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Events And Tours


Fancy a look around 10 Downing Street’s back garden?

As part of the annual Open Garden’s Weekend that takes place later this year, one rather special garden will be open to the public – the one behind 10 Downing Street.

Have your photo taken with Jeremy Bentham

Short notice, but persons of a morbid or academic bent might want to pop over to UCL on Thursday afternoon – for there is a chance to have your photo taken with a dead man.

The General, The Scientist & The Banker

In 1859 Charles Darwin published On the Origin of Species, but an equally important discovery was made in France, when a flint axe was found buried amongst the bones of now extinct animals.

The Tweed Run Returns to London

Now it its fifth year, the Tweed Run is a mass cycle ride through central London in a more genteel manner than the lycra-clad speeders who usually ply the streets of our city.

Get your tickets for the Ig Nobel tours

One of the highlights of the annual science entertainment calendar is making a return to Imperial College in March, with an evening comprising of an oddly eclectic mix of science, really bad poetry and a small girl walking up to people and repeatedly saying “Please Stop, I’m Bored” when a speaker has droned on for too long.

The nature reserve squashed in between three railway lines

Surrounded and isolated by three railway lines, an unexpected nature reserve has emerged in West London – the Gunnersbury Triangle.

The English Civil War Society parades along The Mall

For the thirty-somthingth time, the English Civil War society travelled down to London to march in memory of King Charles I and once again lay a wreath on the spot of his execution at Banqueting House.

The Robots of Death at the Gunnersbury Park Museum

Formerly the home of the Rothschild family, a large mansion house near Acton Town tube station is now home to an expansive local museum for the area, and currently has a rather curious temporary exhibition on in addition to the usual permanent displays.

Large ceremonial parade in Whitehall on Sunday morning

This Sunday morning, an 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 to a muster in Horseguards.

Time to book tickets for Royal Ceremonies

Early each year is the time to dust off the paper and envelopes and remind yourself of those sticky things people used to put on those envelopes before email – to apply for tickets to some ceremonial events.

Chance to visit a Nuclear Fusion Reactor

While a huge fusion reactor is being built in France to prove the technology, it is the UK that leads the development work – and their facility is open for public tours.

Murder in the British Library

A slightly quirky display about the crime novel genre has been opened at the British Library with a total of 26 vignettes on display – one per letter of the alphabet.

Photos from the top of The Shard skyscraper

In a few weeks time, London’s latest tourist attraction opens as the viewing floors at the top of The Shard skyscraper start welcoming their first paying customers.

Treetops and cottages inside Kew Gardens

Over the past couple of weeks, the walled expanse within Kew Gardens has been free to visit, and they “sold” all 9,000 free tickets that were available almost as soon as they were released.

Smithfield meat market’s boisterous Christmas Eve auction

London’s 800-year old meat market at Smithfield usually opens at 3am and usually closes by 7am as the city is overtaken by people more suited to city work than butchering — but on Christmas Eve one butchers holds a very special event more suited to the average punter.

The Southbank Centre’s new events listings page – a rant

Whenever a website is redesigned I am apprehensive, hoping for lots of good things, but dreading that something useful might be removed.

Free entry to Kew Gardens over Christmas

The place is free to enter over the 12 days of Christmas – excepting, obviously Christmas and Boxing Days, when it is closed.

Tower Bridge to get a glass floor

Last week approval was granted for 6 sheets of glass to be sliced into the walkway floor so that people up there can look down as the bridge swings up – getting a pigeon-eyes view of the mechanical motion below.