250 years of circus

It’s London, Easter Monday, 1768. Showman Philip Astley and his wife Patty, a trick rider, draw out a ring and fill it with astonishing acts.Read more

Dickens at Christmas: 7 places to visit around the UK

Is there any novelist more closely linked with Yuletide than Charles Dickens? His story, A Christmas Carol, was an instant hit in 1843 and helped make Christmas fashionable again. It remains hugely popular, with its perennially relevant call for greater kindness and the end of greed. It’s perhaps less well known that Dickens wrote about Christmas many times, often with radical intent, and without the sweet gloss the Carol would get from later adaptations. To help you explore what theRead more

8 Historic London Shopfronts

London streets are lined with colourful shops, clamouring for our attention. Many are of considerable age, and have survived for our enjoyment only through careful maintenance by generations of shopkeepers. Kathryn Morrison, Head of Historic Places Investigation, selects eight shopfronts that can be appreciated by anyone strolling along the pavements of London, and offer a glimpse into the city’s rich history as one of the world’s most exciting shopping centres. Presented chronologically, these shopfronts show how our shopping streets haveRead more

London: A Design for Life

Sir John Sorrell CBE is a UK Business Ambassador for the creative industries, and co-founder of the Sorrell Foundation with Frances Sorrell (neé Newell) in 1999 with the aim of inspiring creativity in young people. He is chairman of University of the Arts London, founder and chairman of the Creative Industries Federation, and chairman of the London Design Festival, which he co-founded in 2003 with Ben Evans. John is one of the sitters for Historic England’s I am London exhibition. His is the sixth in a seriesRead more

Weaving London

Daniel Harris is the founder of the London Cloth Company. Established in 2011, it is the first micro-mill to open in London. Daniel is one of the sitters for Historic England’s I am London exhibition. His is the fifth in a series of guest blogs published throughout the exhibition. 11 July to 4 September 2016 FREE, 10am – 8pm, Monday to Sunday Central Saint Martins, UAL Window Galleries, Kings Cross One of the great benefits of being based in London is the abundance of innovative, intriguing andRead more

London’s Glitter and Dust

Zainab Rahim is a writer and the joint editor-in-chief of a commentary website called The Platform, seeking to advance marginalised narratives. The Platform welcomes new writers, researchers and campaigners. You can see the latest updates by following them on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. You can find Zainab on Twitter and Instagram @ZaiNoted. Zainab is one of the sitters for Historic England’s I am London exhibition. Hers is the fourth in a series of guest blogs published throughout the exhibition. 11 July to 4 September 2016 FREE,Read more

We Are London

Our exhibition I am London celebrates the capital’s unique and complex identity. 59 fascinating Londoners have been photographed in historic places that mean something to them and, in turn, show the city’s heritage is the building blocks for its future. Among well-known faces are unsung heroes, each photographed alongside a building which means something to them. We asked people to put themselves forward to be our 60th portrait sitter, by answering the same questions our other Londoners answered: what historicRead more

London and Civil Liberties

Professor Anthony Grayling is a Philosopher and Master of New College of the Humanities Anthony is one of the sitters for Historic England’s I am London exhibition. His is the third in a series of guest blogs published throughout the exhibition. 11 July to 4 September 2016 FREE, 10am – 8pm, Monday to Sunday Central Saint Martins, UAL Window Galleries, Kings Cross “For nearly a thousand years London has been the centre of efforts by its citizens and fellow-citizens elsewhere in the kingdom to getRead more

The Big Issue: My London

George Anderson is a Big Issue vendor, and usually sells outside the BBC headquarters at Broadcasting House, London. George is one of the sitters for Historic England’s I am London exhibition. His is the second in a series of guest blogs published throughout the exhibition. 11 July to 4 September 2016 FREE, 10am – 8pm, Monday to Sunday Central Saint Martins, UAL Window Galleries, Kings Cross Header image: The Langham Hotel, London via Wikimedia Commons “As with the many people who travel from all over the worldRead more

London: My New Home

Bisi Alimi is a human rights activist. In 2004 he became the first Nigerian to openly declare his sexuality on national television. After increased threats to his life he moved to London, where he was granted asylum in 2008. Bisi is one of the sitters for Historic England’s I am London exhibition. His is the first in a series of guest blogs published throughout the exhibition. 11 July to 4 September 2016 FREE, 10am – 8pm, Monday to Sunday Central Saint Martins, UALRead more