Your most read articles on ianVisits in 2021

A time for introspective reflection on a year that has passed and a look back at what you, the reader, read the most.

The second year of the pandemic has been easier than the first, but as of this writing limited by museum closures and indoor masks being worn. This necessarily made site visits more difficult, as people are quite hesitant to invite this guy at random to take a look at what they’re up to.

That said, some 6.5 million pages were read this year.

It’s always a privilege to be able to use the website to access prohibited places and share them with a wider audience so that more people can see what’s going on behind closed doors and signs. of construction site.

There were a few personal highlights though – with trips to HS2 and South Kensington tube station being pretty much up there. Lots of wandering the city to discover new things in the streets and hidden corners, and the ongoing series of lanes of London.

London Open House returned, which was a huge relief, as did its construction counterpart, Open Doors.

Hopefully 2022 will start to see some sort of return to normalcy in the spring, although most of us thought so about this year as well, but we’re undeniably in a better position now, with vaccines being rolled out. and better medical knowledge on how to deal with a pandemic.

A Jubilee weekend is planned this summer (or a state funeral), the Elizabeth line will open, the London Overground will be extended, and I hope all those places that have had to close or restrict entry will welcome us to all new, then we can go out and explore London again.

The Top 10 Countdown to What You Read in 2021

  1. The alleys of London: Fairthorne Road, SE7 – May 2021
    • This is an alleyway in south-east London that has a unique feature in the middle, but will soon be closed to the public. It starts out quite conventionally as a beautiful brick archway between a row of Victorian houses, but here it is a most unexpected surprise.
  2. Disused rail tunnel reopens at Kings Cross station – April 2021
    • A tunnel at King’s Cross station, closed in the 1970s, has been reopened, with the first trains passing just before 5 a.m. this morning.
  3. Crossrail changes its opening plans in stages – July 2021
    • Although the opening of Crossrail is the public deadline that keeps moving, it is actually only the 3rd step of a 5 step process, and the way the last two steps will be carried out has changed.
  4. The concrete heart of Bermondsey’s “Biscuit Town” – October 2021
    • A few blocks south of Bermondsey Tube Station was once home to a large cookie factory, the Peek Freans Factory, but it’s about to be redeveloped.
  5. Moor Park, the metro station in a private domain – Dec. 2021
    • To the north-west of London is an underground station which is located almost entirely inside a private housing estate. Moor Park underground station on the metro line sits between a private golf course on one side and a large private housing estate on the other.
  6. The forgotten era of light reflectors in London’s back streets – February 2021
    • A visitor to Victorian London who had found himself in its many narrow lanes would have seen a large number of wooden shutters reflecting the sunlight in the offices.
  7. Behind the Scenes of the South Kensington Tube Station Escalator Replacement Project – August 2021
    • Deep in South Kensington Tube Station, a huge project is underway to replace the station’s five escalators, all at the same time.
  8. See a full-scale model of central London at Kings Cross – July 2021
    • Just behind King’s Cross station is a full-scale model showing most of central London. Previously found at the Building Center, the model moved to King’s Cross, in a larger building and gained the addition of part of North West London, including Wembley Stadium.
  9. The alleys of London: Queen’s Passage, SW1A – May 2021
    • It’s too easy to walk past without noticing a narrow underpass that passes under the posh houses next to Green Park and gives access to the quiet streets behind.
  10. Life-size elephant sculptures in London – May 2021
    • A herd of life-size elephant sculptures have arrived in London and are on display before being sold for charity.

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Amanda J. Marsh