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10 Best Unknown Sights in London

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As a rule, any city around the globe has its glorious places known to the public. Most likely, visitors explore “conventional” routes without noticing some other amazing spots. Those are hidden and less popular but definitely worth your attention.

So what are the fascinating secret gems of London? Discover right now with International Cheap First Class .com!
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  1. Whitechapel Bell Foundry

This is actually a working church bell foundry located opposite the world-known Whitechapel Gallery. Founded in 1570, this is now the oldest manufacturing company in Britain. And this is the very place where Big Ben and the Liberty Bell were produced! Don’t forget to see it while visiting the art gallery.

  1. St Dunstan-in-the-East

This was a Roman Catholic parish church situated between London Bridge and the Tower of London. Built 1100, it was remodeled several times. In the Second World War, the building was badly damaged and only ruins remained. Nowadays, it is a nice public garden for those who’d like to spend a time in a quiet corner.

  1. Wilton’s Music Hall

In 1743, it was opened as an ale house. But in the mid-1800s this place turned into a music hall. Today, it is the oldest concert hall in the world. Wilton’s features traditional Victorian design and Mahogany Bar and still hosts various performances. A great venue to relax and have fun!

  1. Chin Chin Labs

A unique ice-cream parlour in Camden is famous for its desserts frozen with liquid nitrogen. In fact, The Times recognized Chin Chin Labs as the best ice-cream shop in the entire country! Apart from the unusual freezing technology, the café offers you diverse flavours, some of which may be really awkward.

  1. Camley Street Natural Park

A green paradise just in the city’s heart – King’s Cross. The Park represents itself a strip of land stretching along the banks of the Regent’s Canal. It is home to hundreds of flora and fauna species, as well as a great area to wander and have picnics.

  1. Smallest police station in Britain

Trafalgar Square is, by all means, one of the big-name spots in London. On its east side, there is the Britain’s smallest police station open in 1926.  This is a tiny box, from the inside of which policemen used to keep an eye on what was going on at the square. Nowadays, it functions as a broom cupboard.

  1. Sir John Soane’s Museum

Sir John Soane was a prominent English architect specialized in the Neo-Classical style. He designed such landmark buildings as Bank of England, Royal Hospital Chelsea, Dulwich Picture Gallery etc. The museum is his former residence. Here, Soane’s fine collection of antiquities is stored and open to the public for totally free.

  1. Rolling Bridge

Paddington Basin is famous for its original bridges. One of them is a curling movable bridge designed by Thomas Heatherwick and unveiled in 2004. It consists of 8 triangular sections. At the first glance, there is nothing special about it. But each Friday at 12 noon, it rolls up and takes the shape of an octagon.

  1. Hyde Park Pet Cemetery

Hyde Park is one of the most renowned London spots. Yet a rare traveller knows about its secret corner. The alluring Pet Cemetery is set in Victoria Gate Lodge’s garden. During the Victorian era, local residents were burying here their dear dogs. Although it’s closed to the public, you can easily look at 300 tiny graves.

  1. St. Martin’s Window

St Martin-in-the-Fields is among the London milestones. This is an Anglican parish church located at the north-east of Trafalgar Square. And there is a pretty interesting feature: the window depicting water surface. It was designed by Shirazeh Houshiary and Pip Horne and completed in 2008.

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This Guy Returns Wallet He Found with Php30k, Gets 3x Bonus at Work as Good Karma

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If you find something that does not belong to you, you can always choose to keep it in what many would claim as theirs under the “Finders, keepers” rule but being honest and returning this item or finding the rightful owner is still the best route. Though you might ‘lose’ the item you found (but it wasn’t even yours to begin with!), good karma can easily step in and give you the best reward…

This is what happened to Alvin Balbon, an elementary school teacher in Dumaguete City, Negros Oriental.

Last June 5, Balbon picked up a wallet that contained Php30k inside. It was certainly a huge amount of money and he admits to feeling a little bit tempted to keep it – honestly, who wouldn’t feel the same way, eh?

But he knew the money wasn’t his and that someone was surely distraught over the loss; thus, he posted about the lost item at a local Facebook marketplace group, known as “Bid for Me”. He instructed the owner to send him a private message but if he couldn’t find the owner at the group, he plans to turn over the wallet to the Dumaguete Police Station.

Photo credit: Facebook / Alvin P. Balbon

Four days later, the owner was able to retrieve the wallet and the money, intact. According to Balbon, the owner was very happy and thankful to get the money back, saying it was for tuition fee.

He was only going the right thing and did not expect anything back — but there’s this thing called ‘good karma’.

The following day, Balbon unexpectedly received a cash bonus from a sideline work that was 3 times the amount he found in that wallet he returned!

