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Suggestions for things to do outside London in March
Suggestions for things to do outside London in March

My now regular look ahead to events happening next month that would probably be in my events guide, if only they weren’t happening outside the psychological barrier of the M25 motorway. National Saint David’s Day Parade 1st March St David

Public Open Day at the National Physical Laboratory
Public Open Day at the National Physical Laboratory

On the edges of London, in Teddington to be specific, sits the UK’s National Physical Laboratory. Not a sports facility, but a cluster of research labs that specialise in materials sciences. In essence, their job is to make sure that

Cables for the Cable Car to arrive next month
Cables for the Cable Car to arrive next month

In what is bound to be a bit of a media feast, the cables for the cable car will be strung between the tall helical pylons in just a few weeks time.

The restoration of Clissold House in Hackney
The restoration of Clissold House in Hackney

The heart of Hackney boasts a rather large front garden in the form of Clissold Park, which was formed as the front garden for the imposing Clissold House.

Visiting the Museum of the Order of St John
Visiting the Museum of the Order of St John

Just round the corner from Farringdon Tube Station lies a small building that to all intents looks like a castle gatehouse, but actually houses a chapel and museum dedicated to the history of the Order of St John – and

Photos of the Greenwich Fireworks
Photos of the Greenwich Fireworks

Despite Greenwich council’s notorious antipathy to fireworks for Guy Fawkes Night, they laid on a decent enough spectacle last night with a river based display next to the Old Royal Naval College. I am still indifferent to the seemingly recent

Gun Salutes in Hyde Park and at the Tower of London today
Gun Salutes in Hyde Park and at the Tower of London today

As today marks — depending on how you look at it — the 60th anniversary of the death of the Last Emperor of India, or the Accession to the Throne of Queen Elizabeth II, there will be ceremonial gun salutes

Attending the Ceremony of the Constable’s Dues
Attending the Ceremony of the Constable’s Dues

The Ceremony of the Constable’s Dues is one of those ancient traditions that the UK is so damn good at, can be indirectly traced back at least 700 years, and is related to the Crown’s authority over the City of

Illumini are seeking Victorian Speakers and Relics
Illumini are seeking Victorian Speakers and Relics

The arts organisation that is behind some of the more interesting events that have taken place of the past few years, Illumini will be back in September, with a range of — obviously — Dickens themed Victorian events. Being Illumini,

Look out for the English Civil War march on Sunday
Look out for the English Civil War march on Sunday

This Sunday, a spectacular sight will greet anyone in central London as roughly 500 members of the King’s Army of the English Civil War Society will march along The Mall and muster in Horseguards.

Mummers, Maypoles and Milkmaids
Mummers, Maypoles and Milkmaids

An exhibition and a book all rolled into one – and the exhibition is basically excerpts from the book, so if feeling frugal, the exhibition is a cut-down version of the book to save you buying it. Book author and

Suggestions for things to do outside London during February
Suggestions for things to do outside London during February

My now regular look ahead to events happening next month that would probably be in my events guide, if only they weren’t happening outside the psychological barrier of the M25 motorway. I’ve not listed every Shrove Tuesday pancake event, as

A is for Adolf – Teaching German Children Nazi Values
A is for Adolf – Teaching German Children Nazi Values

If you are a tyrannical leader of a country, you will want to cement your long term prospects of holding onto power by making sure the children are suitably indoctrinated to support you. Thus, during the rise of Nazi power

List of Gun Salutes at the Tower of London this year
List of Gun Salutes at the Tower of London this year

For the list of 2019 gun salutes, go here. Something for your diaries – the list of Gun Salutes that will take place at the Tower of London has been released. Due to the tight space they operate in, if

Go Wassailing at the Bankside on Sunday
Go Wassailing at the Bankside on Sunday

A seemingly annual tradition now – tomorrow marks the arrival of The Green Man at London’s Bankside and a celebration of the 12th Night festivities. Although Twelfth Night took place a couple of days ago, the celebrations at Bankside are

How to get tickets to Royal Ceremonies
How to get tickets to Royal Ceremonies

It may be a Diamond Jubilee year, and The Queen will be doing lots of things that will open only to carefully checked dignitaries, local politicians, and of course… school children.

A Festival of Winter Walks
A Festival of Winter Walks

Starting tomorrow, and running through to the New Year, the Ramblers Association is holding its annual festival of winter walks – an opportunity to lure in prospective new members and for the rest of us, to force ourselves to walk

Suggestions for things to do outside London in January
Suggestions for things to do outside London in January

My now regular look ahead to events happening next month that would probably be in my events guide, if only they weren’t happening outside the psychological barrier of the M25 motorway. New Year’s Day Bath Race 1st Jan The Pirates

Watch some steam trains in London on Saturday
Watch some steam trains in London on Saturday

It’s the last of the big steam train runs though London tomorrow (Saturday) with two trains at lunchtime, one at an uncomfortably early hour in the morning, and all three returning in the late afternoon/evening. First up is the Christmas

A Dickens exhibition at the Museum of London
A Dickens exhibition at the Museum of London

Later this week, the first major Dickens themed exhibition in London since the 1970s opens its doors to the paying public, and starts a year of Dickens this, Dickens that and more Dickens over here as everyone tries to jump

Watch a steam train in West and North London at Lunchtime
Watch a steam train in West and North London at Lunchtime

A steam locomotive will be running a charter trip into London this lunchtime and will come in from the South-West, and run in a loop around North London down to Euston Station. Although steam trains do tend to run from

Photos inside the disused tube station at Aldwych
Photos inside the disused tube station at Aldwych

Announced a couple of weeks ago – and sold out within a few days – today marked the first of two open weekends at the disused tube station at Aldwych. Although only closed in 1994, it holds a special fascination

Things to do outside London during December
Things to do outside London during December

My now regular look ahead to events happening next month that would probably be in my events guide, if only they weren’t happening outside the psychological barrier of the M25 motorway. Not much happening next month – everyone seems busy

A preview of the Natural History Museum’s exhibitions in 2012
A preview of the Natural History Museum’s exhibitions in 2012

The Natural History Museum — that South Kensington terracotta palace to science — showed off its plans for major exhibitions next year and running into 2013, and I am relieved to say, no attempt to do a tie-in with the