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Military flypast over central London tomorrow
Military flypast over central London tomorrow

Military flypast over central London tomorrow

Look to the skies, as there's a flypast of aircraft over central London tomorrow (Thur 5th May) morning.

May
04
Unbuilt London: Demolish Downing Street
Unbuilt London: Demolish Downing Street

Unbuilt London: Demolish Downing Street

Not an anti-government protest slogan, but plans from 1854 to demolish most of the western side of Whitehall and replace it with a grand monolithic building.

Dec
02
2020
Unbuilt London: Brutalist Whitehall
Unbuilt London: Brutalist Whitehall

Unbuilt London: Brutalist Whitehall

Whitehall, the heart of government is lined mostly with grand Victorian and Edwardian buildings, but it nearly looked like the Southbank - lots of concrete.

May
06
2020
This Sunday – English Civil War march along The Mall
This Sunday – English Civil War march along The Mall

This Sunday – English Civil War march along The Mall

This coming Sunday, you could be watching several hundred people in English Civil War attire march along the Mall in central London.

Jan
21
2020
Enter a ballot to march past the Cenotaph on Armistice Day
Enter a ballot to march past the Cenotaph on Armistice Day

Enter a ballot to march past the Cenotaph on Armistice Day

On 11 November 2018, following the traditional service of remembrance at the Cenotaph, members of the public will also have a unique opportunity to take part in a procession past the Cenotaph,

Jul
30
2018
Open House – Going inside Admiralty House
Open House – Going inside Admiralty House

Open House – Going inside Admiralty House

Hidden behind one of Whitehall's classical facades can be found a building as old as the Times newspaper, and described as the smallest Grand House in London.

Sep
19
2017
Find the Lost Palace of Whitehall
Find the Lost Palace of Whitehall

Find the Lost Palace of Whitehall

If you wander around the streets of Whitehall at the moment, you might bump into a few rather odd looking objects.

Aug
07
2016
Traditional bale of straw added to a Whitehall Statue
Traditional bale of straw added to a Whitehall Statue

Traditional bale of straw added to a Whitehall Statue

As is traditional, the statue of Prince George, Duke of Cambridge, which stands in central London gains a bale of straw over the Christmas holidays.

Dec
25
2015
Overnight rehearsal of the State Opening of Parliament – photos
Overnight rehearsal of the State Opening of Parliament – photos

Overnight rehearsal of the State Opening of Parliament – photos

Earlier this morning, the police and military sealed off the streets around Parliament. In many countries that is the cue for panic and coups, but in Britain it means pomp and ceremony.

May
22
2015
Operator – connect me to Whitehall 1212. Urgent!
Operator – connect me to Whitehall 1212. Urgent!

Operator – connect me to Whitehall 1212. Urgent!

One of the most famous things to say down the phone was to ask for Whitehall 1212 -- that being the official phone number for the police at Scotland Yard. But did you know that the phone number still works?

Feb
23
2014
A bale of straw has been added to a Whitehall Statue
A bale of straw has been added to a Whitehall Statue

A bale of straw has been added to a Whitehall Statue

An equine statue standing majestic on Whitehall has gained a bale of straw to eat and some wood chippings to rest upon in a fairly recent annual Christmas tradition.

Dec
26
2013
A few photos of the “secret” Whitehall cable tunnel
A few photos of the “secret” Whitehall cable tunnel

A few photos of the “secret” Whitehall cable tunnel

Tunnel enthusiasts and conspiracy theorists will be well aware of a large tunnel running under Whitehall -- often codenamed as Q-Whitehall.

Jul
19
2013
London’s Lost Pneumatic Railways – Part 3
London’s Lost Pneumatic Railways – Part 3

London’s Lost Pneumatic Railways – Part 3

Despite having apparently surveyed the plans to great detail and being sure that there were no hidden costs to dismay the investors, it wasn't long before unforeseen problems started to crop up.

Nov
28
2012
London’s Lost Pneumatic Railways – Part 2
London’s Lost Pneumatic Railways – Part 2

London’s Lost Pneumatic Railways – Part 2

"in its present form the pneumatic system is simply an adaptation of the process of sailing to railway; the wind being produced by steam power and confined within the limits of a tube."

Nov
27
2012
London’s Lost Pneumatic Railways
London’s Lost Pneumatic Railways

London’s Lost Pneumatic Railways

In an age of steam locomotives and horse drawn carriages, a group of Victorians tried to build the world's first true tube tunnel railway. A railway that would have also harnessed the power of the atmosphere to propel carriages in a manner that would astound the people of the time.

Nov
26
2012
Look out for the English Civil War march on Sunday
Look out for the English Civil War march on Sunday

Look out for the English Civil War march on Sunday

This Sunday, a spectacular sight will greet anyone in central London as roughly 500 members of the King’s Army of the English Civil War Society will march along The Mall and muster in Horseguards.

Jan
27
2012
Civil War march through Whitehall to mark the Nine Regicides
Civil War march through Whitehall to mark the Nine Regicides

Civil War march through Whitehall to mark the Nine Regicides

This Sunday marks the 350th anniversary of the Nine Regicides. The what? The Nine Regicides, or to put it another way, the week that nine men were executed by the gruesome method of being hanged, drawn and quartered. Their crime?

Oct
12
2010
Book tickets for Trooping the Colour
Book tickets for Trooping the Colour

Book tickets for Trooping the Colour

The annual Trooping the Colour ceremony occurs in June at Horse Guards Parade – and while you can watch it on the telly or parts of it from The Mall, it is much more fun to have a seat within

Feb
22
2010
More on the “secret” tunnel under Whitehall
More on the “secret” tunnel under Whitehall

More on the “secret” tunnel under Whitehall

There are many rumours of secret tunnels and facilities under London operated by the government, and while the vast majority of the rumours are just wishful thinking, various stories of a secret tunnel network under Whitehall are based on a very real and substantial tunnel.

Nov
20
2009
The Horrid Murder of His Majestie, King Charles I
The Horrid Murder of His Majestie, King Charles I

The Horrid Murder of His Majestie, King Charles I

This morning, roughly 500 members of the King’s Army of the English Civil War Society marched through Whitehall – in the footsteps of King Charles I in commemoration of ‘His Majestie’s Horrid Murder’ at the hands of the Parliament in

Jan
25
2009
More on the Waterloo & Whitehall Railway
More on the Waterloo & Whitehall Railway

More on the Waterloo & Whitehall Railway

Long term readers may recall that I am slowly researching the history of the Waterloo and Whitehall Railway – a short lived attempt to build a pneumatic railway in an iron tube running under the River Thames between Great Scotland

Nov
30
2008