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Help save the world’s last sea-going paddle steamer

Many a summer evening along the Thames is enlivened by the sight of a steam powered paddle-steamer passing through Tower Bridge. But not this year.


DLR station upgrade funding approved

Initial funding to improve a number of DLR stations in the Royal Docks area has been approved by the Mayor of London.


Tickets Alert: Watch films in a restored chapel

Following a lengthy restoration, the Grade II listed Oxford House in Bethnal Green, London will be open to the public for a series of film screenings in its attic Chapel and Theatre.


London’s Alleys: Panyer Alley, EC2

An alley that can be traced all the way back to Tudor London, with a famously enigmatic stone plaque on one wall.


Engineering train travels full length of the Northern Line Extension for the first time

The Northern Line Extension to Battersea has passed a milestone after an engineering train successfully travelled the entire length of the new tunnels from Kennington to Battersea, for the first time.


London’s weekly railway news

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


Past and present photos of Crossrail construction sites

It's often nostalgic to look back at places that have been torn asunder by major construction sites and think, goodness, it really did look like that.


Tickets Alert: Tours of a particle accelerator

A short trip outside London is a huge silver UFO shaped building, and in August will be a chance to go inside to see the particle accelerator it houses.


TfL to order a fleet of new DLR trains

Transport for London (TfL) has finally awarded a contract to replace the oldest of its DLR trains, although the contract had been due to be awarded last year.


Centre Point Tower letters to be sold off

Long a landmark over London, the glowing 1960s letters from the top of the Centre Point tower are up for sale – to raise money for a homeless charity. The tower became controversial when it was left empty for several


Thousands of doors to open to the public in September

This is the Heritage Open Days, a fortnight of open days that's essentially the same thing as Open House London, but (largely) happens outside London.


A mysterious door appears at Bank tube station

If you were to wait for a southbound Northern line train at Bank tube station you might have noticed that a strange door has appeared on the wrong side of the railway tracks.


Saving the UK’s last working semaphore tower – in South-West London

Just on the edge of London lies an architectural and military marvel -- a relic of the time Britain feared invasion by France.


Tickets Alert: Tours of the Lloyds Register building

There's a chance to go inside the palatial Lloyds Register building in the City of London.


See a Steam Train on the London Underground next weekend

Next weekend (22nd-23rd June) there will be a chance to see a steam train running along part of the District line as part of its 150th anniversary.