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What to see
You’ll find accounts of local tourist attractions in Towns of Two Halves (and of 91 other places: order the book now for £8 from London’s tourist attractions are well covered in Visit London, Lonely Planet and Time Out.

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“…the old ‘A-Football-C’ crest resplendent in its hexagonal frame at intervals along the facade”

Links to places near the Emirates Stadium are:
Arsenal Museum
Freightliners City Farm
Gillespie Park Wildlife & Nature Reserve

Towns of Two Halves extracts:
“I lived about half a mile from top-flight football at Highbury Stadium for seven years in the late 80s and early 90s. That wasn’t a factor when we bought the house; we could have been much closer. When we were house-hunting we made an appointment to see a place that proved to be adjacent to the visiting supporters’ entrance. We didn’t even get out of the car to look at that one. I can imagine the estate agent fuming inside.”
“At the old Highbury Stadium, for a casual visitor, there is just the magnificent Art Deco frontage of the East Stand to admire. Just… It still looks sensational, hovering above the end of Conewood Street as if the 20th century’s most enormous and stylish wave was about to break down the road over you.”
“The Gillespie Park wildlife and nature reserve looks a perfect place to take the kids for an hour or two; but it’s not open on match days. You could look instead at Freightliners Farm; that’s set up as somewhere an urban community can see farm animals, and watch or take part in pastoral activities, or just sample the freshest food imaginable in the Strawbale Café.”
These are taken from the Arsenal chapter of Towns of Two Halves, published in 2018. To orde a copy (for £8 +p&p), email