London in Bits is a newsletter about London’s news, politics, arts, food and people.

We publish three times a week: You get the full works on Mondays and Wednesdays, plus a round up of interesting links and other flotsam on a Saturday to kick off your weekend.

“Yours is only the second mailing list ever that doesn’t annoy me into unsubscribing within weeks. Range of topics, writing style, and nearly every shot has something that I share with someone else.” - Reddit user, TrippleFrack

Where did LiB come from?

A long time ago, we started a blog called The Big Smoker. That site eventually joined the Gothamist family and became Londonist.

After we left Londonist it gradually morphed into something else, which means that, once again, we feel there’s nobody really writing about the city we love in a way that we think it deserves.

To try and redress that we created London in Bits. Our aim with this newsletter is to bring you both the beautiful and the infuriating parts of the capital. The headlines and the hyperlocal. The obvious and the underserved. And to wrap all of that up into something that’s interesting, funny, surprising and worthy of your inbox.

Here’s some nice things people have said about is on Twitter (without us asking them to):

We also promise to never write anything resembling a listicle. And there will be no ads.

Is it free?

In November of 2021 we moved to a paid subscription model, which means that, while the Monday issue is still free, the Wednesday issue and part of the Weekend Roundup will only go to paying subscribers. We do this so we can pay our contributors a decent rate for their excellent writing.

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Edited by Rob Hinchcliffe. Rob is a writer and editor who lives in south east London. In a previous life he was the founder and editor of Londonist.