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40 years of Flying the Tube to Heathrow Airport

Forty years ago, a world first occurred, as the first ever underground rail link between an airport and a city opened -- and it was in London.

Uncovering the hidden remains of Merton Priory

The largely hidden remains of an important Priory currently languishing under a 1980s dual carriageway are to be uncovered in a major restoration project.

Heathrow’s Victorian era prison cell

Long before Heathrow was runways and hotels, it offered accommodation of a very different sort - an overnight prison cell right in the centre of the village.

A history of London’s early artificial ice-rinks

As a city famous for its frozen river it's probably not a surprise that mankind has been skating on ice since time immemorial, but it wasn't until the Victorian era that the first artificial ice-rink was invented.

Banqueting House – last survivor of the Palace of Whitehall

It looks just like yet another government building from the outside, yet this is in fact the last survivor of the Palace of Whitehall, witness to the death of a King and home to a Rubens masterpiece.

There’s a Quincunx for Sir Thomas Browne at the RCP

That modernist block by Regents Park that houses the medical professionals of the Royal College of Physicians has been given over to alchemy, astrology and witchcraft.

Exhibition shows off the history of the Thames River Police

There's a new exhibition that seeks to show off the shared heritage between London's river police as the development of policing in the West Indies.

The 750th anniversary of England’s oldest law

Today marks 750 years since King Henry III affixed his seal to a document that is still in force, and now the oldest law still functioning in England.

New exhibition celebrates Britain’s cold-war rocket project

Conceived before NASA, before Sputnik, Britain was leading the space race with the development of the world's longest running, yet oddly little known, space rocket programme.

The festive season comes to docklands Sailor Town

There's a corner of docklands that is forever nightime, where boats are mended, a pub serves no one, and shops sell nothing - and now it's festive time.

See the triumphant restoration of Roman London’s Mithraeum

After a rude awakening in 1952, and a rather desultory open-air display for the past five decades, the Temple of Mithras has been magnificently restored and returned to its original home.

Booking opens to visit the Temple of Mithras

In a couple of weeks time, London's newest museum opens to the public, and booking for entry has opened today.

Today’s the 800th anniversary of the Charter of the Forest

At St Paul's Cathedral, on the 6th November 1217, the 10-year old King Henry III authorised a document that while little known today, at the time, was more important than the Magna Carta.

Where the London Underground gets fresh air through an old graveyard

A small side street near Cannon Street railway station marks the site of a ancient graveyard, and today, a ventilation shaft for the London Underground.

Crossrail archaeology reveals the bleak fortunes of 16th-18th century Londoners

The bleak fortunes of poor and migrant communities living in London up to 450 years ago have been revealed by the analysis of thousands of skeletons unearthed by MOLA archaeologists during construction of the Elizabeth line station at Liverpool Street.

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