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Is it time to restore Collop Monday as an English tradition?

There is rarely any need to have an excuse to eat bacon, but the Monday before Pancake Day offers a good reason to munch on the porcine morsels – for it is Collop Monday.

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1868 – the year that your socks could kill you

It’s October 1868, and an article appears in a number of newspapers warning of the dangers of “Poisoned Hosiery”.

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Tickets Alert – Tours of Churchill’s abandoned WW2 bunker

Deep under a housing estate in North London lies one of WW2’s greatest secrets, the reserve Cabinet War Rooms that lay hidden and waiting, just in case the (now) more famous Westminster bunkers were destroyed.

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London’s weekly railway news #238

A weekly round-up of London’s rail transport news…

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Look out for steam trains on King’s Cross passenger concourse

Steam trains are usually found on the rail tracks, but for one week, two locomotives will be sitting in the middle of the passenger concourse at King’s Cross.

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London Underground aims to deliver super-fast broadband through tube tunnels

London Underground tunnels could soon be carrying a super-fast broadband internet service, if plans being worked on by TfL come to fruition.

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Go back in time with these old tube maps

No one will care about this whatsoever, but there’s an archive of the maps used inside tube train carriages on the TfL website.

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Elizabeth line property developments quadruple predicted levels

One of the expectations of any major transport upgrade is that the value of homes and offices nearby will rise — but the rise in value caused by the Elizabeth line has surprised researchers.

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London’s Pocket Parks: One Coleman Street Gardens, EC2

One Coleman Street Gardens is a small public space in the City of London creating a contemporary space as a relief from the hard surrounding streets.

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Shakespeare’s Shoreditch theatre found to have extra large stage

A Shakespearean theatre stage large enough to stage fight scenes is being uncovered in Shoreditch.

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Increased capacity on the Northern line from this evening

A new timetable has been launched for the Northern line (yes, they do have them), which has expanded the duration of the high-intensity service in the evening peak.

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London’s Alleys: Rose Alley, EC2

This easily overlooked gap in a row of shabby shops opposite Liverpool Street station is one of my favourite London alleys, because it’s awful.

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Walking the Lea Valley – East India Dock Basin

A small nature reserve at Blackwall is all that remains of one of Dockland’s many docks that once served goods from India, and later supported the D-Day invasions.

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Looking back on a year of the night tube

It’s been a bit over a year since the Night Tube launched, and a report by TfL has looked back at how it went.

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Unbuilt London: The MARS plan to rebuild the entire of London

In the inter-war years, there was a war between two rival camps for urban planning, the high-density housing with lots of communal space, or low-density with lots of private space.

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