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

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.

Rare hoard of iron age coins discovered in West London
Rare hoard of iron age coins discovered in West London

Rare hoard of iron age coins discovered in West London

A heavy thunderstorm over West London late last August lead to the unexpected discovery of a rare collection of iron-age coins, and one of the largest such finds of its type in the UK.

Jul
16
2021
See inside the 300+ year old Newington Green Unitarian Church
See inside the 300+ year old Newington Green Unitarian Church

See inside the 300+ year old Newington Green Unitarian Church

Just over 300 years ago, a small meeting house was built for non-conformists escaping the religious constraints of the City of London, and it's still here, and now open for tours.

Jul
15
2021
Blue Plaque for one of Britain’s first black British medical consultants
Blue Plaque for one of Britain’s first black British medical consultants

Blue Plaque for one of Britain’s first black British medical consultants

One of Britain’s first black British consultants, the pioneering neurologist James Samuel Risien Russell has been commemorated with an English Heritage London blue plaque.

Jul
07
2021
See the Charterhouse’s restored Great Chamber
See the Charterhouse’s restored Great Chamber

See the Charterhouse’s restored Great Chamber

Just around the corner from the brutalist Barbican estate can be found a medieval monastery, with a recently restored Great Chamber that you can now visit.

Jul
06
2021
A history of Little Ben – the Victoria clock tower
A history of Little Ben – the Victoria clock tower

A history of Little Ben – the Victoria clock tower

Just outside Victoria Station is a tall black clock tower, often nicknamed Little Ben, and while often described as a small-scale replica of the Elizabeth Tower (Big Ben) down the road, there are so many differences that it can be best be described as inspired by the design.

Jun
24
2021
Win £5,000 of holidays in Landmark Trust’s restored homes
Win £5,000 of holidays in Landmark Trust’s restored homes

Win £5,000 of holidays in Landmark Trust’s restored homes

A fundraiser for a heritage houses charity is offering up to £5,000 of free weekend breaks in its homes across the UK.

Jun
16
2021
200-Year old Brockwell Hall to be restored
200-Year old Brockwell Hall to be restored

200-Year old Brockwell Hall to be restored

A 200-year old mansion house that sits in the middle of Brockwell Park and is mainly used by the council park staff is to be restored and opened to the public.

Jun
10
2021

60th anniversary of Wembley Stadium’s ski jump

It's May 1961 and there's a huge ski jump being built inside Wembley Stadium, on the football pitch.

May
31
2021
Tickets Alert: Public tours of an HS2 archaeology site
Tickets Alert: Public tours of an HS2 archaeology site

Tickets Alert: Public tours of an HS2 archaeology site

It's a bit outside London, but there's a chance to visit a live archaeology site that's currently excavating a churchyard filled with around 3,000 dead people.

May
16
2021
An archive of aerial photos of London
An archive of aerial photos of London

An archive of aerial photos of London

There's an archive of aerial photos of London held by the University of Cambridge, many of them are recent enough to look familiar, and yet ever so slightly strange.

May
13
2021
More virtual disused tube station tours announced
More virtual disused tube station tours announced

More virtual disused tube station tours announced

With visits to the disused tube stations in person on hold, a new batch of video tours has been announced by the London Transport Museum.

May
06
2021
Colourised film shows London during WW2
Colourised film shows London during WW2

Colourised film shows London during WW2

Film footage of London during WW2 is rare, thanks to the efforts of the film censor, but here's a colour film from bombed-out London.

May
05
2021
Your chance to help archaeologists in public outreach
Your chance to help archaeologists in public outreach

Your chance to help archaeologists in public outreach

Whenever a building site appears, often so do the archaeologists, looking to study what may be found deep beneath the streets.

May
02
2021

Crossbones Graveyard future secured

The long term future of the Crossbones Graveyard in Southwark has been secured after the housing development next to it signed a renewable 30-year lease with the local group, Friends of Crossbones.

Apr
01
2021
London’s Brooklands Museum gets a TV series
London’s Brooklands Museum gets a TV series

London’s Brooklands Museum gets a TV series

To mark its 30th anniversary later this year, the museum of motoring and aircraft at Brooklands in southwest London is getting a 10-part TV series.

Mar
25
2021
The White Horse of Poplar High Street
The White Horse of Poplar High Street

The White Horse of Poplar High Street

On a residential street to the north of Canary Wharf can be found a big wooden pole, with a white horse on top.

Mar
18
2021
Docklands: The Expanding City (1988 LDDC corporate video)
Docklands: The Expanding City (1988 LDDC corporate video)

Docklands: The Expanding City (1988 LDDC corporate video)

Found by the Tower Hamlets archive is a promotional video from 1988 for the Canary Wharf and Docklands development.

Mar
09
2021
Finding the Virginia Quay Settlers Monument
Finding the Virginia Quay Settlers Monument

Finding the Virginia Quay Settlers Monument

A monument to the original English settlers of the USA overlooks the Thames, but it's unlikely that you would casually walk past it.

Feb
25
2021
London Bridge’s lost Nonsuch House
London Bridge’s lost Nonsuch House

London Bridge’s lost Nonsuch House

What is thought to be London's earliest prefab house was a grand affair, and stood on top of London Bridge as a massive gateway to the city.

Feb
24
2021
The forgotten era of Light Reflectors in London’s alleys
The forgotten era of Light Reflectors in London’s alleys

The forgotten era of Light Reflectors in London’s alleys

A visitor to Victorian London who found themselves in its many narrow alleys would have seen large numbers of wooden shutters reflecting sunlight into the offices.

Feb
17
2021
50 years since London Underground switched to decimal currency
50 years since London Underground switched to decimal currency

50 years since London Underground switched to decimal currency

This Sunday marks the 50th anniversary of when London Underground changed over to a decimal currency -- a day earlier than the rest of the country.

Feb
09
2021
St James’s Palace – from lepers to royalty
St James’s Palace – from lepers to royalty

St James’s Palace – from lepers to royalty

A nearly 500-year-old Tudor palace in the heart of London, built on the site of a leper hospital, and today the senior royal palace in the UK.

Jan
27
2021
Georgian Group’s journal made available for free online
Georgian Group’s journal made available for free online

Georgian Group’s journal made available for free online

The Georgian Group, an organisation the promotes and conserves Georgian era architecture has put most of its Journal archive online - for free.

Jan
21
2021
The year a “railway” ran inside Westminster Abbey
The year a “railway” ran inside Westminster Abbey

The year a “railway” ran inside Westminster Abbey

For a few months in 1953, railway tracks could be found running through the middle of Westminster Abbey.

Jan
19
2021