With this bonus, he was able to buy the things he had longed for in the past (a motorcycle and a brand new phone) and still had some money left to buy other things he needed. That was certainly awesome karma for what he did, right?

Feeling ecstatic over the good fortune and the good karma, Balbon shared his story on social media in hopes of inspiring others to be honest and to do the right thing, not expecting anything in return — and just let the universe do its thing at providing you good karma…

 

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Mourning Boyfriend ‘Marries’ Pregnant Girlfriend after Accident That Claimed Her Life

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It was supposed to be their 5th anniversary as a couple and the guy had already planned a surprise proposal for his pregnant girlfriend; instead of celebrating the beautiful moment, though, he was at the cemetery and bidding farewell to her forever… Heartbreaking? Definitely!

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But this was not some twisted plot from some random tear-jerking movie or TV soap opera. Instead, it happened to netizen Christian John and his girlfriend, Josanne Alejandro.

One of the saddest things about this situation is that Josanne was pregnant and they had only confirmed the pregnancy last May 28, just 2 days before her untimely death.

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On May 30, the day before that fateful moment, the two had an awesome time. Christian John cooked sinigang for the first time to celebrate their new baby – and Josanne loved it!

Josanne had told her officemates about the pregnancy and expressed excitement over the baby, saying it was the day she had fully felt that she was truly pregnant.

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Behind her back, Christian John was planning a surprise proposal on their 5th anniversary. First, he asked permission from her family for the proposal, telling him he hoped the wedding would happen the soonest time possible, quite possibly the next month. Then, he sought help from his family and friends to plan the proposal.

Late that afternoon, Josanne warned Christian John that perhaps they shouldn’t ride a motorcycle in going to work but he ignored that warning, something that he would later regret.

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He was driving a motorcycle when they met an accident. At 3:30AM on May 31, Josanne passed away. It was the most heartbreaking thing that could ever happen to anyone.

The next few days was a blur to Christian John who spent hours crying and asking forgiveness from family and friends over the accident; but it really was an accident – and they accepted his apologies.

Photo credit: Facebook / Christian John

But as his post went viral, many netizens couldn’t help but wonder what really happened. Their friend, Tonee Ponze, explained that there are things that are difficult to recall and explain, especially in this situation.

Despite what happened, Christian John continued with his plan. Sadly, the proposal and the subsequent ‘marriage’ ceremony wasn’t what he had originally planned…

Nangangarap at Umaasa parin na sana lahat ng ito ay isang panaginip lang. 😭Na sana One day paggising ko kasama na kita…

Posted by Christian John on Monday, June 11, 2018

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Supportive Husband Shares Pregnant Wife’s Struggle with Rare Illness

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On their wedding day, Limuel Orense De Silva and Mary Grace Manalo De Silva promised to love each other through sickness and health. Little did they know that this vow will be challenged very soon in their marriage.

September 16, 2017 was one of the happiest days in their lives. It was the day they got married.

Photo credit: Facebook / Limuel Orense De Silva

Four months later, this vow was challenged when Grace was diagnosed with Guillain Barre Syndrome, a rare condition that affects only 1 in 100k people.

What’s worse, she was 3 months pregnant at the time!

Photo credit: Facebook / Limuel Orense De Silva

Due to the condition, Grace’s entire body was paralyzed; she could only move her head, but barely so. She couldn’t fully close her eyes and these were drying out. She lost her ability to swallow and she could barely breathe.

The next 3 months were a struggle to this couple as Grace was in ICU. They also lost their baby, worsening the challenge they were facing. But through it all, Limuel stuck with Grace and loved her with all his heart.

They also kept their faith in God.

Photo credit: Facebook / Limuel Orense De Silva

When Grace was finally out of the hospital, Limuel was there to help her get back in shape and walk again. Therapy started immediately but the going was tough for Grace who had to endure the pain.

Photo credit: Facebook / Limuel Orense De Silva

She was out of the hospital but still experiencing difficulties; she still could not walk and her legs have become too thin, unable to support her body.

Photo credit: Facebook / Limuel Orense De Silva

Physical therapy sessions are also expensive; thus, Limuel did his best to create DIY things she can use for the home sessions. At times, he did the therapy by himself.

Photo credit: Facebook / Limuel Orense De Silva

Soon enough, Grace was able to stand up on her own and take a few steps with the aid of a walker. She still continues with therapy but little by little her health improved and her body became stronger.

Photo credit: Facebook / Limuel Orense De Silva

Amazingly, 5 months after diagnosis, Grace was able to walk again! Isn’t that amazing? While she still needs a cane for support from time to time, she can already manage on her own.

Photo credit: Facebook / Limuel Orense De Silva

Considering what they had been through the past months, it was quite incredible that she is able to do this so soon…

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