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London’s Pocket Parks: Christchurch Greyfriars Churchyard

A gas lamp lit shady rectangle of grass providing relaxing seating next to a church for a She-Wolf.

Watching the RAF100 Flypast

How wonderful of the RAF to put on a great big military flypast right in the middle of the week when loads of people in the city can pop out for 10 minutes to watch it.

A second cheesgrater skyscraper for London

The City of London has granted planning permission to a tower that will become the third tallest in London, and is already being nicknamed "Cheesegrater 2" thanks to its shape.

A thatched roof for a megalithic stone

Had I just seen a rather posh looking bus shelter with a pile of rubbish in the middle, or something actually interesting? We were near Avebury, in the land of random lumps of stone, so it was plausible, but then again, to considerable embarrassment, it could be nothing.

Moaning about Monet at the National Gallery

It's quite something to put in an exhibition that before it opens garners more articles about the cost of the entry ticket. But that's the Money in Monet.

Piccadilly line drivers to strike this week from Wed to Sat

Unless it's called off at the last minute, there will be a tube strike starting on Wednesday evening and lasting until Saturday morning.

For one day only – 50p tickets to the Hayward Gallery

This Wednesday, to mark its 50th anniversary, entry to the Southbank's Hayward Gallery will cost just 50p - instead of the more usual £14.50 they charge to go in.

Euston station will be closed for three weekends over the summer

Train passengers are being warned that Euston station will be closed for three consecutive weekends in August and September.

Sneak preview of Crossrail’s new Tottenham Court Road station

The last of the Crossrail stations to be shown off to the public opened its doors today, giving visitors a sneak preview of what the Elizabeth line station will look like when it opens in December.

London’s Alleys: White Horse Alley, EC1

This short little alley certainly brings home the bacon, as conceals a vast modern courtyard, which was until recently the old Danish Bacon warehouse.

Plans to revamp Olympia exhibition hall shown off

Plans to revamp the Olympia Exhibition Centre could see the main road outside pedestrianised and the facade restored, but also several extra stories added to the office block next door to pay for it.

The ancient tradition of cleaning the Uffington Horse

For thousands of years, people have come to Uffington to clean a prehistoric white horse carved into the landscape. And this weekend, the ancient tradition was performed once again.

Elizabeth line opening date set for 9th December

It's been pretty much an open secret for some time, but the date that Crossrail transforms into the Elizabeth line has been set for the 9th December 2018.

London Underground one step closer to Holborn tube station upgrade

A consultation held to show off plans to substantially upgrade Holborn tube station has found, unsurprisingly, widespread support for the plans.

London’s weekly railway news #260

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

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