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How to request your own Spitfire flypast over London
How to request your own Spitfire flypast over London

I mentioned this briefly a while back, but as the deadline is approaching it’s worth reminding people that it is possible to request your very own flypast by the RAF for your village fete or school event, or other suitable

A look around the historic rooms in Surrey County Hall
A look around the historic rooms in Surrey County Hall

One of the stranger anachronisms about Kingston Upon Thames is that despite being part of London (zone 6), it also houses the headquarters of Surrey County Council. History explains that the old Surrey Council used to include most of South

Remains of an undercroft and 12th century bridge under John Lewis
Remains of an undercroft and 12th century bridge under John Lewis

In the late 1980s, a major redevelopment of the center of Kingston Upon Thames resulted in theĀ  building a dual carriage relief road, and a brand new John Lewis department store. One side effect of that was the uncovering of

A tour inside RAF Bentley Priory
A tour inside RAF Bentley Priory

Sitting inside a park in North London lies a former stately home which was during World War II, one of the main command centres for the Battle of Britain. RAF Bentley Priory, or plain Bentley Priory as it is know

Visit the Golden Temple of Amritsar – in London
Visit the Golden Temple of Amritsar – in London

A major exhibition opened a few weeks ago about the famous Golden Temple of Amritsar, probably the most famous of Sikh Gurdwara’s in India, and has been widely praised, so it was about time I went along to see if

Things to do outside London during September
Things to do outside London during September

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!). Power From the

The ARC Gloria arrives in London
The ARC Gloria arrives in London

A few days later than originally expected, the Colombian Navy’s flagship sailing ship, the ARC Gloria has arrived in London’s docklands for a few days. Annoyingly – for this correspondent – it turns out there was a large welcoming party,

Tours of the UK’s Synchrotron particle accelerator
Tours of the UK’s Synchrotron particle accelerator

Slightly to the south of Didcot sits a huge silver UFO shaped building that happens to house the UK’s synchrotron – a special type of particle accelerator that is used to generate a unique form of radiation that can be

A Grand Day Out – Taking the Boris Bikes to Paris
A Grand Day Out – Taking the Boris Bikes to Paris

What would it be like to take two cycle hire bikes from London to Paris and return in a single day?

Taking the Boris Bikes to Paris
Taking the Boris Bikes to Paris

All going well, when this blog post is automatically published on Saturday morning, I will be half way to Paris on the Eurostar, with Tom as my travelling companion to show the French what a cycle hire scheme should look

Peering inside NASA’s Apollo 10 Command Module
Peering inside NASA’s Apollo 10 Command Module

In a Science Museum gallery next to, but not in the space gallery, is a relic of the Space Race, the command module used in the Apollo 10 mission to to the moon. That was the final test run before

Tall Sailing Ship Visiting London – Free Tours
Tall Sailing Ship Visiting London – Free Tours

Fans of tall sailing ships may be interested to learn that the ARC Gloria, a training ship of the Colombian Navy will be in London from this weekend and there will be free tours of the ship for us Londoners

Vintage trains running on the London Underground
Vintage trains running on the London Underground

It has been announced that the Transport Museum’s dinky little red 1938 era tube train, and the older, and rather larger electric locomotive, Sarah Siddons will be running special journeys on Sunday 11th September between Harrow-on-the-Hill, Rickmansworth and Amersham. The

Booking opens today for tours of the BT Tower
Booking opens today for tours of the BT Tower

A few left overs from last week’s mad rush to book tickets for the London Open House Weekend, as booking opens today for the tours of the BT Tower and also bus-tours of the Olympic Park. BT Tower Tours on

Going Inside Stockwell Bus Garage
Going Inside Stockwell Bus Garage

As mentioned yesterday, I found myself on a rather special double-decker bus on a trip to a mystery location, described as an overlooked piece of post-war architecture. The location, suitably enough for a trip on a bus, was a bus

A trip in a very special vintage double-decker bus
A trip in a very special vintage double-decker bus

Sometimes when you plan a visit to an exhibition, you get rather more than you expected. Today was such a moment, as a visit to a small – and frankly, not worth the effort – exhibition about past and future

The other Open House weekend outside London
The other Open House weekend outside London

The weekend before London Open House Weekend, the rest of the country has a go at a similar thing, with its Heritage Open Days. Trawling through the list, below are my personal picks that are close to (and sometimes, inside)

Dr Who in Comics – an exhibition
Dr Who in Comics – an exhibition

Dr Who has spawned more than a couple of films, tv spin-off series and gaudy trinkets for collectors – it also created an entire separate storyline in the form of the comic magazine.

Pre-Booking Details Released for London Open House Weekend
Pre-Booking Details Released for London Open House Weekend

Of the 757 venues that will be opening their doors for next month’s Open House Weekend, a small number need to be booked in advance – a policy that usually leads to panic stricken trawling through their website on Monday

Photos – inside the disused tube station at Brompton Road
Photos – inside the disused tube station at Brompton Road

Half way between South Kensington and Knightsbridge tube stations lies an abandoned remnant of the early Piccadilly Line that was closed down in 1934 and shortly afterwards taken over by the War Office to be used as a command centre

Public Exhibition about the Kings Cross redevelopment
Public Exhibition about the Kings Cross redevelopment

Recent visitors to Kings Cross station may have been drawn to a wooden scale model of the redevelopment works being carried out, especially the plans to remove the hideous old green ticket hall and create a new plaza outside the

Hidden under a main road – the remains of Merton Priory
Hidden under a main road – the remains of Merton Priory

The construction of a moderately new main road in Colliers Wood, Sth London wiped out the remains of one piece of London history, but uncovered an even older remnant of even more importance. The lost history is the disused, and

Photos – Drifting over South London in a Hot Air Balloon
Photos – Drifting over South London in a Hot Air Balloon

If you were in parts of South London last night, you might have seen, and heard, the final performance of the Sky Orchestra – a collection of hot air balloons drifting over the city playing acoustic music to delight the

Standing inside a London Ice Well
Standing inside a London Ice Well

In the days before the domestic refrigerator, how would the average household keep their food cool to store it? Well, the blunt answer is that the vast majority of houses didn’t – food was stored warm, and meats were preserved