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London’s lost bridge across the Thames at Blackwall
London’s lost bridge across the Thames at Blackwall

For nearly 1,700 years, the only bridge across the Thames was the famous London bridge, until Putney Bridge was constructed in 1726. Yet London very nearly had another bridge crossing the Thames, which may have been in fact constructed, at least in part before being abandoned.

Old and modern photos of London Bridges – blended
Old and modern photos of London Bridges – blended

The Museum of London Docklands has released some hybrid photographs showing ‘then and now’ views of London and its most iconic bridges across the ages.

A temporary museum to the history of Queens Market
A temporary museum to the history of Queens Market

A small exhibition about the history of East London’s Queens Market has popped up inside the market itself.

South London’s Severndroog Castle to reopen to the public
South London’s Severndroog Castle to reopen to the public

After decades of closure, South London’s very own castle is to be opened to the public again.

More Blue Plaques planned for London
More Blue Plaques planned for London

Despite all the media fuss about the death of the Blue Plaque a couple of years ago, they are still going strong, and nominations has opened for more of them to be installed on buildings.

A Victorian shop and a roof garden at John Lewis
A Victorian shop and a roof garden at John Lewis

Up on the 3rd floor of the 1960s John Lewis building on Oxford Street can be found a relic of Victorian times — a full shop frontage of what the first John Lewis fabric store probably looked like.

Last chance to visit the De Morgan Centre before it closes
Last chance to visit the De Morgan Centre before it closes

You have less than a month left to visit the De Morgan Centre before it closes its doors, possibly for a very long time. The what centre?

Post Office Railway a step closer to offering public tours
Post Office Railway a step closer to offering public tours

Plans to open the mothballed Post Office Railway to the public as part of a new museum got a boost today when the Heritage Lottery Fund allocated a £4.5 million grant to the British Postal Museum & Archive (BPMA).

We are living in the era of Phantom Time
We are living in the era of Phantom Time

In the year 614, exactly 1,400 years ago, Europe entered the era of Phantom Time, from which we have never escaped as 300 years of history mysteriously appeared in our calendars where it shouldn’t be.

Walking through a Tunnel under the Thames — Part 1
Walking through a Tunnel under the Thames — Part 1

Earlier today, people queued up outside Rotherhithe Station for a rare chance to walk through a railway tunnel under the Thames. Yet next to them ran another tunnel, also under the Thames and also equally rarely walked through.

Rare photograph of London in 1845 gets first ever public display
Rare photograph of London in 1845 gets first ever public display

A new exhibition opens next month at the Museum of London Docklands that offers a chance to see a rare photograph of a long lost bridge over the Thames.

Film screening – Glimpses of Lost London 1930-1980
Film screening – Glimpses of Lost London 1930-1980

For one week from this Friday, the Hackney Playhouse will be screening Seven Streets, Two Markets and A Wedding, a collection of vintage film clips all about London.

Parliament appoints a Suffragette Artist-in-Residence
Parliament appoints a Suffragette Artist-in-Residence

Parliament has commissioned an artist, Mary Branson as its official “Suffragette Artist-in-Residence” to develop a permanent work of art to commemorate the women’s suffrage campaign.

Ewell’s tiny historic gaol
Ewell’s tiny historic gaol

A small building can be found off the High Street in Ewell that has a long heritage, as a jail.

BBC archive of old London programmes
BBC archive of old London programmes

It’s a boring Bank Holiday, so what better than to watch a load of old BBC programmes about London’s buses, buildings and tube tunnels?

Petrie Museum putting 3D-scans of ancient Egyptian objects online
Petrie Museum putting 3D-scans of ancient Egyptian objects online

The Petrie Museum of Egyptian Archaeology, that delightfully dusty museum in Bloomsbury has entered the modern age with a new 3D graphics library.

150th anniversary of the Southwark Park Act
150th anniversary of the Southwark Park Act

On this day 150 years ago, Southwark Park was born. Or at least, the government approved the law that was to see the park created, as a recreational space for local dock workers in Rotherhithe and Deptford.

Bethnal Green Disaster Memorial gets £10k donation from TfL
Bethnal Green Disaster Memorial gets £10k donation from TfL

The Bethnal Green Memorial fund, which you may recall has built half the memorial but still fund raising for the main piece has secured a £10,000 donation from TfL.

Remains of an WW2 Prisoner of War camp in Peckham Rye
Remains of an WW2 Prisoner of War camp in Peckham Rye

It’s a bit odd but when you think of prisoner of war camps from World War 2, it seems likely to think of the rural areas of England away from the populace, not right in the heart of London.

The City of London is seeking a new Recorder
The City of London is seeking a new Recorder

There is a vacancy for the role of Recorder of London, a titular title that dates all the way back to a charter granted by King Henry VI in 1444, although the position itself can be reliably dated back to the year 1298.

150th anniversary party at Charing Cross this Saturday
150th anniversary party at Charing Cross this Saturday

It seems that Charing Cross railway station is having a bit of a birthday party this Saturday (12th April) to mark 150 years of operations.

What was the mystery obelisk alongside the Thames?
What was the mystery obelisk alongside the Thames?

Around 1750, Canaletto painted a scene of London from Somerset House towards Westminster. It shows all the obvious things you would expect to see…

100th anniversary of the Charing Cross (Embankment) tube station
100th anniversary of the Charing Cross (Embankment) tube station

One hundred years ago a new tube station opened, a terminus to a tube line that was to last just 12 years before it was downgraded to a mere passing platform.

A relic of penal punishment in Dulwich village
A relic of penal punishment in Dulwich village

On a side street in picturesque Dulwich village can be found a small memory of a dark past that haunts the memory of the place.