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10 Great Songs about London

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London is England’s capital city and is one of the most famous places in the entire world. It welcomes thousands of visitors every year and as a result, there have been hundreds of songs written about the big city. Of those hundreds, narrowing it down to 10 great ones was a difficult task, but below are 10 of the best.

1. ‘London Bridge is Falling Down’

You can’t have 10 great songs about London without mentioning the famous nursery rhyme. It is quite an educational ditty, in that it is probably based on numerous true occurrences, although this cannot be proven. Although it may have been used before, the first official record of this nursery rhyme is in the seventeenth century.

2. ‘LDN’ – Lilly Allen

‘LDN’ short for ‘London’ was released in September 2006 and hit number 6 in the UK charts. This catchy song is all about the wonderful city of London, and the chorus even says ‘sun is in the sky oh why, oh why, would I want to be anywhere else?’ It’s a very popular and down to earth song that even mentions specific supermarkets by name!

3. ‘Streets of London’ – Ralph McTell

Released in 1974, ‘Streets of London’ was inspired by McTell’s experiences of busking and hitchhiking throughout London. It focuses in on different people’s stories, touching on big issues such as homelessness, loneliness, being ignored, forgotten and even growing old.

4. ‘London Calling’ – The Clash

‘London Calling’ is by the British punk rock band, The Clash, and was released in 1979. The line ‘London calling…’ is repeated numerous times throughout the entire song, which is definitely worth a listen should you get the chance.

5. ‘Warwick Avenue’ – Duffy

Peaking at number 3 on the UK singles chart, ‘Warwick Avenue’ was released in 2008 by singer Duffy. It has since been used on numerous TV shows including ‘Waterloo Road’ which is on BBC 1. This fantastic song focuses on Warwick Avenue, a street in the heart of London.

6. ‘The City’ – Ed Sheeran

‘The City’ by Ed Sheeran is a brilliantly catchy tune that will have you singing along in no time. It talks about the business of London, opening with the line ‘this city never sleeps…’ It is the most newly released song on this guide, and sounds great played acoustically.

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Does this city ever sleep?

7. ‘Waterloo Sunset’ – The Kinks

‘Waterloo Sunset’ was released in 1967 and was written by Ray Davis, one of ‘The Kinks’. He is said to have written it because he walked past Waterloo station everyday as a student on his way to and from art school.

8. ‘Down in the Tube Station at Midnight’ – The Jam

Commonly referred to simply as ‘Tube Station’ for ease, this song is a protest song that was actually banned by the BBC. It does leave you with unanswered questions – but you’ll just have to listen yourself to understand this reference!

9. ‘London’ – The Smiths

Released in 1987 by ‘The Smiths’ this brilliant tune is all about moving to London. It questions ‘do you think you’ve made the right decision this time?’ and talks about life in ‘the big smoke’.

big ben london iconic city

London is one of the world’s iconic cities

10. ‘London Dungeon’ – The Misfits

In 1979 The Misfits came to London from New Jersey hoping to join up with The Damned, but that didn’t work out. They decided to stick it out and try and make a way for themselves in London anyway. After their arrival, two of the band members ended up getting into a fight while waiting to see The Jam, which resulted in them being arrested and spending two nights in jail in Brixton. It is thought that this experience is what inspired ‘London Dungeon’.


There are so many great songs about London out there that it’s hard to choose just a few, but there we are. These brilliant songs are an eclectic mix that are all musically diverse and cover many different aspects of the marvellous city.


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The NFL at Wembley 2013: Minnesota Vikings vs. Pittsburgh Steelers

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As part of the American football event of the year in the UK, two of the biggest teams playing in the NFL bring their squads to London for a showcase game at Britain’s biggest and most famous football stadium at London’s Wembley Park.

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Wembley will be transformed and packed to capacity for the NFL International Series

As Minneapolis’ home team the Minnesota Vikings take on Pennsylvania superstars the Pittsburgh Steelers in a titanic battle as part of the NFL International Series. Since 2007, some of the most famous teams from the League have crossed the Atlantic to thrill crowds at the home of British soccer and bring expatriate Americans and enthusiastic Brits together to watch the USA’s national sport on European soil.

Skol, Vikings!

The Vikings come to the game at Wembley off the back of a strong performance in the 2012 season, where some pundits were touting the team as the most underrated in the NFL. Although they’ve not seen the kind of success that takes teams all the way to the Superbowl, they have made steady progress in the rankings and put in some impressive averages over the course of the past few years.

The team arrives in London after a schedule of four pre-season games against rivals across the States, with the last being against the Tennessee Titans at the Mall of America Field at the end of August.

