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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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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 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

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

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

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

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

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

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.