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Cryptic book illustrations go on display in Freemasons’ Hall

An exhibition of old books has gone on display in Covent Garden that seeks to explain the often cryptic messages hidden within their illustrations.


London’s last Tudor Great Chamber to be restored

Hidden behind high walls near the Barbican can be found the last surviving Tudor Great Chamber in London, within the Charterhouse estate.


Remains of Cpt. Matthew Flinders, Australia explorer discovered behind Euston Station

For a long time, there was an urban myth that Cpt. Flinders was buried under platform 15 at Euston station. Now they know the real location of his real burial place.


Funding for groups marking the sailing of the Mayflower to America

A funding pot worth £140,000 is available for local projects in Southwark marking the 400th anniversary of the sailing of the Mayflower to America which will be marked in 2020.


London’s Petrie Museum secures upgrade funding

One of London's best hidden, yet perfectly sized museums is to become a bit easier to find as it gets a new entrance.


West Norwood’s Victorian cemetery to be restored

One of London’s ‘Magnificent Seven’ cemeteries, West Norwood is to be renovated following the award of a £4.6 million grant by the Heritage Lottery Fund.


The UK’s “Sistine Chapel” – Greenwich’s Painted Hall to reopen in March

After two years of being hidden from view under mountains of scaffolding, Greenwich's magnificent Painted Hall is to reopen to the public in March.


London Transport Museum secures funding for war gallery

London Transport Museum has secured funding to develop a new gallery that will explore the role of London’s transport during the First and Second World Wars.


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.