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Crossrail building site to become site for 1,500 new homes

A plot of land in East London that's currently a Crossrail building site has been earmarked as a site for 1,500 new homes.


England’s 17th century attempt to reach the moon

It was a time of the death of kings, and a 17th century Englishman proposed a space programme with the ambition of reaching the moon.


Watch a video and sound event underneath Tower Bridge

The huge empty bascule chamber underneath Tower Bridge is the setting for a video projection & sound installation inspired by the Blitz photography of Arthur Cross & Fred Tibbs.


London’s Alleys: Crown Passage, SW1

A picturesque alley that's lined with ancient shops and inns, and within staggering distance of royal palaces and posh clubs.


The golden age of the Ocean Liners comes to the V&A Museum

There was a brief period of time when luxury ruled the waves, if you had the money to afford it, when interior design was deco and dresses were short.


Is it time to restore Collop Monday as an English tradition?

There is rarely any need to have an excuse to eat bacon, but the Monday before Pancake Day offers a good reason to munch on the porcine morsels - for it is Collop Monday.


1868 – the year that your socks could kill you

It's October 1868, and an article appears in a number of newspapers warning of the dangers of "Poisoned Hosiery".


Tickets Alert – Tours of Churchill’s abandoned WW2 bunker

Deep under a housing estate in North London lies one of WW2’s greatest secrets, the reserve Cabinet War Rooms that lay hidden and waiting, just in case the (now) more famous Westminster bunkers were destroyed.


London’s weekly railway news #238

A weekly round-up of London's rail transport news...


Look out for steam trains on King’s Cross passenger concourse

Steam trains are usually found on the rail tracks, but for one week, two locomotives will be sitting in the middle of the passenger concourse at King's Cross.


London Underground aims to deliver super-fast broadband through tube tunnels

London Underground tunnels could soon be carrying a super-fast broadband internet service, if plans being worked on by TfL come to fruition.


Go back in time with these old tube maps

No one will care about this whatsoever, but there's an archive of the maps used inside tube train carriages on the TfL website.


Elizabeth line property developments quadruple predicted levels

One of the expectations of any major transport upgrade is that the value of homes and offices nearby will rise -- but the rise in value caused by the Elizabeth line has surprised researchers.


London’s Pocket Parks: One Coleman Street Gardens, EC2

One Coleman Street Gardens is a small public space in the City of London creating a contemporary space as a relief from the hard surrounding streets.


Shakespeare’s Shoreditch theatre found to have extra large stage

A Shakespearean theatre stage large enough to stage fight scenes is being uncovered in Shoreditch.


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