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.

Tickets Alert: Tours of Carters heritage steam funfair

This summer there will be a chance to discover fairground art through the decades and hear the history of the vintage Carters Steam Fair.

Apr
01
2019
The 250th anniversary of London’s Gin Riots
The 250th anniversary of London’s Gin Riots

The 250th anniversary of London’s Gin Riots

Today marks the 250th anniversary of one of London's most destructive riots, and it all started over an attempt to stop people drinking gin.

Apr
01
2019
Crossness – a Victorian “Cathedral of Sewage” reopens this weekend
Crossness – a Victorian “Cathedral of Sewage” reopens this weekend

Crossness – a Victorian “Cathedral of Sewage” reopens this weekend

One of Victorian engineering's great marvels - the steam powered sewage pumping station at Crossness reopens to the public on Sunday.

Mar
30
2019
Find the King’s Cross milestone
Find the King’s Cross milestone

Find the King’s Cross milestone

People rushing to catch trains at King's Cross are often oblivious of what they are standing next to, and right by a pedestrian crossing is an old milestone.

Mar
28
2019
A display of poisons and lotions
A display of poisons and lotions

A display of poisons and lotions

A museum filled with medicines can be found just around the corner from the Tower of London, presumably to offer salves to those who had just lost their heads.

Mar
27
2019
Shakespeare’s Globe theatre archives go online
Shakespeare’s Globe theatre archives go online

Shakespeare’s Globe theatre archives go online

A treasure trove of documents from the building of the modern Globe theatre to the plays put on since it opened have been put into an online archive.

Mar
22
2019
Tickets Alert: Tours of Billingsgate Roman House and Baths
Tickets Alert: Tours of Billingsgate Roman House and Baths

Tickets Alert: Tours of Billingsgate Roman House and Baths

Hidden underneath a mundane office block can be found one of London's largest Roman remains, and it's open for tours from next month.

Mar
18
2019
James Mason tours late 1960s London
James Mason tours late 1960s London

James Mason tours late 1960s London

With James Mason's distinctive voice, enjoy a melancholic wander around old London town, from the City to Smithfields and Southwark, digging out long alleys and dark corners.

Mar
17
2019
See inside the restored King’s Observatory
See inside the restored King’s Observatory

See inside the restored King’s Observatory

This is the King's Observatory, built by King George III (well, he paid other people to do the work), with one single purpose -- to be used for a few hours one evening to look at the Sun.

Mar
10
2019
Tickets Alert: Open Weekend at a railway depot
Tickets Alert: Open Weekend at a railway depot

Tickets Alert: Open Weekend at a railway depot

For one weekend this April, London Transport Museum’s Depot in Acton, west London, will open its doors, giving you the chance to explore its huge collection of transport heritage.

Mar
06
2019
A hidden chapel and roof terrace to open to the public
A hidden chapel and roof terrace to open to the public

A hidden chapel and roof terrace to open to the public

Hidden under scaffolding lies one of East London's marvels, and soon it will be unveiled once more.

Mar
06
2019
The lost history of a mosaic in Victoria
The lost history of a mosaic in Victoria

The lost history of a mosaic in Victoria

A small side street near Victoria contains a mosaic that people will tell you is an old advert for the Victor Talking Machine Company. They are wrong.

Mar
05
2019
Huge 200 year old panorama of London to go on display
Huge 200 year old panorama of London to go on display

Huge 200 year old panorama of London to go on display

A huge 20 feet wide panorama of London and Westminster is to go on public display from next Friday for the first time.

Mar
04
2019
Derek Jarman gets a Blue Plaque
Derek Jarman gets a Blue Plaque

Derek Jarman gets a Blue Plaque

Yesterday, an anti-establishment film director known for the colour blue got his own Blue Plaque from the establishment.

Feb
20
2019
Earliest human skull ever mudlarked from the Thames to go on display
Earliest human skull ever mudlarked from the Thames to go on display

Earliest human skull ever mudlarked from the Thames to go on display

Around 5,600 years ago a man died next to a wide meandering river, and over the millennia, the river changed, the landscape changed, but the remains of that man waited.

Feb
19
2019
See the remnants of an old wooden road at Waterloo
See the remnants of an old wooden road at Waterloo

See the remnants of an old wooden road at Waterloo

The streets of London were once paved with wood, and in a few places, echoes of that little-known period of road history can be seen - such as at Waterloo.

Feb
13
2019
London’s last Tudor Great Chamber to be restored
London’s last Tudor Great Chamber to be restored

London’s last Tudor Great Chamber to be restored

Hidden behind high walls near the Barbican can be found the last surviving Tudor Great Chamber in London, within the Charterhouse estate.

Jan
30
2019
Remains of Cpt. Matthew Flinders, Australia explorer discovered behind Euston Station
Remains of Cpt. Matthew Flinders, Australia explorer discovered behind Euston Station

Remains of Cpt. Matthew Flinders, Australia explorer discovered behind Euston Station

For a long time, there was an urban myth that Cpt. Flinders was buried under platform 15 at Euston station. Now they know the real location of his real burial place.

Jan
25
2019

Funding for groups marking the sailing of the Mayflower to America

A funding pot worth £140,000 is available for local projects in Southwark marking the 400th anniversary of the sailing of the Mayflower to America which will be marked in 2020.

Jan
23
2019

West Norwood’s Victorian cemetery to be restored

One of London’s ‘Magnificent Seven’ cemeteries, West Norwood is to be renovated following the award of a £4.6 million grant by the Heritage Lottery Fund.

Jan
22
2019
The UK’s “Sistine Chapel” – Greenwich’s Painted Hall to reopen in March
The UK’s “Sistine Chapel” – Greenwich’s Painted Hall to reopen in March

The UK’s “Sistine Chapel” – Greenwich’s Painted Hall to reopen in March

After two years of being hidden from view under mountains of scaffolding, Greenwich's magnificent Painted Hall is to reopen to the public in March.

Jan
18
2019
London Transport Museum secures funding for war gallery
London Transport Museum secures funding for war gallery

London Transport Museum secures funding for war gallery

London Transport Museum has secured funding to develop a new gallery that will explore the role of London’s transport during the First and Second World Wars.

Jan
16
2019
Have you seen the tall Victorian drinking fountain at Old Street junction
Have you seen the tall Victorian drinking fountain at Old Street junction

Have you seen the tall Victorian drinking fountain at Old Street junction

Plenty of people pass it by, thinking little of this tall column that stands near the junction with Old Street, but it's an impressive Victorian drinking fountain.

Jan
16
2019
WW2 bomb map and a Lord Mayor’s response to the Armistice
WW2 bomb map and a Lord Mayor’s response to the Armistice

WW2 bomb map and a Lord Mayor’s response to the Armistice

One of the many maps of bomb damaged London has gone on show in the City of London's heritage gallery, alongside a declaration about the end of WW1.

Jan
14
2019