Museum of London

Museum of London - Has announced plans to move from its current home at the Barbican to Smithfield Market by 2021. "The museum desperately needs more space," said London Mayor Boris Johnson. "In its new home, the Museum of London will be able to unleash its full potential to attract millions of people."


Britain's hotel staff are down the bottom of the table along with their Russian colleagues when it come to friendliness and expertise, a new poll shows. London's hotels were at the foot of the UK cities in the list propped up only by Coventry's lacklustre courtesy performance.

Dr Gabriele Finaldi

It was announced today (18 March 2015) that Dr Finaldi is set to replace Nicholas Penny as Director of London's National Gallery in August. "This is a world-class collection in a world-class city and I eagerly look forward to working with the Trustees and the staff to strengthen the Gallery’s bond with the public and its international standing" said Penny's successor.

Battersea Arts Centre

Twelve fire engines have been tackling a blaze at the south London cultural centre @battersea_arts. Everyone has been evacuated safely and hopefully the future of the arts mainstay will be safe.

20mph speed limits

Transport for London announces reduced speed limit of 20mph for a clutch of the capital's key highways including Commercial Street in Tower Hamlets, Westminster Bridge and Clapham High Street.

The Garden Bridge

Having pledged in public that London's new green crossing will not be maintained at public expense, Mayor Boris Johnson's office has privately re-assured the Garden Bridge Trust that the ongoing costs will in fact be 'guaranteed' by the capital's taxpayers.

Green Belt

Which amounts to 22 per cent of all Greater London's land should be opened up for more housebuilding says a report by London First. They argue new housing should be targeted toward Green Belt land that is "close to current transport links and is of poor environmental or civic value".


Stand back Hackney, move over Kensington, apparently Bexley is the capital's last remaining property hotspot. The south-east London borough was the only one to show an increase in demand for new homes over the past quarter says a new report.

Steve Strange

RIP the doyen of legendary London 80s club Blitz and early co-conspirator of the New Romantics. Born Steven John Harrington, Strange died on Thursday in Egypt aged 55. Don't Fade to Grey, Steve. Fade to Gold.

Punny Shop Names

As the UK Pun Championships take place today in Leicester here's a little inspiration for competitors from the streets of London (via Telegraph) - stay with it as they cheekily save the best to last.

Maxwell Hutchinson

Our best wishes goes out to the dapper London architect and broadcaster on @BBCLondon949 @RobertElms show who has suffered a stroke.


Mayor Boris Johnson has re-floated the prospect of a toll-tunnel to replace the Hammersmith Flyover along with other road improvement schemes for the A3 in Tolworth, A316 in Richmond, A13 in Barking and A406 at New Southgate.

Safer Lorries

Under a new scheme all lorries over 3.5 tonnes driving in London from 1 September 2015 will need to have side guards and extra mirrors to help protect cyclists.

Number 91 Bus

One of which hit trees near Kingsway, Holborn ripping its roof off. Two people were taken to hospital with facial injuries.


The Natural History Museum in South Kensington is to swap their entrance hall's Diplodocus skeleton for the bones of a blue whale. The change in Hintze Hall won't be completed until 2017 and comes as "part of a larger plan to show new specimens in the space" say the museum.