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Data geekery reveals the hidden life of cities
Data geekery reveals the hidden life of cities

The Museum of London has opened a new exhibition looking less at historic object than at a period of human migration – the rise of the city and how the information age is changing the cities of the future.

Ticket Alert: Disused tube tunnel tours announced
Ticket Alert: Disused tube tunnel tours announced

The London Transport Museum has announced a fresh series of tours of disused tube tunnels and buildings, with tickets going on sale next week.

Three new posters to appear on the London Underground
Three new posters to appear on the London Underground

The annual exhibition of new posters by today’s illustrators has opened and you’ll be seeing three of them in tube stations shortly.

Perspectives of Destruction: London during WW2
Perspectives of Destruction: London during WW2

The London Blitz beginning in 1940 has been described as the second Great Fire of London and large swathes of the city were destroyed.

Unbuilt London: The Museum of London’s glass tower
Unbuilt London: The Museum of London’s glass tower

When you’re a museum in need of some extra space, and maybe a more visible presence in the area, what could be better than a massive and very tall glass tower on your doorstep?

Tickets Alert: London Underground’s D Stock farewell tour
Tickets Alert: London Underground’s D Stock farewell tour

Later this month the last remaining D stock train running on the London Underground will make its final trips as a public train service.

A revamped Army Museum shows off a soldiers life
A revamped Army Museum shows off a soldiers life

“It’s difficult to understand the history of Britain, if you don’t understand the history of the British Army”, Janice Murray, Director General of the refurbished National Army Museum, said at its reopening.

Tickets Alert: Three Tube Architecture Tours
Tickets Alert: Three Tube Architecture Tours

Following on from the (sold out) Modernist tours, here are three more London Underground architecture tours that have gone on sale today.

North London’s unusual transport museum
North London’s unusual transport museum

At the most northernmost outpost of Greater London, in middle of farmland, can be found a most curious museum.

Giant model of a 1960s tower block
Giant model of a 1960s tower block

A small exhibition has opened, with a gigantic model of a 1960s era tower block.

From woolly mammoths to plague to marmalade – Crossrail’s legacy goes on display
From woolly mammoths to plague to marmalade – Crossrail’s legacy goes on display

A collection of some of the finest finds from the Crossrail archeology project have gone on display in a new exhibition in Canary Wharf.

See the oldest portrait in the British Museum
See the oldest portrait in the British Museum

At around 9,500 years old, a plaster covered human skull is the oldest portrait in the British Museum, and it’s currently on display.

The Rise of the Robots at the Science Museum
The Rise of the Robots at the Science Museum

A display of mechanical marvels opens at the Science Museum and leaves the viewer with mixed emotions about the blurring boundary between man and machine.

Take a tour inside a drained canal lock
Take a tour inside a drained canal lock

Over this weekend, there’s a chance to go down to the bottom of one of London’s canal locks, while it is being drained for maintenance works.

Museum of London secures funding for new site
Museum of London secures funding for new site

The Museum of London says that it has secured £180 million, of the estimated £250 million needed to develop its new site next to Smithfield meat market.

Revealing the Roman Walbrook river under London
Revealing the Roman Walbrook river under London

The Museum of London has opened a new display which shows off finds from the lost Walbrook valley and beyond and represents over 170 years of excavation in London.

Damnation and Desecration in Imperial Rome
Damnation and Desecration in Imperial Rome

Modern collectors may prize perfect specimens of Roman coins, but ancient Roman rulers were keener on defacing them.

A history of ice skating in London
A history of ice skating in London

As we approach the 150th anniversary of one of London’s worst ice-skating disasters, the Museum of London has looked back at the history of the recreational sport.

London Museum grows Sea Corals in Shapes of Star Wars Spacecraft
London Museum grows Sea Corals in Shapes of Star Wars Spacecraft

In a topical diversion, a South London museum has persuaded baby corals to grow into special moulds in the shape of Star Wars spacecraft.

400 years of Christmas traditions on display
400 years of Christmas traditions on display

The Geffrye Museum has, as is now traditional for them, decorated its collection of historic rooms as if they are set for Christmas.

Magically Marvelous Mechanical Maths
Magically Marvelous Mechanical Maths

As the world miniaturises and computerises, the Science Museum has opened a new gallery that delights in the massive mechanics of mathematics.

Just like that – V&A acquires Tommy Cooper’s Fez
Just like that – V&A acquires Tommy Cooper’s Fez

The Victoria and Albert Museum (V&A) recently acquired one of Tommy Cooper’s famous fezzes, and it has just gone on display.

What chocolate flavour is each tube line?
What chocolate flavour is each tube line?

If the London Underground came in flavours, what would they be? A chocolate firm has tried to answer the question, by creating some bars and slapping a tube logo on the packaging.

Tim Peake’s Soyuz spacecraft to go on display in London
Tim Peake’s Soyuz spacecraft to go on display in London

The Russian Soyuz spacecraft used by Tim Peake in his mission to the International Space Station is to go on display in London following its acquisition by the Science Museum.