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Old 08-14-2020, 01:06 AM   #1
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Anyone familiar enough with London to help out with some details for an imminent urban fantasy/hidden magic game?

I'm looking for a location that is close to the river, and can plausibly include an old building still operating as a bookshop (needn't have a lot of passing trade, but shouldn't seem too out of place) and nearby a small warehouse/lock-up or light industrial business, probably a bit run down but definitely not attracting much attention.

I don't mind stretching plausibility a bit, but want to avoid interfering with suspension of disbelief.

I'm in the UK and have been to London a bit, but never for any length of time.

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Old 08-14-2020, 06:22 AM   #2
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Close to the river tends to mean expensive, with a few exceptions. How central does it have to be?
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Close to the river tends to mean expensive, with a few exceptions. How central does it have to be?
It doesn't have to be too central - I'd like the area to feel urban, rather than suburban, and be reasonably accessible to characters who live in London, but that's all.

Down river of the centre would be better than upriver, if that makes sense.
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Old 08-14-2020, 07:37 AM   #4
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Does it have to be THE river or would any of the rivers of <strike>Hell</strike> London do?
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Does it have to be THE river or would any of the rivers of <strike>Hell</strike> London do?
Good question. Anything navigable (by quite a small boat) would do.
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Old 08-14-2020, 08:23 AM   #6
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Some options. (As usual, I recommend Streetview to get a feel for the area.)

Greenwich. 51.48/-0.01, roughly. That's a trendy shopping and café area, so a bookshop would be catering to the tourist trade, but it's right next to Cutty Sark and the old Royal Naval College so it can have tourist books in the front and older nautical-related stuff of some value in the back without raising any eyebrows. Just to the west, you've got council estates, some of which have garages in them. Not your full business unit, though.

Up on the south side of Tower Bridge 51.50/-0.07 you've got warehouses converted to flats/offices (Shad Thames, Butler's Wharf).

There's not much left in the way of old buildings, because WWII happened, and then the 1960s. Down by City Airport/Silvertown 51.50/0.03 you've got some industrial estates on the north side of the river, but not much retail.
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Some options. (As usual, I recommend Streetview to get a feel for the area.)

Greenwich. 51.48/-0.01, roughly. That's a trendy shopping and café area, so a bookshop would be catering to the tourist trade, but it's right next to Cutty Sark and the old Royal Naval College so it can have tourist books in the front and older nautical-related stuff of some value in the back without raising any eyebrows. Just to the west, you've got council estates, some of which have garages in them. Not your full business unit, though.

Up on the south side of Tower Bridge 51.50/-0.07 you've got warehouses converted to flats/offices (Shad Thames, Butler's Wharf).

There's not much left in the way of old buildings, because WWII happened, and then the 1960s. Down by City Airport/Silvertown 51.50/0.03 you've got some industrial estates on the north side of the river, but not much retail.
Very helpful - many thanks.
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