubs offer this in spades.


londoncab-hackney-untapped-citiesA traditional London hackney carriage… Image Source: The Atlantic.

untapped-cities-nyc-yellow-taxi-1…Versus New York’s Yellow Medallion Taxis. Source: Wikimedia Commons

No two cities associate iconoclasm and uniformity with their taxi cabs like New York or London. While most assume the differences stop at color–yellow for New York, black for London–a stark contrast exists in who drives the cabs and what those drivers know. Prerequisites, the application process, the tools they use, and even the culture of the cabbies differ between the cities. We detail exactly where these differences exist–just remember that the word “knowledge” for a London cabbie is spelled with a capital “K” and is preceded with a definite article.


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1000 Londoners is a project of films and people–it’s like Humans of New York, but with videos, and all the speakers self-identify as “true Londoners.”  Anyone can be nominated and as such the interviewees reflect the colourful human landscape of London. This project is the brainchild of Mark Currie and Rachel Wang, the directors of Chocolate Films (a social enterprise film production formed in 2003).

‘The aim of the project is to get people in London talking, sharing their stories and understanding how everyone else lives.’ says Reece Lipman, one of the principal film makers. It was this diversity that triggered the concept of and commitment to the 1,000 Londoners project.


Charlotte's BIstro and Foubert's ice-creamery near Turnham Green in London

Charlotte’s BIstro and Foubert’s ice-creamery near Turnham Green in London

Turnham Green is an underground station in West London. When heading into London (for tea and cake) I generally go to the same places – I know they’re good and it’s easy to direct someone to somewhere you know how to get to. I deviated from the plan this week and went to Turnham Green. It’s on the District line near Hammersmith, and I’m glad I did! Many very nice looking shops, restaurants, cafe’s pubs, and various other services. These two caught my eye – for very different reasons.

Charlotte’s Bistro is a buzzing restaurant open for lunch and dinner as well as wine and cocktails. But mainly because it has my name in the title I looked closer — I’ll be coming back to enjoy some drinks here another time.

Foubert’s is an Italian ice-creamery, and the building itself is just so striking — it can’t be missed. They boast twenty delicious flavours of ice-cream, and have been serving it since 1978. This is the second location of the ice-creamery, it used to be round the corner on Chiswick High Road — lucky for all the locals addicted to is ice cream it didn’t go far!

Not illustrated but equally lovely, i Found Gail’s ca and bakery and stopped in for a tea and to be tempted by cakes before dinner. It’s on a corner close to Turnham Green as well, and has tow massive windows perfect for people watching and letting the world go by.

Get in touch with the author @charlsvallance and check out her blog. Check back every other Wednesday for the next installation of Art(chitecture) by Charlotte Vallance. Find designs by Charlotte Vallance on Society6.

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