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A display of poisons and lotions

A museum filled with medicines can be found just around the corner from the Tower of London, presumably to offer salves to those who had just lost their heads.


Shakespeare’s Globe theatre archives go online

A treasure trove of documents from the building of the modern Globe theatre to the plays put on since it opened have been put into an online archive.


Tickets Alert: Tours of Billingsgate Roman House and Baths

Hidden underneath a mundane office block can be found one of London's largest Roman remains, and it's open for tours from next month.


James Mason tours late 1960s London

With James Mason's distinctive voice, enjoy a melancholic wander around old London town, from the City to Smithfields and Southwark, digging out long alleys and dark corners.


See inside the restored King’s Observatory

This is the King's Observatory, built by King George III (well, he paid other people to do the work), with one single purpose -- to be used for a few hours one evening to look at the Sun.


Tickets Alert: Open Weekend at a railway depot

For one weekend this April, London Transport Museum’s Depot in Acton, west London, will open its doors, giving you the chance to explore its huge collection of transport heritage.


A hidden chapel and roof terrace to open to the public

Hidden under scaffolding lies one of East London's marvels, and soon it will be unveiled once more.


The lost history of a mosaic in Victoria

A small side street near Victoria contains a mosaic that people will tell you is an old advert for the Victor Talking Machine Company. They are wrong.


Huge 200 year old panorama of London to go on display

A huge 20 feet wide panorama of London and Westminster is to go on public display from next Friday for the first time.


Tutankhamun exhibition coming to London

Nearly a century after the discovery of his tomb, Tutankhamun is coming to London, for what is billed as the last ever travelling show of the Pharaoh's treasures.


Derek Jarman gets a Blue Plaque

Yesterday, an anti-establishment film director known for the colour blue got his own Blue Plaque from the establishment.


Earliest human skull ever mudlarked from the Thames to go on display

Around 5,600 years ago a man died next to a wide meandering river, and over the millennia, the river changed, the landscape changed, but the remains of that man waited.


See the remnants of an old wooden road at Waterloo

The streets of London were once paved with wood, and in a few places, echoes of that little-known period of road history can be seen - such as at Waterloo.


Cryptic book illustrations go on display in Freemasons’ Hall

An exhibition of old books has gone on display in Covent Garden that seeks to explain the often cryptic messages hidden within their illustrations.


London’s last Tudor Great Chamber to be restored

Hidden behind high walls near the Barbican can be found the last surviving Tudor Great Chamber in London, within the Charterhouse estate.