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A new type of tube train is shown off at the South Bank

If you were heading down into a certain tube station recently via the escalator, you might have been slightly alarmed to see this advancing back up towards you. No, not a new type of tube train designed to deposit passengers


Pigeons riding Boris Bikes

Just around the corner from the Royal London Hospital in Whitechappel is a Boris Bike stand that would be otherwise unremarkable except that one half of it has been colonised by pigeons, and they have taken to the bikes with


Suggestions for things to do outside London during July

My now regular look ahead to events happening next month that would probably be in my events guide, if only they weren’t happening outside the psychological barrier of the M25 motorway.   Oxenhope Straw Race 1st July The Oxenhope Straw


How Typhoon jets will intercept unexpected planes during the Olympics

As part of the ongoing militarisation of London in preparation for the Olympics, we are probably aware that there will be missiles stationed in various locations around the venues, and that fighter jets will be on standby to intercept unexpected


Painted BT Phone Boxes in Trafalgar Square

Once a familiar sight on the streets of the UK, the telephone box has faded from important utility to quaint heritage as the mobile phone killed off the need to visit a specific location to make a phone call. The


Rarely seen plans for a Grand Tunnel instead of Tower Bridge

When the City of London decided it needed a bridge to be built next to the Tower of London, it held an open competition for designs for said bridge. Around 50 designs were submitted for a bridge at the location


Another Olympics related “exclusive pop-up experience”

Visitors to this summer’s Olympic games who are looking for that exclusive experience to remember the games by might have been tempted by the opportunity to take a canal cruise into the Olympic venue itself. At a mere £95 for


Birds nesting at Canary Wharf

One of the aspects of London’s Docklands that has often been applauded over the years by suitably concerned organisations is the placement of floating rafts in the docks for birds to nest one. Often nothing more than a wooden raft


Free hot air balloon rides at Liverpool Street Station

Well, just behind it – in Exchange Square to be specific. Thanks to a tip-off from The Londonist, it seemed that a PR company had decided the best way to publicise their latest offer is to tether a hot air


London’s Lost Suspension Railway at Kings Cross

A full twenty years before steam trains started arriving at the new station of King’s Cross, a small suspension railway had operated on the opposite side of the road. Not only was it an early form of suspension railway –


The reopening of the Cutty Sark by the Baron Greenwich (and his wife)

Today, the Baron Greenwich and his wife will visit his namesake town and let her announce the opening of the restored Cutty Sark sailing ship after its lengthy, expensive, and very controversial refurbishment. Yesterday, practically every journalist and blogger in


New lifts at Greenwich foot tunnel – impress and depress at once

For the past year or so, the foot tunnel that runs under the Thames between the Isle of Dog and Greenwich has had the lifts out of action, and the staircase covered up in so much cladding that it is


Solved – How to keep pigeons away from bird feeders

I live in a fifth floor flat with a balcony and it pleases me to put some bird feeders out for the local avian wildlife. Over the past few years though I have experimented with a range of ideas to


Today marks the 50th anniversary of the UK’s first Panda Crossing

Today marks the 50th anniversary of a short lived experiment in road crossings with the very first one opening outside Waterloo Station in 1962, and vanishing just five years later. The Panda Crossing was seen as an upgrade to the


North and South linked as Cable Car cables join two sides of the Thames

After a few weeks of delays, last night at around 1am, the preliminary cables were draped between the two pylons for London’s Cable Car, creating the first permanent fixed link above the river between Tower Bridge and Dartford. Not knowing