London news and event reviews - Page 268

Riding with the vintage buses

As mentioned earlier this week, today a collection of buses plied their trade around North London offering free rides to anyone after a dose of nostalgia. Although there were routemasters taking people from central London to the area, I decided

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The Museum at the Royal London Hospital

For medical reasons, I am required to visit a hospital for prodding and poking every few months, and the clinic I visit was recently moved from Barts in the City to the Royal London Hospital in the distinctly non-regal Whitechapel.

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Free rides on vintage buses this weekend

Fancy a trip on a vintage red bus? Then you are in luck as this coming Sunday(29th August), a collection of vintage buses, all at least 45 years old will be plying the very same routes that they would have

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Take a trip in a 1938 tube train

Unexpected – as the poor thing has been rather ill recently – but the lovingly restored 1938 era tube train will be taking trips along the tube network in a couple of weeks time, and you can be on it.

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Visiting Roman ruins hidden under a London street

Hidden away from sight in a side room next to an underground car park is one of the more important remains of the old London Wall that actually dates from before the wall was built. When the Romans first started

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Spitfire flypast over Central London this Friday

This coming Friday (20th August) marks two very special events. There will be a reciting of Winston Churchill’s famous speech, “Never in the field of human conflict was so much owed by so many to so few”, at precisely 3:52pm,

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Going inside the Freemason’s headquarters

Lurking near Covent Garden is the headquarters of the English branch of the mysterious and secretive Freemasons. Sadly for such a secret organisation, their head office is actually very obvious and noticable as it dominates the area with its 1920s

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End of the road for cowboy car clampers

Much trailed in the press this morning, the formal announcement finally arrived in my RSS reader. “End of the road for cowboy car clampers” screamed the headline. Sounds good – clamping down (hur!) on the cowboys who do much to

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Parish Notice – Improving communications

A short update about the blog. There have typically been two ways for people to know when I post something new to the blog – either to visit the website and have a look, or to use the RSS feed

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Booking opens to visit the top of the BT Tower

While tickets to visit most of the favoured venues for Open House London 2010 were snapped up within just a few minutes, tickets for the highly coveted chance to visit the top of the BT Tower are being allocated by

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Photos of London from the top of the Millbank Tower

Just down the road from the Houses of Parliament is the 1960s tower block, the Millbank Tower. Famous for its uncompromising brutal aesthetic in an area dominated by classical stone buildings and for hosting the Labour Party for a few

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A whole week of Subterranean London events

Fancy a week (well, almost) of events about the mysteries that lurk unseen under the streets of London? Sadly, mainly limited to talking about what is down there rather than actually visiting the places, the talks will still be of

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That “Other” Open House Weekend

What is commonly called London Open House Weekend is officially called Open House London, and is organised by what was called Open House but is now called Open City. If you live outside London, you also have an Open House

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Booking Details for London Open House Weekend 2010

It’s that time of year again as the catalogues are posted out for the London Open House Weekend (18th-19th Sept) and I peer through it for all the juicy properties that need pre-booking when the website goes live on Monday

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The Shard Arises – July 2010

Latest in the monthly series of photos of The Shard as seen from my flat. At the end of June the concrete core had just surpassed Guys Hospital, but at the end of July was quite noticeably higher. Also of

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