Ianvisits


Inside London’s own Notre Dame church

One of the more famous churches in London can be found just off Leicester Square, and was also once home to an even more famous entertainment venue.

Was the Northern line nearly named after Tutankhamun?

There is a story that crops up ever so often that during the Tutankhamun mania of the mid-1920s, the Northern line was nearly named the Tootancamden line.

Bromley Hall – the oldest brick building in London

It looks like a fairly ordinary moderately old building next to a dirty noisy main road – but this old building is older than you could ever imagine. It’s actually thought to be the oldest brick built building in London – and over 500 years old.

Exhibition about Islington’s lost Music Halls

There’s a rather fun exhibition on at the moment about the pre-television era of mass entertainment, the music halls and the people who they turned into later television stars.

Find the Blackwall tunnel plaque

If you were so minded to pass by and peer over the edge, you might notice that there’s an old plaque on the wall in the modern approach roads to the Blackwall Tunnel.

Fenchurch Street station destined for a makeover

A plan to revamp Fenchurch Street railway station has been submitted to the City of London, to upgrade the internal layout and improve the overall appearance externally.

TfL’s Lost Property Office is to move to a new home

The famous repository of forgotten umbrellas and teddy bears, the Lost Property office is moving home after nearly 90 years in its current home.

Stolen Moments – Namibian music history untold (1950-80s)

There’s an exhibition on for a few weeks that’s surprisingly exciting to visit – about the lost pop music revival of Namibia.

Plans to close the Charing Cross station underpass

A curious space under the streets outside Charing Cross station, filled with odd shops is likely to close if a plan by the building owners is approved.

London’s Alleys: Angel Court, SW1

You’re looking at the picture below and thinking this alley is going to be all about the pretty pub, but no, it’s the boring snoring office block next door that’s the protagonist in this alley tale.

New art for new London Underground stations

The two new tube stations on the Northern line extension are getting new art installations especially designed for them.

London’s weekly railway news

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

London trains destined for football stadium car park

A fleet of old London trains are to be stored on a former football stadium car park – ahead of being scrapped.

Pay a visit to St Bartholomew’s Hospital Museum

Easy to walk past without noticing, but under the old gatehouse to Barts Hospital is a museum to its 900 odd years of history.

London Underground plans green roof for Old Street tube station

A dramatic and controversial plan for a steeped roof for the new Old Street tube station has been scrapped following feedback from Islington Council.

Rowland Emett’s fantastical railway saved for the nation

An eccentric railway sculpture by Rowland Emett has been saved for the nation and will be heading to the National Railway Museum in York.

Admire the “Wedgwood chapel” in Greenwich

Behind a gray stone facade and up some plain steps can be found a riot of blue and gold — the Chapel of the Old Royal Naval College.

The churches of Cambridge

An old city with lots of wealth and people, has a lot of old churches to visit – so a perambulation around the Churches of Cambridge.