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.

Tickets Alert: Open days at the Trasport Museum’s overflow depot
Tickets Alert: Open days at the Trasport Museum’s overflow depot

Tickets Alert: Open days at the Trasport Museum’s overflow depot

A large "shed" in Acton is the storage depot for the London Transport Museum, and while normally closed to the public, they do have three open weekends each year.

Mar
04
2020
Thames Water archive photos now available online
Thames Water archive photos now available online

Thames Water archive photos now available online

A five-year project to catalogue almost 20,000 Thames Water photographs has revealed a wide range of historic images charting the development of London’s water supply and sewer network in the 19th and 20th centuries.

Feb
26
2020
Restoration of the Crystal Palace subway moves forward
Restoration of the Crystal Palace subway moves forward

Restoration of the Crystal Palace subway moves forward

Plans to restore the amazing subway underneath part of the Crystal Palace has been given a boost by the local council.

Feb
17
2020

Campaign to save a Victorian community hall

A Victorian community hall could be sold to a hotel developer by the local council, if it cannot be saved by a campaign.

Feb
12
2020
Charles Dickens Museum acquires 25 previously unpublished letters
Charles Dickens Museum acquires 25 previously unpublished letters

Charles Dickens Museum acquires 25 previously unpublished letters

Twenty-five previously unseen letters written by Charles Dickens have been donated to his museum by an American collector, as part of a huge donation of over 300 items.

Feb
10
2020
Heritage panels tell the history of Marylebone railway station
Heritage panels tell the history of Marylebone railway station

Heritage panels tell the history of Marylebone railway station

It's very easy to miss if you use the main entrances to Marylebone station, but a small side entrance is lined with a display about the station's history.

Jan
30
2020
Huge archive of old military maps published
Huge archive of old military maps published

Huge archive of old military maps published

Over 3,000 military maps, views and prints collected by King George III have been digitised and published online free to visit by the Royal Collection

Jan
29
2020
A rare medieval map of London
A rare medieval map of London

A rare medieval map of London

A rare example of an exceptionally early map of late medieval London has been uncovered by a London antique maps dealer.

Jan
28
2020
Unseen photos of London’s construction history
Unseen photos of London’s construction history

Unseen photos of London’s construction history

An archive of old photographs has been digitised by Historic England that reveal fascinating images of construction sites in the past.

Jan
13
2020
Last chance to see the Raphael cartoons for a long time
Last chance to see the Raphael cartoons for a long time

Last chance to see the Raphael cartoons for a long time

This year marks the 500th anniversary of Raphael’s death, and oddly, the V&A has decided to close its Raphael Court for most of the year.

Jan
02
2020
Visit – Eltham Palace
Visit – Eltham Palace

Visit – Eltham Palace

Down in suburban South-East London is a building that managed to blend Medieval palace, art-deco design and a castle-like moat into one perfect home - this is Eltham Palace.

Jan
01
2020
Early porcelain head goes on display at the V&A
Early porcelain head goes on display at the V&A

Early porcelain head goes on display at the V&A

An exceptionally rare porcelain sculpture, made in London in the 1740s, and rediscovered in a French flea market has gone on display in the V&A.

Dec
23
2019
Syd’s century old coffee stall is saved
Syd’s century old coffee stall is saved

Syd’s century old coffee stall is saved

For three generations, Syd's coffee stall has been serving up hot drinks and food in Shoreditch, but tomorrow it closes for the last time.

Dec
19
2019
The 600th anniversary of the Christmas tree
The 600th anniversary of the Christmas tree

The 600th anniversary of the Christmas tree

This year marks the 600th anniversary of the earliest known reference to a Christmas tree. Maybe.

Dec
05
2019
Crossrail unveils a Dead Man’s Penny
Crossrail unveils a Dead Man’s Penny

Crossrail unveils a Dead Man’s Penny

A new plaque has been unveiled outside Crossrail's Woolwich station featuring a so-called Dead Man's Penny, given to the next of kin of those killed during WW1.

Dec
02
2019
Map of London’s buried archaeology
Map of London’s buried archaeology

Map of London’s buried archaeology

Another of those maps that will soak up a few hours randomly zooming around - a map of prehistoric to medieval archaeology under London.

Nov
27
2019
An Italian drawing of the Great Fire of London for sale
An Italian drawing of the Great Fire of London for sale

An Italian drawing of the Great Fire of London for sale

A print made in Italy around a decade after the Great Fire of London is up for sale, and shows the conflagration at its height.

Nov
25
2019
Statue of Queen Alexandra in Whitechapel
Statue of Queen Alexandra in Whitechapel

Statue of Queen Alexandra in Whitechapel

A rather grand bronze statue can be found stranded and surrounded by modern buildings in Whitechapel.

Nov
19
2019
London Underground shows off the story of Marble Arch
London Underground shows off the story of Marble Arch

London Underground shows off the story of Marble Arch

A new display inside the subway at Marble Arch tube station has been created to show off history of the Marble Arch that sits above it.

Nov
18
2019
Visit Chelsea’s Caryle’s House
Visit Chelsea’s Caryle’s House

Visit Chelsea’s Caryle’s House

In a side street in posh Chelsea can be found a nice but otherwise ordinary house, but to step inside is to step into a Victorian time capsule.

Nov
07
2019
Skeletons found inside the Tower of London
Skeletons found inside the Tower of London

Skeletons found inside the Tower of London

Archeologists carrying out an excavation inside the Tower of London have uncovered the body of two skeletons, of an adult female and a young child.

Nov
04
2019
Was Buckingham Palace built on the site of a gay brothel?
Was Buckingham Palace built on the site of a gay brothel?

Was Buckingham Palace built on the site of a gay brothel?

There is a story that does the rounds, that the site currently occupied by Buckingham Palace was once a gay brothel.

Oct
31
2019
The King Edward VII Jewish Memorial Drinking Fountain
The King Edward VII Jewish Memorial Drinking Fountain

The King Edward VII Jewish Memorial Drinking Fountain

Surrounded by a market that fills the street can be found what looks like an old memorial stone, but is much more interesting than that.

Oct
24
2019
London’s largest ever Bronze Age hoard discovered
London’s largest ever Bronze Age hoard discovered

London’s largest ever Bronze Age hoard discovered

The largest ever Bronze Age hoard to be discovered in London, and the third largest of its kind in the UK, has been unearthed in Havering. A total of 453 bronze objects dating between c.900 and c.800 BC have been

Oct
21
2019