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The block of flats named after a war hero
The block of flats named after a war hero

If you pass a rather nondescript block of flats in Richmond, you might be surprised to see a poppy wreath hanging on the wall.

The Blowing Stone
The Blowing Stone

A strange and curious stone standing inside a fenced off area next to a small row of cottages in the countryside – this is the Blowing Stone.

Shoreditch’s Shakespearean theatre to be opened to the public
Shoreditch’s Shakespearean theatre to be opened to the public

The remains of a Shakespearean theatre discovered under the streets of Shoreditch will be go on public display next year, as part of a new museum opening on the site.

Crossrail’s history of London – made from paper
Crossrail’s history of London – made from paper

Short and simple, this is a delightful way to show off the history of London, using paper origami.

Exhibition: At Last! Votes for Women
Exhibition: At Last! Votes for Women

In this 100th anniversary of the right to vote for women in elections, there’s a number of exhibitions, and a small one can be found in the LSE Library just off Holborn.

Fantastic Feats: The Building of London
Fantastic Feats: The Building of London

Next year, the City of London is planning a range of events, based around notable anniversaries in the “building of London”.

Tickets Alert: Three-day east London history festival
Tickets Alert: Three-day east London history festival

There’s a three-day festival of history taking place in Whitechapel in October, and tickets are very cheap for the event.

The Science Museum has a room full of old washing machines and televisions
The Science Museum has a room full of old washing machines and televisions

In the basement of the Science Museum is a gallery that’s all too easy to miss, and yet is full of domestic wonders.

Tickets Alert: Tours of Lambeth Palace Library
Tickets Alert: Tours of Lambeth Palace Library

This is a rare opportunity to see behind the scenes at Lambeth Palace Library, along with the Great Hall, and parts of the Palace building itself.

Queen Caroline’s Bath in Greenwich
Queen Caroline’s Bath in Greenwich

Rather too well hidden behind a dense hedge can be found the remains of a Georgian bath that was used by the estranged wife of King George IV, Queen Caroline.

Open-air display of Victorian photos from 1840s London
Open-air display of Victorian photos from 1840s London

London’s newest pocket park has a display of some of it’s oldest photos at the moment.

Ranger’s House – the art collection you’ve probably never seen
Ranger’s House – the art collection you’ve probably never seen

At the top end of Greenwich Park, away from the tourists is a grand house, called a lodge, and inside is one of the UK’s finest collections of art. And until last week, not the easiest or most obvious one to see.

Art-Deco tube train returns to the London Underground
Art-Deco tube train returns to the London Underground

After an absence of a few years, this September offers a chance to ride in the delightful little 1938 era tube train.

350 years of the Blue Coats celebrated at the Museum of London
350 years of the Blue Coats celebrated at the Museum of London

Founded in 1552 for the education of poor children, the pupils of Christ’s Hospital have since become far more famous for their distinctive blue uniform.

Get up close to the Sikh Empire at this outstanding SOAS exhibition
Get up close to the Sikh Empire at this outstanding SOAS exhibition

There’s an exceptionally good exhibition on at the moment at SOAS in the centre of London all about the Empire of the Sikhs.

New exhibition looks into the death of the Russian Royal Family
New exhibition looks into the death of the Russian Royal Family

Probably one of the most famous royal deaths in history, and still a mystery, the Science Museum is putting on an exhibition about the execution of the Romanov Royal Family.

Day trips from London – Avebury Stone circle
Day trips from London – Avebury Stone circle

There’s a part of England’s green and pleasant land that’s rich in ancient stone works, and at one place, you can find a pub inside a giant stone circle.

Exhibition – 450th anniversary of the Tylers and Bricklayers
Exhibition – 450th anniversary of the Tylers and Bricklayers

This year marks the 450th anniversary of Queen Elizabeth I granted a monopoly to the Worshipful Company of Tylers and Bricklayers to control the market in London.

Kew Garden’s remarkable concrete bridge
Kew Garden’s remarkable concrete bridge

It doesn’t look like much, but the train station at Kew Gardens has a remarkable survivor of early reinforced concrete — and most people have no idea that the shabby looking footbridge is it.

The dragons have returned to Kew’s Great Pagoda
The dragons have returned to Kew’s Great Pagoda

Famous for its long since removed dragons, the Great Pagoda in Kew has rarely been open to the public. Until now. And the dragons are back.

A thatched roof for a megalithic stone
A thatched roof for a megalithic stone

Had I just seen a rather posh looking bus shelter with a pile of rubbish in the middle, or something actually interesting? We were near Avebury, in the land of random lumps of stone, so it was plausible, but then again, to considerable embarrassment, it could be nothing.

The ancient tradition of cleaning the Uffington Horse
The ancient tradition of cleaning the Uffington Horse

For thousands of years, people have come to Uffington to clean a prehistoric white horse carved into the landscape. And this weekend, the ancient tradition was performed once again.

Women in Parliament – an exhibition inside Parliament
Women in Parliament – an exhibition inside Parliament

A grand medieval hall that has seen the greatest of state occasions, an exhibition, about the gradual admittance of women to Parliament.

Oliver Cromwell’s funeral banner goes on sale
Oliver Cromwell’s funeral banner goes on sale

One of only four surviving banners that formed part of the Royal Regalia used at the funeral of Oliver Cromwell in November 1658, is to be put up for sale next week.