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The Murky History of Lincoln’s Inn – One of London’s Oldest Surviving Institutions

We pick through the murky origins of one of London’s oldest institutions – Lincoln’s Inn. Maybe you’ve heard of London’s Inns of Court. Made up of Gray’s Inn, Inner and Middle Temple Inns and Lincoln’s Inn, they’re a key part of Britain’s legal system. In fact, you can’t be a barrister in the UK without …

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Kingswood House: The Landed Home that Went From Country Estate to Council Estate

The history of a country house turned community centre in the heart of Dulwich.  London’s full of stately homes. It’s actually kind of staggering to think how much of it is still taken up by palaces, relatively speaking. Sometimes we get to thinking we wouldn’t mind a little bit of that land back… No, we’re …

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The Jewel Tower: Westminster’s 700-Year-Old Treasure Keep and Its Fascinating History

We explore the hidden secrets of The Jewel Tower – the lesser-known cousin of the Tower of London.  The Tower of London gets too much credit. What about the little guy? We think the Jewel Tower is way too easily overlooked. For example, if you walked through Westminster you probably wouldn’t even turn your head …

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Discover the Capital’s Incredible Past On Self-Guided History Walking Tour of London

A humungous history tour of London where all you’ll need is a healthy curiosity and a good pair of shoes. Lace up your boots, history buffs. We’re about to take you on a walk of London’s long and winding history. Today you’ll see slices of London dating right back to the city’s true inception under …

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The History of The Guildhall: The HQ of the World’s Oldest Democracy

We explore the history and the sights at London’s Guildhall – perhaps one of the most important buildings in the city.  London’s Guildhall is a pretty unique place. The Grade I Listed building sits on a site that’s been important to Londoners since this city was known as Londoninum, and as super ancient things go …

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Clapham South’s Deep Level Shelter: The Bomb Shelter Hidden Deep Beneath Clapham Common

We explore the history of a bomb shelter right beneath Clapham Common, why it’s there and how it came to be.  What if we told you that there’s a massive set of tunnels right beneath Clapham Common? We bet your response wouldn’t be ‘well duh’, not unless you think we’re talking about the Underground that …

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The History of The Knights Templar in London and What this Mysterious Military Order Left Behind

The history of the Knights Templar in London, and the legacy they’ve left behind.  London, as any frequent reader of this site will know, has some seriously cool history, history that stretches back millennia. One slice of that history we find fascinating is the presence of The Knights Templar in our fair city. The religious …

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The Kingsway Tram Tunnel: Holborn’s Tunnel to Nowhere, or is It?

A brief history of that strange tunnel you might have seen on Kingsway and the tramlines it used to link up.  Have you ever noticed that wide, but somehow inconspicuous tunnel to nowhere on Kingsway? That’s the Kingsway Tramway Tunnel, sometimes known as the Kingsway Tramway Tunnel, or even misleadingly the Kingsway Tramway Subway (no …

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Famous Blue Plaques in London To Look Out For

Ever been wandering through London and noticed a small blue plaque adorning buildings?  These plaques are awarded to those who have made significant contributions to society – and mark where in the capital they used to reside. Taking a self-guided tour around them is one of our favourite (free) things to do in the capital …

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