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Report claims young people don’t visit museums

A report has claimed that "millions of young adults never visit museums, galleries or theatres", but it's not as gloomy as the headline claims.


London’s lost church of the 11,000 virgins

In the City of London there used to be a church devoted to two virginal saints, and 11,000 virgins.


Tomb of a Roman girl at The Gherkin

Just behind the Gherkin skyscraper lies a modern grave, of a Roman girl who was reburied on the site just a decade ago.


150th anniversary of the first traffic lights

This week, or next, depending on which date you care to choose marks the 150th anniversary of the world's first purpose built traffic light.


An oral history of the London Mithraeum

A delightful video has been released of a group of people who were at the original excavation of the London Mithraeum and recently returned to see its restoration.


The mystery of the London skeleton still wearing his boots

A skeleton, lying face-down deep in the Thames mud, still wearing a pair of thigh-high leather boots has been discovered by archaeologists in Bermondsey.


The day German U-Boats passed under Tower Bridge

One hundred years ago, four German submarines slipped through Tower Bridge and into the Port of London, heart of the city's cargo trade.


Tower of London’s execution site

While the Tower of London has a grim history of death and torture, most of the deaths actually took place outside the Tower, on a plot of land that is today marked by a small memorial.


The restoration of the London Stone

The London Stone, ancient relic, protector of London, provider of unlimited rice pudding, mysterious icon, is back in its less ancient home on the streets of London.


Big step forward for a bridge to the Crystal Palace dinosaurs

Plans for a bridge to the island housing Crystal Palace's dinosaurs have taken a step forward following a pledge of £30,000 from the Mayor of London.


Teeth of the parasitic Lamprey fish found in central London

Keratin ‘teeth’ belonging to the gruesome lamprey fish have been identified in London’s archaeological record for the first time.


The tube station with a piece of Roman Wall in it

There's a station on the London Underground that if you look carefully enough, you might spy a chunk of ancient Roman Wall peeking out.


The Crockett’s Leathercloth Works War Memorial

A majestic lion lays bestride a war memorial in a post-war housing estate, a memory of those who worked nearby and died far away.


The memorial to a failed North-East Passage

As motorists journey through the Rotherhithe tunnel, little do they know that there's a memorial to another greater journey above their heads.


Photos of the disused King William Street tube station

Deep under the City of London lies the oldest disused tube station in London, and one that's currently a hive of activity.