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Have you seen the tall Victorian drinking fountain at Old Street junction

Plenty of people pass it by, thinking little of this tall column that stands near the junction with Old Street, but it's an impressive Victorian drinking fountain.


WW2 bomb map and a Lord Mayor’s response to the Armistice

One of the many maps of bomb damaged London has gone on show in the City of London's heritage gallery, alongside a declaration about the end of WW1.


Spot the green Penfold letterbox in the City of London

A main road in the City of London recently gained a very rare thing indeed - an early green painted Penfold letter box.


At the sign of the 17th century Castle Tavern

Deep in a narrow passage, that barely noticeable unless you look directly at it can be found this remarkable pub sign, for the Castle Tavern.


30th anniversary of London’s Air Ambulance

London’s Air Ambulance is marking its 30th birthday today, having launched its services on the 9th January 1989.


The London Underground tube map made in a WW2 prisoner of war camp

A photograph of a London Underground tube map made in a WW2 prisoner of war camp has emerged from a collection taken by a British inmate in the prison camp.


The special tiles at London Underground’s Bethnal Green station

Bethnal Green tube station is notable for three things - a disaster, a clock, and some tiles -- and today I am going to talk about the tiles.


Tickets Alert: Occasional openings of Pope’s Grotto

An underground chamber only occasionally open to the public has announced a series of open days for 2019.


Where are the women in London Transport?

The London Transport Museum is looking for ladies -- as part of a history project.


Giant “Ice House” discovered under the streets of Marylebone

A long-lost Ice House has been uncovered during building works under the Regent's Crescent in Marylebone.


Finding the Cyprus Street war memorial

On a rather fine looking side street in Bethnal Green can be found a surprisingly impressive, and well maintained war memorial to the dead of WW1.


Have you ever seen the Mercers’ Maidens around London

If you've ever seen them, you might think they're just old decoration, but many buildings in London are adorned with the bust of an anonymous woman.


Crossness Pumping Station saved — reopens in 2019

The magnificent Victorian pumping station at Crossness that had to close suddenly earlier this year has secured its future after raising nearly £500,000.


Support a new steam railway for South-East London

A new narrow gauge steam railway is being built in South-East London to bring visitors on a scenic trip to the Victorian pumping station at Crossness.


London Bridge’s railway signal box restored in York

A rare surviving signal box that once controlled trains through London Bridge is now being restored -- at the National Railway Museum in York