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Ride in a 1938 era tube train at the Rickmansworth Festival

The annual Rickmansworth Festival is in a couple of weeks time, and as usual, the London Transport Museum will be there with vintage buses to ferry people between Rickmansworth Station and the Festival at Batchworth Lock. Also, the restored 1938


Expect gunfire and explosions near Old St tube station this evening

Just around the corner from Old Street tube station lies the main parade ground of the Honourable Artillery Company – and this evening (8th May) will be their annual military display which has a tendency to scare the heck out


A small museum inside a military firing range

Lurking on the eastern most edge of the River Thames sits Foulness Island, a low lying marshy farmland that is also almost entirely controlled by the Ministry of Defence for weapons testing. Rather improbably, sitting in the middle of this


The Queen’s “crystal diamond” arrives at the Tower of London

Yesterday evening, just after the last of the tourists were removed (well, almost all of them), a marching band entered the Tower of London, and the Pageantmaster of the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Beacons, escorted by Yeomen carried a “crystal diamond”


Look out for a Tall Green Man in the City on May Day

Tomorrow is May Day, and each year the Fowlers Troop recreate the Deptford Jack parade in a different part of London. This year, it’s the turn of the City to witness a walking mound of greenery parade through it’s stone


A history of Royal Pageantry along the Thames

With the Royal Pageant taking place in a couple of months, it is opportune to learn a bit about the history of such grand events which were often the closest the great unwashed would get to see their Regal masters


Suggestions for things to do outside London during May

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.   Padstow Obby Oss Day 1st May Ancient parade


Three heritage events along the Central Line

A terrestrial alignment of heritage took place on Saturday as I found three heritage related events taking place within a few stops of each other on the Central Line. First stop was also underground related as the Post Office’s overflow


Huge military fly past over Windsor Castle in May

As part of the Jubilee Celebrations, three days of events will be taking place at Windsor Castle, culminating in a Regal display on Saturday 19th May. On the day, nearly 2,500 troops from the Royal Navy, the Army and the


How to get tickets to the Last Night of the Proms

Prom season is starting again and it’s already time to dust off the envelope and postage stamp in order to apply for tickets to attend the Last Night of the Proms. The tickets are allocated in two separate ballots. The


Olympic sized security exercises on the Thames next month

A notice for mariners to look out for high speed boats whizzing up and down the river, and a very big Royal Navy ship has been distributed. The notice warns that security exercises that will take place along the Thames


Ladies who designed post-war textiles – and mens handkerchiefs

Sitting in a modern building in the achingly fashionable Bermondsey Street is the Fashion and Textile museum, a small space for displays and talks, and of course, the obligatory fashionable café. A display that is currently on is devoted to


A look around Boston Manor House

Sitting half way between posh Chiswick and ahem, less posh Hounslow lies Boston Manor, named after a Manor House – and one of the ancient manors of Middlesex. A short walk from the suitably named tube station is Boston Manor


A new wind-sculpture in Canary Wharf

A semi-circular concrete steel  arch has appeared in the middle of the green lawn by Canary Wharf’s skyscrapers with a range of steel tubes sticking out of the top. A random passer by who lacks curiosity might wander by and


Animal Inside Out – the Body Worlds exhibition at the Natural History Museum

If you are a large museum in a large city, it is now mandatory to have a blockbuster show lain on for the summer months to lure in the paying customers – and this summer, the Natural History Museum have


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