Things To Do Today In London: Monday 10 December 2018

Joe Stilgoe performs festive film music What we’re reading London used to have the biggest tram network in Europe, so what happened to London’s trams? Photos show the living conditions of London’s most disadvantaged children. Seen how much tickets to...

150th anniversary of the first traffic lights

This week, or next, depending on which date you care to choose marks the 150th anniversary of the world’s first purpose built traffic light. Cars didn’t exist in 1868, this was to control horses — or more accurately, control the humans on the carts and omnibuses who...

A glowing deer made from rubbish in central London

There’s a festive deer in Piccadilly at the moment made from rubbish that glows when you make a donation to charity. It’s on display in the garden outside St James’s Church just down the road from Piccadilly Circus. It’s a life-size sculpture and has been made from...

Crossrail Launches Today (A Short Fiction)

Love London transport? Join us in the Londonist Roundel Ramblings Facebook group for a spot of geeky fun. © Transport for London We are BEYOND excited to ride Crossrail for the first time today. After years of build-up, the hype train has finally become an actual...

Today isn’t the day that the Elizabeth line opens

Today should have been the day that the Crossrail project triumphantly handed over to the Elizabeth line. Today should have been the day that thousands of excited people woke up to their very own Christmas Day as shiny new trains and stations begged to be explored....

London Underground releases a new tube map

A new tube map has started appearing in London Underground stations, and there’s a lot of changes to this edition. Most notable is what’s not on the map — a long purple line that should have marked the launch of the Elizabeth line. But what’s been added is a clearer...

Giant glowing slugs outside the Tate Britain

As part of its Christmas decorations, Tate Britain has commissioned an artist to design two giant slugs to sit outside the art gallery. Art is weird. The British artist, Monster Chetwynd made the giant slugs from compostable materials and they are illuminated by LED...

An oral history of the London Mithraeum

A delightful video has been released of a group of people who were at the original excavation of the London Mithraeum and recently returned to see its restoration. When the Temple of Mithras was unearthed in 1954, thousands of people queued for hours to be able to get...