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How the Regent’s Canal ended up carrying electricity instead of coal

When walking along the Regent's Canal are you aware that you're walking just inches above a major electricity cable supplying London with power?


From woolly mammoths to plague to marmalade – Crossrail’s legacy goes on display

A collection of some of the finest finds from the Crossrail archeology project have gone on display in a new exhibition in Canary Wharf.


See the oldest portrait in the British Museum

At around 9,500 years old, a plaster covered human skull is the oldest portrait in the British Museum, and it's currently on display.


When London’s tube tunnels were painted white

We're used to staring out of bright tube trains into dark tunnels, but once, the tunnels were whitewashed in brilliant white paint.


Why West London is 3 metres higher than it should be

It may not be obvious to the untrained eye, but much of West London is higher than it should be -- by around 3 metres.


London’s newest museum remembers plague, persecution and philanthropy

One of London's oldest buildings has gained its youngest museum, based in a building that owes its existence to the Black Death.


Pour your memories into a Tower Bridge Time Capsule

There is a chance to have a personal item locked into a time capsule and buried under the pavement on Tower Bridge


Museum of London secures funding for new site

The Museum of London says that it has secured £180 million, of the estimated £250 million needed to develop its new site next to Smithfield meat market.


A new museum for London opens this month

Under planning for some years, a new museum is opening near to the Barbican later this month.


Crossrail in a jam with Astoria nightclub discovery

A hidden vault under the old Astoria nightclub has been unearthed by Crossrail builders and it has revealed an unexpected history of one of Britain's first condiment suppliers.


The myth of Medieval Small Beer

There is a story repeated so often that it has become a truth -- that medieval folk drank weak beer to avoid the perils of drinking water -- but it's a myth.


Damnation and Desecration in Imperial Rome

Modern collectors may prize perfect specimens of Roman coins, but ancient Roman rulers were keener on defacing them.


A history of ice skating in London

As we approach the 150th anniversary of one of London's worst ice-skating disasters, the Museum of London has looked back at the history of the recreational sport.


New books about Crossrail archeology released

Five new books about the archeology uncovered during the Crossrail project have been published, to add to two previous books that were released earlier this year.


A memorial to over 500 unmarked children’s graves in Tower Hamlets

Over a 50 year period, at least 500 children were buried in unmarked graves in Tower Hamlets cemetery. Now a new monument to them has been unveiled in the cemetery park.


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