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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


The sign of a knight on Warwick Lane

On the corner of a modern building near St Paul's Cathedral can be found an ancient stone plaque of a knight.


Crystal Palace dinosaurs supported by top hat from Guns N’ Roses Slash

The Crystal Palace dinosaurs are fundraising for a new bridge, and one of the items donated to them is a top hat, from Slash, the lead guitarist of the American hard rock band Guns N' Roses.


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.