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London’s weekly railway news #231 

15 Dec 17

A weekly round-up of London’s rail transport news… Passengers evacuated from Heathrow Express train London Underground TfL is examining the potential for a tube station at Bricklayers Arms as part of the Bakerloo line extension, Southwark …


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Smithfield’s famous Christmas Eve auction is back 

13 Dec 17

The annual tradition is back, with lots of money waving, turkeys flying and meat parading in an excitingly good natured morning of protein rich delights.


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London’s Pocket Parks – Aldermanbury Square, EC2 

13 Dec 17

This is a very modern take on the pocket park, with lots of grey stones, green trees and mini-fountains.


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Prepare to be disgusted as the Whitechapel fatberg goes on display 

12 Dec 17

If you’ve ever wanted to see a congealed mass of babies nappies, cooking fat and domestic waste, next year is your chance, as chunk of the notorious fatberg that clogged up the sewers under Whitechapel is to go on display at the Museum of London.


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TfL to charge advertisers £39 million for Elizabeth line advertising deal 

11 Dec 17

When the Elizabeth line welcomes its first customers next year, they will see a vast new stations, new trains, and an awful lot of advertising.


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London’s Alleys – Newcastle Court, EC4 

11 Dec 17

On a side street of antiquity near Cannon Street station can be found a small yard set back behind imposing buildings, and the site once of the home of a notorious young nobleman.


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TfL takes over 11 train stations from GWR 

11 Dec 17

Yesterday, TfL got a little bit larger, when it took over the staffing of a number of train stations in Berkshire from Great Western Railway.


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Calls for design to revamp Old Street roundabout 

10 Dec 17

Plans to revamp the tired Old Street roundabout have taken a small step forward, with a call for a design proposal to be set in to Islington council.


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Limited edition Oyster card holders giveaway 

9 Dec 17

On Monday morning, there will be a chance to get a limited-edition Oyster card holder, with the cover designed by the artist, Marc Camille Chaimowicz.


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London’s Pocket Parks – Percival Triangle, EC1 

6 Dec 17

A patch of council housing in Clerkenwell has been recently improved by replacing concrete and cars with grasses and greenery.


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London railway upgrades – a progress report 

5 Dec 17

One of the periodic reports from TfL has been released with details of ongoing network upgrades across the networks it controls.


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Major test of London Underground signalling upgrade 

4 Dec 17

London Underground engineers have completed their biggest test to date of brand new signalling that will see more trains able to run closer together in the future.


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London’s Alleys – Barbon Alley, EC3 

4 Dec 17

This modern looking alley is indeed modern, being the result of post-war clearance of the area which was badly damaged by a couple of high-explosive bombs during WW2.


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Free offers at 400 heritage attractions in December 

1 Dec 17

A large number of venues that have been supported by grants from the National Lottery over the past 23 years since it was set up are to open their doors for free for a week in December.


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See a steam train on the London Overground on Saturday 

26 Nov 17

An early Christmas treat, as a steam train will be chugging along the London Overground on the morning of Saturday (2nd Dec).


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Admire this striking building on Cannon Street 

19 Nov 17

A triangular wedge with regimented windows marches down Cannon Street in the City of London.


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Exhibition shows of the history of the Thames River Police 

19 Nov 17

There’s a new exhibition that seeks to show off the shared heritage between London’s river police as the development of policing in the West Indies.


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TfL closer to buying fleet of new DLR trains 

17 Nov 17

Transport for London (TfL) has taken a step in its search for a manufacturer to design and build a new generation of DLR trains, by issuing an Invitation to Negotiate.


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Photos – The new Bond Street tube station tunnels 

17 Nov 17

A new ticket hall entrance, escalators and connection tunnels have opened to the public today at Bond Street tube station .


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London’s weekly railway news #227 

17 Nov 17

A weekly round-up of London’s rail transport news… There’s a garden inside a tube station ticket office London Underground Sadiq Khan’s deputy mayor for transport has come under fire after “temporarily pausing” plans to buy more Jubilee …


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London’s Pocket Parks – Cleary Gardens, EC4 

15 Nov 17

This stepped series of gardens are the result of post war clearance, but has an industrial heritage that can be traced as far back as Roman times.


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London’s Alleys – Little Somerset Street, E1 

13 Nov 17

This is a seemingly rather uninteresting passage, but is one that’s steeped in a bloody history.


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The festive season comes to docklands Sailor Town 

12 Nov 17

There’s a corner of docklands that is forever nightime, where boats are mended, a pub serves no one, and shops sell nothing – and now it’s festive time.


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New book celebrates 10-years of archaeological discovery on the River Thames 

12 Nov 17

Ten years of archaeological discovery on the Thames has been explored in the first ever book by the Thames Discovery Programme.


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The decayingly ornate YHA behind St Paul’s Cathredal 

12 Nov 17

Hidden away from tourists on a side street, what is the former St Paul’s Cathedral choir school makes for a most unusual Youth Hostel today.


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Give the gift of a London Museum membership this Christmas 

11 Nov 17

If you want to give something this Christmas that your recipient can use all year round, rather than socks and fragrances… give them the membership of a museum they love to visit.


