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Handel’s Messiah @ Leicester Square

I have just had this via an email from the Foundling Museum – the first ever broadcast of a live choral concert into cinemas. As tickets to  King’s College Chapel in Cambridge tend to drive credit cards to suicide, this


A weekly newsletter is launched

After a bit of a delay, I have today launched my new weekly listings guide newsletter. This is an email which will be sent out henceforth every Wednesday and lists the events occurring for the forthcoming week, starting on the


Last chance for a tour of The London Library

I have received correspondence today from a reader advising me that the monthly tours of the amazing London Library will end this very weekend due to ongoing building works in the building. The Library aquired new property next door and


The History of the Oxford English Dictionary

I recently popped along to the Gresham College in Holborn for one of their free lunchtime lectures, and I learnt two things. Firstly, that they have an overflow basement for when the main hall is full – and that the


A day in Bradford?

Well, maybe not Bradford itself, but there are two rather impressive brick viaducts on the edges of the city, and I suspect I might be booking a day trip up to the city in the summer with my bike and


The Ig Nobel Tour of Improbable Research

I had a truly entertaining night after wandering along to the London leg of the Ig Nobel tour – where various scientist types are invited to give a short talk about some recent research which has landed them with the


Churchill’s other Cabinet War Rooms

Another in my periodic series on how to visit little known places. — Whilst well known in subterranean and military lore – there are few members of the general public who are aware that in addition to the infamous Cabinet


Crossness on The Victorians

Over the past few weeks, my Sunday evenings have been delighted by the presence of Jeremy Paxman presenting a TV series on The Victorians, looking at the history of that era through the art it inspired. Wonderful stuff and more


Carnal lectures of the sins of the flesh

While updating the events diary, came across this rather interesting series of spring time lectures from the The Royal College of Surgeons of England – which need pre-booking in advance, so worth highlighting on the blog. The evening lectures brings


Scavenger Hunting @ the Acton Depot

Yesterday was one of the periodic opening at the Acton Depot, which holds tons of kit that can’t be fitted into the Transport Museum’s Covent Garden venue.  This weekend was themed around miniatures, so the place was also manned by


London Transport Museum’s Open Weekend

Just a tip – if heading over to the periodic open weekend at the Acton Depot this weekend, you would be strongly advised to try and get tickets from the Covent Garden museum before heading over to Acton as the


How to get tickets to watch Have I Got News for You

Update: The procedure has changed since the below was written. Click on the link for the latest details of how to request tickets to see Have I Got News for You being recorded Regular readers will know that I am


Stand on the Trafalgar Square Plinth

As you may recall from previous media stories, ubiquitous person artist, Antony Gormley is unsurprisingly using people as his medium for the empty plinth on Trafalgar Square. Every hour, 24 hours a day, for 100 days without a break beginning


Trooping the Colour

Just a reminder that if you want to put your name into the ballot for tickets to watch the Trooping the Colour from the seated area in Horseguards, then you need to send your letter within the next day or


Frobisher Crescent at The Barbican

Thanks to an invite from the chaps (and chapesses) over at the Londonist, I found myself lurking around the entrance to The Barbican Centre this morning – waiting for a chance to have a look at the first significant redevelopment