London news and event reviews

Tickets for the 2018 Last Night of the Proms

Prom season is starting again and it’s already time to dust off the envelope and postage stamp in order to apply for tickets to attend the Last Night of the Proms.

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London’s weekly railway news #249

A weekly round-up of London’s rail transport news…

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See some military aircraft in Guildhall Yard this weekend

This weekend there’s a chance to get very close and personal with a number of military aircraft, right in the heart of the City of London.

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Bee hives on the roof of Waterloo Station

If you’ve ever felt that you’re being stung when you pay for a ticket at Waterloo Station, it might be the legacy of the time there were bees on the roof.

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Typography as art – exhibition in Shoreditch

An exhibition about fonts and typography has opened in Shoreditch, in an old hall that’s now a cafe.

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London Public Art: The flowering of the English baroque

This rather modern looking sculpture is actually a memorial, or celebration if you prefer, unveiled on the 300th anniversary of the death of the composer, Henry Purcell.

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Everything You Always Wanted to Know About Trafalgar Square (But Were Afraid to Ask)

An incomplete complete list of everything you could possibly want to know about the famous (not actually square shaped) square in the centre of London.

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Computer game style art display coming to Gloucester Road tube station

The disused platform at Gloucester Road Underground station is set to get a major new art exhibition, with the first public commission by the British artist Heather Phillipson.

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London’s Pocket Parks: 15 Clerkenwell Close

This may be the best hidden pocket park in London, or maybe I wandered onto private property, it’s not entirely easy to be sure which.

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Try a bit of stone or woodcarving with the Prince’s Foundation

As part of the London Craft Week, there’s a chance to try your hand at a bit of wood or stone carving, with The Prince’s School of Traditional Arts.

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Have you seen the Metropolitan Arcade at Liverpool Street Station?

An early precursor of the modern shopping centre is the Arcade, and a rather fine example can be found just outside Liverpool Street station.

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Westminster Abbey gets a new tower

Slightly hidden away, Westminster Abbey has gained a striking new bronze tower that sits well against its ancient stones.

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Abbey Road Studios photography exhibition

There’s a small exhibition at the moment in The Barbican showing off photos taken inside the famous music studios at Abbey Road.

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London’s Alleys: Castle Court, EC3

This is one of those seemingly ancient alleys that the City of London is so rich in, yet almost impossible to find anything about.

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Concrete Dreams at the Southbank Centre

To mark its reopening following refurbishment works, the brutalist heart of the Southbank has thrown open its backstage to the public for an artistic minded tour.

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