Would you ride on a London tube with no trousers on? Our video journalist P. Calum just did! Held on the second Sunday of January every year, find out what the experience of travelling without your pants is like.
2018 was a mammoth year for gaming, from the release of ‘God of War’ and ‘Red Dead Redemption 2’ to the breakout success of ‘PUPG’ and ‘Fortnite’. But as 2019 rolls around, it’s time to take a look at the new games . From long-awaited sequels to brand new titles from seasoned designers, there are loads […]
Black Mirror: Bandersnatch took the internet by storm this winter, but many felt like it let them down. On Telly Hot Calum takes you through how creators Charlie Brooker and Annabel Jones could have used the choose-your-own-adventure style to create something a bit more ‘Black Mirror’.
#LONDONHISTORYDAY will, no doubt, have to compete with the usual flood of hashtags fighting to capture the 30-second social media attention span. In a fast-moving age such as ours where mobile phones, computer games and the internet are the chief preoccupations, the achievements of the likes of Crimean nurse Mary Seacole, Suffragette Emmeline Pankhurst and London […]
TODAY’S date has special significance for London as it is the birthdate of Oliver Cromwell, whose imposing statue is the most prominent of those around Parliament and its entrance at Cromwell Green is also named after him. History marks him as a man to be equally reviled and admired; the man who defeated the Monarchy […]
In the here today gone tomorrow world of Brexit Britain where an increasing number of shops are closing because of economic uncertainty, it’s warming to stumble across London shops that have survived for centuries and continue to thrive. Here are five of the oldest. 1567 The Old Curiosity Shop, 13-14 Portsmouth St, Holborn. Even beyond […]
The term ‘taxicab’ was first used in the late 1800s when the single horse-drawn Hansom cab invented in 1834 by architect Joseph Hansom was refined and redesigned by John Chapman to include a mechanized taximeter to measure journey fares. Although first used in London and other UK cities, it’s patent was quickly adopted by other […]
British Museum The British Museum was founded in 1753 and opened to the public on 15 January 1759, becoming the world’s first national public museum. It was made up of a substantial collection bequeathed to the nation by physician and naturalist Sir Hans Sloane, so this baronet was in many ways the de facto founder of […]
ON THIS DAY in 1743 English bare-knuckle fighter Jack Broughton began staging boxing exhibitions in an ampitheatre on Hanway Rd, near Oxford Street. It eventually became the largest of its kind, making him the foremost name in the sport. He cemented this status by drawing up seven rules, which became universally applied before the Marquis […]
IT WAS on this date, July 13 1923, that perhaps the most famous sign in the movie industry was officially dedicated over the Hollywood Hills on Mount Lee, Los Angeles, California. The 50-foot letters originally spelled Hollywoodland but in 1949 the ‘land’ part was removed. It was erected as a local real estate subdivision by […]
The first electric traffic lights to be introduced in Britain were erected in London on this date August 3rd in 1926 whilst August 5th is the centenary of the first such lights anywhere in the world. We take for granted these safety signallers and their red, green and amber commands but with our capital city now […]
Britain’s history as a global naval power during the era of empire is preserved in splendid grandeur in Greenwich’s National Maritime Museum and ideally located within walking distance of the harboured Cutty Sark so you can make a day of it. It’s surprising to learn that at its height the British empire covered a quarter […]
Greece’s geopolitical significance as a corridor between East and West is evident today as refugees from Syria, Afghanistan, Iraq and much of the Muslim world use it as a passage to Europe but during the reign of its most celebrated ruler Alexander The Great (356 BC – 323 BC) this strategic position allowed him to […]