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Latest news articles about London’s long history.

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
Wembley’s experimental “never stop” railway line
Wembley’s experimental “never stop” railway line

Wembley’s experimental “never stop” railway line

For a couple of years, Wembley saw an experimental railway running that never stopped. Well, it probably stopped at night time, but during the daylight hours, the trains never stopped, not once.

Mar
28
2015
Find London’s smallest public sculpture
Find London’s smallest public sculpture

Find London’s smallest public sculpture

High up a building in the City of London, two mice are locked in immortal battle over a lump of cheese, neither side seemingly willing to give up the battle until the stones around them crumble to dust.

Mar
28
2015
Museum of London seeking a new home
Museum of London seeking a new home

Museum of London seeking a new home

The Museum of London has announced plans to move from its current London Wall site to a new venue, just down the road -- in Smithfield.

Mar
27
2015
Crossrail holding talks about Bedlam excavations
Crossrail holding talks about Bedlam excavations

Crossrail holding talks about Bedlam excavations

Starting this week, Crossrail is hosting a weekly briefing on its archeology dig at Liverpool Street which aims to recover some 3,000 remains from the Bedlam burial site.

Mar
17
2015
Crossrail to move 3,000 plague victims
Crossrail to move 3,000 plague victims

Crossrail to move 3,000 plague victims

In order to build the new Crossrail station at Liverpool Street, some 3,000 skeletons from the Bedlam burial ground have to be removed, and the removal process has just started.

Mar
09
2015
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.

Jan
10
2015

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

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