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City of London updates plans to move its markets to Dagenham
City of London updates plans to move its markets to Dagenham

A new public consultation is opening on the City of London’s plans to co-locate Billingsgate, New Spitalfields and Smithfield markets at a new site in Dagenham Dock.

More police on the London Underground reduces crime
More police on the London Underground reduces crime

This is one of those so obvious it shouldn’t need testing issues, but an experiment that put more police on the London Underground saw a reduction in crime.

How many Harry Potter fans were injured trying to get to platform 9¾?
How many Harry Potter fans were injured trying to get to platform 9¾?

As fans of a certain novel and film will know, at King’s Cross there’s a secret platform, 9¾ which takes you to the Hogwarts Express.

Gun Salutes in London during 2020
Gun Salutes in London during 2020

Ceremonial military guns will go bang bang several times in London during 2020, at the Tower of London and in the Royal Parks.

Smithfield’s annual Christmas Eve auction
Smithfield’s annual Christmas Eve auction

Earlier this morning, the annual Christmas Eve auction took place at Smithfields.

London museums open over Christmas
London museums open over Christmas

Lots of museums are open over the Christmas period, but with opening hours as erratic as Aunt Norra on her 3rd sherry of the day – so here is a list of known opening hours.

See fist-fighting mice on the London Underground
See fist-fighting mice on the London Underground

A photo of two mice in a fist-fight on the London Underground has been put forward for a Natural History photography award.

What to do in London on Christmas Day
What to do in London on Christmas Day

Most of London shuts down on Christmas Day, but a few hardly venues will open for the visitors stuck in the centre of town and with nothing else to do.

Watch a power station demolition
Watch a power station demolition

This coming Sunday morning (15th Dec) will see the UK’s second highest chimney demolished – right next to the Dartford Crossing.

Smithfield’s Christmas Eve meat auction returns for 2019
Smithfield’s Christmas Eve meat auction returns for 2019

Good news for meat lovers and lovers of a meaty bargain as the exceptionally good fun Christmas Eve auction will return to Smithfield this year.

Helicopters over Central London on Friday
Helicopters over Central London on Friday

Usual caveats, but there should be a formation of helicopters flying over Central London on Friday afternoon.

Those odd looking security barriers
Those odd looking security barriers

You’ve probably seen these dotted around a few places, what looks like some sort of security barrier, but wondered how such an odd thing could work.

Pedestrianising Shoreditch’s Arnold Circus
Pedestrianising Shoreditch’s Arnold Circus

A much loved local landmark that’s also in the middle of a roundabout could see cars banned under plans by the local council.

Using the London Underground to improve broadband speeds
Using the London Underground to improve broadband speeds

A plan to line tube tunnels with fibre optic cables to improve London’s internet connectivity has taken a step forward.

The Two Ronnies on a tube train
The Two Ronnies on a tube train

Imagine an entire conversation made up from London railway station names — that’s what the Two Ronnies did on 23rd January 1982.

Shoreditch’s Star Wars Stormtrooper Sale
Shoreditch’s Star Wars Stormtrooper Sale

For one week, there’s a chance for Star Wars fans to buy Stormtrooper based goodies, designed by the prop-maker who created the original  Stormtrooper for the first Star Wars Movie in 1976.

Beatles themed manhole cover for Abbey Road
Beatles themed manhole cover for Abbey Road

To mark the 50th anniversary of that famous record cover, a manhole cover next to the zebra crossing has been revamped with an image of the event.

TfL supports Paddle boarding
TfL supports Paddle boarding

A small business that rents space from Transport for London in one of their arches has won a small business award.

Freemen take sheep across London Bridge
Freemen take sheep across London Bridge

A slightly damp Sunday saw some 600 Freemen (and ladies) exercise their ancient right to take sheep across London Bridge.

Experimental hydrogen powered boat visiting London
Experimental hydrogen powered boat visiting London

This coming Thursday evening (3rd Oct) will be a chance to see an experimental boat passing under Tower Bridge.

Harry Potter and his adventures on the London Underground
Harry Potter and his adventures on the London Underground

A scene that was never shown in the first film, has Harry Potter and the giant Hagrid getting onto a Central line tube train.

Olympic Park’s Orbital legacy foundering
Olympic Park’s Orbital legacy foundering

The twisted red mass of tubes next to the Olympic Stadium that was supposed to be a local landmark is proving to be more of a millstone for the Queen Elizabeth Park.

Sheep and cattle grazing in Green Park this week
Sheep and cattle grazing in Green Park this week

It’s “Green Park Grazing Week” this week, which means sheep and cattle will be roaming around the Royal Park munching away to keep the grasses low.

Rare watch goes on display in the Science Museum
Rare watch goes on display in the Science Museum

An intricate British-made watch which sold in 2017 for £3.2 million has gone on display in the Science Museum for the next few years.