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Visiting the Roman Ruins under a 1970s office block
Visiting the Roman Ruins under a 1970s office block

A rather boring office block in the City of London conceals a historic marvel in its basement – a very important Roman Bath House. Rarely open to the public, today was a chance to get down and see the remains

A canal boat tour of the Olympic Park
A canal boat tour of the Olympic Park

One of the nicer aspects of the Olympic Park is that they have retained the old canals within the grounds of the park to break the space up and provide much needed “canalside frontage” to the luxury houses that will pay for the regeneration afterwards.

Hot Air Balloons Floating Over London Playing Music
Hot Air Balloons Floating Over London Playing Music

Update – Saturday is off due to high winds. Might go ahead on Sunday – didn’t. Looking good for Monday morning – and indeed, they took off for South London this morning. Tuesday morning failed – but they will try

What’s on in August outside London
What’s on in August outside London

The 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!).   Egton Bridge

Visiting the remains of the Rose Theatre hidden under an office block
Visiting the remains of the Rose Theatre hidden under an office block

In the year of our Lord, 1587 two gentlemen decided to build what was probably the first ever dedicated playhouse to provide entertainments to the citizens of the City of London escaping its tight morals for a night of debauchery

Kew Gardens – The Glasshouses
Kew Gardens – The Glasshouses

Probably one of the more famous features of Kew Gardens is the huge glasshouses that protect plants more used to a climate somewhat warmer than can be offered by the UK’s Met Office. Although the curved glasshouse is the most

German Cruise ship tests London 2012 preparations
German Cruise ship tests London 2012 preparations

The German Olympic Committee wanted somewhere impressive and suitably German to use as a base during next years Olympics, so a test has been carried out to see if the cruise ship MS Deutschland could be moored in London Docklands.

Kew Gardens – Going Asian
Kew Gardens – Going Asian

Within Kew Gardens is one very famous outpost of China, and a couple of smaller, but more intimate outposts from Japan. Although visible from quite a few places around the enclosed gardens, it wasn’t the famous pagoda that I visited

Attend the 2011 Cart Marking Ceremony
Attend the 2011 Cart Marking Ceremony

Just a reminder that tomorrow (Wed 13th July) morning, the annual Cart Marking Ceremony will take place in the City of London, and is worth taking the morning off work if you like vehicles of any sort. I wont be

Kew Gardens – the Treetop Walkway
Kew Gardens – the Treetop Walkway

Do you ever find that there are major attractions that you have never visited? Not because you probably won’t enjoy them, but because, well, they are always there – so in a hectic life you can always visit them next

How to Get Tickets to the Last Night of the Proms
How to Get Tickets to the Last Night of the Proms

Although it is easy to get tickets to any of the many outdoor extensions to the Last Night of the Proms, being inside the hallowed hall itself is rather harder to achieve. To be allowed to buy tickets to the

The day I got to ride in the drivers cab on a heritage railway line
The day I got to ride in the drivers cab on a heritage railway line

Over the weekend, the still under refurbishment Eping-Ongar Railway had an open day. Officially to celebrate the restoration of one of their train stations, which was far from finished, I overheard on chap comment that actually it was an attempt

North Weald Airfield Museum
North Weald Airfield Museum

Just outside the comfort zone of the M25 barrier, on one of those long snaking rural roads that link villages together lies a small house with a stone memorial in its front garden. Once a home, then taken over as

Dan Cruickshank on the changes in Spitalfields
Dan Cruickshank on the changes in Spitalfields

Back to the Bishopsgate Institute yesterday afternoon for the highlight of the events to mark the restoration of their Great Hall, a talk by the softly spoken mutterer of gollies and goshes, Dan Cruickshank. Although he then didn’t say golly

Geek Overload at the Transport Museum
Geek Overload at the Transport Museum

What happens when you collect together 1950s comics and science magazines, acoustic modems, 5.25-inch floppy disks, a Sinclair C5 and a Commodore C64? You have a correspondent getting misted up with nostalgia. The Transport Museum in Covent Garden has put

London’s River Park
London’s River Park

London is – depending on the whim of the planners and chequebooks – about to get a new park, a long sinuous length of pedestrian walkway floating on the Thames that will contain a few pavilions, a swimming pool and

Bishopsgate Institute – Relaunch Weekend
Bishopsgate Institute – Relaunch Weekend

Sitting opposite the modern groundscraper that it is the Broadgate offices by Liverpool Street stands a small oldish looking building squashed in-between more conventional food outlets and shops. The Bishopsgate Institute, for that is what it is, is a 116

A roof garden on the 10th floor of an office block
A roof garden on the 10th floor of an office block

Yesterday, the private roof garden on the top of the Blue Fin Building in Southwark was opened to let the general public wander in to have a look. Fortunately, the sun was shining, the wind was manageable and the plants

Spitfire Fighter Plane flying over North London on Saturday
Spitfire Fighter Plane flying over North London on Saturday

Something to look out for if you are in the area – one of the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight‘s Spitfire planes will be making a flypast over North London on Saturday afternoon (25th June). It will swoop down over

BT Tower to be open again for London Open House
BT Tower to be open again for London Open House

Just been confirmed that the BT Tower will open again this September for the London Open House weekend, and tickets might be just a smidgen easier to get this time as they have “over double” the capacity that was available

What’s on in July Outside London
What’s on in July Outside London

A possibly regular feature starts today – a 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

US Coast Guard’s Tall Sailing Ship in London
US Coast Guard’s Tall Sailing Ship in London

Another of those “why didn’t I know about this earlier” moments, as I noticed a tall sailing ship is berthed in Canary Wharf’s South Dock AND that it is open for the public to wander around for a look. Slightly

Watch a steam train run though South London (and Kensington)
Watch a steam train run though South London (and Kensington)

A steam train will be making a loop through South London tomorrow (19th June) – with a diversion through Kensington Olympia – and as it will be one of the longest days of the year, you should be able to

Attending the 2011 Garter Ceremony
Attending the 2011 Garter Ceremony

Yesterday was the umpteen hundreth annual Garter Ceremony – held in St George’s Chapel within Windsor Castle, and a modest sized group of commoners were allowed into the Castle to watch various Royals and members of the establishment don their fancy robes and walk to Church.