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Latest news articles about London’s long history.

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

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