The show must go on.
Oxford Street’s famous Christmas lights will be switched on, on Monday 2 November.
This year, the 27 LED light curtains which run the length of the shopping street — and debuted last Christmas — will display a ‘heartwarming poem’, according to Oxford Street’s PR team. The poem will celebrate London itself, as well as people across the country who’ve shown ‘incredible acts of care, kindness and support ‘ this year.
From the team behind WC Clapham.
The Postal Museum reopens this month
There are picture-worthy spots around every corner in London. Ahead of London Cocktail Week, we’ve rounded up the prettiest bars in the city.
Fancy a stroll around the West End with Frank Derrett in the seventies? This invitation is possible thanks to the foresight of Paul Loften who rescued these photographs from destruction in the last century. Recently, Paul contacted me to ask if I was interested and I suggested he donate them to the archive at the Bishopsgate Institute, which is how I am able to show them today.
These photos are incredible! What a find! Beautiful time capsule of London’s past.
Marking the 15-year anniversary of the New London Architecture galleries, the Changing Face of London revisits its 2005 exhibition to capture the transformation of the city’s famous landmarks. Aerial photographer Jason Hawkes talks us through his images
This is incredible!
Network Rail says the coronavirus pandemic has delayed talks about the line from Reading to the airport.
The Palace of Whitehall was the primary residence of English monarchs from AD 1530 until 1698, located in Westminster, London. – HeritageDaily – Archaeology News
London at night is a different place, where you can be blinded by the lights or hidden in the shadows. See the city in a whole new light with these photos!
Whoopi Goldberg reprises her lead role from the hit 1992 film Sister Act, which will also star Jennifer Saunders as the Mother Superior.
How much I wish I could go back to the bookshops of old London. When I saw these evocative photographs of London’s secondhand bookshops taken in 1971 by Richard Brown, it made me realise how much I miss them all now that they have mostly vanished from the streets.
These are amazing!
New TfL app to help Londoners plan ahead and travel safely
It’s pretty good! And it’s free!
A variant on the classic London Underground tube map has been released, with all the stations renamed after astronomical objects and events.
Next stop: etymology.
Ever alighted at Earl of Oxford’s Roundabout? Visited Beorhstige’s Meeting-Stone? Or caught a mainline train from Muddy Pond Street?
Chances are you’ve actually done all of these: at least you have if you go by this etymological tube map.
Pets, fictional creatures and zoo escapees all feature.
Ever since the discovery of the site of William Shakespeare’s first theatre in Shoreditch, I have found myself thinking about where else in London I could locate Shakespeare. The city has changed so much that very little remains from his time and even though I might discover his whereabouts – such as his lodging in Silver St in 1612 – usually the terrain is unrecognisable. Silver St is lost beneath the Barbican now.
Read more here: Source: In Search Of Shakespeare’s London | Spitalfields Life
In news that will gladden cultured Londoners and stressed-out summer-holidaying parents alike, three of the capital’s biggest museums have announced that they w
I feel it important to note that Americans must still quarantine for 14 days upon arrival to the UK.
In celebration of the granting of planning permission for the Museum of London to covert Smithfield General Market as its new home, here is my account of a visit to explore this cavernous site.
As one of those who fought to save Smithfield General Market from demolition six years ago, I was delighted have the opportunity of exploring the infinite dark recesses of this vast structure which extends deep underground. This was the first time I have been inside Horace Jones’ market building of 1868 and it was a heart-stopping experience to enter his soaring iron cathedral and walk beneath the vast dome at last.
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Many London art galleries are reopening in the coming weeks, and we’ve rounded up the major returners in one place for your convenience.
This is great news! I thought he was done doing stage work. This will definitely help London’s theatres when they open back up.
Slowly life returns to London’s cultural landscape as museums and galleries wake from their virus imposed slumber and prepare to welcome visitors again.
This is a fantastic resource.
