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Open House – West Ham Bus Garage Open House – West Ham Bus Garage

Opened at the tail end of 2008, the bus garage at West Ham claims to be the largest single bus depot in the UK – and as is increasingly common, one of the most environmentally friendly. The distinctive green roof

Open House – Bazalgette’s Western Pumping Station Open House – Bazalgette’s Western Pumping Station

Regular users of Victoria mainline train station may have noticed the presence of a tall brick chimney on the western side of the train tracks next to the river and maybe pondered its function. It is indeed a chimney –

A tour around Shoreham Power Station A tour around Shoreham Power Station

As part of last weekend’s Open House not in London events, I secured a tour of the Shoreham power station. There are in fact two Shoreham power stations to choose from, one nuclear and one gas powered. Sadly for my

The tube train that travels through time and space The tube train that travels through time and space

A couple of decades ago, there was a children’s TV show which is often considered to be a precursor of the Crystal Maze in that it featured a few people trying to solve a series of puzzles. The celebrities would

Last chance bookings for London Open House Last chance bookings for London Open House

If you were lucky enough to book the prize locations for this week’s Open House event, expect an email shortly asking you to let them know if you now find you are not able to attend as planned. That way

How to request your own Spitfire flypast over London How to request your own Spitfire flypast over London

I mentioned this briefly a while back, but as the deadline is approaching it’s worth reminding people that it is possible to request your very own flypast by the RAF for your village fete or school event, or other suitable

Architects Drawings Overlook the Tidal Aspect of The Thames Architects Drawings Overlook the Tidal Aspect of The Thames

Some new higher detailed images of the planned London River Park have been published on the BBC News website this morning. I will presume they are all the images provided, as the River Park’s own website doesn’t have the images

A look around the historic rooms in Surrey County Hall A look around the historic rooms in Surrey County Hall

One of the stranger anachronisms about Kingston Upon Thames is that despite being part of London (zone 6), it also houses the headquarters of Surrey County Council. History explains that the old Surrey Council used to include most of South

Remains of an undercroft and 12th century bridge under John Lewis Remains of an undercroft and 12th century bridge under John Lewis

In the late 1980s, a major redevelopment of the center of Kingston Upon Thames resulted in theĀ  building a dual carriage relief road, and a brand new John Lewis department store. One side effect of that was the uncovering of

The Goodyear Blimp is flying over London again The Goodyear Blimp is flying over London again

A few days ago I noticed that the Goodyear Blimp is back over London again and wondered how long it would be here for and if there were any specific events it would be hovering over. There might have been

A tour inside RAF Bentley Priory A tour inside RAF Bentley Priory

Sitting inside a park in North London lies a former stately home which was during World War II, one of the main command centres for the Battle of Britain. RAF Bentley Priory, or plain Bentley Priory as it is know

Win a Moquette covered chair Win a Moquette covered chair

Thanks to a birthday gift voucher from my flatmate, I was in the Transport Museum’s shop the other day picking up some goodies, including a moquette design tea towel – which it turns out isn’t that effective in its tea