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Go into the disused tunnels at Charing Cross tube station
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.

Tickets Alert: Hard Hat tours of the Geffrye Museum building site
Tickets Alert: Hard Hat tours of the Geffrye Museum building site

The Geffrye Museum is currently closed for a major upgrade, but next month there will be a chance to go behind the hordings to see the building site.

Hidden London gifts – Special discount for ianVisits readers
Hidden London gifts – Special discount for ianVisits readers

After the success of the Hidden London tours London Transport Museum have created a collection of gifts to celebrate the Hidden London Underground.

Free entry to the Postal Museum during May
Free entry to the Postal Museum during May

The Postal Museum is marking the bicentenary of the birth of Queen Victoria by offering free entry to the museum — if your name is Victoria.

Queen Victoria’s sapphire and diamond coronet goes on display
Queen Victoria’s sapphire and diamond coronet goes on display

In this the 200th anniversary of the births of Queen Victoria and Prince Albert, the V&A museum has put Queen Victoria’s famous coronet on display after it was saved from being sold overseas.

Tickets Alert: More rides on the 1938 art-deco tube train
Tickets Alert: More rides on the 1938 art-deco tube train

On Sunday 19th May, the London Transport Museum will be operating more trips with the 1938 tube stock train – this time on the Piccadilly Line.

V&A puts Elton John into Room 101
V&A puts Elton John into Room 101

Room 101 in the V&A has been refurbished and is now half of a space given over to the museum’s photography collection.

London Underground moquette socks go on sale
London Underground moquette socks go on sale

File this under “just shut up and take my money”, as the London Transport Museum is now selling London Underground moquette socks.

You can now stand inside Trajan’s Column
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.

Steam trains to return to the London Underground
Steam trains to return to the London Underground

To mark the 150th anniversary of the opening of the District line, London Underground plans to run steam trains along the line once again.

Salvador Dalí’s champagne lamps go on display
Salvador Dalí’s champagne lamps go on display

The V&A says that it has acquired one of the most important examples of modern lighting ever designed in the UK, a joint creation of artist Salvador Dalí and his most important British patron, Edward James.

London Underground’s glowing tube roundel picks up an award
London Underground’s glowing tube roundel picks up an award

Launched last June, a glowing tube roundel has won an award for the “best licensed product” at the Association for Cultural Enterprises Conference.

Rediscovered portrait of Dickens to go on display for one week in April
Rediscovered portrait of Dickens to go on display for one week in April

A “lost” portrait of Charles Dickens, recently re-discovered after 174 years, will go on public display for one week this April in the Charles Dickens Museum.

Tickets Alert: Tours of abandoned London Underground tunnels
Tickets Alert: Tours of abandoned London Underground tunnels

The Transport Museum is announcing a fresh batch of tours of the Hidden parts of the London Underground once again.

Huge 200 year old panorama of London to go on display
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.

See vintage tube trains and buses in London on Sunday
See vintage tube trains and buses in London on Sunday

This coming Sunday, a vintage tube train will be running through central London, and out at Epping, vintage buses will travel around the countryside.

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

Chance to walk though the Post Office railway tunnels
Chance to walk though the Post Office railway tunnels

There’s an opportunity to have not one, but three visits to walk through the Post Office’s famous railway tunnels over the next five years.

A celebration of chemistry in South Kensington
A celebration of chemistry in South Kensington

To celebrate 150 years of the Periodic Table of the Elements in 2019, there is to be a celebration of chemistry starting next month.

London’s Petrie Museum secures upgrade funding
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.

Tickets Alert: Trip in an art deco tube train through central London
Tickets Alert: Trip in an art deco tube train through central London

One of the last few chances to do this — as a 1938 tube train will trundle though central London next month, and you can be on board.

Musical tower to replace the Museum of London
Musical tower to replace the Museum of London

A tall twisting tower is set to rise on the site of the Museum of London, as the new home for a large concert hall.

London Transport Museum secures funding for war gallery
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.

Tickets Alert: Vintage computer games at the Science Museum
Tickets Alert: Vintage computer games at the Science Museum

This Easter, the Science Museum is again giving over an entire hall to vintage computer games.