The 'Whitechapel fatberg' (Image: Thames Water)

Is the Whitechapel fatberg the ultimate symbol of our times?

The fatberg has officially become an emblem of our times. The smelly conglomeration of fat deposits, toilet waste and towelettes that clog the sewers under London is to the...
Montague John Druitt

The blessed life, and unfortunate death, of Montague J Druitt

Montague John Druitt lived a blessed life. The son of a surgeon he came from an upper middle class background and studied at Oxford. From 1880, aged 23, as he looked...
The blast flattened houses and warehouses (Photo: © PLA Collection / Museum of London)

The true story behind the biggest explosion ever to hit London

73 were killed when the inevitable happened and a munitions factory in the heart of the Silvertown blew up – although the causes were kept secret for decades Even according...
The Lord Mayor of London Alderman the Lord Mountevans opens a panel discussion which features, from left, EY’s Omar Ali; Lawrence Wintermeyer, Giles Andrews, Christoph Rieche and Imran Gulamhuseinwala, EY global Fintech Leader

How did London become Fintech’s golden goose?

Fintech entrepreneurs reflect on the unique conditions of the capital that led to the evolution of a world-beating cluster The year is 2008. The banking system has laid waste to...
Buildings are gutted ahead of refurbishment

Silvertown’s iconic flour mill ready to rise again

Industrial fortress has withstood bombs, explosions and changing fortunes, now it will embrace the digital age as a startup tech hub The Millennium Mills have endured. Like a block of...

Why the new poor of London are a lot like you

Rising housing costs mean that it is the people with jobs and homes who are the next in line for the poverty trap They are the New Poor of London....

Planners back West India Quay’s Hertsmere House ‘with heavy heart’

Petal-shaped skyscraper meets with objections but Tower Hamlets councillors fear the alternative more The tallest residential tower in Western Europe will be built by West India Quay . Tower Hamlets councillors cleared the plans...

New Brunel Museum space makes an entrance

The great engineer, who was also a great showman, would appreciate what's been done to his ground-breaking Thames Tunnel in Rotherhithe High in the wall of a Rotherhithe tunnel shaft,...
A skeleton is found at the Crossrail site at Liverpool Street Station

Crossrail excavations undercover identities of Bedlam skeletons

Volunteers identify names and backgrounds of more than 5,000 people buried in the Bedlam burial ground – including a Lord Mayor Crossrail archeologists are unearthing the identities of some of the 5,000...

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