Crossrail Tunnelling Completed

A milestone has been reached with the completion of the tunnelling work for the Crossrail project – this enormous engineering project sees 100km of new rail track with 21km of twin-bore tunnels – not to mention the 10 new stations!

London24 has a great article including some terrific images of the tunnel – quite amazing when you think about what is being done underground in our city.

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Media House 539 High Road Ilford IG1 1UD
 Call : 020 8478 444

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Sherlock Holmes Museum

Sherlock Holmes and Doctor John H. Watson lived at 221b Baker Street between 1881-1904, according to the stories written by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle.

The house is protected by the government due to its “special architectural and historical interest”, while the 1st floor study overlooking Baker Street is still faithfully maintained for posterity as it was kept in Victorian Times.

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Sherlock Holmes Museum, 221B Baker Street, London. NW1 6XE
 Call 0207 224 3688

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Old Operating Theatre Museum

The Operating Theatre is found in the roof space of an English Baroque Church. At first glance this placement seems bizarre. It makes more sense when it is realised that the wards of the South Wing of St. Thomas’ Hospital were built around St. Thomas’ Church.

Placing the Theatre in the Herb Garret of the Church provided a separation from the ward. It gave a separate entrance for students, and afforded a measure of sound proofing. In 1815 the Apothecary’s Act, which required apprentice apothecaries to attend at public hospitals, meant that hordes of students poured in to watch operations.

Another really unusual and interesting place to visit!

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Old Operating Theatre Museum, 9a St Thomas Street, London. SE1 9RY
 Call 0207 188 2679

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Magic Circle Museum

See the actual handcuffs used by Harry Houdini and hear his voice. The cups and balls used by HRH Prince Charles when he took his examination to become a member are also on display.

Learn how the great illusionist, Chung Ling Soo was shot dead during a performance an 1918. Discover how the British army used a famous magician to make the Suez Canal invisible to enemy bombers in 1941 and see some of the rare collectable gems of Robert-Houdin, the father of modern magic.

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Magic Circle Museum, 12 Stephenson Way, London. NW1 2HD
 Call 0207 387 2222

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Dennis Severs’ House

Something very special – wander through this amazing house as if you had travelled back to the 18th century – lit by candle you will enjoy the smells and sounds of the house – featured on television this is a real gem.

Each room is the equivalent to a canvas that Dennis Servers has used to recreate the family home of Huguenot silk weavers named Jervis – who can be heard but always seem to be just out of sight. You travel through the house in a silent search through the 10 rooms.

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Dennis Severs' House, 18 Folgate Street, London. E1 6BX
 Call 0207 247 4013

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The Brunel Museum

Scheduled Ancient Monument, International Landmark Site, Oldest Tunnel in the Oldest Underground in the World. Down the River Thames, the launch ramps of Brunel’s Great Eastern, accessible by Thames Clipper and Masthouse Terrace Pier.

The Grand Entrance Hall, where young Brunel nearly drowned, has been opened up after 150 years, and the Museum is launching a campaign to fit out the huge chamber as a performance space. Guided descents Saturday, Sunday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday (check times) when intrepid visitors enter by narrow doorway and temporary staircase into a secret chamber.

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The Brunel Museum, Railway Avenue, Rotherhithe. E16 4LF
 Call 0207 231 3840

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Anaesthesia Heritage Centre

The Anaesthesia Heritage Centre at the Association of Anaesthetists of Great Britain and Ireland was founded from a donation by A Charles King but has since embraced numerous contributions.

The collection encompasses the entire history of anaesthesia, from Morton’s demonstration of ether inhalation in 1846 to modern anaesthetic machines and appliances still in use today. An archive and library provide excellent facilities for research into the history of anaesthesia.

Somewhere really unusual to visit!

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Anaesthesia Heritage Centre, 21 Portland Place, London. W1B 1PY
 Call 020 7631 1560

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The Cartoon Museum

After a decade of exhibiting in smaller venues, in February 2006 the Cartoon Museum opened to the public at its current home in central London, very near the British Museum.

The museum has three main galleries displaying original artwork from British cartoons and comics, past and present. Temporary exhibitions since 2006 have featured Private Eye, William Heath Robinson, Steve Bell, Giles, Pont, H.M. Bateman, Viz Comic, Ronald Searle, The Beano, Ralph Steadman and many other luminaries. At the heart of the museum lies its growing collection of cartoons, caricatures and pages of comic-strip art.

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The Cartoon Museum, 35 Little Russell Street, London WC1A 2HH
 Call 020 7580 8155

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London Motor Museum

The London Motor Museum is the only custom car museum in Europe and home to a unique collection of privately owned American and European classic cars ranging from the 1930’s through to the present day.

More than just classic cars the London Motor Museum boasts a wide range of unique vehicles and exhibitions, ranging from the 1930’s to the present day. Exhibits include The Movie Car Section, The Bat-Cave (home to both the 1966 and 1989 Batmobile), Muscle Car Alley, The Supercar Paddock (home to some of the fastest cars in the world), and much more…

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London Motor Museum, 3 Nestles Ave, Hayes. UB3 4SB
 Call 0800 195 0777

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Museum of Brands

Just around the corner from the world-famous Portobello Road Market stands a treasure trove of retro design and memories. Imagine walking through galleries full to the brim with oddities and wonders alike, where every corner you turn leads you into a different decade.

You’ll see Rimmel cosmetics from the 1890s, First World War Oxo Cubes, Mars Bars, Rolos and KitKats from the 1930s, a 1970s Chopper Bike and around 12,000 other items that will open your eyes to the way we lived and shopped.

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 Museum of Brands, 2 Colville Mews, Lonsdale Road, Notting Hill.  W11 2AR
 Call 0207 908 088

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