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Street lamps are being covered in plants

A number of lampposts in Belgravia have recently been fitted with plant columns running up their length. It's a trial to see if the green columns can help reduce pollution along the streets.


London railway upgrades – a progress report

One of the periodic reports from TfL has been released with details of ongoing network upgrades across the networks it controls over the past few months. If you’ve ever wondered what goes on when the lines are closed at weekends, this will inform you.


See spies and spooks at the Science Museum

A new exhibition that is less James Bond and more Q looks at the history of how British spies kept their secrets safe from enemies.


Holborn road junction getting a “super crossing”

If you use the area, you might have noticed building works at the road junction outside Holborn tube station.


Jubilee line train drove with doors open due to ‘poor training and tiredness’

Last September, a Jubilee line train was driven at over 60km/h between two stations with its doors open in several carriages, a report from the Rail Accident investigation has found.


Rolling bridge proposed for East London

A bridge that rolls over to allow boats to pass through, and then back for humans to cross could be built at Canning Town. The elegant Cody Dock Rolling Bridge aims to create an easier link between the Cody Wilds


Rowland Emett’s fantastical railway to go on display

There's a rare chance to see a whimsical train built by Rowland Emett before it is sold at an auction.


Tickets Alert: Behind the scenes tours of the Geological Society

As part of the annual Burlington House Courtyard Lates evening, there will be a series of behind-the-scenes tour of the Geological Society's Library.


Chatley Heath semaphore tower saved

A tower on the edge of London in danger of ruin has been saved following a campaign, and will be restored and opened to the public.


Boris Johnson wanted gargoyles on London Bridge station

Boris Johnson is reported to have once commented that the redesigned London Bridge station would be improved with gargoyles.


London’s Grand Designs: Building a Capital City 1675 to 1986

For a few weeks there's a display of some of the grand building projects that defined London as a city. From ancient to very modern, lost and still standing.


War of the Worlds comes to the London Underground

The London Underground is set to make a staring role in the latest attempt to turn H.G. Wells' War of the Worlds into a TV series.


London’s Alleys: Ship and Mermaid Row, SE1

This vintage looking alley is probably named after the Ship and Mermaid public house which used to be at Snowsfields, and is today a curious curve around a corner, squeezed between social housing.


Holy mini glowing tube roundels Batman!

Following the success of the large glowing tube roundels sold by the London Transport Museum, they've launched a smaller version as well.


Visit Guildhall – London’s oldest non-ecclesiastical stone building

Surprisingly few people know this, but it's possible to visit the City of London's magnificent Guildhall building, the oldest non-ecclesiastical stone building in the City.