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75th Anniversary of the Balham Tube Disaster

It's the evening of 14th October 1940, and one of the worst wartime disasters of the London Underground is about to take place.

The Met Police opens its “Black Museum” to the public

The contents of one of London's most secretive private museums has gone on display for the very first time.

Plans to reopen derelict Crystal Palace subway

An underground Victorian subway built for the Crystal Palace and long since abandoned is attempting to open up to the public once more.

First ever public tours of Henry V’s Chapel

Within Westminster Abbey sits a monument to a mighty King, and to mark the 600th anniversary of his greatest victory, it is to be opened to the public.

The Victorian swimming baths floating in the Thames

Nearly 150 years ago, a miniature "Crystal Place" was moored on the Thames near Parliament, as a floating swimming bath.

Brian Haw’s protest camp inside the Museum of London

One of the enduring images of the Blair government was a lone man protesting outside Parliament in a tent -- and now some of that protest has come to the Museum of London.

Book tours of the Heathrow Express Depot

Next month is a chance to have a look around both the Transport Museum's overflow warehouse, and the Heathrow Express train depot on the same day.

Crossrail uncovers burial pit of Great Plague victims

A mass burial site suspected of containing 30 victims of The Great Plague of 1665 has been unearthed at Crossrail's Liverpool Street building site.

Gladiatorial fights return to London

Over the next few days, sweat and blood, groans and cheers, broken bones and damaged egos return to the roman amphitheater in the City of London.

Unbuilt London: The Outer Loop Railway

London has in recent years gained a loop railway that runs around the suburbs, but 100 years ago, a proposal was made for a much larger loop which would have dramatically changed how we see the city today.

Women Working on the Railways During WW1

The role played by women working on the railways during World War I will be told in an exhibition at railway stations this summer.

The year a quarter of London’s population died

The year of our Lord, 1665, and God's wrath smote the City of London laying waste to a quarter of its population for their sinful deeds.

London’s fire brigade museum to get a new home

The already difficult to visit Fire Brigade Museum is about to become easier to visit, as it is closing for several years. Yes, that actually makes it easier to visit.

Rarely seen roman ruin to open to the public

Under an otherwise unremarkable office block in the City can be found one of London's largest visible Roman ruins. Visible very rarely though, as it's behind locked doors.

Photographing Soldiers and Suffragettes

A hundred years ago, a short stocky woman roamed the streets of London, carrying a huge wooden box and tripod, aiming to capture the world around her.