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Great Pelicans have doubled in  numbers in St James’s Park
Great Pelicans have doubled in numbers in St James’s Park

Great White Pelicans are huge birds that you really don’t want to get too close to, and their numbers have recently doubled in St James’s Park.

There’s a barbecuing “steam train” in Moorgate at the moment
There’s a barbecuing “steam train” in Moorgate at the moment

If you head over to Finsbury Square at the moment, you’ll see a very odd sight – of a black steam train surrounded by seating.

Holy mini glowing tube roundels Batman!
Holy mini glowing tube roundels Batman!

Following the success of the large glowing tube roundels sold by the London Transport Museum, they’ve launched a smaller version as well.

Red Arrows to fly over London for Pride
Red Arrows to fly over London for Pride

Look to the skies this Saturday (6th July) at the Red Arrows will fly over central London.

Moquette socks are back in stock
Moquette socks are back in stock

Following the “sold out in one day” success of the District line moquette socks, the Transport Museum has more socks in stock.

Hot air balloons to fly over London on Sunday morning
Hot air balloons to fly over London on Sunday morning

Get up early, for London’s sunrise will be greeted by the sight of around 50 hot air balloons drifting over central London.

Red Arrows to fly over London on Saturday
Red Arrows to fly over London on Saturday

Look to the skies on Saturday lunchtime (8th June), as a military flypast will pass over central London, followed by the Red Arrows.

US President’s helicopters flying over central London today (31st May)
US President’s helicopters flying over central London today (31st May)

Look to the skies, if you’re in the right place, as eight helicopters are expected to fly in formation over central London at lunchtime.

Hot air balloons to fly over central London on Sunday
Hot air balloons to fly over central London on Sunday

The Lord Mayor’s personal hot air balloon, accompanied by up to 50 others are set to stage an early morning flight over central London this coming Sunday.

Pyrotechnics and filming at Tower Bridge
Pyrotechnics and filming at Tower Bridge

A heads up that a couple of evenings next week could see bang bangs and boom booms next to Tower Bridge.

The daftest image of Big Ben you will ever see
The daftest image of Big Ben you will ever see

A PR person contacted me on behalf of a money website with one of the daftest images I have seen in a long time.

See a sailing ship at Liverpool Street station on Wednesday
See a sailing ship at Liverpool Street station on Wednesday

An 18-foot replica of the famous 17th century ship, the Mayflower, is to make an unusual voyage from Harwich to London next week.

London’s cable car has lost its cables
London’s cable car has lost its cables

This is an amusing oddity, but the Google satellite views of the dangleway in Greenwich has removed the cables from the cable car.

A London Underground themed hotel opens
A London Underground themed hotel opens

A hotel near to Gloucester Road tube station has been redecorated with a design based on the London Underground.

Crossrail appearing on a postage stamp
Crossrail appearing on a postage stamp

If you’ve ever fancied licking one of Crossrail’s tunnel boring machines, then the Royal Mail has a treat for you – with a Crossrail postage stamp.

Smithfield meat market to move out of Central London
Smithfield meat market to move out of Central London

The City of London has confirmed what was pretty much already known, that Smithfield Meat Market is to leave its historic central London home.

See a green man parade through Deptford and Greenwich
See a green man parade through Deptford and Greenwich

On May Day — aka, Wed 1st May — a tall green man will walk around parts of South London.

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.

A Brutalist London chess set
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
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
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
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
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.