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Pre-Booking details announced for London Open House Weekend Pre-Booking details announced for London Open House Weekend

UPDATE: The Open House website crashed, so online bookings will start on Monday at noon. To make life a little easier in the meantime, I have updated the list below to include the phone number or email address for those

The unexpected and welcome Olympic Legacy The unexpected and welcome Olympic Legacy

And so it is over. Today, the athletes. the trainers, the sponsors and their assorted lackeys pack up their bags and leave the party. Years of expectation and effort concentrated into a single moment. Would people turn up, would they

Heritage Open Days around the South-East of England Heritage Open Days around the South-East of England

A couple of weeks before the huge London Open House Weekend, there is a chance to do exactly the same thing outside London, as the Heritage Open Days opens up a number of buildings, and an awful lot of Churches

Vintage tube train to run on the Underground next month Vintage tube train to run on the Underground next month

The Transport Museum’s two working vintage trains are to be out on the network next month and will be offering rides between Harrow-on-the-Hill and Amersham, along with the Museum’s iconic Routemaster RM1, making journeys between Amersham town centre and train

The Olympic Water Chariots slash their prices The Olympic Water Chariots slash their prices

The hideously overpriced canal boat service taking people from Limehouse to nearish to the Olympic Park seems to have finally bowed the inevitability of their reportedly near-empty boats… …a few days after revamping their website, they have today finally slashed

A museum devoted to eye surgery – open this month only A museum devoted to eye surgery – open this month only

For the next few weeks, we mere mortals are being permitted to enter the hallowed halls of medical heritage as the Royal College of Ophthalmologists holds its first ever open days. More accurately, open hours – as the museum is

Over 300 vintage London Transport posters to go on sale Over 300 vintage London Transport posters to go on sale

The posh auction house, Christie’s is holding a sale of over 300 original advertising posters dating from 1913 to 1955. The sale is of posters direct from the archives of London Transport Museum (LTM), so not a private collection built

Photos from the Crossrail station construction site at Woolwich Photos from the Crossrail station construction site at Woolwich

While most of the focus on Crossrail is north of the river, the railway will have an important spur down towards South-East London, and this weekend was a chance to see the station box being built at Woolwich. The original

Finally getting inside St Dunstan-in-the-West Finally getting inside St Dunstan-in-the-West

There is a very distinctive church frontage almost next to the Royal Court of Justice on Fleet Street that I have wanted to peer inside for years, but every time I walked past, the doors have been firmly closed.

Get in early with your Olympic souvenir hunting Get in early with your Olympic souvenir hunting

Sitting inside the Olympic Park is a “megastore” packed with Olympic branded goodies. Some garish, some surprisingly tasteful, including the canvas bags with 1948 posters on them – alas, a plastic style print transfer that wouldn’t last very long, and

Chance to see inside a vast forgotten Victorian railway waiting room Chance to see inside a vast forgotten Victorian railway waiting room

There is a hidden marvel at Peckham Rye train station, and it is open to the public on Saturday – the former waiting room. However, this is no mere station waiting room of the sort we might see today, but

A 15th century Clock Tower is fund raising for urgent repairs A 15th century Clock Tower is fund raising for urgent repairs

There has been a church tower on the banks of the Thames in Fulham for over 600 years ringing out the hours and calls to prayer, and I was given a chance to have a climb up the 15th century