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Closed Down Street Station

Down Street is a London Underground station between Hyde Park Corner and Green Park on the Piccadilly line, it was closed in 1932 and later used as an air raid shelter. Down Street Station history Down Street is a London Underground station between Hyde Park Corner and Green Park on the Piccadilly line, it was […]


Cabinet War Rooms

One of London’s most famous tourist attractions. Situated under Whitehall in the centre of the Capital, the Cabinet War Rooms was Prime Minster, Winston Churchill’s hideaway during the second, built in a reinforced basement beneath the treasury building. Cabinet War Rooms history The Cabinet War Rooms was once the most important structure in Great Britain […]


Aldwych Strand Station

Aldwych Station, originally know as Strand Station was closed in 1994. The disused street level entrance can still be seen on The Strand. Aldwych Station history Strand Station was originally opened in 1907, it acted as an off-shoot of the Piccadilly Line to Holborn.  The station attracted low passenger numbers but originally ran a late […]


Admiralty Citadel

A huge, protected Second World fortress right in the middle of Central London, sat in between Horse Guards Parade and Saint James’s Park. The citadel is still used by the Ministry of Defence, it is now part of the Admiralty Communications Centre. A “vast monstrosity which weighs upon the Horse Guards Parade”, as Winston Churchill […]


Fake Houses on Leinster Gardens

When you first walk down this street, near Hyde Park, you might wonder what all the fuss is about but look more closely at numbers 23 and 24 as they are not what they seem. These two houses were demolished in the early 1860s when The Metropolitan Railway – the world’s first underground railway – […]


Model of St Paul’s Cathedral

Have you seen this model of St Paul’s Cathedral? I’ll admit it is not easy to spot as it is on the outside of Vauxhall Bridge and best viewed from a boat on The Thames. Vauxhall Bridge opened in 1906 and eight larger than life-size female bronze statues were added in 1907. There are four […]


Singing Elevator at Southbank Centre

In May 2010, Turner Prize winning and controversial artist, Martin Creed added his choral ‘Work No. 409′ to be heard inside the Royal Festival Hall’s glass lift – also known as the JCB lift. (He gives all of his artworks chronological titles.) Creed first created the singing lift for the Ikon gallery in Birmingham in […]


London Bridge Spike

On the south side of London Bridge (not Tower Bridge) there’s a 16m tall concrete spike which most people don’t even see as they dash to cross the bridge to get to The City for work. It is to remind us of the tarred heads on spikes that were displayed here up until 1678. If […]


Dinosaurs in Crystal Palace

After the 1851 Great Exhibition in Hyde Park the glass exhibition hall was dismantled and moved to this south London location and the park was landscaped by Sir Joseph Paxton’s Crystal Palace Company between 1852 and 1855. As part of this transformation, and to leave a lasting legacy in the area, sculptures of extinct animals […]


Philpot Lane Mice Sculpture

When you visit The Sky Garden, do walk along Philpot Lane and look for what many call the smallest permanent sculpture in London. You’ll have to look up to see the Philpot Lane Mice as they are fixed higher than eye level but once you spot them you’ll wonder how so many people walk past […]

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