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The Aldgate Pump Epidemic

A water pump on the edge of the City of London that was praised for its clean clear water, that killed hundreds of Londoners.


Have you seen the Metropolitan Arcade at Liverpool Street Station?

An early precursor of the modern shopping centre is the Arcade, and a rather fine example can be found just outside Liverpool Street station.


London smallest police station, in Trafalgar Square… isn’t what it’s claimed to be

You might have seen a small round cubicle on the edge of Trafalgar Square and been told it's the London's smallest police station. You might have been told that it was an idea of Sir Lionel Edwards. Both are wrong.


See a Georgian Miscellany of Medicine

A dead cock fed on peppercorns, equal quantities of opium, saltpetre and liquorice, a tincture of mercury -- are recommended treatments of Georgian London, and on display at the moment.


The makings of the welfare state – an exhibition at the LSE

Last December marked the 75th anniversary of the Beveridge Report, which laid out the foundations of the modern welfare state, and there's a small exhibition about the report at the LSE.


Tours of a Roman bathhouse resume this weekend

Deep under a 1960s office block can be found one of London's largest Roman ruins, and tours will resume this weekend.


The ancient Stationers’ Hall opens up for public tours

Long hidden behind other buildings, Stationers' Hall is one of the largest and most opulent of City livery halls, and they've just started holding regular public tours.


270 years ago today – the forgotten fire of London

It's 1am on 25th March 1748 and a small fire has started in a wig maker in the City of London. By lunchtime nearly 100 homes and two entire blocks in the heart of the city would lay in ruins.


Admire the arts & crafts workshops behind Liverpool Street station

On a street surrounded by modern glass and steel office blocks, can be found this slightly ramshackle but quite delightful row of workshops and flats.


Wimbledon’s tennis museum to be redeveloped

Planning permission has been given for the tennis museum at the Wimbledon tennis club to be revamped.


London’s Museum of Funeral History

A funeral home in Farringdon has recently opened a most unusual museum, of the history of funerals. Not just British, but how humanity entire seeks to commemorate the death of loved ones and noble ones.


Public access to the medieval ruins of St Alphege church

The ruined church was a victim of post-war planning, to build wide roads and move pedestrians away from the streets, but in doing do, the new roads and highwalks isolated the ruined church from public access.


Exhibition marks 150 years of St Pancras (International) Station

This coming October will mark the 150th anniversary of the opening of St Pancras station, and its modern incarnation is holding a mini-exhibition to mark the anniversary.


Ghostly WW1 figures unveiled at St. Pancras station

Three life-size transparent ghosts of first world war soldiers have been unveiled at St Pancras, as part of the national There But Not There campaign.


Tickets Alert: Women’s Suffrage exhibition inside Parliament

Featuring a range of interactive features, the exhibition will cover the campaign for votes for women and the representation of women in the House of Commons and the House of Lords.


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