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Latest news articles about London’s long history.

The mysterious Cheapside Hoard goes on display at last
The mysterious Cheapside Hoard goes on display at last

The mysterious Cheapside Hoard goes on display at last

A historical mystery has gone on display at the Museum of London as the greatest collection of Elizabethan and and Stuart period jewellery has been laid out for the first time in a hundred years.

Oct
14
2013
Another attempt to rebuild the Crystal Palace
Another attempt to rebuild the Crystal Palace

Another attempt to rebuild the Crystal Palace

From fiery embers, phoenix like, the Crystal Palace is to be reborn. A shining glass emporium of culture to adorn the terraces of long neglected Sydenham. Except, that isn't what is being planned.

Oct
03
2013
80th anniversary of the closure of the British Museum tube station
80th anniversary of the closure of the British Museum tube station

80th anniversary of the closure of the British Museum tube station

On this morning 80 years ago, just after midnight, a tube station closed its doors for the very last time, and a few hours later, two new platforms came into use at another station just a couple of hundred yards away.

Sep
25
2013

20th Anniversary of the BNP victory in Docklands

Twenty-years ago, people were waking up to news of a momentous event in British politics. The previous day, a small by-election had taken place on the Isle of Dogs, and for the very first time ever, a member of the British Nationalist Party had won an election.

Sep
17
2013
Photos from inside an abandoned tube tunnel
Photos from inside an abandoned tube tunnel

Photos from inside an abandoned tube tunnel

Just under 100 years ago, an extension of the Northern Line running under the Thames opened to the public, but 26 years later it would be hit by a German bomb and flooded. It is still sealed off to this day.

Sep
09
2013
The day a huge power cut left thousands trapped on tube trains
The day a huge power cut left thousands trapped on tube trains

The day a huge power cut left thousands trapped on tube trains

It's the ebb of the evening rush hour when engineers carrying out planned work on the National Grid's electricity network report a problem with one of the transformers at the substation. Within minutes most of South London is plunged into darkness, mainline train stations close, and over half the London Underground shuts down.

Aug
28
2013
50 years ago – a huge steel umbrella for Oxford Circus tube station
50 years ago – a huge steel umbrella for Oxford Circus tube station

50 years ago – a huge steel umbrella for Oxford Circus tube station

50 years ago this weekend, a massive operation was undertaken to open a giant umbrella over what was to become Oxford Circus tube station.

Aug
22
2013
The (Royal) Society for the Protection of Life from Fire
The (Royal) Society for the Protection of Life from Fire

The (Royal) Society for the Protection of Life from Fire

Firemen today are noted almost as much for fighting fires and floods as they are for rescuing people from buildings, and pets from trees. However, that was not always the case.

Aug
17
2013
The gravestone of a much loved dog by The Mall
The gravestone of a much loved dog by The Mall

The gravestone of a much loved dog by The Mall

In 1936, a full ceremonial funeral procession worked its way along The Mall for the German Ambassador, Dr Leopold von Hoesch which has become infamous for being a Nazi styled funeral in the centre of London.

Aug
12
2013
Photography forbidden in the British Museum’s Islamic Gallery
Photography forbidden in the British Museum’s Islamic Gallery

Photography forbidden in the British Museum’s Islamic Gallery

If you enter the British Museum by its back entrance, then as you pass through the foyer usually full of tourist groups and school children to get to the exhibitions, you might be forgiven for not noticing that there is a side door here that leads to a rather good display room.

Jul
30
2013
John Betjeman exhibition opens inside Wellington Arch
John Betjeman exhibition opens inside Wellington Arch

John Betjeman exhibition opens inside Wellington Arch

Almost everyone who has visited St Pancras station has taken time out to look for the statue of John Betjeman in his famous upward staring pose holding onto the trademark hat.

Jul
29
2013
Unveiling a memorial to the Moorgate tube crash
Unveiling a memorial to the Moorgate tube crash

Unveiling a memorial to the Moorgate tube crash

A memorial was unveiled earlier today to commemorate the 43 people who died in the Moorgate railway accident that took place on the 28th February 1975.

