London news and event reviews

The “Tulip” skyscraper is blocked by Mayor of London

A tall tulip shaped tower planned to be planted next to the Gherkin as a viewing platform has been blocked by the Mayor of London.

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Tickets Alert: A virtual flight though the history of flight

In 1919 two small aircraft firms were set up in the UK and through many mergers became British Airways, which is now marking its centenary with a vision of flight in another century hence.

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Ride a new steam train in South London

South London’s newest steam train will start to carry its first passengers from next week.

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London’s Alleys: Quality Court, WC2

Quality Court off Chancery Lane is most appropriately named, being an upmarket concealed courtyard space.

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Tickets Alert: Lord Mayor Show grandstand seats

Although anyone can stand along the route of the Lord Mayor’s Show in November, there is a set of stands right next to St Paul’s Cathedral for the best views.

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The Museum of the Moon at the Natural History Museum

Deep within the Natural History Museum is a huge cavernous space filled with a giant floating replica of the moon.

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Tickets Alert: Behind the scenes at Piccadilly Circus tube station

There will be a chance to go behind the scenes at Piccadilly Circus tube station as part of the expanding Hidden London tours from the London Transport Museum.

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London’s weekly railway news

A weekly round-up of London’s rail transport news…

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Three historic documents go on show

Underneath the Guildhall art gallery is a small space that currently has three historic documents on display.

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Street lamps are being covered in plants

A number of lampposts in Belgravia have recently been fitted with plant columns running up their length. It’s a trial to see if the green columns can help reduce pollution along the streets.

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London railway upgrades – a progress report

One of the periodic reports from TfL has been released with details of ongoing network upgrades across the networks it controls over the past few months. If you’ve ever wondered what goes on when the lines are closed at weekends, this will inform you.

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See spies and spooks at the Science Museum

A new exhibition that is less James Bond and more Q looks at the history of how British spies kept their secrets safe from enemies.

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Holborn road junction getting a “super crossing”

If you use the area, you might have noticed building works at the road junction outside Holborn tube station.

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Jubilee line train drove with doors open due to ‘poor training and tiredness’

Last September, a Jubilee line train was driven at over 60km/h between two stations with its doors open in several carriages, a report from the Rail Accident investigation has found.

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Rolling bridge proposed for East London

A bridge that rolls over to allow boats to pass through, and then back for humans to cross could be built at Canning Town. The elegant Cody Dock Rolling Bridge aims to create an easier link between the Cody Wilds

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