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  • The endless fascination with Sherlock Holmes at the Museum of London – IanVisits
    The Strand magazine offered a commission for shorter stories to be published that the character reached a wider audience and gained equally wide spread appeal It was also the magazine not the book that introduced the famous deer stalker hat Sherlock s creator never mentioned the hat but the illustrations in the magazine by Sidney Paget included the distinctive headgear The illustrator doing as much as the author to cement the familiar image in human consciousness Sherlock Holmes is more often seen as a Victorian and generally shown as an icon of Victorian London yet of the 60 stories published 33 were published after 1903 so he was more Edwardian than Victorian In fact the last Sherlock Holmes adventure was His Last Bow which was set on the eve of World War One the centenary of which we are marking this year Despite that the stories are often what defines the public imagination of what Victorian London was like with horse drawn cabs and swirling fogs As such a large section of the exhibition is less about the detective than about the city he would have lived in A lot of maps to delight the tube geek and copious drawings and paintings of Victorian London Most have been chosen for featuring parts of London that appear in the novels although some gain entry for sheer star power on their own such as the Monet The rest of the exhibition is given over to a mixture of how the detective worked with examples of the sorts of implements he might have used had be been real that is Around that is a reminder that the character was fictional in the guise of how he was shown on stage and later on the big screen and more recently the small screen One

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  • Tube trains every 100 seconds with Jubilee line upgrade – IanVisits
    Reddit Spitalfields Life The Ladies who Bus Wanstead Meteo West Hampstead Life The Jubilee Line is set to get an upgrade that will see the number of trains running through the line during the peak times rise to 36 per hour by 2019 At the moment the peak rate in 30 trains per hour tph The line has only recently completed an upgrade from 27 trains per hour at peak to hit 30 trains and even then only for 90 minutes during the rush hour The line is however currently constrained to 30tph by the number of trains available and by the current infrastructure such as stabling and train maintenance facilities power and ventilation assets In its latest finance meeting TfL approved 32 4 million to be spent on design works for a further upgrade which will see power ventilation and depot enabling works The concept design stage will be completed by January 2016 and the early implementation items will be in beneficial use by June 2018 The funding is also practically agreed as it fits within the existing 253 million 2015 16 business plan The feasibility study and business case analysis concluded that the preferred option is to provide an enhanced train service with the following operating scenario a 36tph three hour peak service between West Hampstead and North Greenwich during the morning and evening peaks and b increased off peak service from 24tph to 27tph between Willesden Green and Stratford There is a fallback option to deliver a 34 3tph peak service if it is evident during the next stage of project development that 36tph is likely to be unreliable The infrastructure upgrades include some obvious issues with power supplies signalling and depots and also stabling at Stanmore Stratford stations but also upgrades to the fans along the

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  • Wartime bunker under Eltham Palace to be restored – IanVisits
    2016 Aug 2016 Sep 2016 Oct 2016 Nov 2016 Dec 2016 Jan 2017 Feb 2017 Mar S M T W T F S 01 02 03 04 05 06 07 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 15 More Blogs Brixton Blog Cabbie Blog Christopher Fowler City Metric Diamond Geezer Edith s Streets Greenwich Industrial History London Reconnections London Street Views Londonist Reddit Spitalfields Life The Ladies who Bus Wanstead Meteo West Hampstead Life As part of a range of upgrades just announced for the art deco Eltham Palace the WW2 bunker underneath the building is to be restored to its wartime appearance Not a military bunker but a refuge for the fantastically wealthy Courtauld family who lived in the palace at the time It seems that their wealth also brought paranoia as the planning document notes that it appears that the family together with their friends spent lots of time here during the war As such the bunker was a well appointed and comfortable space and the restoration will be based on the 1939 inventory for the house Expect less of a WW2 military

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  • International Space Station to fly over London this weekend – IanVisits
    place this weekend Although the ISS is visible from London on quite a few passes such as when it flies over France it more rarely has a route that actually passes right over our heads and also on a night when the clouds also get out of the way The weather forecast is 50 50 for clouds on Saturday night and probably not a hope on Sunday Assuming that all is well what you want to do is find a nice place with a decent view of the sky a park or anywhere above the local street lighting level will do It should become visible around about 6 27pm on Saturday 18th October depending on how much of the horizon you can see and pass right overhead at 6 32pm To see it face directly to the West a couple of minutes before it is due to arrive to get used to the dark sky then watch out for a single bright star flying in a straight line directly towards you and overheard That s the space station It takes a moment to spot it but once you do it becomes very noticeable You should be able to watch it for a minute or two as it flies over Technically the space station passes just inside the M25 barrier to qualify as over London for my purposes but because of its height it will appear to be right overhead from the ground regardless of where you are in London Don t forget to give the astronauts a wave as they fly over a second pass takes place on Sunday visible from around 7 15pm with overhead at 7 20pm Facebook 136 Google 1 Linkedin 0 Reddit 0 Twitter 0 0 137 iss 3 thoughts on International Space Station to fly

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  • Museum Meals – The Jewel Tower – IanVisits
    Hampstead Life In a small grassy depression directly opposite the Houses of Parliament can be found a small stone tower which happens to be a 14th century building that is open to the public as a small museum Two upper floors go into detail about its many and curious uses throughout the past 650 years but the ground floor where you pay to enter is also a small cafe Or at least I am sure it used to be Popping in recently the chairs and tables are still there and a sign outside advertises ice creams and snacks but the only thing I could see on offer were well ice creams and cold drinks in a fridge or coffee from behind the counter OK I didn t expect much but I did expect a sandwich or cake to be available And at 2 30 the coffee was exceptionally expensive especially as it was about half the size that one would get from a normal coffee shop I like to patronize heritage places but my wallet isn t so generous as to pay effectively twice the price as a local Starbucks would have charged Still a warm autumn lunchtime and there are seats and tables outside letting a person enjoy the view of Victoria Tower in relative peace and quiet Hardly anyone entered the old tower as I sat there and frankly I can t really blame them It should be a fantastic location for a cafe but what s on offer does it an injustice It struck me as odd as turning more of the ground floor over to a proper kitchen space with more tables and chairs outside could turn this into a really popular place to buy lunch There aren t that many sandwich shops in that bit

