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A Festival of Winter Walks

Starting tomorrow, and running through to the New Year, the Ramblers Association is holding its annual festival of winter walks – an opportunity to lure in prospective new members and for the rest of us, to force ourselves to walk


Suggestions for things to do outside London in January

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. New Year’s Day Bath Race 1st Jan The Pirates


Watch some steam trains in London on Saturday

It’s the last of the big steam train runs though London tomorrow (Saturday) with two trains at lunchtime, one at an uncomfortably early hour in the morning, and all three returning in the late afternoon/evening. First up is the Christmas


A Dickens exhibition at the Museum of London

Later this week, the first major Dickens themed exhibition in London since the 1970s opens its doors to the paying public, and starts a year of Dickens this, Dickens that and more Dickens over here as everyone tries to jump


Watch a steam train in West and North London at Lunchtime

A steam locomotive will be running a charter trip into London this lunchtime and will come in from the South-West, and run in a loop around North London down to Euston Station. Although steam trains do tend to run from


Photos inside the disused tube station at Aldwych

Announced a couple of weeks ago – and sold out within a few days – today marked the first of two open weekends at the disused tube station at Aldwych. Although only closed in 1994, it holds a special fascination


Things to do outside London during December

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. Not much happening next month – everyone seems busy


A preview of the Natural History Museum’s exhibitions in 2012

The Natural History Museum — that South Kensington terracotta palace to science — showed off its plans for major exhibitions next year and running into 2013, and I am relieved to say, no attempt to do a tie-in with the


The Met Police improve their website

A few months ago, London’s Met police upgraded their website, and from my perspective, broke it spectacularly. I fired off a woeful email to them and got a “yeah, ok” reply, but one that did suggest they would be making


A chance to go into Tower Bridge’s hidden Bascule Chambers

Although it has been possible for group tours to go down under Tower Bridge and into the Bascule Chambers, it hasn’t been an option for the individual visitor. Until now. But what are the Bascule Chambers? They are two vast


Support a London Museum this Christmas

I am going to make a suggestion. If you are looking for a present to give someone this Christmas, and you want something that they can use all year round – rather than socks and fragrances… give them a membership


Free entry to St Paul’s Cathedral this Saturday

When St Paul’s cathedral was forced to close/chose to close for a few days recently, there were murmurings that it was more worried about the loss of revenue from tourists than in its spiritual function – although the services within


Around 500 vintage motor cars to drive from London to Brighton

Tomorrow (Sun 6th Nov) morning, around 500 vintage motor cars will start the annual London to Brighton run, leaving Hyde Park at sunrise and arriving in Brighton later in the afternoon. In addition, today (Sat) around 100 of the cars


Your chance to visit an abandoned tube station

Prepare to squeal in delight as the Transport Museum delivers an early Christmas present. The closed down Aldwych tube station by The Strand is opening to the public again for a rare chance to go down and see this famous


More details of London Underground’s 150th Anniversary Events

You may recall that the Transport Museum has secured a grant to restore an old carriage in time for the 150th anniversary of the London Underground, which takes place in 2013. A few more details have been released by London