Prefab Museum saved till 2017
A temporary museum that chronicles the soon to be terminated permanence of a temporary housing estate has itself started to ape its subjects by becoming increasingly permanent itself.
150th anniversary of the Thames Valley Railway
Just under 150 years ago, a new railway line opened linking Shepperton to Twickenham. As with so many grand railway schemes, grand plans to expand it further came to nothing, but 150 years later, that little bit of railway is still there, and still very much in use.
The Illustrated London News goes online
The Illustrated London News -- that venerable newspaper that is still technically publishing, albeit very rarely -- has published something.
People abseiling down Big Ben’s clock face
Something to look out for -- as people will be abseiling down Big Ben's clock face next week
For 100 years, it’s been a Long Way to Tipperary
On this day, 100 years ago was the first reported observation of soldiers singing the music hall song, It's a Long, Long Way to Tipperary, which was to become one of the most famous songs of World War 1.
TV show about London Underground’s flood barriers
Next week, the BBC's Coast TV programme will have a segment about the flood barriers that were installed on the London Underground at the start of WW2.
Visit a museum in the middle of an MoD firing range
A hundred years ago, a man died, and in doing so set in chain a series of events that was to see a large island off the coast of Essex sealed off from the general public, and it remains so to this very day.
A mighty memorial to the dead of WW1 in Canary Wharf
Somewhat hidden at the moment, around the back next to a fire exit, can be found a mighty memorial to those who died during the two great wars of the last century.
Remembrance Wreaths being lain at London Transport locations today
If you travel around London today, keep an eye out for remembrance wreaths laid at key transport locations -- in memory of transport staff who died in WW1.
Queen Anne is Dead
Early this morning, 300 years ago, Queen Anne died, and set in place the events that would lead to the Georgian era of Monarchs.
This Friday — visit the Clown’s Museum in Dalston
For a good many years, once a month, the clowns come out to play, but not any more. A church they played in has turned into a school, so the clowns are in a side room.
How Charing Cross railway station was nearly demolished
Earlier this year I noted the 150th anniversary of the opening of London's Charing Cross railway station, but it came very close to being a eulogy for a long since closed station.
Find the Tyburn Stone
A macabre relic of mass murder can be found sitting, almost unnoticed in the posh entrance of a London hotel.
Enduring War: Grief, Grit and Humour
A modest but thought provoking exhibition has opened at the British Library that looks at the letters sent and propaganda printed during World War One.
Rare opening of a Roman Bathhouse in London
Hidden underneath an uninspiring City office block is one of London's most important roman ruins, and it has a rare open day tomorrow (Sunday).
Upminster Windmill gets restoration funding
One of London's surviving windmills is to be saved, following the award of a £1.4 million grant by the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF).
30 years ago today – smoking banned in London’s tube trains
Today marks the 30th anniversary of the banning of smoking in London's tube trains. Not a total ban on the entire underground, just inside the trains, a decision which was to have tragic consequences just a few years later.
The fragment of London’s Roman Wall hidden in a car park
Dotted around London can be found various remnants of the original Roman Wall that once encircled it, yet one fragment is rarely seen, despite being in full view of those who know where to find it.
London’s lost bridge across the Thames at Blackwall
For nearly 1,700 years, the only bridge across the Thames was the famous London bridge, until Putney Bridge was constructed in 1726. Yet London very nearly had another bridge crossing the Thames, which may have been in fact constructed, at least in part before being abandoned.
Old and modern photos of London Bridges – blended
The Museum of London Docklands has released some hybrid photographs showing 'then and now' views of London and its most iconic bridges across the ages.
A temporary museum to the history of Queens Market
A small exhibition about the history of East London's Queens Market has popped up inside the market itself.
South London’s Severndroog Castle to reopen to the public
After decades of closure, South London's very own castle is to be opened to the public again.
More Blue Plaques planned for London
Despite all the media fuss about the death of the Blue Plaque a couple of years ago, they are still going strong, and nominations has opened for more of them to be installed on buildings.
A Victorian shop and a roof garden at John Lewis
Up on the 3rd floor of the 1960s John Lewis building on Oxford Street can be found a relic of Victorian times -- a full shop frontage of what the first John Lewis fabric store probably looked like.