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The Met Police improve their website
The Met Police improve their website

A few months ago, London’s Met police upgraded their website, and from my perspective, broke it spectacularly. I fired off a woeful email to them and got a “yeah, ok” reply, but one that did suggest they would be making

A chance to go into Tower Bridge’s hidden Bascule Chambers
A chance to go into Tower Bridge’s hidden Bascule Chambers

Although it has been possible for group tours to go down under Tower Bridge and into the Bascule Chambers, it hasn’t been an option for the individual visitor. Until now. But what are the Bascule Chambers? They are two vast

Support a London Museum this Christmas
Support a London Museum this Christmas

I am going to make a suggestion. If you are looking for a present to give someone this Christmas, and you want something that they can use all year round – rather than socks and fragrances… give them a membership

Free entry to St Paul’s Cathedral this Saturday
Free entry to St Paul’s Cathedral this Saturday

When St Paul’s cathedral was forced to close/chose to close for a few days recently, there were murmurings that it was more worried about the loss of revenue from tourists than in its spiritual function – although the services within

Around 500 vintage motor cars to drive from London to Brighton
Around 500 vintage motor cars to drive from London to Brighton

Tomorrow (Sun 6th Nov) morning, around 500 vintage motor cars will start the annual London to Brighton run, leaving Hyde Park at sunrise and arriving in Brighton later in the afternoon. In addition, today (Sat) around 100 of the cars

Your chance to visit an abandoned tube station
Your chance to visit an abandoned tube station

Prepare to squeal in delight as the Transport Museum delivers an early Christmas present. The closed down Aldwych tube station by The Strand is opening to the public again for a rare chance to go down and see this famous

More details of London Underground’s 150th Anniversary Events
More details of London Underground’s 150th Anniversary Events

You may recall that the Transport Museum has secured a grant to restore an old carriage in time for the 150th anniversary of the London Underground, which takes place in 2013. A few more details have been released by London

Inside the Worshipful Society of Apothecaries Livery Hall
Inside the Worshipful Society of Apothecaries Livery Hall

Sitting very much overlooked on a very small side street near the building site that is Blackfriars train station lies one of the oldest of the City’s Livery Halls, belonging to the Worshipful Society of Apothecaries of London. Not content

A huge model of the City of London
A huge model of the City of London

When showing off a city as a possible place to invest in, you need a nice office space to educate the guests, and it helps to have something pretty to show them. Such as a large scale model of the

Things to do outside London during November
Things to do outside London during November

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 though – everyone seems

List of London’s Bonfire Night Fireworks for 2011
List of London’s Bonfire Night Fireworks for 2011

Time to start planning the annual celebration of the persecution of a Papist plot to kill our Protestant Monarch. Sadly, the burning of effigies seems to be frowned upon now, although a few venues will have bonfires this year. Thanks

Visiting a WW2 Air Raid Shelter in Woodford
Visiting a WW2 Air Raid Shelter in Woodford

Lurking under a substantial road bridge in north-east London lies a remnant of the second world war – a public air-raid shelter that probably housed about a thousand people during bombing raids. The area, mainly of semi-detached houses with decent

The amazingly gloomy interior of Westminster Cathedral
The amazingly gloomy interior of Westminster Cathedral

If you’ve never been inside Westminster Cathedral near Victoria train station, then you are likely to be in for a bit of a surprise, for despite being over 100 years old, they still haven’t finished decorating it. And I hope

Free Showing of War of the Worlds (1953) on the big screen
Free Showing of War of the Worlds (1953) on the big screen

Ask Hollywood to turn an English novel into a movie, and the first thing they’ll do is move the setting to the USA and make sure the heroes are Americans. That said, considered to be one of the great science

Views From Two Towers in Two Cities – Both in London
Views From Two Towers in Two Cities – Both in London

Before they merged into a Metropolis, the City of London was physically distinct from the City of Westminster with fields separating the two rival powers in the land. More by coincidence than design, the two cities both ended up two

A Slightly Behind-the-Scenes Look at Kings Cross Train Station
A Slightly Behind-the-Scenes Look at Kings Cross Train Station

When booking a tour of Kings Cross station with limited information about what the tour will include, there is a risk that it will be just a wander around the public areas, or maybe a good look around some of

Pearly Kings and Queens on Parade
Pearly Kings and Queens on Parade

People passing the City of London’s Guildhall on Sunday will have seen the place packed full of people, along with a fairground organ, various sad looking donkeys, a couple less depressed Shire Horses, lots of people in fancy red robes

Things to do outside London during October
Things to do outside London during October

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. Might tempt you outside London (horror!). National Badger Day

A mysterious structure in the Vaults under London Bridge train station
A mysterious structure in the Vaults under London Bridge train station

Regular users of London Bridge station will doubtless be aware that the mainline platforms are raised a couple of stories above the surrounding road, supported on massive brick arches. These arches are visible in the form of roads that run

Photos from the 18th Floor of the Broadgate Tower
Photos from the 18th Floor of the Broadgate Tower

Views from tops of tall towers are always impressive, so the chance to go up to the 18th floor of a newish City skyscraper is not to be missed for us Tower Completists. The Broadgate Tower is one of what

Open House – West Ham Bus Garage
Open House – West Ham Bus Garage

Opened at the tail end of 2008, the bus garage at West Ham claims to be the largest single bus depot in the UK – and as is increasingly common, one of the most environmentally friendly. The distinctive green roof

Open House – Bazalgette’s Western Pumping Station
Open House – Bazalgette’s Western Pumping Station

Regular users of Victoria mainline train station may have noticed the presence of a tall brick chimney on the western side of the train tracks next to the river and maybe pondered its function. It is indeed a chimney –

A tour around Shoreham Power Station
A tour around Shoreham Power Station

As part of last weekend’s Open House not in London events, I secured a tour of the Shoreham power station. There are in fact two Shoreham power stations to choose from, one nuclear and one gas powered. Sadly for my

Last chance bookings for London Open House
Last chance bookings for London Open House

If you were lucky enough to book the prize locations for this week’s Open House event, expect an email shortly asking you to let them know if you now find you are not able to attend as planned. That way