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The hovercraft on the Thames
The hovercraft on the Thames

In 1963, a short-lived experiment took place, running a regular hovercraft service along the Thames linking Tower Bridge to Westminster.

A mono railway proposed back in 1880
A mono railway proposed back in 1880

In September 1880, news of an invention reached the press, of a mono-railway that could be built quickly and cheaply.

London’s civilian VC to be commemorated
London’s civilian VC to be commemorated

On 4th July 2015, ship’s Master Frederick Parslow, VC, Mercantile Marine, will be honoured with the unveiling of a commemorative paving stone on Islington Green, near to where he was born in 1856.

Unbuilt London: How Charing Cross nearly became a giant helipad
Unbuilt London: How Charing Cross nearly became a giant helipad

Imagine if you will, a giant flat surface larger than Trafalgar Square overhanging the River Thames — this was the proposed central London Helidrome.

Disused “Mail Rail” edges closer to being opened to the public
Disused “Mail Rail” edges closer to being opened to the public

Another step closer to turning the unused Mail Rail into a tourist attraction as the museum secures additional funding.

The “All-Female Tube Station” is 100 years old
The “All-Female Tube Station” is 100 years old

The first tube station to be staffed entirely by women marks its 100th birthday tomorrow (Sat), and there will be events to mark the anniversary.

London’s 50-meter high Great Pagoda to reopen to the public
London’s 50-meter high Great Pagoda to reopen to the public

It was one of the jewels in the crown of Georgian London: a building so unusual that a suspicious public were unconvinced it would remain standing when it was built in 1762.

The year an observatory sat on top of St Paul’s Cathedral
The year an observatory sat on top of St Paul’s Cathedral

In 1821, had a person looked up at the summit of St Paul’s Cathedral, a wonderous sight would have greeted their eyes.

100th anniversary of the first air-raid on London
100th anniversary of the first air-raid on London

Today marks the 100th anniversary of the first air-raid over London, by a Zeppelin airship, and probably the first foreign enemy incursion into London for nearly 1,000 years.

How Victorian London invented the modern domestic pet dog
How Victorian London invented the modern domestic pet dog

Dogs have been companions to humans for tens of thousands of years. In a new book, Dr Philip Howell argues that it was the Victorians who ‘invented’ the modern dog with a place at the heart of the family.

Unbuilt London: Farringdon’s massive railway terminus
Unbuilt London: Farringdon’s massive railway terminus

A giant railway terminus was once planned for central London that would have swept away all the land between Holborn and Farringdon. Obviously never built, its failure indirectly lead to the creation of the London Underground.

Rare opening of a derelict Georgian house
Rare opening of a derelict Georgian house

A note for your diaries, as next month there will be a rare opportunity to explore a tiny jewel of secret London, a 1719 Huguenot merchant’s house

Unbuilt London: The Victorian skyscraper taller than The Shard
Unbuilt London: The Victorian skyscraper taller than The Shard

Around 160 years ago, plans were announced for a skyscraper in London that would have a summit even higher than The Shard stands today.

Photos from inside Down Street disused tube station
Photos from inside Down Street disused tube station

Just over 80 years ago, a tube station closed to the public due there being insufficient public interested in using it. Now it could open again, as a tourist attraction.

Medieval River Wall Uncovered in Parliament Gardens
Medieval River Wall Uncovered in Parliament Gardens

A 700 year old stone wall has been discovered in the grounds of Parliament which could show the shoreline of the Thames before the embankment was constructed.

Apsley House puts on the Waterloo Banquet
Apsley House puts on the Waterloo Banquet

To mark the 200th anniversary of the Battle of Waterloo, the Duke of Wellington’s London home, Apsley House has re-presented Waterloo Gallery where Wellington held annual banquets to commemorate the great victory.

Easier access to Brunel’s Thames Tunnel shaft planned
Easier access to Brunel’s Thames Tunnel shaft planned

Plans to make entry to an underground chamber in Rotherhithe moved a step closer following the unveiling of the design of the new staircase that will sit inside the space.

Marxist Library Starts Tours of the Building
Marxist Library Starts Tours of the Building

The Marx Memorial Library, based in Clerkenwell has started offering guided tours of its building and library.

Rare panel of a Baron turned Saint goes on display
Rare panel of a Baron turned Saint goes on display

A rare devotional panel has gone on display at the Museum of London, although it’s in a small display case that is quite easy to overlook if you don’t know the significance of the object.

Unbuilt London: The almost story of a loop railway under Southwark
Unbuilt London: The almost story of a loop railway under Southwark

Imagine a tube tunnel running under Southwark and the City, but carrying full size mainline trains — and you would be imagining something that was actually proposed.

Stones from the Euston Arch return to Euston Station
Stones from the Euston Arch return to Euston Station

For the next few weeks, you can get up close and even touch hallowed heritage as some of the stones from the Euston Arch return to the scene of their demise.

Wembley’s experimental “never stop” railway line
Wembley’s experimental “never stop” railway line

For a couple of years, Wembley saw an experimental railway running that never stopped. Well, it probably stopped at night time, but during the daylight hours, the trains never stopped, not once.

Find London’s smallest public sculpture
Find London’s smallest public sculpture

High up a building in the City of London, two mice are locked in immortal battle over a lump of cheese, neither side seemingly willing to give up the battle until the stones around them crumble to dust.

Museum of London seeking a new home
Museum of London seeking a new home

The Museum of London has announced plans to move from its current London Wall site to a new venue, just down the road — in Smithfield.