Ianvisits


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.

London’s weekly railway news

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

Visit England’s only 18th century hospital chapel

A small door in an old building conceals a chapel to the memory of the man who founded a great hospital.

Sir Thomas Gresham: Tudor, Trader, Shipper, Spy

A man who can serve four Tudor monarchs without losing his head, while becoming fantastically rich at the same time is bound to be an enigmatic figure.

London’s Pocket Parks: St Vedast Alias Foster, EC2

Hidden behind a blue door lies one of London’s most charming little pocket parks.

Red Arrows to fly over London for Pride

Look to the skies this Saturday (6th July) at the Red Arrows will fly over central London.

You wont see most of this new science exhibition

An exhibition about the 95% of the universe that can’t be seen is a challenging topic for any gallery to take on.

Horniman Museum shows off expansion plans

Nearly 20 years ago, the Horniman Museum in South London expanded, and now they need to do so again.

Inside The Londoner, a new hotel for Leicester Square

A building site next to Leicester Square will soon become a cinema and hotel — and recently there was a chance to look around while it’s still concrete and steel.

A cast iron Victorian men’s urinal

On a small side street can be found one of London’s few remaining cast iron pissoirs — or mens urinals.

Bank tube station upgrade project reaches half-way mark

A massive project to upgrade Bank tube station has reached a landmark stage, with over half of the construction work now complete.

A chance to go inside the derelict Smithfield Meat Market

Although Smithfields is still a functioning meat market, about half of the Victorian buildings are derelict and this weekend is a chance to go inside.

London Overground moves closer to building a West London extension

A long running campaign to open up a freight railway in West London for passenger use has received a boost from a supportive TfL report into the line.