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The Trial of the Pyx

Earlier today, I had the huge pleasure of attending the Trial of the Pyx in the sumptuous surroundings of the Goldsmith Hall just by St Paul’s Cathedral. The trial occurs on the second Tuesday in February every single year –

Watching the A1 Tornado Steam Train arrive at King’s Cross

Update: The train will be returning to London on the 15th Sept – details here. — Today I wandered over to Kings Cross to watch the A1 Tornado steam train make its inaugural commercial trip – and into London. Got

The A1 Tornado Steam Train Arrives in London

Just a heads up that the A1 Tornado, the first steam train to be built in the UK for nearly 50 years will be making its first commercial passenger trip tomorrow (Sat 7th Feb), and will be expected at Kings

Watching the Ceremony of the Keys

Another in my periodic series on how to get into places which are not obviously open to the public. This time, I am talking about a venue which is very open to the public, being a major tourist attraction –

A walk through the (closed) Monsal Trail tunnels

Following a load of publicity after a recent BBC series of country walks along disused railways, there will be two opportunities to walk the Monsal Trail in the Peak District – and go though the normally closed tunnels which the

The Horrid Murder of His Majestie, King Charles I

This morning, roughly 500 members of the King’s Army of the English Civil War Society marched through Whitehall – in the footsteps of King Charles I in commemoration of ‘His Majestie’s Horrid Murder’ at the hands of the Parliament in

Drinking Tea: Talking about Tea

Off to the Linnaean Society last night for a cup of tea – and a talk about tea, in their plush Piccadilly home. The talk was being given by John Griffiths FLS, who coincidentally has written a book on the subject.

Bored at work?

One of the RSS feeds I keep an eye on is the Zoological Society of London – which is the posh name for London Zoo (and Whipsnade), mainly for keeping an eye on any events they might be having. They

First Day of the Woolwich DLR

Today was the completion of a DLR extension project which had taken the light railway down towards City Airport – and after a short hiatus for tunneling work – under the River Thames to Woolwich town centre. I had planned

President Elect Obama at Madame Tussauds

A firm which is never shy of blatent publicity stunts, Madame Tussauds has decided that Americans can get free entry into its waxworks on the day the new US President is inaugurated into the Presidency. They have already got a

Last minute tickets

Am off to the RSA this evening to listen to Lord Mandy of Dodgy Mortgage give a talk about boosting the British economy and it seems that the talk is proving popular as I had an email earlier this week

Cloning an Ice-Age Mammoth

On Thursday evening I wandered along to the Grant Museum for the last of their current series of lectures themed around Dinosaurs. The topic was very “Jurassic Park”, being on cloning dead animals – although to keep it scientifically realistic

Clear sky at night – Observers delight

According to the weather reports, this Saturday night (6th Dec) is expected to be very clear – and cold. The Hampstead Observatory in North London is open to the public from 8pm and this could be a good night to

Two talks on two nights

Been a busy few days – went to talks this evening and yesterday evening. Considering that I normally work in the evenings, these nights out result in coming home and having to put in an extra hour or two before

Tour of The Mansion House

Today was a first – as it marked the first time that the Mansion House in the City of London has been open for tours by the general public. It has been possible to write in for a tour but

The Mummy – surrounded by Mummies

Last night I wandered along to the Petrie Museum for a rather interesting idea. The museum was hosting a small film event and was going to show a viewing of the Hammer Horror classic, The Mummy – which was rather

Changes to the Events Calendar

After discussions with people and some head-scratching, I have made a fairly fundamental change to how the events calendar works – hopefully for the better. At first glance, nothing has changed – but if you click on the monthly view

Sloane, Chocolate and Wine

Thursday evening found me wandering along to St Georges Church in Bloomsbury for a lecture on Sir Hans Sloane and his alleged discovery of milk chocolate. The church, which has just been restored to its original design and layout was

In Conversation with Cherie Blair

Something to put in your diary – as free tickets to a conversation with Cherie Blair will be made available on Monday morning on the LSE website. One ticket per person can be requested from 10.00am on Monday 24 November

Mansion House to start public tours

Had the monthly events email from the City of London, and something jumped right out at me. Mansion House is one of the most popular buildings during Open House London weekend and we are delighted to announce that regular weekly

Visiting a Nuclear Fusion Reactor

Did you know that the world’s largest nuclear fusion reactor is based here in the UK – in fact, just outside Oxford? Well – it is. Before you worry about Oxford’s towering spires melting in a nuclear fireball if something

Visiting Big Ben

The first in a periodic series of how to get into places you might not be aware you can visit – either on your own, or by clubbing together a group of people. Big Ben Parliament – technically, the Palace

Gin Tasting in the Foundling Museum

Last night I (along with some friends) had tickets to a gin tasting event being hosted by the Foundling Museum. The Museum is on the site of Britain’s original home for abandoned children and London’s first ever public art gallery

Launching a London Events Guide

Over the past year or so, I have had a few messages on here – and on other websites where I socialise – asking if I could provide ideas for things to do, or a calendar of events I know