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Latest news articles about London’s long history.

200 year old satires about Napoleon Bonaparte on display
200 year old satires about Napoleon Bonaparte on display

200 year old satires about Napoleon Bonaparte on display

If you think modern political satires are cruel at times, take a journey back 200 years for the crass display of bodily functions as satire was not just normal, but applauded when applied to the enemy.

Mar
01
2015
Queen Boudica’s fire found under the Walkie Talkie skyscraper
Queen Boudica’s fire found under the Walkie Talkie skyscraper

Queen Boudica’s fire found under the Walkie Talkie skyscraper

The Walkie-Talkie skyscraper may have gained a reputation for frying eggs on the pavement, but its basement conceals remains of a much older conflagration -- the burning of London by Queen Boudica.

Mar
01
2015
Unbuilt London: The driverless cars experiment — in the 1970s
Unbuilt London: The driverless cars experiment — in the 1970s

Unbuilt London: The driverless cars experiment — in the 1970s

Google may be getting the publicity for its driverless car today, but London once considered a similar project -- all the way back in the 1970s.

Feb
28
2015
Freemasonry and the First World War
Freemasonry and the First World War

Freemasonry and the First World War

That secretive organisation that has a very large, very obvious building in central London that anyone can enter for a look around has put on a display about how their organisation was affected during WW1.

Feb
24
2015
The time when London’s streets were paved with wood
The time when London’s streets were paved with wood

The time when London’s streets were paved with wood

London’s streets may be famously paved with gold, but more realistically, they were once paved with wood — quite a lot of streets and an awful lot of wood. As roads were increasingly paved to cope with carriages and later,

Jan
10
2015
A history of pubs on the London Underground
A history of pubs on the London Underground

A history of pubs on the London Underground

As we all (should) know, drinking on the London Underground has been strictly forbidden since 2008, but if you go back further in time, there used to be plenty of drinking on the Underground, as it used to have pubs inside the stations.

Dec
25
2014
The danger of ladies hatpins on the London Underground
The danger of ladies hatpins on the London Underground

The danger of ladies hatpins on the London Underground

It is almost a daily occurrence that some accident of one kind or another has to be reported through the negligent way in which ladies wear hat-pins.

Dec
07
2014
Tangerine dreams with new Dinosaur at the Natural History Museum
Tangerine dreams with new Dinosaur at the Natural History Museum

Tangerine dreams with new Dinosaur at the Natural History Museum

If you're museum curator looking after dinosaur exhibits, you probably dream of acquiring a full sized Stegosaurus for your collection.

Dec
03
2014
Own a macabre relic from Republican England
Own a macabre relic from Republican England

Own a macabre relic from Republican England

Fancy owning something taken from the decaying body of a dead man?

Dec
03
2014
Emperor Maximilian’s triumphal arch at the British Museum
Emperor Maximilian’s triumphal arch at the British Museum

Emperor Maximilian’s triumphal arch at the British Museum

A massive triumphal arch is on display in the British Museum at the moment, but unlike the grand stone arches dotted around Imperial cities, this one is made of paper.

Nov
02
2014
At just 26 days, London Underground’s shortest lived tube station
At just 26 days, London Underground’s shortest lived tube station

At just 26 days, London Underground’s shortest lived tube station

On the 1st November 1884, a tube station changed its name, and in doing so became the shortest-lived tube station to bear the name it once had.

Nov
01
2014
Victorian London’s double-decked cable cars
Victorian London’s double-decked cable cars

Victorian London’s double-decked cable cars

Plans for a cable car in London are as old as Victorian inventiveness -- for example, this double-decker cable car which would have run from Monument in the City over to Hyde Park Corner.

Oct
31
2014
200 years ago — the London Beer Flood
200 years ago — the London Beer Flood

200 years ago — the London Beer Flood

200 years ago a tsunami wave roared down several streets in central London laying waste to the area and drowning a number of people. The tsunami wave was made of beer.

Oct
17
2014
Wartime bunker under Eltham Palace to be restored
Wartime bunker under Eltham Palace to be restored

Wartime bunker under Eltham Palace to be restored

As part of a range of upgrades just announced for the art-deco Eltham Palace, the WW2 bunker underneath the building is to be restored to its wartime appearance.

Oct
15
2014
130th anniversary of the closure of Tower of London tube station
130th anniversary of the closure of Tower of London tube station

130th anniversary of the closure of Tower of London tube station

On this day, 130 years ago, the Tower of London station on the London Underground closed. No, not the one we know today, nor that other one you are thinking of. It's in fact the original of the three that closed.

Oct
12
2014
From Beef Tea to Battleships
From Beef Tea to Battleships

From Beef Tea to Battleships

The Guildhall Library in the city has put on a small display based on the personal letters and experiences of those who served during World War One.

Oct
07
2014
Visit the Museum of Methodism
Visit the Museum of Methodism

Visit the Museum of Methodism

In 1778, a new chapel opened on the edges of the City of London for the new Christian movement known as the Methodists, and it's still there, just down the road from Old Street tube station, with a museum in its basement.

Oct
06
2014
The little noticed frieze on Temple Bar Monument
The little noticed frieze on Temple Bar Monument

The little noticed frieze on Temple Bar Monument

Where once a mighty stone gate stood baring the entrance to the City of London now stands a tall ornate monument.

Sep
30
2014
World’s oldest clock museum to move home
World’s oldest clock museum to move home

World’s oldest clock museum to move home

The world's oldest clock museum has closed to the public -- because it is about to move home.

Sep
26
2014
Did you visit the Temple of Mithras in 1954?
Did you visit the Temple of Mithras in 1954?

Did you visit the Temple of Mithras in 1954?

This September marks sixty years since the discovery of the Roman Temple of Mithras under a building site near to Mansion House in the City of London.

Sep
25
2014
Brixton’s Electric Avenue to glow again
Brixton’s Electric Avenue to glow again

Brixton’s Electric Avenue to glow again

The first shopping street in the UK to be lit by electricity is to get a makeover after the Heritage Lottery Fund allocated a £2.6 million grant to refurbish buildings along the street.

Sep
25
2014
Brunels’s original rail infrastructure excavated near Paddington Station
Brunels’s original rail infrastructure excavated near Paddington Station

Brunels’s original rail infrastructure excavated near Paddington Station

Remains of structures built by Isambard Kingdom Brunel for his Great Western Railway have been unearthed near Paddington in west London.

Sep
23
2014
Inside the derelict Crystal Palace subway
Inside the derelict Crystal Palace subway

Inside the derelict Crystal Palace subway

Just under 150 years ago, a subway was built linking a railway station to a shopping arcade, but was closed 60 years ago, and has been largely sealed up ever since. Which is a pity as it is a true marvel of Victorian brickwork.

Sep
06
2014
100th anniversary of THAT famous poster
100th anniversary of THAT famous poster

100th anniversary of THAT famous poster

Today marks the 100th anniversary of the publishing of one of the most famous posters from WW1 -- the one of Lord Kitchener pointing a finger at the viewer telling them that their country needs them.

Sep
05
2014