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Bomb damage map on display
Bomb damage map on display

The newish, and smallish Heritage Gallery inside London’s Guildhall has put out a display of WW1 and WW2 maps and photos.

75th Anniversary of the Balham Tube Disaster
75th Anniversary of the Balham Tube Disaster

It’s the evening of 14th October 1940, and one of the worst wartime disasters of the London Underground is about to take place.

A look inside the WW2 tunnels under Clapham Common
A look inside the WW2 tunnels under Clapham Common

It’s 1942, and the air raid warnings are screaming. People in select parts of London hurry to their nearest tube station to take shelter.

Unbuilt London: The Isle of Dogs Airport
Unbuilt London: The Isle of Dogs Airport

In the post-war period when London had a surplus of rubble and empty spaces, an airport was planned in the docklands area with SIX runways.

More tours of WW2 deep-level shelters planned
More tours of WW2 deep-level shelters planned

TfL has confirmed that it plans to open up one of the WW2 deep-level shelters to the public more often, subject to being able to make some adjustments to the surface building.

The Post-War Plans to Rebuild Shoreditch & Bethnal Green
The Post-War Plans to Rebuild Shoreditch & Bethnal Green

As World War Two started to approach what seemed to be its final conclusion, city planners turned their minds to the aftermath, and the rebuilding of homes and factories damaged by wartime bombing.

Battle of Britain bunker tour dates announced
Battle of Britain bunker tour dates announced

Deep under the former RAF Uxbridge is a large military bunker built during WW2 that was used to oversee the Battle of Britain in the skies above.

Wartime bunker under Eltham Palace to be restored
Wartime bunker under Eltham Palace to be restored

As part of a range of upgrades just announced for the art-deco Eltham Palace, the WW2 bunker underneath the building is to be restored to its wartime appearance.

TV show about London Underground’s flood barriers
TV show about London Underground’s flood barriers

Next week, the BBC’s Coast TV programme will have a segment about the flood barriers that were installed on the London Underground at the start of WW2.

Prefab Museum extended until the “end of summer”
Prefab Museum extended until the “end of summer”

I recently told you that you had until the end of May to visit the Prefab museum in a soon to be gutted estate in South London.

Bethnal Green Disaster Memorial gets £10k donation from TfL
Bethnal Green Disaster Memorial gets £10k donation from TfL

The Bethnal Green Memorial fund, which you may recall has built half the memorial but still fund raising for the main piece has secured a £10,000 donation from TfL.

Remains of an WW2 Prisoner of War camp in Peckham Rye
Remains of an WW2 Prisoner of War camp in Peckham Rye

It’s a bit odd but when you think of prisoner of war camps from World War 2, it seems likely to think of the rural areas of England away from the populace, not right in the heart of London.

Visit the Prefab Museum — while you still can
Visit the Prefab Museum — while you still can

A post war relic is soon to be swept away. A hidden flatland in a sea of multi-story buildings soon to be elevated by construction. A community rent asunder by a local council.

Eat some brains in an underground WW2 bunker
Eat some brains in an underground WW2 bunker

Nest month, a group are putting on a dining event inside a WW2 bunker underneath Dalston, and will serve up a heady mix of brains to eat, and science to feed the brains in your heads.

Photos from inside an abandoned tube tunnel
Photos from inside an abandoned tube tunnel

Just under 100 years ago, an extension of the Northern Line running under the Thames opened to the public, but 26 years later it would be hit by a German bomb and flooded. It is still sealed off to this day.

A restored WW2 anti-aircraft gun by Canary Wharf
A restored WW2 anti-aircraft gun by Canary Wharf

Amongst the fluffy bunnies and clucking chickens that can be found at the Mudchute city farm sits a now silent visitor – a World War Two era anti-aircraft gun.

70th Anniversary of the Bethnal Green Disaster
70th Anniversary of the Bethnal Green Disaster

At around half past eight tonight, it will be 70 years since the single largest loss of British civilian life during World War 2 – the Bethnal Green Disaster.

Reserve your places for a rare tour of a WW2 Bunker
Reserve your places for a rare tour of a WW2 Bunker

While the Cabinet War Rooms in Westminster are very famous, there was a reserve bunker built in North London just in case the Westminster bunker was bombed.

WW2 underground shelter exhibition in Westminster
WW2 underground shelter exhibition in Westminster

Opened one hundred years ago, Westminster’s impressive Methodist Central Hall was one of many buildings commandeered during WW2 for use by military commanders in need of a suitable base near the seat of government. The basement though, was also commandeered

London Transport during the Blitz
London Transport during the Blitz

A short blog post about this quite interesting propaganda film made just as the Blitz was starting, and how doughty Londoners carried on regardless. “Filmed after the start of the Blitz, ‘City Bound’ is an exploration of the daily commute

Going inside a decaying WW2 Bunker underneath North London
Going inside a decaying WW2 Bunker underneath North London

Hidden under a modern housing estate in North London lies the remains of what was once one of the most secret of military installations built during World War 2. Now needing pumps to keep water down to a manageable level

70th anniversary of an aircraft factory hidden in a tube tunnel
70th anniversary of an aircraft factory hidden in a tube tunnel

After 16 months of preparation during the height of the blitz, a secret aircraft components factory was completed deep underground in North London in what were unfinished tunnels for the Central Line extension.

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

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