A big change has occurred at the Natural History Museum in London. Dippy the Dinosaur is now gone after 136 years (and has gone on tour around Britain) and has been replaced by a massive skeleton of a Blue Whale that the museum has named Hope. The public unveiling is today, and from tomorrow visitors […]
Last year we explored Aldwych abandoned Tube station on a Hidden London Tour – and wrote about the experience here. Hidden London tours are a unique chance to explore the bits of London that have been closed off to the public. Most of these tours are run on a limited basis and sell out up to […]
This is a really unique experience that I thought was worth sharing. An adaptation of Charles Dickens’s A Christmas Carol is to be staged for the first time in the state rooms at Windsor Castle (the Queen’s favorite home). What a rare treat! Here are the details: This December, for the first time, an immersive […]
Last year we published our first London Annual and it was a huge success. We sold over 700. It was a mixture of London travel information and cultural articles on London’s history. The overall feedback was fantastic and people really loved their special London magazine. So, we’re back this year with pre-orders for the London […]
The London Transport Museum is offering up a rare chance to ride on old London Underground Stram trains this July and September. Here are the details: Step back in time and enjoy the nostalgia of travel in bygone times during London Transport Museum’s Summer Steam events at Epping Ongar Heritage Railway in July and in […]
One of the coolest things to happen since St Pancras Station was refurbished a few years ago was that they regularly have new art installations. They’ve just unveiled the latest one called The Interpretation of Movement (a 9:8 in blue). About the work: The Interpretation of Movement (a 9:8 in blue), 2017, will be Conrad Shawcross’ […]
I don’t normally post about the latest plays – there’s just too much to keep track of. But this came across my inbox, and I thought it sounded really unique. There’s going to be a new adaptation of Agatha Christie’s Witness for the Prosecution to be staged in London’s old County Hall, a large room […]
Londontopia is now on Instagram where we will now post daily beautiful pictures of London from our 15-year travel archive. If you’re on Instagram and you love London, you’ll want to give us a follow. @londontopia
This one has been in the works for quite a few years and we’re glad to see that it finally has an open date. For those that don’t know, the Mail Rail was a secret underground railroad in London used to transport mail between London mail depots. It’s been defunct for quite a few years. […]
We’re slightly behind schedule but I’m happy to report that the 2nd Edition of Anglotopia’s Dictionary of British English is now officially published and available from most major book retailers in Print and eBook. The new edition of the book features over 2,000 words of British English defined along with several sub-dictionaries and guides to […]
London is one of the most popular cities for travelers to visit on the planet. It has a special allure that will never go away. Because there are hordes of tourists visiting every year, there are plenty of tourist attractions that have been created simply to extract money from unsuspecting tourists and not provide an […]
In most major cities, taxis don’t really get much love or affection – that’s why the phone app Uber is so popular now. But then most cities aren’t like London—a city that loves its iconic black taxis and appreciates the work it takes to learn The Knowledge (the name for the training all London Cabbies […]
Welcome to Secret London, the city hidden within a city. Though you won’t need a magic key to get in, these are some of the places you can find only if you look for them. They hide in the most obscure places and sometimes right under your nose. Here’s a guide to places normally kept […]
KEY FACTS Designed by Harry Beck in 1932 Set a style for transport maps around the world As instantly recognisable as the Union Jack Beck received little credit for his work during his lifetime London’s history is filled with historical figures who were just doing a job or once had an idea that turned into […]
To celebrate the 20th anniversary of the publication of the first Harry Potter book (this makes me feel old as I remember!), the British Library is going to be putting on a special exhibition. As this is Harry Potter we’re talking about, expect this to be a very popular exhibition. By very popular, you better […]
Check out this great video from the British Pathé archive that shows a fleet of old double decker buses being broken up at the breakers yard. On the one hand, it’s sad to watch them be destroyed, on the other, it’s pretty cool!
In this fascinating video Museum of London’s Senior Curator of Contemporary History talks about the Great Smog of 1952. If you watched ‘The Crown’ on Netflix – this provides some interesting background to the episode where this was central to the plot.
Mobile apps have changed the way many of us travel in London. They’ve enriched trips and made them better. One way they’ve made them better is getting a ride when you need one. Apps like Uber and Lyft have changed the game in many major cities for taxis. The problem is that in London, there […]
This was simply too beautiful not to share. Here’s a lovely, short timelapse video of Tower Bridge as sunset, opening and closing.
The London Transport Museum in London has an enormous collection and they couldn’t possibly keep it all on display. So, they have a storage depot in Acton. It’s not normally open to the public. But on a few days of the year, it’s opened for general visitors. Here are the details for this year’s opening: […]
London is a city that is forever changing. That means that you’ll almost always find something new to do in London no matter how many times you’ve been there. The last few years have seen some really cool and innovative new attractions open in London; here are a few you should plan for your next […]