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Latest news articles about London’s long history.

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

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
Roman Fresco Discovered next to Leadenhall Market
Roman Fresco Discovered next to Leadenhall Market

Roman Fresco Discovered next to Leadenhall Market

A huge and ornate fresco that probably adorned the residence of a wealthy Roman citizen has been discovered by archaeologists next to Leadenhall Market in the City of London.

Feb
05
2016
Save the Last Remaining British Rail Hovercraft from Destruction
Save the Last Remaining British Rail Hovercraft from Destruction

Save the Last Remaining British Rail Hovercraft from Destruction

As developers move in with bulldozers, the Hovercraft Museum Trust is this evening fighting desperately to save one of the two remaining cross channel SRN4 hovercraft from destruction.

Jan
31
2016
Solving the mystery of Roman London’s headless bodies
Solving the mystery of Roman London’s headless bodies

Solving the mystery of Roman London’s headless bodies

For the past 150 years, a mystery has surrounded part of the City of London, where an unusually large number of human skulls were discovered, but without their bodies.

Jan
09
2016
100th Anniversary of London Underground’s Johnston Font
100th Anniversary of London Underground’s Johnston Font

100th Anniversary of London Underground’s Johnston Font

One hundred years ago, Londoners woke up to find their familiar underground station signs were being bastardized with some modern interloper.

Jan
09
2016
When the trains ran on Christmas Day
When the trains ran on Christmas Day

When the trains ran on Christmas Day

When the railways were younger, the motor car didn't exist, and the Christmas holidays were just one day, trains were commonplace on Christmas Day itself.

Dec
24
2015
Air raid siren to sound over London
Air raid siren to sound over London

Air raid siren to sound over London

Just after Christmas, the distinctive wail of an air-raid siren will once again echo out across the City of London.

Nov
28
2015
Henry V’s ‘Crystal Sceptre’ on display for the first time
Henry V’s ‘Crystal Sceptre’ on display for the first time

Henry V’s ‘Crystal Sceptre’ on display for the first time

For nearly 600 years it has sat in a box in a vault, taken out just once a year for a ceremony and then put away, but finally, Henry V’s Crystal Sceptre has gone on public display.

Nov
08
2015
The Georgian Dining Academy
The Georgian Dining Academy

The Georgian Dining Academy

A fairly rare chance to dine, for a price, at Simpson's Tavern in the evening hours.

Oct
24
2015
Ada Lovelace gets her own gallery at the Science Museum
Ada Lovelace gets her own gallery at the Science Museum

Ada Lovelace gets her own gallery at the Science Museum

To mark the 200th anniversary of her birth, the Science Museum has opened a small gallery devoted the "mother of computing", Ada Lovelace.

Oct
18
2015
75th Anniversary of the Balham Tube Disaster
75th Anniversary of the Balham Tube Disaster

75th Anniversary of the Balham Tube Disaster

It's the evening of 14th October 1940, and one of the worst wartime disasters of the London Underground is about to take place.

Oct
14
2015
The Met Police opens its “Black Museum” to the public
The Met Police opens its “Black Museum” to the public

The Met Police opens its “Black Museum” to the public

The contents of one of London's most secretive private museums has gone on display for the very first time.

Oct
07
2015
Plans to reopen derelict Crystal Palace subway
Plans to reopen derelict Crystal Palace subway

Plans to reopen derelict Crystal Palace subway

An underground Victorian subway built for the Crystal Palace and long since abandoned is attempting to open up to the public once more.

Sep
18
2015
First ever public tours of Henry V’s Chapel
First ever public tours of Henry V’s Chapel

First ever public tours of Henry V’s Chapel

Within Westminster Abbey sits a monument to a mighty King, and to mark the 600th anniversary of his greatest victory, it is to be opened to the public.

Sep
15
2015
The Victorian swimming baths floating in the Thames
The Victorian swimming baths floating in the Thames

The Victorian swimming baths floating in the Thames

Nearly 150 years ago, a miniature "Crystal Place" was moored on the Thames near Parliament, as a floating swimming bath.

Aug
23
2015
Brian Haw’s protest camp inside the Museum of London
Brian Haw’s protest camp inside the Museum of London

Brian Haw’s protest camp inside the Museum of London

One of the enduring images of the Blair government was a lone man protesting outside Parliament in a tent -- and now some of that protest has come to the Museum of London.

Aug
18
2015
Book tours of the Heathrow Express Depot
Book tours of the Heathrow Express Depot

Book tours of the Heathrow Express Depot

Next month is a chance to have a look around both the Transport Museum's overflow warehouse, and the Heathrow Express train depot on the same day.

Aug
15
2015
Crossrail uncovers burial pit of Great Plague victims
Crossrail uncovers burial pit of Great Plague victims

Crossrail uncovers burial pit of Great Plague victims

A mass burial site suspected of containing 30 victims of The Great Plague of 1665 has been unearthed at Crossrail's Liverpool Street building site.

Aug
12
2015