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London’s forgotten Civil War fortifications – Walk 4
London’s forgotten Civil War fortifications – Walk 4

London’s forgotten Civil War fortifications – Walk 4

Continuing the walk around modern London following the route of the lost fortifications erected during the English Civil War.

Jun
30
2017
London’s forgotten Civil War fortifications – Walk 3
London’s forgotten Civil War fortifications – Walk 3

London’s forgotten Civil War fortifications – Walk 3

Continuing the walk around modern London following the route of the lost fortifications erected during the English Civil War.

Jun
29
2017
London’s forgotten Civil War fortifications – Walk 2
London’s forgotten Civil War fortifications – Walk 2

London’s forgotten Civil War fortifications – Walk 2

Continuing the walk around modern London following the route of the lost fortifications erected during the English Civil War.

Jun
28
2017

The day a plane landed in the middle of Canary Wharf

On this day in 1982, a plane landed in the heart of Canary Wharf, right where the Heron Quays DLR station now stands.

Jun
27
2017
London’s forgotten Civil War fortifications – Walk 1
London’s forgotten Civil War fortifications – Walk 1

London’s forgotten Civil War fortifications – Walk 1

Starting the walk around modern London following the route of the lost fortifications erected during the English Civil War.

Jun
27
2017
Uncovering London’s forgotten Civil War fortifications
Uncovering London’s forgotten Civil War fortifications

Uncovering London’s forgotten Civil War fortifications

Longer, taller, and wider than its more famous Roman ancestor, there used to be a massive wall surrounding London - and yet it vanished within a decade of being built. What happened?

Jun
26
2017
Tickets Alert: London archive film screenings with live music
Tickets Alert: London archive film screenings with live music

Tickets Alert: London archive film screenings with live music

Discover London's past with a programme of archive films gathered from the city's outer boroughs.

Jun
13
2017

A chance to help chalk the Uffington White Horse

Fancy taking a hammer and smashing a prehistoric monument -- and doing so with permission?

Jun
12
2017
The day Londoners rioted against foreigners
The day Londoners rioted against foreigners

The day Londoners rioted against foreigners

Exactly 500 years ago today -- on the 1st May 1517, a mass riot took place protesting against foreign people living in London.

May
01
2017
Perspectives of Destruction: London during WW2
Perspectives of Destruction: London during WW2

Perspectives of Destruction: London during WW2

The London Blitz beginning in 1940 has been described as the second Great Fire of London and large swathes of the city were destroyed.

Apr
23
2017
A Victorian Bath House surrounded by glass and steel
A Victorian Bath House surrounded by glass and steel

A Victorian Bath House surrounded by glass and steel

Just around the corner from Liverpool Street Station, in a space surrounded by modern offices, can be found this Turkish inspired Victorian bath house.

Apr
15
2017
It’s the 100th anniversary of Marylebone Tube Station
It’s the 100th anniversary of Marylebone Tube Station

It’s the 100th anniversary of Marylebone Tube Station

Today marks the 100th anniversary of the opening of Marylebone tube station - but last month also marked the 110th anniversary of the opening of Marylebone tube station.

Apr
15
2017
See the oldest document in the City of London archives
See the oldest document in the City of London archives

See the oldest document in the City of London archives

The oldest document in the City of London, dating back to the time of William the Conqueror is currently on display in the Guildhall.

Apr
02
2017
180th Anniversary of Regent’s Park’s Lost Railway Station
180th Anniversary of Regent’s Park’s Lost Railway Station

180th Anniversary of Regent’s Park’s Lost Railway Station

Buried underneath part of the Regent's Park lies one of London rail heritage's stranger stories, an entire railway terminus that once rivaled Euston station, but now is empty, abandoned, and largely forgotten.

Apr
01
2017
The lost “Roman Camp” underneath Heathrow’s runway
The lost “Roman Camp” underneath Heathrow’s runway

The lost “Roman Camp” underneath Heathrow’s runway

Underneath one of Heathrow Airport's runways, the remains of a so-called Early Iron Age, British dwelling, known figuratively, if inaccurately as Caesar's Camp.

Mar
27
2017
Going inside the Kilmorey Mausoleum
Going inside the Kilmorey Mausoleum

Going inside the Kilmorey Mausoleum

Hidden behind a high wall, and a small locked door can be found one of the UK's finest examples of an Egyptian-style mausoleum, and it is occasionally open to the public.

Mar
26
2017
The Festival of Britain’s Message to the Moon
The Festival of Britain’s Message to the Moon

The Festival of Britain’s Message to the Moon

There are a good many photos of the Festival of Britain, but curiously, few show one of its more exciting, if flawed ideas -- a radio telescope beaming messages to the moon from the centre of London.

Mar
18
2017
The Victorian supper inside a dinosaur
The Victorian supper inside a dinosaur

The Victorian supper inside a dinosaur

On 31st December 1853, a group of distinguished Victorian gentlemen celebrated the new year, by dining within the carcass of a dinosaur.

Mar
10
2017
Crossrail discovers a lost river and the Grains of Paradise
Crossrail discovers a lost river and the Grains of Paradise

Crossrail discovers a lost river and the Grains of Paradise

A lost river, only recently rediscovered has revealed some fascinating insights into daily life in Tudor London, including the exotic Grains of Paradise.

Feb
22
2017
How the Regent’s Canal ended up carrying electricity instead of coal
How the Regent’s Canal ended up carrying electricity instead of coal

How the Regent’s Canal ended up carrying electricity instead of coal

When walking along the Regent's Canal are you aware that you're walking just inches above a major electricity cable supplying London with power?

Feb
12
2017
From woolly mammoths to plague to marmalade – Crossrail’s legacy goes on display
From woolly mammoths to plague to marmalade – Crossrail’s legacy goes on display

From woolly mammoths to plague to marmalade – Crossrail’s legacy goes on display

A collection of some of the finest finds from the Crossrail archeology project have gone on display in a new exhibition in Canary Wharf.

Feb
08
2017
See the oldest portrait in the British Museum
See the oldest portrait in the British Museum

See the oldest portrait in the British Museum

At around 9,500 years old, a plaster covered human skull is the oldest portrait in the British Museum, and it's currently on display.

Feb
07
2017
When London’s tube tunnels were painted white
When London’s tube tunnels were painted white

When London’s tube tunnels were painted white

We're used to staring out of bright tube trains into dark tunnels, but once, the tunnels were whitewashed in brilliant white paint.

Feb
06
2017
Why West London is 3 metres higher than it should be
Why West London is 3 metres higher than it should be

Why West London is 3 metres higher than it should be

It may not be obvious to the untrained eye, but much of West London is higher than it should be -- by around 3 metres.

Jan
30
2017