What is London Village?
London Village (previously known as New London and Who Zone) is a Second Life sim ran by Kat Kassner and Laredo Lowtide. Kat’s vision for London Village is a fair and friendly working community that embraces all who are likewise fair and friendly. It’s focus is on the England city London with a nod towards British science-fiction including the likes of Blake’s 7, Doctor Who, Hitch-Hikers Guide to the Galaxy and a host of popular fantasy fiction that originated from the Isles.
The sim is non profit (in fact, like most sims in Second Life, it technically runs at a loss), with the in-sim company “New London Systems” helping to bridge the costs. If the sim breaks even, it’s a rare and great day. Point is, the sim isn’t here to make money, money just keeps it here!
London Village isn’t an attempt to model a sim on the metropolis, it’s more a graceful homage to the city. We represent as many of London Village’s iconic buildings as possible including Big Ben, Albert Hall, BT Tower, Tower of London, Tower Bridge and even the Millennium Bridge as sim landmarks.
While London Village very much works to simply provide a sim people will enjoy, we do stretch our arms a little further. We have several in-world groups that support New London and we support them in return. The sim operates several Second Life groups to support a wider community than London Village:
England in SL – a network for England based sims/events working together to promote their events and provide easy navigation for visitors looking to find great English focused places within Second Life.
FAI (Fans against Intolerance) – a new group to strength those who suffer bullying and antagonism and being ostracised in Second Life (and believe me, it’s very prevalent, especially in Doctor Who sims)
Timelords Club (The Doctor Who Zone) – a long-standing Doctor Who group dedicated to Doctor Who.
We’re a sim which has always maintained regular events and entertainment. We have weekend music events, often with fancy dress and prizes. We cater for both the London and the Sci-Fi in how we theme these. We have live singers and a wide array of regular and guest DJs.
We also host “Radio Theatre”, an audio drama establishment build in homage to the BBC building in London. There we put on a variety of dramas – some from Big Finish, authorised by Big Finish themselves (so please go to BigFinish.com and support their fantastic Doctor Who and beyond range).
We have a local pub that does occasional pub quizzes and music nights.
We have regular fishing events who enjoy using the London Village Thames as a place to make a catch or two!
Every year we do annual events including the incredibly popular summer 3 day festival,Whofest in our New Greenwich Park .
We are also linked to Doctor Who online magazine Kasterborous.com, who have helped build a great Doctor Who Exhibition for the sim’s Doctor Who Zone. Below that exhibition we have our popular Freebie Factory which has all sorts of freebies ranging from Chuckle Brothers gestures to sonic screwdrivers!
In the end, we’re just a group of London and science-fictions fans looking to entertain, chat, have fun and enjoy Second Life.