Your guide to London's culture and transport news and events taking place across the city.

Your guide to London's culture and transport news and events taking place across the city.

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Latest news articles about London’s long history.

HS2 triggers the final voyage for Australia explorer
HS2 triggers the final voyage for Australia explorer

HS2 triggers the final voyage for Australia explorer

The remains of an explorer discovered during the clearance preparations for HS2 at Euston is to be reburied in his home town.

Oct
17
2019
Revealing a lost Elizabethan theatre in East London
Revealing a lost Elizabethan theatre in East London

Revealing a lost Elizabethan theatre in East London

A shabby old 1960s office block and car park has been recently cleared away to reveal the remains of one of London's earliest and little known theatres that dates from Elizabethan times.

Oct
17
2019
Samuel Pepys dinner plate goes on display
Samuel Pepys dinner plate goes on display

Samuel Pepys dinner plate goes on display

This is more significant than it sounds, as it's one of only three items of silver plate known to have belonged to Pepys as part of his personal collection and is now the only one on display in the UK.

Oct
09
2019
Mapped – the dragons that surround London
Mapped – the dragons that surround London

Mapped – the dragons that surround London

The ancient City of London is protected by dragons that guard the main roads into the city from perfidious invaders.

Oct
08
2019
30th anniversary of the 10 Downing Street gates
30th anniversary of the 10 Downing Street gates

30th anniversary of the 10 Downing Street gates

It's exactly 30 years ago that general public access to Downing Street was barred, as permission was given to build the ornate protective gates that now guard the home of the Prime Minister.

Oct
04
2019
The Wallace Collection to be allowed to lend its artwork at last
The Wallace Collection to be allowed to lend its artwork at last

The Wallace Collection to be allowed to lend its artwork at last

For the first time in over a century, one of central London's lesser known, but rather wonderful museums, the Wallace Collection is to be allowed to lend its collection of grand master paintings to other venues.

Oct
03
2019
The Bacton Altar Cloth – Elizabeth I’s lost dress is revealed
The Bacton Altar Cloth – Elizabeth I’s lost dress is revealed

The Bacton Altar Cloth – Elizabeth I’s lost dress is revealed

Imagine if someone from London arrived at your most rural of rural churches and told you that bit of old fabric on the wall is worth a king's ransom?

Oct
01
2019
Find Mendelssohn’s tree stump in the Barbican
Find Mendelssohn’s tree stump in the Barbican

Find Mendelssohn’s tree stump in the Barbican

In the Barbican is a most curious relic, a stump of a tree which is it claimed, may have regularly shaded the composer Felix Mendelssohn during his frequent visits to where the tree stood.

Sep
17
2019
Was the Northern line nearly named after Tutankhamun?
Was the Northern line nearly named after Tutankhamun?

Was the Northern line nearly named after Tutankhamun?

There is a story that crops up ever so often that during the Tutankhamun mania of the mid-1920s, the Northern line was nearly named the Tootancamden line.

Sep
11
2019
Bromley Hall – the oldest brick building in London
Bromley Hall – the oldest brick building in London

Bromley Hall – the oldest brick building in London

It looks like a fairly ordinary moderately old building next to a dirty noisy main road - but this old building is older than you could ever imagine. It's actually thought to be the oldest brick built building in London - and over 500 years old.

Sep
11
2019
Find the Blackwall tunnel plaque
Find the Blackwall tunnel plaque

Find the Blackwall tunnel plaque

If you were so minded to pass by and peer over the edge, you might notice that there's an old plaque on the wall in the modern approach roads to the Blackwall Tunnel.

Sep
10
2019
Day trips from London – Tilbury Fort
Day trips from London – Tilbury Fort

Day trips from London – Tilbury Fort

Today marks the anniversary of a certain Queen giving a rather famous speech to her troops in Tilbury. But why Tilbury?

Aug
09
2019
See vintage films about the River Thames from the BFI archive
See vintage films about the River Thames from the BFI archive

See vintage films about the River Thames from the BFI archive

A collection of old films about the River Thames has been released from the BFI National Archive showing the Thames at trade, at war and at peace.

Aug
08
2019
Restoration of the Aldgate water pump
Restoration of the Aldgate water pump

Restoration of the Aldgate water pump

A notorious water pump at Aldgate was once praised for its clean clear water yet killed hundreds of Londoners - is currently being restored.

Aug
08
2019
Rare inscribed Roman stylus found in London goes on display
Rare inscribed Roman stylus found in London goes on display

Rare inscribed Roman stylus found in London goes on display

Found under the streets of London, a unique Roman stylus, with the most elaborate and expressive inscription of its kind has gone on display.

Aug
07
2019
Walter Gilbert’s ornate mahogany doors at 32 Cornhill
Walter Gilbert’s ornate mahogany doors at 32 Cornhill

Walter Gilbert’s ornate mahogany doors at 32 Cornhill

There is a wooden door near Bank tube station that's worth paying a visit to at weekends, for only then can it be truly admired.

Aug
01
2019
Sir John Soane’s Museum going tickets only from August
Sir John Soane’s Museum going tickets only from August

Sir John Soane’s Museum going tickets only from August

It's a compliment of sorts when your museum is so popular that it has to stop allowing people to just turn up and visit.

Jul
30
2019
Visit Europe’s oldest continually used Synagogue
Visit Europe’s oldest continually used Synagogue

Visit Europe’s oldest continually used Synagogue

Behind a modern building in the City of London can be found from the outside a rather ordinary building, and yet inside is a heritage that goes back centuries.

Jul
24
2019
The three smallest monuments in St Paul’s Cathedral
The three smallest monuments in St Paul’s Cathedral

The three smallest monuments in St Paul’s Cathedral

A Cathedral packed with monuments, here are the three smallest - military brasses, Solomons temple... and a piece of King Herod's 2nd Jerusalem Temple, maybe.

Jul
23
2019
The car repair shop with horses heads
The car repair shop with horses heads

The car repair shop with horses heads

A street in Bermondsey has a car repair shop with a relic of times when horsepower was measured in low digits - two horses heads on the frontage.

Jul
18
2019
The year St Paul’s Cathedral nearly lost its dome
The year St Paul’s Cathedral nearly lost its dome

The year St Paul’s Cathedral nearly lost its dome

It's Christmas Eve 1924 and while people are preparing for the festivities, the City of London is busy preparing an urgent notice - they plan to close St Paul's Cathedral.

Jul
16
2019
Three historic documents go on show
Three historic documents go on show

Three historic documents go on show

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

Jul
11
2019
Chatley Heath semaphore tower saved
Chatley Heath semaphore tower saved

Chatley Heath semaphore tower saved

A tower on the edge of London in danger of ruin has been saved following a campaign, and will be restored and opened to the public.

Jul
09
2019
London’s Grand Designs: Building a Capital City 1675 to 1986
London’s Grand Designs: Building a Capital City 1675 to 1986

London’s Grand Designs: Building a Capital City 1675 to 1986

For a few weeks there's a display of some of the grand building projects that defined London as a city. From ancient to very modern, lost and still standing.

Jul
08
2019