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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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Blackfriars Station’s hidden Puddle Dock entrance 

13 Oct 17

While Blackfriars Station has recently had a massive makeover, it retained a little noticed entrance that has been little changed since the 1970s.


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London’s weekly railway news #222 

13 Oct 17

A weekly round-up of London’s rail transport news… London Underground Signal Box gets Listed Status London Underground Is Sadiq’s fares freeze behind London Underground’s falling investment in track maintenance and new trains? MayorWatch …


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London railway upgrades – a progress report 

9 Oct 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 Alleys – Three Cranes Walk, EC4 

9 Oct 17

If you are taking a picturesque walk along the Thames, right in the heart of the City’s office world can be found this very industrial section of pathway.


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Emergency exercise to take place outside MI5 Headquarters 

6 Oct 17

There are to be two exercises carried out by the emergency services over the next few weeks – on the river outside MI5’s head office.


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The parish marker of a Rotherhithe church – in Stratford 

6 Oct 17

If you wander along that broad avenue of Tesco Value Dubai that is post-Olympics Stratford High Street, you might spy a relic from the deep past.


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London’s weekly railway news #221 

6 Oct 17

A weekly round-up of London’s rail transport news… Meet the team restoring a London Underground signal box London Underground Old Street Tube Evacuated as Police Investigate Report of ‘Suspicious’ Man and ‘Bang’ Noise HuffPo Controlled …


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Geffrye Museum to close in January 

5 Oct 17

As part of a long standing, and at times, controversial, expansion plan, the Geffrye Museum will be closing its doors in a few months for nearly 2 years of rebuilding work.


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Attend the ancient Ceremony of the Keys in the Tower of London 

2 Oct 17

Every night, long after the tourists have been kicked out an ancient ceremony is performed in private inside the Tower of London – the Ceremony of the Keys.


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London’s Alleys – Catherine Wheel Alley, E1 

2 Oct 17

A narrow gap in the wall of shops opposite Liverpool Street Station leads into one of London’s narrowest and most curiously named alleys.


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The project restoring London Underground’s Art-Deco era trains 

30 Sep 17

A train that hasn’t moved for nearly 50 years could be about to make a dramatic return to the London Underground — the Q-Stock is returning.


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List of London’s Bonfire Night Fireworks Displays 2017 

30 Sep 17

It’s time to start plotting how we shall remember the downfall of a papist plot, and watch the skies over London explode with fireworks.


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Moorgate’s Mighty Bronze Doors 

29 Sep 17

Even people who walk down Moorgate daily will have barely noticed a pair of massive bronze doors, for they are usually kept folded open, and only at the weekend is their full beauty apparent.


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New railway line for West London proposed 

29 Sep 17

An old railway line currently used for cargo trains could be converted into passenger use, linking parts of West London currently poorly served by rail services.


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A pop-up clean air garden at the Barbican 

26 Sep 17

If you’re wandering around the back of the Barbican, you might spy a lot of steel tubes with a seemingly random selection of plants in them.


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Tickets Alert: Celebrate the 50th birthday of the Class 50 locomotive 

24 Sep 17

Fifty years ago the Class 50 locomotive was born, and just 50 of the class of 50 were ever made.


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Go inside the Bank of England’s Tivoli Corner 

24 Sep 17

One of the delights of London is that you can walk past something loads of times, then suddenly discover something interesting about it.


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The Views from One Blackfriars 

22 Sep 17

A boomerang, or vase, depending on your preference has risen up in Southwark and at the weekend, there was a chance to have a look at the views to be enjoyed by the super-rich who will live within.


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Exhibition shows off the unbuilt plans for the V&A Museum 

22 Sep 17

That cathedral to art and design is itself a product of the same, and has put on an exhibition about how it came to be what it is.


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London’s weekly railway news #219 

22 Sep 17

A weekly round-up of London’s rail transport news… Inside Shoreditch’s Disused Tube Trains London Underground Piccadilly Line’s Night Tube troubles could continue until end of the year after unions warn of driver shortage CityAM Tube drivers …


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Plans to use heat from tube tunnels to warm homes 

21 Sep 17

An experiment is under way that will soon see heat from tube train tunnels being used to heat homes and businesses around parts of Islington.


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The future of rail travel will be ticketless 

21 Sep 17

Imagine a future where you don’t need to buy a ticket to catch the train, where there aren’t any ticket barriers to pass through, and a simple wave of the hand is all it takes to pay.


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A hidden industrial marvel at Canary Wharf 

20 Sep 17

If you live near Canary Wharf you might regularly pass a rather modest brick building, but hidden within is a industrial delight to see.


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Museum Meals – Barbican Foyer Cafe 

19 Sep 17

The Barbican has almost as many food establishments as it has concert halls and galleries, so which to choose from.


