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Rethinking the Jack the Ripper Story: An Alternate Take on Jack the Ripper’s London

11 women were murdered in London’s East End between April 1888 and February 1891 – these would come to be known as The Whitechapel Murders. The police at the time were certain that at least 5 of these mysterious killings, taking place over a 9 week period between August and November 1888, were linked. And …

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The Hidden Secrets of Nelson’s Column

Discover the history and tales behind Nelson’s Column – Trafalgar Square’s iconic monument.  Admiral Nelson’s Column, AKA ‘Nelson Column’ sits proudly at the centre of Trafalgar Square.  Though the square itself is renowned for its pigeons, protests, a huge (and now quite controversial) Christmas tree that Norway donates every year and a very rowdy crowd …

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Stunning Art Deco Buildings in London You Have to See

Looking to explore Art Deco architecture in London? When people think of famous Art Deco buildings, the Chrysler Building in NYC is one of the first that springs to mind. But who needs the Big Apple when you’ve got the Big Smoke? London isn’t often considered for its Art Deco scene, however, the capital has …

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Discover The Past and Present of Victorian London: Interesting Facts and Historic Architecture

The Victorian era could justifiably be called both the most divine and the most decrepit era in London’s history. Discover the highs and the lows of the age in this guide to Victorian London.  An era of extravagance, rapid growth, and putrid living conditions — Victorian London was an intricate quilt of contradicting circumstances.  As …

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Roman London: Finding Londinium’s Roman Ruins

London’s history stretches way back – including to Londinium – the ancient Roman city that stood where the City of London does today. Ready to discover the remains of Roman London? Let’s explore.  Hidden amidst the streets of London, you’ll find the ancient ruins of the Roman Empire that formed the foundation of what the …

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Croydon Airport: Discover The Secrets of London’s Lost Airport

Discover the rich history of Croydon airport – London’s lost airport.  An airport? In Croydon? No, we’re not pulling your leg. And it wasn’t just any old airport either: Croydon Airport is famed for inventing Air Traffic Control and was once upon a time, Britain’s gateway to the rest of the world.  Prepare for take …

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14 Interesting Facts About the Globe Theatre We’ll Bet You Never Knew

Whether you’re referring to Shakespeare’s Globe (the new theatre) or the Globe Theatre (the old) – discover these quirky Globe Theatre facts we’ll bet you never knew.  If you’ve ever wondered how on earth that Elizabethan building ended up on the South Bank in 1997, well – there’s quite a history to unpick.  William Shakespeare …

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Discover The Oldest Buildings in London

With a history that dates back to pre-Roman times, it’s no surprise that London’s oldest buildings are… well, pretty old.  From historic pubs, to ancient churches, the city’s architecture is brimming with the quirky tales of days gone by, if you know where to look. Take a jaunt around the city’s oldest buildings with this …

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Highgate Cemetery: Discovering North London’s Famous Burial Ground

Highgate Cemetery is one of London’s best-known cemeteries. As one of London’s ‘Magnificent Seven’ cemeteries and among the world’s finest examples of a garden cemetery, it’s one of Highgate’s most intriguing spots.  Walk the serpentine pathways and stand beneath the ash trees to pay respect to your favourite author. Or, simply visit to learn more …

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The Hidden Secrets of the Thames Barrier

You might have seen pictures of the Thames Barrier – London’s series of protective flood barriers that stretch across the Thames from Woolwich to Newham – but how much do you really know about them? Discover the story behind this iconic London dam.  London’s tale stretches back through time. Officially established during Roman times, and …

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