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London’s weekly railway news #226 

10 Nov 17

A weekly round-up of London’s rail transport news… Massively detailed map of London’s railways London Underground Train drivers’ union Aslef called for an urgent review of security after a night Tube driver was kicked and sprayed with paint …


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Pedestrian and cyclist crossing planned for the Thames 

8 Nov 17

A new way for pedestrians and cyclists to cross the Thames has long been planned, and now a consultation has opened on what sort of crossing we will get.


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See the triumphant restoration of Roman London’s Mithraeum 

8 Nov 17

After a rude awakening in 1952, and a rather desultory open-air display for the past five decades, the Temple of Mithras has been magnificently restored and returned to its original home.


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London’s Pocket Gardens – Whittington Garden 

7 Nov 17

This garden is one of the legacies of WW2, as it sits on land that was badly damaged by bombing raids.


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London’s Alleys – Wardrobe Place, EC4 

6 Nov 17

A delightful little courtyard can be found hidden away in the small maze of streets just to the south side of St Paul’s Cathedral.


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Today’s the 800th anniversary of the Charter of the Forest 

6 Nov 17

At St Paul’s Cathedral, on the 6th November 1217, the 10-year old King Henry III authorised a document that while little known today, at the time, was more important than the Magna Carta.


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Where the London Underground gets fresh air through an old graveyard 

4 Nov 17

A small side street near Cannon Street railway station marks the site of a ancient graveyard, and today, a ventilation shaft for the London Underground.


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Where are London’s fictional Tube Stations? 

3 Nov 17

London has many disused tube stations, but also a lot of tube stations that never existed, other than as celluloid imaginations — these are the fictional tube stations that have graced TV and film.


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London’s weekly railway news #225 

3 Nov 17

A weekly round-up of London’s rail transport news… Secret tube train to Buckingham Palace London Underground Third World Class Capacity: Cancelling Tube Upgrades London Reconnections Locals urged to join rally for tube station at Bricklayers Arms…


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Crossrail archaeology reveals the bleak fortunes of 16th-18th century Londoners 

1 Nov 17

The bleak fortunes of poor and migrant communities living in London up to 450 years ago have been revealed by the analysis of thousands of skeletons unearthed by MOLA archaeologists during construction of the Elizabeth line station at Liverpool …


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London railway upgrades – a progress report 

1 Nov 17

One of the periodic reports from TfL has been released with details of ongoing network upgrades across the networks it controls.


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London’s Pocket Gardens – Tallow Chandlers Hall 

31 Oct 17

A curious delight can be found around the corner from Cannon Street station – a small garden cut out of the side of an office building.


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London’s Alleys – Great Bell Alley, EC2 

30 Oct 17

An alleyway exists just off Moorgate that has almost no redeeming features about it, other than it’s bland existence is fortunately, a very short one.


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A billion quid groundscraper reveals a lost roman road 

29 Oct 17

The largest stone building in the City of London for over a century has had its building site protective covers removed, and revealed an awful lot of glass and bronze.


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London’s weekly railway news #224 

27 Oct 17

A weekly round-up of London’s rail transport news… New artwork in Piccadilly Circus tube station honours Frank Pick London Underground ‘The Heart of Russia’ Themed Train Launched on London Underground Sputnik News Oxford Circus station has …


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TfL speeds up Oyster Card ticket collection 

26 Oct 17

Following an upgrade that was rolled out yesterday afternoon, you can now top up an Oyster card and collect the credit from any bus, as well as at any Tube or rail station within London.


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Abbey Wood station – the unexpected jewel in Crossrail’s crown 

24 Oct 17

A new railway station opened at the weekend, far from the hustle and bustle associated with Crossrail, and yet I suspect has the potential to become the most interesting station on the entire Elizabeth line.


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London’s Alleys – Shepherdess Walk, N1 

23 Oct 17

There is a delightfully cute little alley that has been in this part of Hoxton ever since it was all fields, and yet its history is a total mystery.


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50th Anniversary of Quatermass and the Pit 

22 Oct 17

One for both horror film fans and tube geeks – as next month marks the 50th anniversary of Martians being discovered in a Central line tube station.


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Hidden vaults next to London Bridge revealed 

20 Oct 17

A series of hitherto hidden vaults under a building next to London Bridge are being opened up as a new exhibition and display space.


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London’s weekly railway news #223 

20 Oct 17

A weekly round-up of London’s rail transport news… 22 photos of the new Thameslink Train London Underground Drivers on London Underground are to be balloted for industrial action in a dispute linked to the Night Tube.


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The church still recovering from WW2 damage 

17 Oct 17

In leafy Clerkenwell is a mighty church that externally looks as polite as a Clerkenwell church should look, but inside is still showing the massive scars left by WW2.


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London’s Alleys – Gunthorpe Street, E1 

16 Oct 17

This little Whitechapel alleyway is notorious, for it is one of the murder sites of the infamous Jack the Ripper.


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Exhibition looks at the use of Uncommon Currency in London 

15 Oct 17

Money is changing – the rise of cryptocurrencies, quantitative easing, and people scouring around for old pound coins, so an exhibition has opened that looks at the nature of alternative currencies.







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