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See the Flying Scotsman steaming through Nth London on Saturday
See the Flying Scotsman steaming through Nth London on Saturday

Probably the world’s most famous steam locomotive, the Flying Scotsman will be arriving at King’s Cross station on Saturday.

Sheep to be taken across London Bridge
Sheep to be taken across London Bridge

Later this year, you will be able to watch the Freemen (and women) of the City of London exercise their ancient right to drive sheep across London Bridge.

Red Arrows to fly over London on Saturday
Red Arrows to fly over London on Saturday

A large formation of military aircraft, including the Red Arrows will fly over Central London on Saturday lunchtime, for the Queen’s official birthday.

A chance to help chalk the Uffington White Horse
A chance to help chalk the Uffington White Horse

Fancy taking a hammer and smashing a prehistoric monument — and doing so with permission?

Take a ride in the Post Office Railway next month
Take a ride in the Post Office Railway next month

After a couple of years of work, the Post Office Railway will start to take its first passenger trips through the tunnels under London next month.

A sea of bluebells at Perivale Wood’s annual open day
A sea of bluebells at Perivale Wood’s annual open day

Just once a year, a nature reserve in North-West London opens its gates to the general public, at just the right time to see an entire wood carpeted with bluebells.

London to have a “History Day” in May
London to have a “History Day” in May

For just one day, lots of venues will all join together to do lots of things, meaning that even with the fastest feet and most fortunate timing, you’re bound to miss out on most them.

See the Doughboys in the City of London
See the Doughboys in the City of London

A large scale exhibition is currently on at the Guildhall in the City of London remembering the battlefields of WW1 in France, and the contribution made by the “doughboys” to the European war.

Visit a Museum of Nostalgia in an ancient barn
Visit a Museum of Nostalgia in an ancient barn

On the edges of London, within earshot of the M25 can be found a most marvelous museum, housed in an ancient barn.

A room full of BBC Microcomputers comes to East London
A room full of BBC Microcomputers comes to East London

For people of a certain age, there are few more nostalgia boosting views than a room full of flat beige boxes, each with a small dot matrix owl on the top corner.

Reigate Caves open days announced
Reigate Caves open days announced

One for your diaries, as this year’s open days to go underneath Reigate town center into its maze of caves have been announced.

Embroidered Tales and Woven Dreams
Embroidered Tales and Woven Dreams

A feast of colour and decoration awaits at an exhibition of traditional embroidered textiles from the lands of the Indus, Afghanistan, the Near East and Central Asia

The Rise of the Robots at the Science Museum
The Rise of the Robots at the Science Museum

A display of mechanical marvels opens at the Science Museum and leaves the viewer with mixed emotions about the blurring boundary between man and machine.

See a compendium of craftsmanship in central London
See a compendium of craftsmanship in central London

Behind a closed door in an anonymous house on a posh garden square lies a prodigious display of modern craftsmanship.

Take a tour inside a drained canal lock
Take a tour inside a drained canal lock

Over this weekend, there’s a chance to go down to the bottom of one of London’s canal locks, while it is being drained for maintenance works.

Return to the View from the Shard
Return to the View from the Shard

Just over four years ago, a bright morning had me up at the top of the Shard for a look. Time to go back for another look.

Ticket Alert: Behind the scenes tours of building sites
Ticket Alert: Behind the scenes tours of building sites

The semi-annual Open Doors event is back, offering a peek behind the hoardings that cover up building sites.

Gun Salutes in London during 2017
Gun Salutes in London during 2017

Big guns go bang bang several times each year in London, at the Tower of London and in the Royal Parks.

There will be fun at the British Library with Victorian Entertainments
There will be fun at the British Library with Victorian Entertainments

Roll up, roll up, be amazed and astonished, magic to astound, entertainments to delight, all the fun of the Victorian music hall and stage.

The early American film star who made it good in London
The early American film star who made it good in London

There’s a space at the BFI which hosts small exhibitions to actors past, and at the moment, it’s devoted to one of the movie world’s earliest African-American stars, who was almost as well known for his socialist views.

Magically Marvelous Mechanical Maths
Magically Marvelous Mechanical Maths

As the world miniaturises and computerises, the Science Museum has opened a new gallery that delights in the massive mechanics of mathematics.

Just like that – V&A acquires Tommy Cooper’s Fez
Just like that – V&A acquires Tommy Cooper’s Fez

The Victoria and Albert Museum (V&A) recently acquired one of Tommy Cooper’s famous fezzes, and it has just gone on display.

Landscape photos on display at Waterloo station
Landscape photos on display at Waterloo station

A display of the winners of the annual Landscape Photographer of the Year competition have gone on display, in Waterloo railway station.

Catching the Tower Bridge free ferry
Catching the Tower Bridge free ferry

It was supposed to happen last weekend, but didn’t. It was supposed to happen yesterday, but didn’t. It is supposed to happen next weekend, but wont.