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Fancy owning a Tube roundel coffee table?

It turns out that the official supplier of tube roundels to London Underground has a side-line in coffee tables.

Former gasworks turning into entertainment venue

Four giant warehouses and an empty field — a former gasworks in Tottenham — is to become a new entertainment venue.

V&A puts Elton John into Room 101

Room 101 in the V&A has been refurbished and is now half of a space given over to the museum’s photography collection.

Satellite radar reveals Crossrail tunnels under London

Researchers at the University of Bath have been able to use a novel form of satellite monitoring to show where Crossrail tunnels run under central London.

There are now more churches in the UK than pubs

Timely news from the National Church Trust which has been watching the demise of the local pub for the date that the number of pubs sinks below the number of churches.

London’s Alleys: Cockpit Steps, SW1

Named after an inn and a dark period of history, this rather posh passage and charming steps can be found just around the corner from Parliament.

An exhibition of railway footbridges at Waterloo Station

The mezzanine at Waterloo Station has been filled with photographs of railway footbridges — as part of the Network Rail retrospective study.

London Underground moquette socks go on sale

File this under “just shut up and take my money”, as the London Transport Museum is now selling London Underground moquette socks.

Crossrail to launch Paddington to Reading service in December 2019

A letter sent to local politicians has confirmed that Crossrail plans to launch a rail service between Paddington and Reading in December this year.

Tickets Alert: Climb to the top of the Tower in Windsor Castle

For just a few weeks of each year, it’s possible to climb to the top of the ancient Round Tower inside Windsor Castle, with views that reach right across London.

London’s weekly railway news

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

Major disruption to c2c trains this July-August

Due to works on the London Overground extension to Barking Riverside, services on the c2c railway lines in the area are going to be hit with several weeks of serious disruption.

LEGO is launching a Trafalgar Square model kit

If you fancy an architectural model of Trafalgar Square, made from LEGO, then you’ll be able to have one in just a few weeks time.

A Brutalist London chess set

The people behind chess sets based on city skylines have turned their attention to London’s brutalist icons.

You can now stand inside Trajan’s Column

Ever since it was built in 1873, there’s been a tantalizing door inside the V&A Museum that normally locked, and only very occasionally opened — but now is open all the time.

Tickets Alert: Take Sheep across London Bridge

This September, Freemen and Women of the City of London will be able to exercise their ancient right to take sheep across London Bridge

Tickets Alert: Annual opening of Frogmore House and Garden

Just outside London sits Windsor Castle, and within its grounds is Frogmore House, and its impressive gardens, which are only open to the public on a few days of each year.

Odd video art in the Barbican

There’s a video screen that shows changing shapes in a sort of 1980s home computer version of the 2001 Space Odyssey scene.