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The restoration of the Walled Garden at Fulham Palace

At the far end of the posh lawn at the back of Fulham Palace is a high wall, punched through with a decorate gateway – and behind lies a historic walled garden. Part of it has now been restored to


Free tours of a Royal Navy Warship on Sunday

HMS Ocean will be arriving in London this evening — an event I expect to photograph, of course — and will be based at Greenwich for the Olympics as part of the ongoing militarisation of sporting events. However, the general


Wastescape at the SouthBank Centre

Nestled into a dark corner of the pathway maze that is the SouthBank Centre is a concrete cave with white plastic stalactites and stalagmites growing around the walkway and up the stairs. This is Wastescape – an art installation that


Diamonds on Display at Buckingham Palace

Time for the now annual Summer Opening at Buckingham Palace with the state rooms in their unchanging glory, and a special display in a side room, which this year is appropriately Diamond themed. As part of the Diamond Jubilee, some


Tickets for the Last Night of the Proms to go on sale this Friday

Tickets to be inside the Royal Albert Hall for the Last Night of the Proms are highly sought after and quite difficult to get. Although there is a limited ballot for everyone to enter, normally, to get inside the Hall


Lancaster Bomber to fly over Central London on Thursday

This coming Thursday (28th June 2012) lunchtime, the memorial to Bomber Command will be formally commissioned and as part of the ceremonies, a flypast by a Lancaster Bomber over Hyde Park Corner will take place. The memorial itself is a


Architecture porn on display at Cannon Street

Over the past couple of weeks, I have received a steady stream of press releases about some new exhibition thing that seemed to be rather indifferent in nature. Indeed, it sounded like it was just some displays stuck in the


Photos from the top of Tower Bridge

When tourists go up to the top of Tower Bridge to walk along the high-level walkways, they might notice that the stone uprights have another floor above where they stand, and might ponder what is up there. Thanks to a


In photos – Raising the Olympic Rings to the top of Tower Bridge

If you has also been willing to get up at an ungodly hour, then you could have seen a rather impressive bit of civil engineering take place, as a large set of Olympic Rings was hoisted up to the top


Celebrate the City – a weekend of heritage events

Starting next Thursday will be four days to celebrate the City of London in the form of heritage and art. The four day event has actually been timed to slot-in between the Spitalfields festival and the 50th City of London


Heritage Buses to Run Through London this Sunday

One of London’s bus operating companies has decided to urge people to get off the bus and walk along one of its bus routes. No, not some weird request to reduce overcrowding during the Olympics, but a bit of heritage


Photos – Helicopters flying through Tower Bridge

A large number of people enjoying the evening sunshine, and a modest number of those in the know were treated to the rare sight of a couple of helicopters flying through Tower Bridge last night. Two helicopters – one filming,


On the river during the Jubilee Pageant

I live next to the river and walk along it often enough that I have never taken a trip in the many tourist boats that ply the Thames, and frankly, thought I never would. Until I was offered a trip


Soldiers rehearsing the Diamond Jubilee parade at 4am this morning

No matter how used a soldier is to the ceremonial aspect of their job, a rehearsal of major events is still a good idea – so early this morning, a very large swathe of Westminster was sealed off to road


A sumptuous display of Gold metalwork at Goldsmiths Hall

Gold – a metal that goes beyond mere physical characteristics to have embedded itself in human imaginations in a way that probably no other metal could, and a new exhibition about this rare metal seeks to appeal to both the