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Latest news articles about London’s long history.

Step back in time: Explore Crystal Palace’s Victorian Beasts with these new 3D scans
Step back in time: Explore Crystal Palace’s Victorian Beasts with these new 3D scans

Step back in time: Explore Crystal Palace’s Victorian Beasts with these new 3D scans

You can now see the Crystal Palace's Victorian beasts in full 3D on your computer, after a project to scan them for restoration work also enabled a website to recreate the beasts online.

Sep
12
2023
Blue Plaque honours Tommy Flowers, the man behind Alan Turing’s computer revolution
Blue Plaque honours Tommy Flowers, the man behind Alan Turing’s computer revolution

Blue Plaque honours Tommy Flowers, the man behind Alan Turing’s computer revolution

Although Alan Turning gets justifiable fame for his WWII computer work, he needed help, and now a Blue Plaque has been installed to celebrate the electrical engineer who made it all possible, Tommy Flowers.

Sep
08
2023
London’s Blue Plaques to become a UK-wide scheme
London’s Blue Plaques to become a UK-wide scheme

London’s Blue Plaques to become a UK-wide scheme

For nearly 160 years, notable people have been recognised in London by a plaque on a building they were associated with, and now it's going nationwide.

Sep
06
2023
Unveiling the unsung hero: 360-year search ends as first witness to Great Fire of London identified
Unveiling the unsung hero: 360-year search ends as first witness to Great Fire of London identified

Unveiling the unsung hero: 360-year search ends as first witness to Great Fire of London identified

It's taken nearly 360 years to find him, but researchers now believe they have identified the person who first raised the alarm when the Great Fire of London started on the evening of 2nd September 1666.

Sep
01
2023
Finsbury Square’s lost “Sodomites Walk”
Finsbury Square’s lost “Sodomites Walk”

Finsbury Square’s lost “Sodomites Walk”

A strip of land to the south of Finsbury Square in the City that's today just a busy road was once far more notorious -- as a space where gay men congregated.

Aug
31
2023
The Tanner Street Drinking Fountain
The Tanner Street Drinking Fountain

The Tanner Street Drinking Fountain

There's a drinking fountain in Bermondsey that would once have been very difficult to get a drink from, as it used to be on top of a church.

Aug
30
2023
The North London Railway WWI memorial
The North London Railway WWI memorial

The North London Railway WWI memorial

If you walk north from Hoxton station, you might spy a Cenotaph, sitting in a recess next to this north London railway station.

Aug
23
2023
A visit to Carshalton Water Tower and Hermitage
A visit to Carshalton Water Tower and Hermitage

A visit to Carshalton Water Tower and Hermitage

Just over 300 years ago a very rich man on the verge of bankruptcy built a grand house and a water tower. Three hundred years later, both still exist, and you can go inside the water tower, but not the house.

Aug
08
2023
London’s first Night Bus started 110 years ago – in July 1913
London’s first Night Bus started 110 years ago – in July 1913

London’s first Night Bus started 110 years ago – in July 1913

This month marks the 110th anniversary of London's first Night Bus, when a new service was introduced between Cricklewood and Liverpool Street Station on Monday 14th July 1913.

Jul
17
2023
The restoration of Charles Dickens’ Old Curiosity Shop
The restoration of Charles Dickens’ Old Curiosity Shop

The restoration of Charles Dickens’ Old Curiosity Shop

Surrounded by modern buildings is a very old building that claims to be the original Old Curiosity Shop made famous by Charles Dickens, but it's not what it says it is.

Jul
13
2023
Lost Victorian animal returns to Crystal Palace’s dinosaurs
Lost Victorian animal returns to Crystal Palace’s dinosaurs

Lost Victorian animal returns to Crystal Palace’s dinosaurs

A sculpture of an extinct animal that was created to go among the Crystal Palace Dinosaurs but vanished in the 1960s has been restored.