Black and Yellow

A few years out from their last Superbowl appearance and three years away from their last championship win, the Steelers are coming to the new season hungry for wins. With stats that put the Vikings to shame, they are likely to enter the contest as clear favourites to come away with a win under their belts in front of a rapturous capacity crowd.

the steelars in fine form

The Steelers in fine form

The team arrive in London after a thorough pre-season work-out. With a game against the Giants in early August, they will have been thoroughly tested before bringing their game over the Atlantic.

Wembley atmosphere

In the five years that the International Series has been running, the NFL games have seen capacity crowds at Wembley getting behind the teams and enjoying the good ol’ fashioned American atmosphere. Converting the stadium from a soccer pitch to a football field brings a totally different feel to the place, and for the duration of the four periods of play it’s like a little piece of the USA in the heart of London.

In the bleachers

As a limited edition special event, tickets for the game are in high demand and sell out incredibly quickly. The basic tickets for the game have all gone already and only returns are available as they come in. For the full-on hospitality experience, packages are still on offer in Wembley’s Diamond and Sapphire Hospitality areas, giving fans the chance to fully immerse themselves in the experience as a VIP guest. Hospitality package guests can expect to enjoy top-notch food and drink, an excellent view of the game and a real experience to remember.

Attendees at the game can expect a real dose of all-American sports fanaticism as fans dress up in their Helga Helmets and black-and-yellow jerseys to watch their teams take each other on in this one-off game in London.


The International Series has proven to be a real draw for expat NFL fanatics and British sports fans intrigued by the spectacle of a full-on American Football game on London soil. With the Vikings and the Steelers pitted against one another in the UK’s biggest stadium, fans are bound to get a great show and raise the roof.

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Raindance Film Festival, St James’s, London, September 2013

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Boasting its heritage in the creation of film-makers in London, the Raindance Festival comes of age this year at its 21st anniversary event in September 2013. As one of over half a dozen festivals curated across Europe and the USA, the Raindance London Festival runs from 25th September until the 8th October and brings some of the finest independent film to the city.

An ideal opportunity to see new films, hear the voices of the film-makers and meet people involved in the industry, the festival has a wide appeal for those both within and outside film-making.

Festival profile

Noted by Variety magazine as one of the world’s top 50 film festivals, Raindance is able to claim the accolade of being Europe’s top independent film festival. Hosting some of the world’s most well-known film makers, including Tarantino, Ken Loach and Armando Iannucci, over the 20 years of the festival to date it has built a reputation for bringing innovation to independent film.

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Tarantino is just one of the big names to grace the screens at Raindance

As well as the big hitters, Raindance also brings together the less well-known names in the world of film-making to gain exposure and learn from one another. The festival aims to support, nurture and promote independent films and in order to do that it encourages new independent film-makers to put forward their contributions to the festival.


Over the years of its operation, Raindance has pushed forward a number of developments to support and promote independent film within the movie industry. Giving a cinematic stage to some highly controversial films, the festival has given a voice to film-makers that aren’t afraid to push the boundaries of what is acceptable in films and entertainment. Throughout the years, the festival has expanded from showing What’s Eating Gilbert Grape? From just a few interested attendees to screening over 200 films from over 45 countries around the world.

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Films from Raindance can go on to bigger and better things

Arguably one of the most important developments throughout the life of the festival was achieved in 2012, when it was announced that the winner of the coveted “Short Film of the Festival” prize would become Oscar eligible and go on to be nominated. The 2013 festival is likely to see further developments and yet more increases in attendance at screenings, which will take place across London.

Nurturing talent

As the self-proclaimed voice of indie film, the festival brings some gala screenings of independent films to industry audiences over the course of the two weeks of proceedings. In addition to the screening of some exceptionally fine films, Raindance also puts wannabe film makers and those just starting out in the industry access to some of the movers and shakers in independent film. Throughout the course of the festival, there will be plenty of opportunities to meet and greet with influential writers, directors and technicians to make connections and broaden horizons.

Linked to the Raindance Film School in London, the festival gives the opportunity for attendees at its programmes and courses to feature on the programme at the festival following submission. Anyone from participants in Raindance’s short courses through to the Postgraduate Film Degree programme has the opportunity to put their work forward to be shown alongside some of the greatest independent film-makers in the world today.


Raindance continues to be one of the highlights of the international film festival calendar and gives a showcase to independent movies from around the world. Following several years of incredible growth with booming audiences and many successful talks and seminars, the festival goes into its coming-of-age year in 2013 from a position of great strength and promises better still to come.

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