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Crossbones Graveyard future secured
Crossbones Graveyard future secured

The long term future of the Crossbones Graveyard in Southwark has been secured after the housing development next to it signed a renewable 30-year lease with the local group, Friends of Crossbones.

London’s Brooklands Museum gets a TV series
London’s Brooklands Museum gets a TV series

To mark its 30th anniversary later this year, the museum of motoring and aircraft at Brooklands in southwest London is getting a 10-part TV series.

The White Horse of Poplar High Street
The White Horse of Poplar High Street

On a residential street to the north of Canary Wharf can be found a big wooden pole, with a white horse on top.

Docklands: The Expanding City (1988 LDDC corporate video)
Docklands: The Expanding City (1988 LDDC corporate video)

Found by the Tower Hamlets archive is a promotional video from 1988 for the Canary Wharf and Docklands development.

Finding the Virginia Quay Settlers Monument
Finding the Virginia Quay Settlers Monument

A monument to the original English settlers of the USA overlooks the Thames, but it’s unlikely that you would casually walk past it.

London Bridge’s lost Nonsuch House
London Bridge’s lost Nonsuch House

What is thought to be London’s earliest prefab house was a grand affair, and stood on top of London Bridge as a massive gateway to the city.

The forgotten era of Light Reflectors in London’s alleys
The forgotten era of Light Reflectors in London’s alleys

A visitor to Victorian London who found themselves in its many narrow alleys would have seen large numbers of wooden shutters reflecting sunlight into the offices.

50 years since London Underground switched to decimal currency
50 years since London Underground switched to decimal currency

This Sunday marks the 50th anniversary of when London Underground changed over to a decimal currency — a day earlier than the rest of the country.

St James’s Palace – from lepers to royalty
St James’s Palace – from lepers to royalty

A nearly 500-year-old Tudor palace in the heart of London, built on the site of a leper hospital, and today the senior royal palace in the UK.

Georgian Group’s journal made available for free online
Georgian Group’s journal made available for free online

The Georgian Group, an organisation the promotes and conserves Georgian era architecture has put most of its Journal archive online – for free.

The year a “railway” ran inside Westminster Abbey
The year a “railway” ran inside Westminster Abbey

For a few months in 1952, railway tracks could be found running through the middle of Westminster Abbey.

The “Trump Baby” blimp is coming to the Museum of London
The “Trump Baby” blimp is coming to the Museum of London

A giant orange balloon of Donald Trump in a baby nappy is to become part of the permanent collection at the Museum of London.

It’s the 700th anniversary of Leadenhall Market
It’s the 700th anniversary of Leadenhall Market

This year marks the 700th anniversary of London’s Leadenhall Market, the ornate market in the City of London.

London womens museum seeks funding
London womens museum seeks funding

When the proposed women’s history museum in Shadwell turned out to be a Jack the Ripper tourist trap, plans were set up to create an actual woman’s history museum.

There was once a hospital underneath St Pauls’ Cathedral
There was once a hospital underneath St Pauls’ Cathedral

The grand staircase in front of St Paul’s Cathedral once had underneath it a small hospital staffed by volunteers in the days before the NHS.

The year Little Chef opened a cafe in Regent’s Park
The year Little Chef opened a cafe in Regent’s Park

Little Chef, a famous chain of basic roadside cafes once had a restaurant in the middle of a Royal Park, about as far from the usual roadside cafes you could expect.

The mystery of Dick Whittington’s stone in Highgate
The mystery of Dick Whittington’s stone in Highgate

Up on Highgate Hill can be found an old stone, Dick Whittington’s stone, surrounded by an old fence, with a cat sitting on top.

New revelations about the “Spitalfields Roman woman”
New revelations about the “Spitalfields Roman woman”

A 30-year project to uncover the secrets buried beneath Spitalfields has finally come to a conclusion with new revelations about a Roman burial.

The memorial to the founding of the Labour Party
The memorial to the founding of the Labour Party

A modern office block in Farringdon has three old metal plaques on the side – for this is the place where the Labour Party was founded.

TfL releases WW2 archive online
TfL releases WW2 archive online

The actions of London’s transport during WW2 are being highlighted by TfL’s corporate archives for the next few months.

Take in a virtual tour of the Brunel Museum
Take in a virtual tour of the Brunel Museum

While it’s closed, the Brunel Museum has released four digitised tours of the great shaft that used to take people down to the railway beneath.

When the Lord Mayor’s show took place on the Thames
When the Lord Mayor’s show took place on the Thames

This Saturday’s Lord Mayor’s show would normally be a huge event on the streets of London, with large numbers of floats and people marching, but it won’t be like that this week, and it never used to be like that either.

Victoria station marks the centenary of the arrival of the Unknown Warrior
Victoria station marks the centenary of the arrival of the Unknown Warrior

A pop-up exhibition has opened at Victoria station to commemorate the anniversary of the arrival of the Unknown Warrior at the station a century ago.

Crystal Palace Dinosaurs and St Paul’s Cathedral in latest grants awards
Crystal Palace Dinosaurs and St Paul’s Cathedral in latest grants awards

A total of 18 organisations across Greater London have been recipients in the latest round of pandemic funding grants.