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Photos – the new DLR Extension to Stratford International Photos – the new DLR Extension to Stratford International

A day later than I had originally expected, the DLR extension to Stratford International has finally opened to the general public.

A Boris Bike has been seen in Toronto A Boris Bike has been seen in Toronto

When we took the Boris Bikes to Paris on the Eurostar a couple of weeks ago, Tom and I did ponder how far it would be theoretically possible to take a bike and return it within the 24 hour limit.

The London Design Festival The London Design Festival

There is a festival occurring next month – a festival of design, in London. And they have a huge number of events happening.

200th anniversary of the New Marshalsea Prison in Southwark 200th anniversary of the New Marshalsea Prison in Southwark

At some point in 1811 — the specific date has been frustratingly difficult to pin down — a new prison was opened in Southwark that despite its short life was to become notorious in literary history as the inspiration for

BT Tower about to lose its antennas BT Tower about to lose its antennas

It’s been drawn to my attention that BT has filed a planning application to make changes to the BT Tower that will strip it of the antennas that occupy the upper third of the main tower. The company argues that

Chesham Shuttle to Return to Service this Weekend Chesham Shuttle to Return to Service this Weekend

Last December, the need to change trains to catch a short shuttle service to Chesham on the Metropolitan Line was abolished as direct trains were introduced as part of the line and train upgrade programme. This weekend though, the Shuttle

The DLR extension is finally opening The DLR extension is finally opening

Update 30th Aug 5:55am: Despite the TfL website showing trains running every few minutes as expected, the platforms at Canning Town are still sealed off and a DLR train attendant told me they are still testing the line. No idea

Things to do outside London during September Things to do outside London during September

My now regular look ahead to events happening next month that would probably be in my events guide, if only they weren’t happening outside the psychological barrier of the M25 motorway. Might tempt you outside London (horror!). Power From the

The ARC Gloria arrives in London The ARC Gloria arrives in London

A few days later than originally expected, the Colombian Navy’s flagship sailing ship, the ARC Gloria has arrived in London’s docklands for a few days. Annoyingly – for this correspondent – it turns out there was a large welcoming party,

Crime numbers on the London Underground Crime numbers on the London Underground

The Evening Standard has managed to get a list of crime numbers on the London Underground, broken down by station and delivered the not entirely surprising headline that Kings Cross is the crime ridden capital of the tube network. However,

Tours of the UK’s Synchrotron particle accelerator Tours of the UK’s Synchrotron particle accelerator

Slightly to the south of Didcot sits a huge silver UFO shaped building that happens to house the UK’s synchrotron – a special type of particle accelerator that is used to generate a unique form of radiation that can be

A Grand Day Out – Taking the Boris Bikes to Paris A Grand Day Out – Taking the Boris Bikes to Paris

What would it be like to take two cycle hire bikes from London to Paris and return in a single day?