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Latest news articles about London’s long history.

Prefab Museum saved till 2017
Prefab Museum saved till 2017

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.

Aug
30
2014
150th anniversary of the Thames Valley Railway
150th anniversary of the Thames Valley Railway

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.

Aug
18
2014
The Illustrated London News goes online
The Illustrated London News goes online

The Illustrated London News goes online

The Illustrated London News -- that venerable newspaper that is still technically publishing, albeit very rarely -- has published something.

Aug
17
2014
People abseiling down Big Ben’s clock face
People abseiling down Big Ben’s clock face

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

Aug
15
2014
For 100 years, it’s been a Long Way to Tipperary
For 100 years, it’s been a Long Way to Tipperary

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.

Aug
13
2014
TV show about London Underground’s flood barriers
TV show about London Underground’s flood barriers

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.

Aug
07
2014
Visit a museum in the middle of an MoD firing range
Visit a museum in the middle of an MoD firing range

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.

Aug
05
2014
A mighty memorial to the dead of WW1 in Canary Wharf
A mighty memorial to the dead of WW1 in Canary Wharf

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.

Aug
04
2014
Remembrance Wreaths being lain at London Transport locations today
Remembrance Wreaths being lain at London Transport locations today

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.

Aug
04
2014
Queen Anne is Dead
Queen Anne is Dead

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.

Aug
01
2014
This Friday — visit the Clown’s Museum in Dalston
This Friday — visit the Clown’s Museum in Dalston

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.

Jul
29
2014
How Charing Cross railway station was nearly demolished
How Charing Cross railway station was nearly demolished

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.

Jul
27
2014
Find the Tyburn Stone
Find the Tyburn Stone

Find the Tyburn Stone

A macabre relic of mass murder can be found sitting, almost unnoticed in the posh entrance of a London hotel.

Jul
21
2014
Enduring War: Grief, Grit and Humour
Enduring War: Grief, Grit and Humour

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.

Jul
15
2014
Rare opening of a Roman Bathhouse in London
Rare opening of a Roman Bathhouse in London

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).

Jul
12
2014
Upminster Windmill gets restoration funding
Upminster Windmill gets restoration funding

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).

Jul
12
2014
30 years ago today – smoking banned in London’s tube trains
30 years ago today – smoking banned in London’s tube trains

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.

Jul
09
2014
The fragment of London’s Roman Wall hidden in a car park
The fragment of London’s Roman Wall hidden in a car park

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.

Jul
05
2014
London’s lost bridge across the Thames at Blackwall
London’s lost bridge across the Thames at Blackwall

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.

Jun
30
2014
Old and modern photos of London Bridges – blended
Old and modern photos of London Bridges – blended

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.

Jun
29
2014
A temporary museum to the history of Queens Market
A temporary museum to the history of Queens Market

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.

Jun
28
2014
South London’s Severndroog Castle to reopen to the public
South London’s Severndroog Castle to reopen to the public

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.

Jun
28
2014
More Blue Plaques planned for London
More Blue Plaques planned for London

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.

Jun
18
2014
A Victorian shop and a roof garden at John Lewis
A Victorian shop and a roof garden at John Lewis

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.

Jun
09
2014