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Unbuilt London: A travolator on top of London Bridge
Unbuilt London: A travolator on top of London Bridge

When London Bridge was being shipped off the to USA, one of the ideas mooted for its modern replacement was a high level, covered travolator to help speed pedestrians from the railway station to the City.

200 year old satires about Napoleon Bonaparte on display
200 year old satires about Napoleon Bonaparte on display

If you think modern political satires are cruel at times, take a journey back 200 years for the crass display of bodily functions as satire was not just normal, but applauded when applied to the enemy.

Queen Boudica’s fire found under the Walkie Talkie skyscraper
Queen Boudica’s fire found under the Walkie Talkie skyscraper

The Walkie-Talkie skyscraper may have gained a reputation for frying eggs on the pavement, but its basement conceals remains of a much older conflagration — the burning of London by Queen Boudica.

Unbuilt London: The driverless cars experiment — in the 1970s
Unbuilt London: The driverless cars experiment — in the 1970s

Google may be getting the publicity for its driverless car today, but London once considered a similar project — all the way back in the 1970s.

Freemasonry and the First World War
Freemasonry and the First World War

That secretive organisation that has a very large, very obvious building in central London that anyone can enter for a look around has put on a display about how their organisation was affected during WW1.

Giant flying whale to dominate the Natural History Museum
Giant flying whale to dominate the Natural History Museum

The main hall of the Natural History Museum, home for the past 30 years to the replica dinosaur, is soon to have a giant flying whale in its midst.

The time when London’s streets were paved with wood
The time when London’s streets were paved with wood

London’s streets may be famously paved with gold, but more realistically, they were once paved with wood — quite a lot of streets and an awful lot of wood. As roads were increasingly paved to cope with carriages and later,

A history of Pubs on the London Underground
A history of Pubs on the London Underground

As we all (should) know, drinking on the London Underground has been strictly forbidden since 2008, but if you go back further in time, there used to be plenty of drinking on the Underground, as it used to have pubs inside the stations.

The danger of ladies hatpins on the London Underground
The danger of ladies hatpins on the London Underground

It is almost a daily occurrence that some accident of one kind or another has to be reported through the negligent way in which ladies wear hat-pins.

Tangerine dreams with new Dinosaur at the Natural History Museum
Tangerine dreams with new Dinosaur at the Natural History Museum

If you’re museum curator looking after dinosaur exhibits, you probably dream of acquiring a full sized Stegosaurus for your collection.

Own a macabre relic from Republican England
Own a macabre relic from Republican England

Fancy owning something taken from the decaying body of a dead man?

Emperor Maximilian’s triumphal arch at the British Museum
Emperor Maximilian’s triumphal arch at the British Museum

A massive triumphal arch is on display in the British Museum at the moment, but unlike the grand stone arches dotted around Imperial cities, this one is made of paper.

At just 26 days, London Underground’s shortest lived tube station
At just 26 days, London Underground’s shortest lived tube station

On the 1st November, 1884, a tube station changed its name, and in doing so became the shortest lived tube station to bear the name it once had.

Victorian London’s double-decked cable cars
Victorian London’s double-decked cable cars

Plans for a cable car in London are as old as Victorian inventiveness — for example, this double-decker cable car which would have run from Monument in the City over to Hyde Park Corner.

Witches at the British Museum
Witches at the British Museum

As we approach Halloween, the British Museum has put on an exhibition of witches and wicked bodies as shown throughout history.

200 years ago — the London Beer Flood
200 years ago — the London Beer Flood

200 years ago a tsunami wave roared down several streets in central London laying waste to the area and drowning a number of people. The tsunami wave was made of beer.

Wartime bunker under Eltham Palace to be restored
Wartime bunker under Eltham Palace to be restored

As part of a range of upgrades just announced for the art-deco Eltham Palace, the WW2 bunker underneath the building is to be restored to its wartime appearance.

130th anniversary of the closure of Tower of London tube station
130th anniversary of the closure of Tower of London tube station

On this day, 130 years ago, the Tower of London station on the London Underground closed. No, not the one we know today, nor that other one you are thinking of. It’s in fact the original of the three that closed.

From Beef Tea to Battleships
From Beef Tea to Battleships

The Guildhall Library in the city has put on a small display based on the personal letters and experiences of those who served during World War One.

Visit the Museum of Methodism
Visit the Museum of Methodism

In 1778, a new chapel opened on the edges of the City of London for the new Christian movement known as the Methodists, and it’s still there, just down the road from Old Street tube station, with a museum in its basement.

The little noticed frieze on Temple Bar Monument
The little noticed frieze on Temple Bar Monument

Where once a mighty stone gate stood baring the entrance to the City of London now stands a tall ornate monument.

City of London opens a new Heritage Gallery
City of London opens a new Heritage Gallery

Just as London’s Guildhall loses one small museum, it gains another small gallery. A heritage gallery that will show off a few key objects from the City of London’s archive.

World’s oldest clock museum to move home
World’s oldest clock museum to move home

The world’s oldest clock museum has closed to the public — because it is about to move home.

Did you visit the Temple of Mithras in 1954?
Did you visit the Temple of Mithras in 1954?

This September marks sixty years since the discovery of the Roman Temple of Mithras under a building site near to Mansion House in the City of London.