    Original URL path: http://www.ianvisits.co.uk/blog/2014/10/13/museum-meals-the-jewel-tower/ (2016-02-16)
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  • A museum of curiosities seeking funding – IanVisits
    to do in London in Mar 2016 Things to do in London in Apr 2016 London Calendar Jan Feb 2016 Mar 2016 Apr 2016 May 2016 Jun 2016 Jul 2016 Aug 2016 Sep 2016 Oct 2016 Nov 2016 Dec 2016 Jan 2017 Feb 2017 Mar S M T W T F S 01 02 03 04 05 06 07 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 15 More Blogs Brixton Blog Cabbie Blog Christopher Fowler City Metric Diamond Geezer Edith s Streets Greenwich Industrial History London Reconnections London Street Views Londonist Reddit Spitalfields Life The Ladies who Bus Wanstead Meteo West Hampstead Life The Last Tuesday Society which hosts lectures on the unusual on more than just the last Tuesday of the month is fund raising for a museum of curiosities Officially it s a shop which rather remarkably was granted museum status by Hackney Council so is dutifully turning the shop in the country s only Curiosity Museum The Little Shop of Horrors hovers halfway between theatre and sculpture shop and museum academic institution and art gallery it is like its founder both an installation and a performance The new museum is described as being a unique Wunderkabinett that will hope to offer a mirror to a world so suffused with miracles and beauty that any attempt at categorization is bound to fail If funding is raised then the Upper Galleries will be dedicated to exhibitions a coral reef aquarium a minute gift shop a tiny macabre baroque cocktail bar cafe underground The Wunderkabinett will host a gesumskunstwerk of Curiosities Natural History Fine Art from old master etchings to tin toys extinct birds Seated on deep velvet banquettes guests will dine off a sarcophagus

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  • 130th anniversary of the closure of Tower of London tube station – IanVisits
    thanks to the arrival of the Circle Line in 1884 the station was replaced by another one just a few yards away Nearly called Seething Lane it actually opened as Mark Lane and was to be later renamed as Tower Hill That station was to serve the local area until 1967 when it closed to be replaced by the modern Tower Hill station But back to 1884 the timing of the closure of the original Tower of London station is itself a little curious The new Circle line opened on the morning of the 6th October 1884 1 with both the old Tower station and its replacement Mark Lane station open at the same time It was the following week on the 12th October that Tower of London station closed Quite why the old station didn t close as the new one opened is a bit of a mystery but I can probably be laid at the animosity between the Metropolitan line and its rival the District line who had been forced into an uncomfortable sharing of services to form the Circle line Anyway whatever the reason for one week passengers could alight at stations that were just yards from each other They had to be careful to buy the correct ticket though for the clockwise route was marked as O for outer and the anti clockwise was I for inner Buy an O ticket at Mark s Lane to get a few yards to Tower of London and you had to go all the way round the circle You couldn t hop one stop on the I side of the tracks The old station site once closed saw the platforms removed in 1903 2 and served a new purpose though as in 1936 a new electricity sub station was built into part of the station This is actually interesting as back in 1882 when the station was built it destroyed 3 some 73 feet of Roman wall 4 The destruction did uncover some worthwhile roman carvings including an tombstone erected by the wife of Fabius Aplinus Classicianus 5 who had been sent to Britain as Procurator in AD62 Demolition of Roman wall in 1882 That stone was given to the British Museum but a replica was installed in the wall of the electricity sub station 6 It may still be there the sub station certainly is next to the old University building Roman wall remains inside the substation A few years later the remains of the original Tower of London station were themselves demolished The station had been constructed from wood and its removal in August 1940 opened up a view of the remaining sections of London Wall which are still visible today The replacement station Mark Lane served the Tower of London area until September 1946 when it was renamed as Tower Hill Then in a curious twist the site of the original Tower of London station was redeveloped to build the current Tower Hill station That new

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  • One of Our Dinosaurs is Missing – IanVisits
    Views Londonist Reddit Spitalfields Life The Ladies who Bus Wanstead Meteo West Hampstead Life Mark a date in your diaries for one of the greatest movies ever made will make a rare return to the big screen next month A staple of wet winter Sunday afternoons this totally insane film about a bunch of nannies foiling a plot by Chinese spies is deliciously British even if it was made by Walt Disney It fits the genre so popular at the time of its making of dreamy eyed English traditions as seen from the USA such as Mary Poppins or Bedknobs and Broomsticks Derek Nimmo plays the classic Tim nice but dim upper class civil servant who is being chased by Chinese spies and manages to hide a secret document on a dinosaur in the Natural History Museum The Chinese then decide to steal the dinosaur but their lorry is hijacked by the doughty nannies leading to one of film history s greatest car chases as a lorry with a dinosaur in it races around foggy London pursued by the Chinese Throughout this Peter Ustinov is a brilliant if today somewhat racist Chinese spymaster but done to lovingly that only the most swinish of bores would want to complain In the end the secret of the stolen document is revealed and if you don t know what it is then get along to the Grant Museum on the 25th November at 6 30pm The film is followed by a free drinks reception in a private view of the Museum This event is free and there is no need to book oh and the dinosaur It ended up on a planet far away called Tatooine Facebook 25 Google 2 Linkedin 0 Reddit 0 Twitter 8 8 35 grant museum 2 thoughts on

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