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The decayingly ornate YHA behind St Paul’s Cathredal

Hidden away from tourists on a side street, what is the former St Paul's Cathedral choir school makes for a most unusual Youth Hostel today.


V&A acquires a fragment of Brutalist architecture

Ahead of its scandalous demolition, the V&A Museum has announced that it is acquiring a slab of the Brutalist housing estate, the Robin Hood Gardens, comprising both exterior facades and interiors of a maisonette flat.


A billion quid groundscraper reveals a lost roman road

The largest stone building in the City of London for over a century has had its building site protective covers removed, and revealed an awful lot of glass and bronze.


Abbey Wood station – the unexpected jewel in Crossrail’s crown

A new railway station opened at the weekend, far from the hustle and bustle associated with Crossrail, and yet I suspect has the potential to become the most interesting station on the entire Elizabeth line.


Hidden vaults next to London Bridge revealed

A series of hitherto hidden vaults under a building next to London Bridge are being opened up as a new exhibition and display space.


The church still recovering from WW2 damage

In leafy Clerkenwell is a mighty church that externally looks as polite as a Clerkenwell church should look, but inside is still showing the massive scars left by WW2.


Some interesting tiling and a secret basement

Deep under the shops and offices of Regent Street lay a rich man's secret - a secure vault that until recently was acting as a confidential safe deposit facility.


Blackfriars Station’s hidden Puddle Dock entrance

While Blackfriars Station has recently had a massive makeover, it retained a little noticed entrance that has been little changed since the 1970s.


Today’s the 50th anniversary of the Marylebone Flyover

A large concrete and steel leviathan is marking the the 50th anniversary of slicing a community in half. The Marylebone Flyover was officially opened on this day in 1967.


The Long Reign of Pseudo-Georgian Architecture

Neo Georgian, Faux Georgian, Mock-Georgian, there's probably more Not Really Georgian architecture around now than when the Georgian's reigned, so that home to architecture, RIBA is taking a wry look at this ever popular style.


70 years of celebrating concrete

A magazine starting publishing in 1947, and it's still going strong today, so there's an exhibition about its namesake - concrete.


Geffrye Museum to close in January

As part of a long standing, and at times, controversial, expansion plan, the Geffrye Museum will be closing its doors in a few months for nearly 2 years of rebuilding work.


See Mayfair’s little noticed Lutyens Sculpture

On a side street in posh Mayfair is a work of art in remembrance of an architect who is a significant figure in the architecture of Imperial New Delhi.


Moorgate’s Mighty Bronze Doors

Even people who walk down Moorgate daily will have barely noticed a pair of massive bronze doors, for they are usually kept folded open, and only at the weekend is their full beauty apparent.


How Crossrail is using 3D-printing to build its stations

When you start to use the new Elizabeth line stations next year, among its many achievements will be the first large scale use of 3D-printing in concrete.


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