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.

The “Trump Baby” blimp is coming to the Museum of London
The “Trump Baby” blimp is coming to the Museum of London

The “Trump Baby” blimp is coming to the Museum of London

A giant orange balloon of Donald Trump in a baby nappy is to become part of the permanent collection at the Museum of London.

Jan
18
2021
It’s the 700th anniversary of Leadenhall Market
It’s the 700th anniversary of Leadenhall Market

It’s the 700th anniversary of Leadenhall Market

This year marks the 700th anniversary of London's Leadenhall Market, the ornate market in the City of London.

Jan
14
2021
London womens museum seeks funding
London womens museum seeks funding

London womens museum seeks funding

When the proposed women's history museum in Shadwell turned out to be a Jack the Ripper tourist trap, plans were set up to create an actual woman's history museum.

Jan
07
2021
There was once a hospital underneath St Pauls’ Cathedral
There was once a hospital underneath St Pauls’ Cathedral

There was once a hospital underneath St Pauls’ Cathedral

The grand staircase in front of St Paul's Cathedral once had underneath it a small hospital staffed by volunteers in the days before the NHS.

Jan
06
2021
The year Little Chef opened a cafe in Regent’s Park
The year Little Chef opened a cafe in Regent’s Park

The year Little Chef opened a cafe in Regent’s Park

Little Chef, a famous chain of basic roadside cafes once had a restaurant in the middle of a Royal Park, about as far from the usual roadside cafes you could expect.

Dec
24
2020
The mystery of Dick Whittington’s stone in Highgate
The mystery of Dick Whittington’s stone in Highgate

The mystery of Dick Whittington’s stone in Highgate

Up on Highgate Hill can be found an old stone, Dick Whittington's stone, surrounded by an old fence, with a cat sitting on top.

Dec
23
2020
New revelations about the “Spitalfields Roman woman”
New revelations about the “Spitalfields Roman woman”

New revelations about the “Spitalfields Roman woman”

A 30-year project to uncover the secrets buried beneath Spitalfields has finally come to a conclusion with new revelations about a Roman burial.

Dec
16
2020
Strange old Christmas cards
Strange old Christmas cards

Strange old Christmas cards

It's the season to compare how many cards you have with your erstwhile friends, and while today most cards tend towards the cute and twee, in the past they were rather odder.

Dec
01
2020
The memorial to the founding of the Labour Party
The memorial to the founding of the Labour Party

The memorial to the founding of the Labour Party

A modern office block in Farringdon has three old metal plaques on the side - for this is the place where the Labour Party was founded.

Nov
19
2020
TfL releases WW2 archive online
TfL releases WW2 archive online

TfL releases WW2 archive online

The actions of London's transport during WW2 are being highlighted by TfL's corporate archives for the next few months.

Nov
17
2020
Take in a virtual tour of the Brunel Museum
Take in a virtual tour of the Brunel Museum

Take in a virtual tour of the Brunel Museum

While it's closed, the Brunel Museum has released four digitised tours of the great shaft that used to take people down to the railway beneath.

Nov
16
2020
When the Lord Mayor’s show took place on the Thames
When the Lord Mayor’s show took place on the Thames

When the Lord Mayor’s show took place on the Thames

This Saturday's Lord Mayor's show will be a huge event on the streets of London, with large numbers of floats and people marching, but it wasn't like that in 2020*, and it never used to be like that either.

Nov
11
2020
Victoria station marks the centenary of the arrival of the Unknown Warrior
Victoria station marks the centenary of the arrival of the Unknown Warrior

Victoria station marks the centenary of the arrival of the Unknown Warrior

A pop-up exhibition has opened at Victoria station to commemorate the anniversary of the arrival of the Unknown Warrior at the station a century ago.

Nov
10
2020
Crystal Palace Dinosaurs and St Paul’s Cathedral in latest grants awards
Crystal Palace Dinosaurs and St Paul’s Cathedral in latest grants awards

Crystal Palace Dinosaurs and St Paul’s Cathedral in latest grants awards

A total of 18 organisations across Greater London have been recipients in the latest round of pandemic funding grants.

Nov
07
2020
Signs to defend against evil found along the HS2 railway
Signs to defend against evil found along the HS2 railway

Signs to defend against evil found along the HS2 railway

Marks carved into the wall of a medieval church that were thought to deter evil spirits have been found along the path of the HS2 railway.

Oct
21
2020
The chess frontage of Simpsons in the Strand
The chess frontage of Simpsons in the Strand

The chess frontage of Simpsons in the Strand

Have you ever wandered down Strand and noticed two large hanging chess pieces outside a famous restaurant?

Oct
21
2020
British Library releases 18,000 maps and views for free
British Library releases 18,000 maps and views for free

British Library releases 18,000 maps and views for free

The British Library has released a huge archive of nearly 18,000 maps that have been digitised and are available for free - with no copyright restrictions.

Oct
13
2020
The world’s largest archive of magazines – is in South-East London
The world’s largest archive of magazines – is in South-East London

The world’s largest archive of magazines – is in South-East London

You'd never guess it from the outside, but an old building in the former military arsenal at Woolwich contains the world's largest repository of magazines.

Oct
09
2020
London’s dead to be moved to Brookwood for HS2
London’s dead to be moved to Brookwood for HS2

London’s dead to be moved to Brookwood for HS2

The huge numbers of dead bodies that were removed from a gravesite behind Euston station to clear it for HS2 are to be reburied at Brookwood Cemetery, in Surrey.

Sep
17
2020
A statue of Navigation and a Maypole next to a Cheesegrater
A statue of Navigation and a Maypole next to a Cheesegrater

A statue of Navigation and a Maypole next to a Cheesegrater

If you wander down a City street, you might spy a grand statue and a modern maypole, next to a giant cheese grater.

Sep
16
2020
TV series looks at the archeology of HS2
TV series looks at the archeology of HS2

TV series looks at the archeology of HS2

When building something big, it usually involves bringing in the archaeologists to check the land first, and there's not much bigger than HS2 for historical discoveries.

Sep
10
2020
The St Lawrence Jewry memorial drinking fountain
The St Lawrence Jewry memorial drinking fountain

The St Lawrence Jewry memorial drinking fountain

A grand Victorian drinking fountain sits next to St Paul's Cathedral, but it wasn't there originally and only ended up there due to WW2.

Sep
09
2020
The subterranean world of the Charing Cross Collectors Market
The subterranean world of the Charing Cross Collectors Market

The subterranean world of the Charing Cross Collectors Market

Deep underneath Charing Cross station is a small car park, and on Saturdays, it's filled with men buying and selling coins, medals, stamps, and ephemera.

Aug
26
2020
Impulsoria – the Victorian horse powered railway
Impulsoria – the Victorian horse powered railway

Impulsoria – the Victorian horse powered railway

Imagine if you will in the era of steam locomotives, trains being pulled along by horses, walking on conveyor belts.

Aug
20
2020