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parkourfi 460x270 - Parkour versus the Tube

We’ve seen a few videos where people race the tube, namely between Mansion House and Cannon Street, and yes people beat the tube easily. This one is different. Its a parkour race against the tube. For those of you who do not know what parkour is, its jumping, acrobatics, oftenRead More →

DSC07963crp 460x270 - Old railway tunnel at King's Cross

The ‘Widened Lines’ (or what is left of them) are rail tunnels between St Pancras and Farringdon now used by Thameslink. The tunnels were a joint venture between the Great Northern and Metropolitan Railways and completed in 1866. Historically the lines also linked to King’s Cross mainline station as wellRead More →

gps 460x270 - The Metropolitan Railway's first full run in 1862

Common knowledge: Q – When was the first  full trial run on London’s Metropolitan Railway? A – 24 May 1862 Many sources use this date as being the date of the first full, official, run along the entire Metropolitan Railway. Sadly the answer is completely wrong! During recent research onRead More →

IMG 3827 460x270 - London's Old Bailey: Does the Fleet River run beneath?

Stephen Fry’s recent ITV programme “Key to the City” – (6 August 2013 + itvPlayer) looked at many unusual aspects of the City of London, including the Old Bailey. One of the surprises was The High Bailiff of Southwark Charles Henty, & Fry himself, opening a hatch in the cellars toRead More →