Fairly rare open day at Trinity House

In its 500th anniversary the usually closed to outsiders home of Trinity House will be open to the general public to have a look around.

Unbuilt London: The Victorian proposal for a railway to Westminster Abbey

Fairly recently, a chap called Moffat wrote a story about an underground railway in Westminster — to considerable fury of tube geeks who spent an inordinate time chewing over holes in the plot.

See the human skulls dug up by Crossrail

Although most of Crossrail lies deep below any previous human habitation, to get down there, some of their buildings and shafts have punched through the “archaeological layer”, and some of the findings have been put on display.

200th anniversary of the destruction of Custom House

On the morning of the 12th February 1814, an explosion shook London that was so vast that the mighty Custom House in the City was utterly destroyed, and documents from the building were recovered from as far away as Hackney Marshes.

It’s the 50th anniversary of the Channel Tunnel Agreement

Today marks the 50th anniversary of an agreement between the French and British governments to build a tunnel under the English Channel to link the two countries.

Chance to help clean a rusting WW2 German bomber

Anyone with an interest in military history, or probably history in general will be aware that last year the RAF Museum recovered the only known intact Dornier Do 17 bomber that had managed to crash land upside down just off the coast of Kent.

Silvertown’s derelict Tate Institute

Down in Silvertown opposite the mighty Tate & Lyle sugar factories sits a rather forlorn looking building. Run down and neglected, it has the appearance of a large pub, or maybe an old music hall.

The Queen Issues a New Commission of Lord Lieutenancy for the City of London

You should be informed that by Grace of God etc., our beloved Sovereign Lord, the Queen has issued Letters Patent that issue a new Commission of Lieutenancy for the City of London.

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.