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Latest news articles about London’s long history.

From Tudor Mansion to City Farm – Crossrail’s Stepney Revelation
From Tudor Mansion to City Farm – Crossrail’s Stepney Revelation

From Tudor Mansion to City Farm – Crossrail’s Stepney Revelation

A surprisingly rich and cosmopolitan past has been revealed in East London's Stepney as part of the archeology associated with the Crossrail project.

Aug
13
2016
Find the Lost Palace of Whitehall
Find the Lost Palace of Whitehall

Find the Lost Palace of Whitehall

If you wander around the streets of Whitehall at the moment, you might bump into a few rather odd looking objects.

Aug
07
2016
City of London relaunching archive of old photos
City of London relaunching archive of old photos

City of London relaunching archive of old photos

A collection of over one quarter of a million images of London, dating from 1450 to the present day, will feature on a revamped free-to-access website hosted by the London Metropolitan Archives.

Jul
06
2016
One Hundred Years of Nursing – An Exhibition
One Hundred Years of Nursing – An Exhibition

One Hundred Years of Nursing – An Exhibition

There can't be many trade unions that have a Royal Seal of Approval, but one was founded a hundred years ago, and while it plays down the term, many of its early founders thought of the Royal College of Nursing as just that -- a trades union.

Jun
26
2016
A disused railway line – the Belmont Trail
A disused railway line – the Belmont Trail

A disused railway line – the Belmont Trail

Just over 50 years ago a small branch running off the railway near Harrow closed, and is now much of the line has been converted into a pleasant if seemingly little used walk.

Jun
26
2016
Builders discover the original “spend a penny” toilet
Builders discover the original “spend a penny” toilet

Builders discover the original “spend a penny” toilet

The remains of a 165-year-old toilet from the Great Exhibition which helped coin the phrase 'spend a penny' have been uncovered in London's Hyde Park.

Jun
07
2016
The curious tale of Hammersmith’s abandoned railway viaduct
The curious tale of Hammersmith’s abandoned railway viaduct

The curious tale of Hammersmith’s abandoned railway viaduct

If you've ever noticed an odd disused railway bridge just to the west of Hammersmith station, it's a curious legacy of a railway line that closed down exactly 100 years ago,

Jun
05
2016
Oldest reference to Roman London found in new tube station entrance
Oldest reference to Roman London found in new tube station entrance

Oldest reference to Roman London found in new tube station entrance

A number of Roman tablets found while excavating a new tube station entrance have been shown to contain the oldest known reference to the city of London, as well as a wealth of information about the Roman occupation of the city.

Jun
01
2016
The year without a summer
The year without a summer

The year without a summer

When looking outside today it might be easy to joke that we are living in a year without a summer, but 200 years ago there quite literally was a year without a summer.

May
31
2016
The WW2 fortification in a Nth London park
The WW2 fortification in a Nth London park

The WW2 fortification in a Nth London park

If you were talking a wander through a nature reserve in North London one day, you might notice a rather shabby looking concrete hut peeking out of the bushes.

May
30
2016
Historic London Bus Heads to France for Somme Anniversary
Historic London Bus Heads to France for Somme Anniversary

Historic London Bus Heads to France for Somme Anniversary

A one-hundred year old London bus will be heading to France later this month, to commemorate the centenary of the Battle of the Somme.

May
15
2016
Visiting Michael Faraday’s old laboratory
Visiting Michael Faraday’s old laboratory

Visiting Michael Faraday’s old laboratory

There is a street with lots of posh buildings, and doormen forbidding entry to the great masses, and an equally grand building with mighty pillars along an imposing facade, which conceals a museum.

May
09
2016
Dare you go into gloomy Sailortown?
Dare you go into gloomy Sailortown?

Dare you go into gloomy Sailortown?

Narrow dark streets, dim corners, strange men from the far ends of the world, shops selling exotica, bedrooms offering erotica. Welcome to Sailortown,

May
07
2016
Happy New Year!
Happy New Year!

Happy New Year!

Yes, today is, or at least should be New Years Day. The start of the year, a holiday, a hangover, and a lot of closed shops -- for a period lasting around 600 years, today was New Years Day.

Apr
06
2016
30th anniversary of London’s pirate TV channel – NeTWork21
30th anniversary of London’s pirate TV channel – NeTWork21

30th anniversary of London’s pirate TV channel – NeTWork21

Thirty years ago, London gained a new television channel -- for just 30 minutes every Friday and on air for less than a year -- this was NeTWork21.

Apr
04
2016
Derelict Victorian tunnel to reopen to the public
Derelict Victorian tunnel to reopen to the public

Derelict Victorian tunnel to reopen to the public

A sealed-off Victorian tunnel under a road in Crystal Palace is set to reopen to the public after the trust fund looking after it reached its fundraising target.

Apr
03
2016
Rare example of early Roman Christianity found in Brentford
Rare example of early Roman Christianity found in Brentford

Rare example of early Roman Christianity found in Brentford

Just in time for Easter, volunteers at the Museum of London's Archaeological Archive have unearthed a rare example of Christian symbolism from Roman Britain.

Mar
27
2016
Ticket Alert: Visit a Roman Bathhouse
Ticket Alert: Visit a Roman Bathhouse

Ticket Alert: Visit a Roman Bathhouse

Under an otherwise unremarkable office block in the City can be found one of London's largest visible Roman ruins. Visible very rarely though, as it's behind locked doors.

Mar
23
2016
London Stone to move to the Museum of London
London Stone to move to the Museum of London

London Stone to move to the Museum of London

The venerable London Stone, of historic and mysterious antiquity, totemic protector of the City, and current resident of a branch of WH Smiths is to be moved to the Museum of London.

Mar
12
2016
New gallery opening at the Docklands Museum
New gallery opening at the Docklands Museum

New gallery opening at the Docklands Museum

A rare survivor of London's historic docks will be celebrated by a new gallery opening at the Museum of London Docklands in a couple of weeks time -- the first part of a redevelopment of the Museum's galleries.

Mar
11
2016
A host of Shakespearean talks and walks announced
A host of Shakespearean talks and walks announced

A host of Shakespearean talks and walks announced

As archaeologists from the MOLA prepare to begin the excavation of the Curtain Theatre, a series of events, lectures and walking tours for members of the public has been announced.

Mar
09
2016
See a slice of Imperial History in the strong box of Empire
See a slice of Imperial History in the strong box of Empire

See a slice of Imperial History in the strong box of Empire

One of the great buildings of the Victorian Empire can be found just off Holborn, hidden behind an imposing gatehouse and hardly seen by the public.

Mar
06
2016
Did Leonardo da Vinci invent the Tunnel Boring Machine?
Did Leonardo da Vinci invent the Tunnel Boring Machine?

Did Leonardo da Vinci invent the Tunnel Boring Machine?

The quick answer is no -- not as we know them today -- but the longer answer is sort of, maybe.

Mar
01
2016
Admire the old map next to Liverpool St Station
Admire the old map next to Liverpool St Station

Admire the old map next to Liverpool St Station

Wandering around Liverpool Street Station, and a small dark alley contains an unexpected gem -- an old map of London.

Feb
21
2016