Jul
28
2013

London Underground Signal Box gets Listed Status

One of London Underground's rarest and best preserved signal boxes has been given a Grade II listed status today as a result of a joint English Heritage and Network Rail project to safeguard railway signalling heritage.

Jul
26
2013
A look around an Elizabethan Monastery Hidden in Smithfield
A look around an Elizabethan Monastery Hidden in Smithfield

A look around an Elizabethan Monastery Hidden in Smithfield

Just on the edge of the City of London sits a little known collection of Elizabethan era buildings. Largely hidden from view by a high wall, and that there is no main road passing its gate house, Charterhouse Square has sat on this location since the era of the Black Death.

Jul
25
2013
A few photos of the “secret” Whitehall cable tunnel
A few photos of the “secret” Whitehall cable tunnel

A few photos of the “secret” Whitehall cable tunnel

Tunnel enthusiasts and conspiracy theorists will be well aware of a large tunnel running under Whitehall -- often codenamed as Q-Whitehall.

Jul
19
2013
A look at the secular enclave within Westminster Abbey
A look at the secular enclave within Westminster Abbey

A look at the secular enclave within Westminster Abbey

Westminster Abbey, that mighty bastion of religion has an alien invader amongst its midst, a couple of buildings that were nominally religious, but have spent the past 800 years performing more secular duties.

Jul
14
2013
King’s College Hospital’s Centenary Celebrations
King’s College Hospital’s Centenary Celebrations

King’s College Hospital’s Centenary Celebrations

It is one hundred years since an old hospital in the City of London moved away from its traditional home to the outskirts of the city, in what was at the time the small towns around Denmark Hill.

Jul
08
2013
The site of an ancient red post in Dulwich
The site of an ancient red post in Dulwich

The site of an ancient red post in Dulwich

There stands atop a hill in London a pole, a bright red pole. The pole is new, but recalls an old pole that stood here in the past. So memorable was the pole that it gave its name to the local road, but probably after the pole vanished.

Jul
07
2013
Volunteers wanted for a Crossrail archaeology dig
Volunteers wanted for a Crossrail archaeology dig

Volunteers wanted for a Crossrail archaeology dig

Fancy joining an archaeology dig on the Crossrail site? Well, they are looking for trowel wielding volunteers for a bit of Time Teamesque activity in Stepney Green.

Jul
02
2013
Next to the Blackwall Tunnel – the East India Docks Commemoration Plaque
Next to the Blackwall Tunnel – the East India Docks Commemoration Plaque

Next to the Blackwall Tunnel – the East India Docks Commemoration Plaque

If you were to stand near to the monstrous road network that is the northern end of the Blackwall tunnels, you might come across a gigantic stone plaque on a wall.

Jun
19
2013
Hidden for 100 years – the Cheapside Hoard goes on display again
Hidden for 100 years – the Cheapside Hoard goes on display again

Hidden for 100 years – the Cheapside Hoard goes on display again

A hundred years ago, an unseemly spat broke out between a number of London's museums, as the fate of one of the most significant finds of 16th and 17th century jewellery was argued over.

Jun
04
2013
Tom Daley’s swimming trunks become a Museum artefact
Tom Daley’s swimming trunks become a Museum artefact

Tom Daley’s swimming trunks become a Museum artefact

Curators at the Museum of London are used to handling objects that may have been dug up out of damp ground and carefully dried to preserve them for display.

Apr
30
2013
A look around St Pancras Old Church
A look around St Pancras Old Church

A look around St Pancras Old Church

Behind St Pancras station sits an old church. It only became an old church when a new church was built nearby, and while considered to be very old, it is actually fairly new, but on the site that is quite old, but probably not as old as some people claim.

Apr
21
2013
New exhibition inside Westminster’s Jewel Tower
New exhibition inside Westminster’s Jewel Tower

New exhibition inside Westminster’s Jewel Tower

The Victoria Tower dominates the southern end of the Houses of Parliament and is the repository of laws passed by our elected masters -- but sitting on the other side of the road is the much smaller, and vastly older building that it replaced.

Apr
19
2013