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A Horn Fair Procession From Rotherhithe to Charlton

As much as a admire the Victorians for many achievements, they did have two rather annoying habits. One was to rewrite, or at least censor ancient history when they discovered the supposedly enlightened folk were rather keen on Bacchanalian propensities.

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Website listing all (eventually) of London’s Gardens and Squares

Those fine chaps (and chapesses) over at the London Parks & Gardens Trust, who organise the annual Open Gardens Squares Weekend have launched a new project to create an online database of every notable garden and park in London. The

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Flypast over Tower Bridge

An FYI – on Friday 26th June 2009, there is due to be a flypast over Tower Bridge sometime between 12-1pm as part of the London Armed Forces Day. I haven’t been able to confirm who is doing the flypast,

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Vintage Trains at Marylebone Station

I think this is a case of caveat emptor, as while “vintage trains” are promised, they seem to be a footnote to a larger event. Basically, it is the 100th anniversary of Birmingham Moor Street Station on Saturday, so Chiltern

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Another trip on a 1938 Tube Train

Busy weekend, but culminated with a trip on a restored 1938 tube train running along the Northern Line, probably for the very last time, as new signalling work later this year will make it impossible to run old trains along

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Hoxton Hotel’s £1 Room Sale

The semi-regular sale held by the Hoxton Hotel is on again, and offers a brief opportunity to book hotel rooms for a proverbial song. They have 1,000 bedrooms up for grabs on their website: 500 at £1 and 500 at

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Drive Sheep Over London Bridge

If you came here looking for details about the sheep drive on Wed 21st Sept 2011, it’s been cancelled by the organisers. Sorry. Fancy acting like a Freeman of the City of London and drive some sheep over London Bridge?

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Tours of the Beefeater Gin Distillery

Last year, the Beefeater Gin Distillery in Kennington held their first public tours – as part of the London Open House Weekend – and it was a fascinating place to have a look around. I have just had a note

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The Knollys Rose Ceremony

When planning a new building, or significant alteration to one, a person is generally required to get planning permission from the local authority or face fines, or even the demolition of your works. That rule holds true no matter how

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Minor change to the website

Ever since I started this website, I haven’t really had what we would call a “homepage”. Anyone visiting the root domain of “https://www.ianvisits.co.uk” got automatically redirected, originally to the blog, and now to the events listings page. Frankly, that is

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Visiting the London Fire Brigade Museum

Earlier this afternoon, I wandered over to Southwark for a genuinely rare treat – a general open day at the London Fire Brigade Museum. By coincidence, just as I arrived, I spied Caroline of Caroline’s Miscellany coming out, so it

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BBC News scraps the “international focus” front page

A small change has been made to the BBC News homepage which is actually a bit irritating. Cosmetically, all they have done is remove a very small button, but that button had a function that belied its size – namely

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Photography Banned in Greenwich Foot Tunnel

This is probably more the remit of The Greenwich Phantom, but as part of the Greenwich foot tunnel lies on MY side of the river, and this concerns a particular bugbear of mine, I shall talk about it. The tunnel,

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The RMT – Comic by nature, Comic Sans by letter?

A copy of an (allegedly) genuine letter from the RMT union to its more sensible counterpart at Aslef made me do a double-take. Not for the weird polemic written which I read later, but for the instant question as to

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The Chap Olympiad 2009

Spiffing news Jeeves, for those fine gentlemen over at The Chap have announced the date for the The Chap Olympiad of 2009. Unlike the more athletic antics likely to occur in a few years time just up the road in

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