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A garish smorgasbord of 2012 memorabilia in John Lewis A garish smorgasbord of 2012 memorabilia in John Lewis

One of the so-called “anchor tenants” within the gargantuan shopping centre next to the Olympic Park is John Lewis, and they have set aside part of their new department store as a 2012 shop and viewing area. Since it opened,

The 17th century prison doorway in Westminster The 17th century prison doorway in Westminster

Lurking on a little used side street in Westminster stands the last known remnant of a local prison and workhouse that has long since vanished. Tothill Fields Prison (or the Westminster Bridewell) was a “house of correction” for the compulsory

10th Anniversary of The Gherkin 10th Anniversary of The Gherkin

At what point should you mark the 10th anniversary of a building? When construction starts? Or maybe when it is topped out with the last major steelwork? Or the day people first move in? Or — often slightly later —

Today marks the 40th Anniversary of London Bridge Today marks the 40th Anniversary of London Bridge

Today marks the 40th anniversary of the rededication of John Rennie’s 1831 London Bridge – in Arizona. As I am sure you should know, The City of London sold the old Victorian London Bridge in 1967 to the American, Robert

How the media reported that “Big Ben” is leaning How the media reported that “Big Ben” is leaning

Over the weekend, the sort of story that has newspaper editors salivating cropped up – that Big Ben is leaning to one side and that the angle is now noticeable to the naked eye. Obviously, the first caveat is that

Visiting a WW2 Air Raid Shelter in Woodford Visiting a WW2 Air Raid Shelter in Woodford

Lurking under a substantial road bridge in north-east London lies a remnant of the second world war – a public air-raid shelter that probably housed about a thousand people during bombing raids. The area, mainly of semi-detached houses with decent

Were London’s Streets Once Paved with Gold? Were London’s Streets Once Paved with Gold?

I am sure you’ll be familiar with the claim that Dick Whittington was lured to London by rumours that the streets were paved with gold, but like most fables there just might be the slightest hint of truth in the

A New Gallery is Opened at the Natural History Museum A New Gallery is Opened at the Natural History Museum

A new gallery opened last week at the Natural History Museum — the Images of Nature gallery — which as they put it showcases “the Museum’s world-famous collection of natural history artworks”. Basically, a display of mainly scientific drawings, and

Fancy testing part of a future Crossrail Station? Fancy testing part of a future Crossrail Station?

If you use the tube station at Victoria, then you already are! An area within one of the busiest parts of the already very busy Victoria station was changed a couple of months ago to test some sample materials that

The amazingly gloomy interior of Westminster Cathedral The amazingly gloomy interior of Westminster Cathedral

If you’ve never been inside Westminster Cathedral near Victoria train station, then you are likely to be in for a bit of a surprise, for despite being over 100 years old, they still haven’t finished decorating it. And I hope

100th Anniversary of the Escalator on London Underground 100th Anniversary of the Escalator on London Underground

Tomorrow (Tue 4th Oct) marks 100 years since the first moving staircase was demonstrated on the London Underground, at Earl’s Court station to be specific. Not sure if TfL is planning to have a cake or other celebration though. There

How NOT to improve your website ranking in search engines How NOT to improve your website ranking in search engines

I wasn’t going to write this blog post, as I didn’t really expect a reply from the miscreant in question, but they did reply and their response was really quite annoying. Like most blog owners, and any website that allows