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Looking back on a year of Pastinthepresent.net – beyond southeast London

In part one of my round-up blog of 2016, I waxed lyrical about southeast London and all the great places I have visited in that part of the capital over the course of the year. But other spots, both here in the UK and abroad, also stand out as fascinating places worth visiting.

I have had great fun exploring north London – including getting away from busy Upper Street to delve into Islington’s Packington Estate and Georgian Canonbury. Both spots are within a few minutes of the Tube stations on this stretch, yet the hectic city seems a million miles away. And 2016 was also the year that I spent some quality time walking in the footsteps of artists, poets and authors, while getting to know charming Highgate village. It’s a pleasant place to visit by both day, for its greenery and coffee shops, and night, for its excellent array of local pubs.

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Highgate

When I started the year, I thought I had done ‘East London’, but beyond what has been described as the ‘East End’, there are many more places that anyone that loves London should get to know, here is just a selection:

https://pastinthepresent.net/2016/08/18/the-festival-of-britains-lesser-known-exhibition-touring-the-lansbury-estate/

https://pastinthepresent.net/2016/09/01/londons-successor-discovering-martime-history-in-tilbury/

https://pastinthepresent.net/2016/10/06/beyond-canary-wharf-visiting-the-isle-of-dogs-quieter-corners/

https://pastinthepresent.net/2016/05/26/old-and-new-riverside-communities-dagenham-breach-creekmouth-and-barking-riverside/

But while London is my home, I have also enjoyed getting away from the capital and visiting other great places around the world. Poland stands as my true 2016 highlight in that respect. I had a fascinating visit to Krakow, taking in its Jewish heritage and the Red Army steel town of Howa Huta. In fact, I was so encapsulated by Poland, that I made a return trip this year – keep your eye out for more blogs from the country in the next couple of weeks.

Thanks for all your support over the course of 2016. I’ll be back with more in the new year.

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Krakow

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Isle of Dogs

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