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Latest news articles about London’s long history.

Gladiatorial fights return to London
Gladiatorial fights return to London

Gladiatorial fights return to London

Over the next few days, sweat and blood, groans and cheers, broken bones and damaged egos return to the roman amphitheater in the City of London.

Aug
08
2015
Unbuilt London: The Outer Loop Railway
Unbuilt London: The Outer Loop Railway

Unbuilt London: The Outer Loop Railway

London has in recent years gained a loop railway that runs around the suburbs, but 100 years ago, a proposal was made for a much larger loop which would have dramatically changed how we see the city today.

Aug
02
2015
Women Working on the Railways During WW1
Women Working on the Railways During WW1

Women Working on the Railways During WW1

The role played by women working on the railways during World War I will be told in an exhibition at railway stations this summer.

Jul
22
2015
The year a quarter of London’s population died
The year a quarter of London’s population died

The year a quarter of London’s population died

The year of our Lord, 1665, and God's wrath smote the City of London laying waste to a quarter of its population for their sinful deeds.

Jul
18
2015
Rarely seen roman ruin to open to the public
Rarely seen roman ruin to open to the public

Rarely seen roman ruin to open to the public

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.

Jul
17
2015
Photographing Soldiers and Suffragettes
Photographing Soldiers and Suffragettes

Photographing Soldiers and Suffragettes

A hundred years ago, a short stocky woman roamed the streets of London, carrying a huge wooden box and tripod, aiming to capture the world around her.

Jul
11
2015
The hovercraft on the Thames
The hovercraft on the Thames

The hovercraft on the Thames

In 1963, a short-lived experiment took place, running a regular hovercraft service along the Thames linking Tower Bridge to Westminster.

Jul
06
2015
A mono railway proposed back in 1880
A mono railway proposed back in 1880

A mono railway proposed back in 1880

In September 1880, news of an invention reached the press, of a mono-railway that could be built quickly and cheaply.

Jul
01
2015
London’s civilian VC to be commemorated
London’s civilian VC to be commemorated

London’s civilian VC to be commemorated

On 4th July 2015, ship's Master Frederick Parslow, VC, Mercantile Marine, will be honoured with the unveiling of a commemorative paving stone on Islington Green, near to where he was born in 1856.

Jun
26
2015
Unbuilt London: How Charing Cross nearly became a giant helipad
Unbuilt London: How Charing Cross nearly became a giant helipad

Unbuilt London: How Charing Cross nearly became a giant helipad

Imagine if you will, a giant flat surface larger than Trafalgar Square overhanging the River Thames -- this was the proposed central London Helidrome.

Jun
20
2015
Disused “Mail Rail” edges closer to being opened to the public
Disused “Mail Rail” edges closer to being opened to the public

Disused “Mail Rail” edges closer to being opened to the public

Another step closer to turning the unused Mail Rail into a tourist attraction as the museum secures additional funding.

Jun
05
2015
The “All-Female Tube Station” is 100 years old
The “All-Female Tube Station” is 100 years old

The “All-Female Tube Station” is 100 years old

The first tube station to be staffed entirely by women marks its 100th birthday tomorrow (Sat), and there will be events to mark the anniversary.

Jun
05
2015
London’s 50-meter high Great Pagoda to reopen to the public
London’s 50-meter high Great Pagoda to reopen to the public

London’s 50-meter high Great Pagoda to reopen to the public

It was one of the jewels in the crown of Georgian London: a building so unusual that a suspicious public were unconvinced it would remain standing when it was built in 1762.

Jun
03
2015
The year an observatory sat on top of St Paul’s Cathedral
The year an observatory sat on top of St Paul’s Cathedral

The year an observatory sat on top of St Paul’s Cathedral

In 1821, had a person looked up at the summit of St Paul’s Cathedral, a wonderous sight would have greeted their eyes.

May
31
2015
100th anniversary of the first air-raid on London
100th anniversary of the first air-raid on London

100th anniversary of the first air-raid on London

Today marks the 100th anniversary of the first air-raid over London, by a Zeppelin airship, and probably the first foreign enemy incursion into London for nearly 1,000 years.

May
31
2015
How Victorian London invented the modern domestic pet dog
How Victorian London invented the modern domestic pet dog

How Victorian London invented the modern domestic pet dog

Dogs have been companions to humans for tens of thousands of years. In a new book, Dr Philip Howell argues that it was the Victorians who ‘invented’ the modern dog with a place at the heart of the family.

May
25
2015
Unbuilt London: Farringdon’s massive railway terminus
Unbuilt London: Farringdon’s massive railway terminus

Unbuilt London: Farringdon’s massive railway terminus

A giant railway terminus was once planned for central London that would have swept away all the land between Holborn and Farringdon. Obviously never built, its failure indirectly lead to the creation of the London Underground.

May
22
2015
Rare opening of a derelict Georgian house
Rare opening of a derelict Georgian house

Rare opening of a derelict Georgian house

A note for your diaries, as next month there will be a rare opportunity to explore a tiny jewel of secret London, a 1719 Huguenot merchant's house

May
05
2015
Unbuilt London: The Victorian skyscraper taller than The Shard
Unbuilt London: The Victorian skyscraper taller than The Shard

Unbuilt London: The Victorian skyscraper taller than The Shard

Around 160 years ago, plans were announced for a skyscraper in London that would have a summit even higher than The Shard stands today.

May
04
2015
Medieval River Wall Uncovered in Parliament Gardens
Medieval River Wall Uncovered in Parliament Gardens

Medieval River Wall Uncovered in Parliament Gardens

A 700 year old stone wall has been discovered in the grounds of Parliament which could show the shoreline of the Thames before the embankment was constructed.

Apr
27
2015
Marxist Library Starts Tours of the Building
Marxist Library Starts Tours of the Building

Marxist Library Starts Tours of the Building

The Marx Memorial Library, based in Clerkenwell has started offering guided tours of its building and library.

Apr
17
2015
Rare panel of a Baron turned Saint goes on display
Rare panel of a Baron turned Saint goes on display

Rare panel of a Baron turned Saint goes on display

A rare devotional panel has gone on display at the Museum of London, although it's in a small display case that is quite easy to overlook if you don't know the significance of the object.

Apr
12
2015
Unbuilt London: The almost story of a loop railway under Southwark
Unbuilt London: The almost story of a loop railway under Southwark

Unbuilt London: The almost story of a loop railway under Southwark

Imagine a tube tunnel running under Southwark and the City, but carrying full-size mainline trains -- and you would be imagining something that was actually proposed.

Apr
05
2015
Stones from the Euston Arch return to Euston Station
Stones from the Euston Arch return to Euston Station

Stones from the Euston Arch return to Euston Station

For the next few weeks, you can get up close and even touch hallowed heritage as some of the stones from the Euston Arch return to the scene of their demise.

Mar
30
2015