Your guide to London's culture and transport news and events taking place across the city.

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Latest news articles about London’s long history.

180th anniversary of the closure of the Kensington racecourse
180th anniversary of the closure of the Kensington racecourse

180th anniversary of the closure of the Kensington racecourse

This month marks the closure of a failure, an attempt to build a luxury horse racing track comparable to the best in England, right in the heart of London.

Mar
02
2022
Remarkable Roman mosaic discovered in Southwark
Remarkable Roman mosaic discovered in Southwark

Remarkable Roman mosaic discovered in Southwark

An incredibly well-preserved Roman mosaic that may have decorated a room in an important building has been discovered near London Bridge in Southwark.

Feb
22
2022
Nunhead Cemetery’s derelict lodge set for restoration
Nunhead Cemetery’s derelict lodge set for restoration

Nunhead Cemetery’s derelict lodge set for restoration

Plans to restore Nunhead Cemetery's former superintendent lodge have been approved by Southwark Council, and there's now a consultation on how the building will be used after its restoration

Feb
01
2022

Westminster council pauses plans to scrap gas streetlights

Works to replace Victorian era gas lamps in central London with electric street lights has been paused by Westminster council following an outcry about the plans.

Jan
31
2022
200th anniversary of London’s oldest surviving surgical theatre
200th anniversary of London’s oldest surviving surgical theatre

200th anniversary of London’s oldest surviving surgical theatre

Hidden away in the roof of an old church near London Bridge can be found the oldest surviving surgical theatre in Europe, and plans have been announced to mark its 200th anniversary.

Jan
27
2022
The Marquess of Westminster drinking fountain
The Marquess of Westminster drinking fountain

The Marquess of Westminster drinking fountain

It probably sounds like the name of a pub, but in Pimlico is a drinking fountain erected to the memory of the 2nd Marquess of Westminster.

Jan
26
2022
Crystal Palace’s Victorian subway gets approval for restoration
Crystal Palace’s Victorian subway gets approval for restoration

Crystal Palace’s Victorian subway gets approval for restoration

Plans to restore the grade II* listed subway at the top of Crystal Palace has been given approval by Bromley Council, allowing the restoration works to start later this year.

Jan
11
2022
The South Kensington subway – a history
The South Kensington subway – a history

The South Kensington subway – a history

Running under the road between South Kensington station and the Museums is a Victorian subway, and depending on how you look at it, it's either longer than it was, or shorter than it should be.

Jan
11
2022
See hundreds of English Civil War reinactors march down The Mall
See hundreds of English Civil War reinactors march down The Mall

See hundreds of English Civil War reinactors march down The Mall

A date for your diary, as an annual march down The Mall to commemorate the execution of King Charles I will take place later this month.

Jan
03
2022
The Christmas Cracker memorial in Finsbury Square
The Christmas Cracker memorial in Finsbury Square

The Christmas Cracker memorial in Finsbury Square

What looks like a typically grand Victorian drinking fountain in the City of London is in fact a memorial to the family that invented the Christmas Cracker, well, sort of.

Dec
08
2021
South London’s King Alfred statue has the legs of a Roman goddess
South London’s King Alfred statue has the legs of a Roman goddess

South London’s King Alfred statue has the legs of a Roman goddess

What has long been thought to be London's oldest outdoor statue has turned out to be even older than expected after restoration work uncovered its Roman origins.

Nov
16
2021
Eighteen more sites added to London’s heritage at risk register
Eighteen more sites added to London’s heritage at risk register

Eighteen more sites added to London’s heritage at risk register

The annual update to the list of heritage sites at risk in London has seen 18 sites added to the register over the past year, although in good news, 32 sites were removed as they are no longer considered to be at risk of further decay.

Nov
04
2021
500th anniversary of the Defender of the Faith
500th anniversary of the Defender of the Faith

500th anniversary of the Defender of the Faith

Today marks the 500th anniversary of the Pope granting the title of Defender of the Faith to King Henry VIII, and it is still claimed by British monarchs to this day.

Oct
11
2021
Going inside Greenwich’s Devonport Mausoleum
Going inside Greenwich’s Devonport Mausoleum

Going inside Greenwich’s Devonport Mausoleum

A modest brick building in Greenwich is the final resting place of Sir Thomas Hardy and Admiral Lord Hood, and also many ordinary sailors.

Sep
30
2021
A blue plaque unveiled for Diana, Princess of Wales
A blue plaque unveiled for Diana, Princess of Wales

A blue plaque unveiled for Diana, Princess of Wales

An English Heritage blue plaque has been unveiled today on the side of Coleherne Court on the Old Brompton Road, where Diana lived at the time of her engagement to the Prince of Wales 40 years ago, in 1981.

Sep
29
2021
1930s photos of Twickenham sewage site unearthed
1930s photos of Twickenham sewage site unearthed

1930s photos of Twickenham sewage site unearthed

An archive of photos from the construction of a sewage works in the 1930s has been uncovered and handed to Thames Water's archivists, and they have now been digitised.

Sep
27
2021
See inside the St. Leonards air raid shelter in East Sheen
See inside the St. Leonards air raid shelter in East Sheen

See inside the St. Leonards air raid shelter in East Sheen

On a side street not far from Mortlake station is a set of 1930s residential flats and in front a curious brick building - the entrance to an underground air-raid shelter.

Sep
15
2021
Watch the Cart Marking ceremony this Saturday
Watch the Cart Marking ceremony this Saturday

Watch the Cart Marking ceremony this Saturday

This Saturday, over 40 historic and interesting road vehicles will roll into Guildhall Yard to take part in an ancient ceremony.

Sep
14
2021
A blue plaque for Muppets creator, Jim Henson
A blue plaque for Muppets creator, Jim Henson

A blue plaque for Muppets creator, Jim Henson

Hampstead has gained another Blue Plaque, this time for the Muppets creator, Jim Henson, who lived in the area from 1979 while working on The Muppet Show.

Sep
07
2021
Call to help digitise Euston’s burial records
Call to help digitise Euston’s burial records

Call to help digitise Euston’s burial records

Archaeologists are looking for volunteers to help record nearly 58,000 burial records related to the recently excavated St James’s Burial Ground in Euston.

Aug
24
2021
Pay a visit to Rainham Hall
Pay a visit to Rainham Hall

Pay a visit to Rainham Hall

A small town on the edge of East London with few attractions boasts, somewhat incongruously, a nearly 300-year old mansion house.

Aug
20
2021
Blue Plaque celebrates Sir Kenneth Clark of Civilisation TV series fame
Blue Plaque celebrates Sir Kenneth Clark of Civilisation TV series fame

Blue Plaque celebrates Sir Kenneth Clark of Civilisation TV series fame

A blue plaque has been unveiled to celebrate Sir Kenneth Clark, the art historian and broadcaster best known for the landmark 1969 TV series Civilisation.

Aug
20
2021
British Library puts 1 million newspaper pages online for free
British Library puts 1 million newspaper pages online for free

British Library puts 1 million newspaper pages online for free

The British Library project to digitise copies of newspapers from its archive is to release one million pages as a free resource.

Aug
11
2021
Disused tube station – Waddesdon Manor
Disused tube station – Waddesdon Manor

Disused tube station – Waddesdon Manor

In the middle of empty fields, a long way from London can be found the remains of a disused London Underground station.

Aug
03
2021