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Of College Chapels and Steam Trains 

18 Sep 17

Deep within the heart of King’s College on the Strand can be found a most marvelous chapel and a dinky steam train.


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London’s Alleys – Honey Lane, EC2 

18 Sep 17

The Cheapside area of London is replete with names of former trades, and Honey Lane shouldn’t need any explanation, yet it does.


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A look at Crossrail’s Liverpool St Station ticket hall 

17 Sep 17

When it opens next year, the Elizabeth line’s station at Liverpool Street will be so long that it creates an entirely new link to the Northern line that was never possible before.


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A modernist marvel – the staircase of Bevin Court 

17 Sep 17

Hidden around a corner on a side street not far from Kings Cross can be found one of Britain’s great post-war modernist buildings — and an amazing staircase.


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London’s weekly railway news #218 

15 Sep 17

A weekly round-up of London’s rail transport news… Photos from inside Down Street disused tube station London Underground Trivago’s tube ad campaign is hitting home – but has it altered brand perception? YouGov New floor marks on the Tube are…


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London’s Alley’s – Cotton’s Gardens, E2 

11 Sep 17

This probably shouldn’t be in the list, as it’s a bit too wide for an alley, but it has a former alley at the end, and a very nice bit of heritage in the road.


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See one of the City of London’s oldest democratic documents 

10 Sep 17

Underneath the Guildhall in a corner that’s easy to overlook is a small heritage gallery with a regularly changing display.


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Balloon Regatta lifts off from London City Airport 

10 Sep 17

At 7am this morning, twenty-seven hot air balloons lifted off from London City Airport as part of the 2017 RICOH Lord Mayor’s Hot Air Balloon Regatta.


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Tracking smartphone Wi-Fi signals reveals curious journeys on the London Underground 

8 Sep 17

A trial by TfL to track the movements of people by logging Wi-Fi identities has revealed some very curious journey patterns on the tube network.


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Hot air balloons to fly over South-East London on Sunday 

8 Sep 17

There may, weather permitting, be a chance to see up to 60 hot air balloons drifting gracefully across the London skyline on Sunday morning.


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London’s weekly railway news #217 

8 Sep 17

A weekly round-up of London’s rail transport news… Photos – rebuilding a Victoria Line crossover junction London Underground The Ninety Second Railway: Making the Victoria the most frequent Metro in the World London Reconnections London …


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See modern mosaics in a City of London church 

5 Sep 17

Each summer, a church in the City of London hosts an exhibition of newly created mosaics from the studios of Southbank Mosaics.


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London’s Alleys – Steelyard Passage, EC4 

4 Sep 17

This Victorian era brick arch underneath Cannon Street station looks mundane, but rich in hidden history.


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Free tours of Crossrail stations this month 

1 Sep 17

As part of the London Open House weekend, there will be tours of four Crossrail sites to see the work that is converting them into future Elizabeth line stations.


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London’s weekly railway news #216 

1 Sep 17

A weekly round-up of London’s rail transport news… Massively detailed map of London’s railways London Underground Crunch talks to discuss the future of the Metropolitan Line Extension have been arranged between the Mayor of London and Watford…


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Today’s the real 30th birthday for the DLR 

31 Aug 17

While the DLR, and others, celebrated the DLR’s 30th birthday last month, today is in fact the real 30th birthday.


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DLR tunnel to Bank station being extended 

28 Aug 17

The DLR tunnel to Bank tube station is getting longer — not because of tunneling work, but because of a new housing development.


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London’s Alleys – Whitechurch Passage, E1 

28 Aug 17

This is a short alley with a curious habit of changing its name, having had at least three in its recorded existence.


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Climbing to the top of Windsor Castle’s Round Tower 

27 Aug 17

For just a few weeks of each year, it’s possible to climb to the top of the ancient Round Tower inside Windsor Castle, with views that reach right across London.


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London’s weekly railway news #215 

24 Aug 17

A weekly round-up of London’s rail transport news… Extending the Northern Line to Peckham and Streatham London Underground Calls for Latimer Road Station to close for Notting Hill Carnival amid fears of trouble near Grenfell HuffPo Crossrail / …


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Visit the ruins of London’s Lesnes Abbey 

22 Aug 17

Sitting not far from central London can be found the ruins of a large Abbey, which if it were almost anywhere else would be a major tourist attraction.


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Tickets Alert – Bird watching and poetry in The Monument 

22 Aug 17

That stone column to the Great Fire of London is holding a series of evening events during the autumn.


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London’s Alleys – Fleur de Lis Street 

21 Aug 17

Although called a street, this is in fact an alleyway, or at least, enough of it is to qualify.


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Timelapse video of Crossrail escalators being installed 

20 Aug 17

With over half the escalators now installed in the new Elizabeth line stations, new timelapse video and photos released by Crossrail highlights current progress.







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