Jul
11
2023
Climb to the top of Britain’s only surviving semaphore tower
Climb to the top of Britain’s only surviving semaphore tower

Climb to the top of Britain’s only surviving semaphore tower

Peeking just above the trees by the M25 in southwest London can be found a curious octagonal building which was built 200 years ago as part of the defence of Britain.

Jun
28
2023
Exceptional Roman Mausoleum discovered in South London
Exceptional Roman Mausoleum discovered in South London

Exceptional Roman Mausoleum discovered in South London

The most intact Roman mausoleum ever found in Britain has been discovered in south London, on a site that already revealed some of the largest Roman mosaics found in London for over 50 years.

Jun
13
2023
Historic England wants your modern photos of old postcard views
Historic England wants your modern photos of old postcard views

Historic England wants your modern photos of old postcard views

A collection of historic postcards is looking to find modern photos of the same views so that past and present can be compared.

Jun
13
2023
A visit to Garrick’s Temple to Shakespeare
A visit to Garrick’s Temple to Shakespeare

A visit to Garrick’s Temple to Shakespeare

Not far from Hampton Court Palace can be found a small temple, created by the actor David Garrick to honour William Shakespeare, and is said to be the world's only dedicated shrine to Shakespeare.

May
15
2023
See the Coronation Stone in Kingston
See the Coronation Stone in Kingston

See the Coronation Stone in Kingston

When King Charles III is crowned, he will sit on a throne containing a Scottish stone, but there's another Coronation Stone he could have sat on -- and it's in southwest London.

May
04
2023
Rececently uncovered Roman Wall in the City of London given heritage protection
Rececently uncovered Roman Wall in the City of London given heritage protection

Rececently uncovered Roman Wall in the City of London given heritage protection

Three large sections of a previously unknown Roman wall discovered under the City of London in recent years have been designated as scheduled monuments in the National Heritage List for England.

May
03
2023
At the remains of the Elizabethan era Boar’s Head Playhouse
At the remains of the Elizabethan era Boar’s Head Playhouse

At the remains of the Elizabethan era Boar’s Head Playhouse

Just outside the walls of the old City of London there used to be a coaching inn that became a popular theatre, and you can now see echoes of the long lost theatre in a modern building on the site.

Apr
27
2023
200 year old fish found under the House of Lords
200 year old fish found under the House of Lords

200 year old fish found under the House of Lords

During surveys to prepare for the restoration of the Palace of Westminster, a 200-year old carved bone in the shape of a fish was discovered.

Apr
11
2023
Stand inside a 250-year old subterranean ice well
Stand inside a 250-year old subterranean ice well

Stand inside a 250-year old subterranean ice well

Hidden beneath a small metal grate in a south London park is a 250 year old marvel -- subterranean ice well from the days before modern refrigeration. And it's occasionally open to the public.

Apr
05
2023
Exceptional Roman London kiln to be restored and put on display
Exceptional Roman London kiln to be restored and put on display

Exceptional Roman London kiln to be restored and put on display

London's most complete Roman pottery kiln is going on public display for the first time, following a grant to cover the restoration costs.

Feb
24
2023
You can climb to the top of the Canonbury Tower
You can climb to the top of the Canonbury Tower

You can climb to the top of the Canonbury Tower

A tall tower that's not only one of London's oldest buildings still in private ownership but also boasts some wonderful views across north London - this is the Canonbury Tower.

Feb
16
2023
The English Civil War Society marches through Central London
The English Civil War Society marches through Central London

The English Civil War Society marches through Central London

Had you been in central London on Sunday morning, you'd have seen over 200 people in full English Civil War clothing and arms marching through central London.

Jan
30
2023
Kensington’s mobile memorial to Queen Victoria
Kensington’s mobile memorial to Queen Victoria

Kensington’s mobile memorial to Queen Victoria

At the western end of Kensington High Street is a tall stone column memorial to Queen Victoria, but it used to be at the eastern end of High Street. It moved.

Jan
18
2023