Battle of Britain Bunker

A brand-new housing estate.  Fake-cobble driveways, spindly, just-planted shrubs and shiny front doors. It could be anywhere, save for a curious, battered, facing-the-wrong-way metal sign attached too high up a lamp post. Battle of Britain Bunker. Eh? The Battle of Britain had a bunker? In Uxbridge? Apparently so. Fighter Command No.11’s Group Operations Room was…

Magical Lantern Festival, Chiswick House

Possibly the most surprising event I’ve come across all year, I wasn’t expecting the Magical Lantern Festival at Chiswick house to be anything more than a pleasant wander through the historic grounds at night to the tune of a few fairylights in trees. And to be honest, I’d have been quite pleased with that. Even…

Mail Rail

Who wouldn’t want to ride on a secret underground railway? Over the years I’ve spent some energy trying to get underneath the giant Post Office at Mount Pleasant to see the fabled ‘Mail Rail’; next year anyone will be able to take a ride on it in return for money. The London Post Office Railway was operational…

The River Police Museum

Many of London’s smaller museums may appear to be private but they’re often more than happy to open their doors to the curious. Such is the River Police Museum, still based at a Limehouse wharf, washed by the Thames and occupying a dusty room in the original police station that is still used today. The curator, Robert…