I should also add that if you’re outside the UK, you should not travel there unless you’re prepared – and can afford – to be quarantined for 14 days.
The grand Covent Garden reopening takes place on Monday, with shops returning and some new social distancing measures in place.
These intriguing photographs are selected from a cache of transparencies of unknown origin at the Bishopsgate Institute. We believe they date from the nineteen-sixties but the photographer is unidentified.
These are haunting and beautiful! Check them out!
Colour has been digitally added to eight photos to show what the novelist would have looked like.
Tate Modern and Tate Britain are planning to reopen to the public in August, according to director Maria Balshaw. In an interview with The Art Newspaper, Balshaw said that London museums and
Camden Market has become one of the first outdoor markets around London to return. June 1 is a big day in London’s lockdown calendar: IKEA has reopened, you’re allowed to see up to five other people outdoors, and outdoor markets are permitted to reopen. And wasting absolutely no time on the latter point is Camden […]
Lungs is returning to the Old Vic in June, as Claire Foy and Matt Smith partake in London’s first socially distanced theatre show.
All tours and other non-essential visits extended until at least 1 September 2020.
The current suspension of all tours, Education Centre visits and other non-essential visits has been extended until at least 1 September 2020.
No new paid-for tour bookings are being accepted. We are currently cancelling existing bookings and issuing refunds for tours up to 31 August 2020. We will keep this cancellation period under review.
Our City Together is a new digital programme from several huge City of London cultural institutions, including the Museum of London, the Barbican and the London
This 1914 map of the London transit system was no mere navigation tool but rather a playful scene full of jokes, puns, and all sorts of delightful fun.
The National Gallery has snapped up three 18th century portraits – although closed doors means they cannot yet be viewed in person. The three paintings are Jean-Etienne Liotard’s The Lavergne Family
The current plan for the reopening of London’s museums and galleries contains more grey areas than the concrete staircase at Switch House. Essentially, there is
Looks like the answer is “don’t know” but “probably July.”
Ki Price is better known for his fashion photography, but in lockdown he’s turned his camera on the empty streets of central London.These haunting black and white shots show some of the city’s usually-busiest parts, looking eerily empty. Never thought we’d get all sentimental about the thought of shouldering our way through a crammed Oxford Street, or crashing elbows with the next table at a Chinatown diner, but this did the trick. Can’t wait to be wandering these streets again, when it’s safe to.
The six volumes of Walter Thornbury’s London Old & New, filled with richly detailed engravings, prove irresistible to me for compelling visions of a city I barely recognise. Published in the eighteen-seventies, they evoke a London that had passed away at the beginning of the century and contrast this with the recent wonders of the Victorian age which prefigure the city we know today.
These images are incredible. If you don’t subscribe to Spitalfields Life, you absolutely should immediately.
These pictures are stunning (and you should subscribe to Spitalfields Life – it’s an amazing blog).
On a warm Thursday in Soho, Dean Street is deserted. “This is relatively busy for lockdown Soho”, says Clare Lynch, a DJ at Soho Radio, who has kept her morning show on air since late March from her Brewer Street flat. She points out “two or three” people pottering around — the area’s electoral roll counts 2,000 Soho inhabitants, and Lynch, standing well away from me, says the actual number is 3,500. During quarantine, the capital has drained outwards.
This is great! What a great resource Ian has put together.
On lockdown with Tower of London’s BeefeatersStarted by William the Conqueror, the Tower of London has stood on the banks of the River Thames for over 900 years.During that time it has been home to kings and queens, the Royal Mint, housed the Crown Jewels and ravens.The Tower is guarded by 37 Yeoman Warders (Beefeaters) who live on the site with their families.Normally open to visitors, the site is currently closed to members of the public, so what is it like to be there during the coronavirus lockdown?The BBC Travel Show reports.
Watch here: Source – On lockdown with Tower of London’s Beefeaters – BBC News
What a stunning old photo of one of my favourite places in London!