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Visit Guildhall – London’s oldest non-ecclesiastical stone building
Visit Guildhall – London’s oldest non-ecclesiastical stone building

Visit Guildhall – London’s oldest non-ecclesiastical stone building

Surprisingly few people know this, but it's possible to visit the City of London's magnificent Guildhall building, the oldest non-ecclesiastical stone building in the City.

Jul
05
2019
A cast iron Victorian men’s urinal
A cast iron Victorian men’s urinal

A cast iron Victorian men’s urinal

On a small side street can be found one of London's few remaining cast iron pissoirs -- or mens urinals.

Jul
02
2019
A chance to go inside the derelict Smithfield Meat Market
A chance to go inside the derelict Smithfield Meat Market

A chance to go inside the derelict Smithfield Meat Market

Although Smithfields is still a functioning meat market, about half of the Victorian buildings are derelict and this weekend is a chance to go inside.

Jul
02
2019
Inside the building site that’s the Geffrye Museum
Inside the building site that’s the Geffrye Museum

Inside the building site that’s the Geffrye Museum

Famous for its 18th century alms house buildings, the Geffrye Museum is currently being gutted and turned into something rather interesting.

Jun
26
2019
Whatever happened to the traditional shop awning?
Whatever happened to the traditional shop awning?

Whatever happened to the traditional shop awning?

It's early morning and shopkeepers should be preparing for the day by unfurling a large canvas awning over their shop front. But they don't.

Jun
26
2019
50 years ago – planes start flying between Heathrow and Gatwick
50 years ago – planes start flying between Heathrow and Gatwick

50 years ago – planes start flying between Heathrow and Gatwick

Two large important airports, but passengers landing at one might want to catch a flight at the other -- so how about a plane flight between the two?

Jun
25
2019
The Bedford Row water pump
The Bedford Row water pump

The Bedford Row water pump

On a grand side street in Holborn can be found an equally grand-looking water pump.

Jun
19
2019
Help save the world’s last sea-going paddle steamer
Help save the world’s last sea-going paddle steamer

Help save the world’s last sea-going paddle steamer

Many a summer evening along the Thames is enlivened by the sight of a steam powered paddle-steamer passing through Tower Bridge. But not this year.

Jun
17
2019
Saving the UK’s last working semaphore tower – in South-West London
Saving the UK’s last working semaphore tower – in South-West London

Saving the UK’s last working semaphore tower – in South-West London

Just on the edge of London lies an architectural and military marvel -- a relic of the time Britain feared invasion by France.

Jun
11
2019
London Transport Museum makes hi-res photos available online
London Transport Museum makes hi-res photos available online

London Transport Museum makes hi-res photos available online

The London Transport Museum has put high resolution images of over 500 artefacts and artworks from its heritage collection onto Google's Arts & Culture platform.

Jun
07
2019

Museum of London wants the Trump Baby Blimp

A satirical image of the President who is famed for lacking a sense of humour could end up in a museum.

Jun
05
2019
150th anniversary of the repeal of the wig powder tax
150th anniversary of the repeal of the wig powder tax

150th anniversary of the repeal of the wig powder tax

This month marks 150 years since a legacy of war with France was dropped - the government stopped taxing perfumed powders used to decorate Georgian wigs

Jun
03
2019
There’s a Spitfire fighter plane inside London Bridge station
There’s a Spitfire fighter plane inside London Bridge station

There’s a Spitfire fighter plane inside London Bridge station

If you catch a train from London Bridge, then look out for a Spitfire fighter plane sitting in the middle of the main concourse.

Jun
01
2019
The myth of the famous policeman’s coat hook
The myth of the famous policeman’s coat hook

The myth of the famous policeman’s coat hook

A building near Leicester Square is famous for one small thing that is pointed out by every tour guide who passes it. Can you see it?

May
30
2019
A memorial to the founder of modern Italy – in London
A memorial to the founder of modern Italy – in London

A memorial to the founder of modern Italy – in London

Not far from Holborn in a part of town known as Little Italy is a plaque in memory of the man credited with the founding of modern Italy.

May
21
2019
Have you seen the Victoria Cross memorial in Euston station
Have you seen the Victoria Cross memorial in Euston station

Have you seen the Victoria Cross memorial in Euston station

In the middle of Euston station is a memorial to a brave man who was awarded the Victoria Cross for his actions in WW1.

May
16
2019
Take tours of London’s grand Livery Halls
Take tours of London’s grand Livery Halls

Take tours of London’s grand Livery Halls

Dotted around the City of London are a number of very grand buildings, and while normally private, some are open to the public if you book a tour.

May
15
2019
Go into the disused tunnels at Charing Cross tube station
Go into the disused tunnels at Charing Cross tube station

Go into the disused tunnels at Charing Cross tube station

In the 1970s, to help dig the new Jubilee line at Charing Cross, a series of long access tunnels had to also be dug -- and they're still down there, empty and abandoned.

May
08
2019
Day trips from London – Berkhamsted Castle
Day trips from London – Berkhamsted Castle

Day trips from London – Berkhamsted Castle

The small commuter town of Berkhamsted sits on one of the most important sites in English history - the location of the formal surrender of the English to William the Conqueror. And yet, most people haven't heard of it.

May
02
2019
Did England’s “White Queen” die of the plague?
Did England’s “White Queen” die of the plague?

Did England’s “White Queen” die of the plague?

A document has been uncovered in the National Archives which may have solved one of history's mysteries - how did the ‘White Queen’ Elizabeth Woodville, wife of Edward IV die.

Apr
30
2019
It’s the 40th anniversary of the Jubilee line opening
It’s the 40th anniversary of the Jubilee line opening

It’s the 40th anniversary of the Jubilee line opening

It opened two years late and they changed its name halfway through building it, not the Elizabeth line -- this is the 40th birthday of the Jubilee line.

Apr
30
2019
You can now stand inside Trajan’s Column
You can now stand inside Trajan’s Column

You can now stand inside Trajan’s Column

Ever since it was built in 1873, there's been a tantalizing door inside the V&A Museum that's normally locked, and only very occasionally opened -- but now is open all the time.

Apr
11
2019
Stratford’s oldest building – the Old Dispensary
Stratford’s oldest building – the Old Dispensary

Stratford’s oldest building – the Old Dispensary

Just around the corner from the main shopping area in Stratford is an old building -- the Old Dispensary, and it's the oldest building in the town.

Apr
08
2019

There’s a 155 million year old dinosaur inside Heathrow Airport

If you go down to Heathrow today, you're sure of a big surprise -- because there's a 13 metre long dinosaur in a Terminal building.

Apr
03
2019