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Go into the disused tunnels at Charing Cross tube station

In the 1970s, to help dig the new Jubilee line at Charing Cross, a series of long access tunnels had to also be dug — and they’re still down there, empty and abandoned.

Day trips from London – Berkhamsted Castle

The small commuter town of Berkhamsted sits on one of the most important sites in English history – the location of the formal surrender of the English to William the Conqueror. And yet, most people haven’t heard of it.

Day trips from London – The Bridgewater Monument

In the middle of woods can be found a tall stone column, built to honour the man who built the UK’s first industrial canals — Francis Egerton, 3rd Duke of Bridgewater.

Did England’s “White Queen” die of the plague?

A document has been uncovered in the National Archives which may have solved one of history’s mysteries – how did the ‘White Queen’ Elizabeth Woodville, wife of Edward IV die.

It’s the 40th anniversary of the Jubilee line opening

It opened two years late and they changed its name half-way through building it, not the Elizabeth line — this is the 40th birthday of the Jubilee line.

You can now stand inside Trajan’s Column

Ever since it was built in 1873, there’s been a tantalizing door inside the V&A Museum that normally locked, and only very occasionally opened — but now is open all the time.

Stratford’s oldest building – the Old Dispensary

Just around the corner from the main shopping area in Stratford is an old building — the Old Dispensary, and it’s the oldest building in the town.

There’s a 155 million year old dinosaur inside Heathrow Airport

If you go down to Heathrow today, you’re sure of a big surprise — because there’s a 13 metre long dinosaur in a Terminal building.

Tickets Alert: Tours of Carters heritage steam funfair

This summer there will be a chance to discover fairground art through the decades and hear the history of the vintage Carters Steam Fair.

The 250th anniversary of London’s Gin Riots

Today marks the 250th anniversary of one of London’s most destructive riots, and it all started over an attempt to stop people drinking gin.

Crossness – a Victorian “Cathedral of Sewage” reopens this weekend

One of Victorian engineering’s great marvels – the steam powered sewage pumping station at Crossness reopens to the public on Sunday.

Find the King’s Cross milestone

People rushing to catch trains at King’s Cross are often oblivious of what they are standing next to, and right by a pedestrian crossing is an old milestone.

A display of poisons and lotions

A museum filled with medicines can be found just around the corner from the Tower of London, presumably to offer salves to those who had just lost their heads.

Shakespeare’s Globe theatre archives go online

A treasure trove of documents from the building of the modern Globe theatre to the plays put on since it opened have been put into an online archive.

Tickets Alert: Tours of Billingsgate Roman House and Baths

Hidden underneath a mundane office block can be found one of London’s largest Roman remains, and it’s open for tours from next month.

James Mason tours late 1960s London

With James Mason’s distinctive voice, enjoy a melancholic wander around old London town, from the City to Smithfields and Southwark, digging out long alleys and dark corners.

See inside the restored King’s Observatory

This is the King’s Observatory, built by King George III (well, he paid other people to do the work), with one single purpose — to be used for a few hours one evening to look at the Sun.

Tickets Alert: Open Weekend at a railway depot

For one weekend this April, London Transport Museum’s Depot in Acton, west London, will open its doors, giving you the chance to explore its huge collection of transport heritage.

A hidden chapel and roof terrace to open to the public

Hidden under scaffolding lies one of East London’s marvels, and soon it will be unveiled once more.

The lost history of a mosaic in Victoria

A small side street near Victoria contains a mosaic that people will tell you is an old advert for the Victor Talking Machine Company. They are wrong.

Huge 200 year old panorama of London to go on display

A huge 20 feet wide panorama of London and Westminster is to go on public display from next Friday for the first time.

Tutankhamun exhibition coming to London

Nearly a century after the discovery of his tomb, Tutankhamun is coming to London, for what is billed as the last ever travelling show of the Pharaoh’s treasures.

Derek Jarman gets a Blue Plaque

Yesterday, an anti-establishment film director known for the colour blue got his own Blue Plaque from the establishment.

Earliest human skull ever mudlarked from the Thames to go on display

Around 5,600 years ago a man died next to a wide meandering river, and over the millennia, the river changed, the landscape changed, but the remains of that man waited.