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Roman remains found by new entrance to Bank Tube Station

A huge construction site near Bank Tube station is preparing the way for a new tube station entrance to be built -- oh, and a very large office block, oh, and it sits in a major archaeological location.

Pompeii comes to the British Museum

A smidgen under 2,000 years ago, a volcano erupted in Italy and within a day had immortalized the local residents in history. Two towns, of Pompeii and Herculaneum were buried under the volcanic fury and lay there virtually untouched until the 1750s.

The hidden garden opposite Cannon Street Station

If you come out of Cannon Street station stop and pause a moment, then look across the road. You might spy an insignificant side road sitting next to the modern steel ribbed building directly opposite. It's worth taking a wander over and having a look - for the short road curves round a corner, and around there you will find one of London's oldest church yards - and now a recently revamped public garden.

Remember when shops used to have a half-day closing?

In our modern shopping age with stores open ever longer hours each day, I was recently reminded of a slower age, when stores were not just closed on Sundays, but also had a half-day closing each week.

Crecy, Poitiers, Agincourt, Guildhall Library!

If you head over to the City of London's library next to the Guildhall, there you will find a small display detailing some of the history of one of the City's livery guilds - which sports the motto: Crecy, Poitiers, Agincourt.

A restored WW2 anti-aircraft gun by Canary Wharf

Amongst the fluffy bunnies and clucking chickens that can be found at the Mudchute city farm sits a now silent visitor - a World War Two era anti-aircraft gun.

70th Anniversary of the Bethnal Green Disaster

At around half past eight tonight, it will be 70 years since the single largest loss of British civilian life during World War 2 - the Bethnal Green Disaster.

The Huguenot Legacy at the Bank of England

It is the legacy of these better positioned sorts that can be most surprisingly found in that most British of institutions - the Bank of England. In fact, the first Governor of the Bank of England, Sir John Houblon, and several of its Directors, were of Huguenot origin.

The General, The Scientist & The Banker

In 1859 Charles Darwin published On the Origin of Species, but an equally important discovery was made in France, when a flint axe was found buried amongst the bones of now extinct animals.

The London Museum with its own Room 101

In a corner, away from the main crowds, there is a museum gallery that is Room 101. A dark dimly lit room that few people can stumble upon by accident.