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A Brutalist London chess set

The people behind chess sets based on city skylines have turned their attention to London's brutalist icons.


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Map of London’s miniature steam train rides

We all love a steam train, and while the big beasts make occasional weekend trips though the city, there are a surprisingly large number of miniature steam trains chugging along little railways around parts of London as well. Operated by


A Vagina Museum is coming to London

If they can raise enough money, then Camden could be boasting a new museum later this year -- devoted to female anatomy.


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.


Ancient law requires a bale of straw to hang from the Millennium Bridge

Upholding an ancient law, next month a bale of straw is to be hung from the Millennium Footbridge as a warning to boats on the Thames.


Listen out for cannon fire in London on Wednesday

If you're near Green Park or the Tower of London tomorrow (Wed), listen out for very loud cannon fire.


One of the final Royal Mail ships is visiting London

Next week will be a very rare chance to see the last of the government's ocean-going Royal Mail Ships on a visit to London.


Night time filming at Millennium Mills on Sunday

Tomorrow (Sun 20th Jan), there will be filming of something or other at the derelict Millennium Mills in Docklands.


London Underground collectables come to Selfridges

Selfridges have started selling a range of London Underground themed items that are officially licensed from TfL.


Your most read articles on IanVisits during 2018

I deem that it is time for a dose of omphaloskepsis, and to find out which of my miserable scrawlings captured your attention the most during the past year.


London’s missing museum webpages

Whenever you visit a website with a page that no longer exists, it serves up some sort of error, and it's often the hidden place where website staff have some fun.


List of London councils that collect your Christmas trees

Each year the streets are littered with dead and dying Christmas trees dumped by uncaring families who can't be bothered to dispose of them properly.


Photos from Smithfield’s annual Christmas Eve auction

Another year and Smithfield's famous Christmas Eve meat and turkey auction gets bigger and better.


Christmas Telly Past — a review over the years

I seem to recall a time when xmas day telly was dominated by a major movie in the afternoon, then it was killed off by Noel Edmunds schmaltzy do-gooding shows, but what was xmas day TV really like?