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Date announced for a rare tour of a WW2 Bunker

Deep under a housing estate in North London lies one of WW2's greatest secrets, the reserve Cabinet War Rooms that lay hidden and waiting just in case the (now) more famous Westminster bunkers were attacked.


150th anniversary of Charing Cross Railway Station

Today marks the 150th anniversary of the grand -- well, actually not so grand -- opening of London Charing Cross railway station.


The Fraud that Killed Off London’s First Electric Buses

The news is gushing today about a new electric bus service in some place outside London (and hence insignificant), but had things turned out ever so slightly differently, the electric bus would be a normal sight on the streets of London today.


Hyde Park Corner’s Massive Hidden Ventilation Shaft

Running under Hyde Park Corner is a road tunnel built in the 1960s to relieve congestion on the roundabout above, and sitting slap bang in the middle of Hyde Park Corner, surrounded by war memorials is a gigantic ventilation shaft to extract car pollution from below.


40th anniversary of New Year’s Day as a Bank Holiday

It may seem like an ancient tradition, but the idea of today being a holiday is comparatively new -- in fact it is just 40 years old. Today marks the 40th anniversary of the first Bank Holiday for New Year's Day.


Twinings Tiny Treasure House of Tea

One of London's smallest museums can be found in one of its oldest and smallest retail outlets, and is devoted to that most English of pastimes, the cup of tea.


The remains of a strange tunnel near the Embankment

If you wander around the back streets of the posher bits of grand buildings along the Embankment, you might spy an old looking tunnel entrance under some buildings.


Cheap tickets to see the Cheapside Hoard

A date for your diaries, albeit likely to be a very busy day as the Museum of London is having one of its occasional "pay what you can" days for its major exhibitions.


The Odorous History of Mount (not so) Pleasant

Mount Pleasant is a most curiously named part of London for being neither a mount, nor frankly particularly pleasant.


1000 Years Ago — A New King for England

On this day, one thousand years ago, Sweyn Forkbeard was proclaimed King of England, and while he reigned unopposed, his reign was to be short.


An Advent Calendar of Vintage Adverts – 25th Dec

Each day I will unveil a new entry in my Advent calendar based on adverts printed in the Illustrated London News during the month of December eleventy-one years ago.


An Advent Calendar of Vintage Adverts – 24th Dec

Each day I will unveil a new entry in my Advent calendar based on adverts printed in the Illustrated London News during the month of December eleventy-one years ago.


An Advent Calendar of Vintage Adverts – 23rd Dec

Each day I will unveil a new entry in my Advent calendar based on adverts printed in the Illustrated London News during the month of December eleventy-one years ago.


The Twelve Monsters of Christmas

Christmas isn't just about a coca-cola marketing gimmick, it has a long and often dark history. Even the kindly St Nick wasn't always the genial character we think of today.


An Advent Calendar of Vintage Adverts – 22nd Dec

Each day I will unveil a new entry in my Advent calendar based on adverts printed in the Illustrated London News during the month of December eleventy-one years ago.