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London’s grand Custom House set for hotel conversion

Plans to turn the historic Grade 1 listed Custom House building that sits next to the Thames and Tower of London into a hotel have been submitted to the City of London.

Cardboard models of London’s top buildings

The London Open House Weekend team have released a collection of cardboard models of some of London’s more notable buildings.

Design competition for the Camden Highline

The Camden Highline, a project to open up a path along a railway linkingĀ  Camden to Kings Cross has opened a competition for a design studio to carry out the work.

New London skyscraper to sit next to the “Walkie Talkie”

Plans have been shown off for another skyscraper to sit next to the Walkie Talkie building in the City of London.

The fake 10 Downing Street door you can pose in front of

Unless you are invited, it’s very difficult to have a photo on the steps of 10 Downing Street, but just up the road is a doorway that bears an uncanny resemblance to it.

Last few days to save a modernist icon

A museum and gallery devoted to one of London’s modernist icons has a few days left to raise enough money to keep operating.

City of London outlines plans to merge police and courthouses

Fleet Street could soon get a large new legal quarter with an entire block given over to new courthouse and police headquarters if plans by the City of London go ahead.

The pedway to nowhere

There is in the City of London a strange dead-end – an elevated walkway that ends with you peering precariously over a steep drop. A pedway to nowhere.

New home for the House of Illustration

Currently based in Kings Cross, the House of Illustration is set to move to a restored New River Head building in Islington. It’s also changing its name to the Quentin Blake Centre for Illustration.

Restoration of the Crystal Palace Subway gets under way

After years of fundraising work, condition survey work to support the restoration of the astonishing Crystal Palace Subway has now started following the award of a contract to the heritage conservation architects Thomas Ford and Partners.

First concept designs for Smithfield Market cultural centre unveiled

The historic Victorian Smithfield market is set to become part of a large cultural centre for London, sitting alongside a relocated Museum of London.

The disused North Woolwich railway station is up for sale

Opened in 1854 as a grand terminus station, closed in 1979, then a museum, and now empty, North Woolwich railway station is up for sale.

Big office development for Crossrail construction site

One of the last large empty plots of land at Canary Wharf, which was recently used to support the construction of the Crossrail station is to be finally developed into offices.

New section of the Thames Embankment is named after Joseph Bazalgette

The Victorian engineer credited with the design of the London sewer network and the Thames Embankment has finally had part of it named after him.

Brutalist icons in wood and concrete

Fancy a model of a brutalist building made from actual concrete, or a lasercut wooden artistic picture of one?

The Londoner hotel – Leicester Square’s tall blue tower

A tall blue tower has risen on a corner of Leicester Square — a new cinema and hotel due to open shortly.

South Kensington tube station upgrade planning application filed

After several years of preparatory work, the formal planning application has now been filed to upgrade South Kensington tube station.

A floating swimming pool for Canary Wharf

Plans have been shown off for a swimming pool, in a barge, floating in a Canary Wharf dock.