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Latest news articles about London’s long history.

10th Anniversary of The Gherkin
10th Anniversary of The Gherkin

10th Anniversary of The Gherkin

At what point should you mark the 10th anniversary of a building? When construction starts? Or maybe when it is topped out with the last major steelwork? Or the day people first move in? Or — often slightly later —

Oct
12
2011
Today marks the 40th Anniversary of London Bridge
Today marks the 40th Anniversary of London Bridge

Today marks the 40th Anniversary of London Bridge

Today marks the 40th anniversary of the rededication of John Rennie’s 1831 London Bridge – in Arizona. As I am sure you should know, The City of London sold the old Victorian London Bridge in 1967 to the American, Robert

Oct
10
2011
100th Anniversary of the Escalator on London Underground
100th Anniversary of the Escalator on London Underground

100th Anniversary of the Escalator on London Underground

Tomorrow (Tue 4th Oct) marks 100 years since the first moving staircase was demonstrated on the London Underground, at Earl's Court station to be specific.

Oct
03
2011
Remains of an undercroft and 12th century bridge under John Lewis
Remains of an undercroft and 12th century bridge under John Lewis

Remains of an undercroft and 12th century bridge under John Lewis

In the late 1980s, a major redevelopment of the center of Kingston Upon Thames resulted in the building a dual carriage relief road, and a brand new John Lewis department store. One side effect of that was the uncovering of a old underground crypt and the remains of the old 12th century bridge over the Thames.

Sep
10
2011
A tour inside RAF Bentley Priory
A tour inside RAF Bentley Priory

A tour inside RAF Bentley Priory

Sitting inside a park in North London lies a former stately home which was during World War II, one of the main command centres for the Battle of Britain. RAF Bentley Priory, or plain Bentley Priory as it is know

Sep
08
2011
200th anniversary of the New Marshalsea Prison in Southwark
200th anniversary of the New Marshalsea Prison in Southwark

200th anniversary of the New Marshalsea Prison in Southwark

At some point in 1811 -- the specific date has been frustratingly difficult to pin down -- a new prison was opened in Southwark that despite its short life was to become notorious in literary history as the inspiration for one of Charles Dickens novels.

Aug
28
2011
700th Anniversary of the Banishment of Piers Gaveston
700th Anniversary of the Banishment of Piers Gaveston

700th Anniversary of the Banishment of Piers Gaveston

Today marks the 700th anniversary of the meeting of Parliament that resulted in the presentation of the Ordinances of 1311 to King Edward II, and the eventual banishment of Piers Gaveston from the realm. Piers Gaveston – the favourite, and

Aug
16
2011
The Dairy Supply Company near the British Museum
The Dairy Supply Company near the British Museum

The Dairy Supply Company near the British Museum

Just around the corner from the British Museum is a building with a very distinctive architecture which usually causes people to stop and stare for a moment, even if only to wonder how a Pizza Express has ended up occupying what is proudly claimed to be an outpost of The Dairy Supply Company Limited.

Aug
09
2011
Hidden under a main road – the remains of Merton Priory
Hidden under a main road – the remains of Merton Priory

Hidden under a main road – the remains of Merton Priory

The construction of a moderately new main road in Colliers Wood, Sth London wiped out the remains of one piece of London history, but uncovered an even older remnant of even more importance.

Jul
30
2011
Visiting the Roman Ruins under a 1970s office block
Visiting the Roman Ruins under a 1970s office block

Visiting the Roman Ruins under a 1970s office block

A rather boring office block in the City of London conceals a historic marvel in its basement - a very important Roman Bath House.

Jul
23
2011

Visiting the remains of the Rose Theatre hidden under an office block

In the year of our Lord, 1587 two gentlemen decided to build what was probably the first ever dedicated playhouse to provide entertainments to the citizens of the City of London escaping its tight morals for a night of debauchery south of the river.

Jul
16
2011

30th Anniversary of the Docklands Development Corporation

Today (2nd July) marks the 30th anniversary of the formation of the LDDC - formally, the London Docklands Development Corporation, the latest in a series of attempts to do something with the abandoned wasteland of the former London Docks which had fallen on hard times since the early 1970s.

Jul
02
2011
How did one of Sir Christopher Wren’s Churches end up in Sth London?
How did one of Sir Christopher Wren’s Churches end up in Sth London?

How did one of Sir Christopher Wren’s Churches end up in Sth London?

In deepest South London, in a small 1960s housing estate, off a small side street, itself off another small blocked off road – standing alone and largely forgotten – is a remnant of one of Sir Christopher Wren’s magnificent post

Jun
05
2011
A Charnel House at Liverpool Street Crossrail Station?
A Charnel House at Liverpool Street Crossrail Station?

A Charnel House at Liverpool Street Crossrail Station?

The BBC's Tom Edwards got up close with some dead bodies yesterday as part of a news report into the discovery of a graveyard roughly where Crossrail's Liverpool Street ticket hall will be.

Apr
07
2011
Some old almshouses behind the Tate Modern
Some old almshouses behind the Tate Modern

Some old almshouses behind the Tate Modern

Thanks to the ongoing works at Blackfriars Bridge, there is a diversion for people walking along the riverside that takes us around some of the side streets in the area, and if you look from side to side occasionally, you might notice a rather odd sight just behind the Tate Modern.

Mar
23
2011

New TV series about London’s Mudlarks

I caught the trailer on the History television channel the other day when half-listening to a show about something or other (probably Mega History Apocalypse Deadly Catch Forensics), and once my eyes and ears had stopped bleeding from the horror,

Feb
14
2011

Juggernaut threat to tiny Hanway Street?

As noticed by several people this week – after planning permission was granted – an incredibly useful side-street by Tottenham Court Road is due to get revamped. Not so that pedestrians wisely using it to bypass the congestion at the

Feb
01
2011

Watch a Large Ceremonial Procession Along The Mall this Sunday

I’ve mentioned this

Jan
27
2011

This Sunday – the 350th Anniversary of the execution of Oliver Cromwell

This Sunday marks the 350th anniversary of the execution by being hung from the neck until dead of Oliver Cromwell, the leader of the republic following the execution of King Charles I. However, he was in fact, already dead! He

Jan
26
2011

City of London still paying a Dowry from a 19th century fund

Catalogued in the department marked “you learn something new every day”, I found out that there is a 19th century trust fund that each year makes a payment to three brides who are about to get married. The payment is

Jan
19
2011

The origin of Ye in Ye Olde Shoppe

I’m sure most of us have seen (or used in irony) signs such as Ye Olde… to describe something as being an older version of something. While it is obvious that Ye is Old English for The, its origins in

Jan
08
2011

Request tickets to watch the Garter Service

Held inside Windsor Castle later this year, the Monarch and most of the senior Royals will progress through the Castle to St George’s Chapel for the annual Garter Service. The Order of the Garter is the senior and oldest British

Jan
01
2011
Beware unexpected visitors on Christmas Day
Beware unexpected visitors on Christmas Day

Beware unexpected visitors on Christmas Day

The turkey is cooking, the smell drifts around the single room you call home for your entire family. Small sprigs of holly and ivy, rosemary and bays decorate the room.

Dec
24
2010

Today marks the 120th Anniversary of the Northern Line

Sort of. Technically, today (18th Dec) marks the 120th anniversary of the first passenger journeys on what was at the time known as the City and South London Railway, but is today better known as the Northern Line. Not only

Dec
18
2010