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Queen Anne’s Summerhouse – a 300 year old folly you can sleep in

Hidden away in a private wood is a 300 year old folly, Queen Anne's Summerhouse. Queen Anne never visited it, but you can.


There’s a museum to Alexander Fleming’s discovery of penicillin

In this the 90th anniversary of the publication of the discovery of penicillin and the transformation of medical science, what better than to visit the Alexander Fleming Laboratory Museum?


Visit an abandoned railway tunnel and viaduct

Many towns have bits of abandoned railway, maybe a tunnel or a viaduct, but there are few that have both. Such a place is Winchester, and this is a tale of a lost railway.


250th anniversary of the Massacre of St George’s Fields

Today marks the 250th anniversary of the government shooting dead rioters in Southwark.


Museums by Appointment – The Memorial Scrolls Trust

There’s a museum on a private road, behind a locked door and up several floors, that’s a remarkable survivor of Nazi and Communist oppression in Eastern Europe.


The Aldgate Pump Epidemic

A water pump on the edge of the City of London that was praised for its clean clear water, that killed hundreds of Londoners.


Have you seen the Metropolitan Arcade at Liverpool Street Station?

An early precursor of the modern shopping centre is the Arcade, and a rather fine example can be found just outside Liverpool Street station.


London smallest police station, in Trafalgar Square… isn’t what it’s claimed to be

You might have seen a small round cubicle on the edge of Trafalgar Square and been told it's the London's smallest police station. You might have been told that it was an idea of Sir Lionel Edwards. Both are wrong.


See a Georgian Miscellany of Medicine

A dead cock fed on peppercorns, equal quantities of opium, saltpetre and liquorice, a tincture of mercury -- are recommended treatments of Georgian London, and on display at the moment.


The makings of the welfare state – an exhibition at the LSE

Last December marked the 75th anniversary of the Beveridge Report, which laid out the foundations of the modern welfare state, and there's a small exhibition about the report at the LSE.


Tours of a Roman bathhouse resume this weekend

Deep under a 1960s office block can be found one of London's largest Roman ruins, and tours will resume this weekend.


The ancient Stationers’ Hall opens up for public tours

Long hidden behind other buildings, Stationers' Hall is one of the largest and most opulent of City livery halls, and they've just started holding regular public tours.


270 years ago today – the forgotten fire of London

It's 1am on 25th March 1748 and a small fire has started in a wig maker in the City of London. By lunchtime nearly 100 homes and two entire blocks in the heart of the city would lay in ruins.


Admire the arts & crafts workshops behind Liverpool Street station

On a street surrounded by modern glass and steel office blocks, can be found this slightly ramshackle but quite delightful row of workshops and flats.


Wimbledon’s tennis museum to be redeveloped

Planning permission has been given for the tennis museum at the Wimbledon tennis club to be revamped.