NEWS DIGEST 26.02.2022: London’s most rated parks, pizzas… and sheds!

Hello everyone. This morning’s newswrap comes from local news provider InYourArea.

To make it even easier to narrow down the best park in your borough, MyLondon has figured out the top-rated green space in each of London’s 32 boroughs, according to their Tripadvisor reviews and ratings. Review: “Eastbrookend Country Park is a gem of a place in Dagenham. The whole park is very well maintained, but looks natural with abundance of water bodies and plants.” Review: “The gardens have free parking and are free to enter. The formal flower gardens are pretty and relaxing to walk through. Then there is a large flat park area ideal for picnics, plenty of families creating a safe atmosphere.” Review: “I’ve been many times and it is a nice quiet little park to go for a run or a walk. Very easy access, since close to the Wandle Park Tram Stop.”. Review: “Good park in North London for all ages and backgrounds and an ok cafe and playground.”The best park in every London borough according to Tripadvisor (MyLondon ~ Lifestyle – Travel – Hyde Park)

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To help you organise your next pizza outing, MyLondon has compiled a list of the top-ranked pizzerias in every London borough as listed on TripAdvisor. “I knew the pizza would be good, and of course it was. Purezza makes the best pizza in England. No contest.” “Lovely Italian restaurant with the pizza ovens right by the front door which makes for good smells and a visual treat! We all had pizzas which were cooked well and delicious.” Reviews: “As a food blogger, I’ve had tried many pizza restaurants in London but nothing that quite compares to the quality and taste of Pizza Del Sud. I was blown away! All pizzas are fleshly [sic] prepared using only the finest Italian ingredients, and you can absolutely tell. 10/10 would recommend!!!”. “We came here because it was highly rated on Google when we were looking for a good pizza place. They served us an authentic Naples style pizza and an excellent caprese salad. Quality Italian style pizza in a warm place with a fun vibe. Will definitely be going again!”The best pizza restaurant in every London borough according to Tripadvisor (MyLondon ~ What’s On – Food and Drink)

Entries are open for the 16th edition of the annual Shed of the Year competition. Last year’s Shed of the Year star Danielle Zarb-Cousin walked away with the coveted title after stunning judges with her mint green, 70s-inspired, Creme de Menthe bar – decorated using one-of-a-kind vintage and charity shop finds. “She said: “winning Shed of the Year felt amazing”. Founder of Shed of the Year and head judge Andrew Wilcox said the competition has “blown them away” for the last 16 years. Entries must include at least two photos of their designs, along with an explanation of their inspiration, and what makes their shed worthy of Britain’s Shed of the Year title – UK’s most innovative sheddies race to nab coveted Shed of the Year title (InYourArea Newsroom ~ National)

Between 2000 and 2017, London was losing well over 100 pubs a year. To understand why London’s pubs are dying out and what impact this has on the community, MyLondon was taken on a tour of the closed venues of Wimbledon by the Campaign for Real Ale. With two other pubs located a stone’s throw from the Marquis, a reasonable question is whether there is demand for three pubs on a short strip? In 2020, 175 pubs in London closed, but the figure for last year was a two-decade low of 69. This means developers won’t be able to flip pubs into housing without a local authority’s expressed consent. In Sadiq Khan’s London Plan, the overall planning strategy for the capital, he made a point of trying to protect pubs, particularly from new developments. Although micro pubs offering hyper-local beers have popped up across the capital in recent years for bigger traditional boozers drinkers alone are rarely enough to sustain a business – ‘Rise in drinking at home, threat of developers and challenge to make money’: Understanding why London’s pubs are dying out (MyLondon ~ News – South London News – Food and Drink)

Here are some of the potential delays to watch out for across Havering, Redbridge and Barking and Dagenham – starting tomorrow (Saturday, February 26)… Planning on travelling around Havering, Redbridge or Barking and Dagenham by road or rail? Check out the following disruptions which could affect your journey over the week – starting tomorrow, (Saturday February 26) – Travel Bulletin: Havering, Redbridge, Barking and Dagenham (Romford Recorder ~ News > Traffic & Travel)


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