Housed in a beautiful Grade-2 listed house in historic Greenwich, the Fan Museum provides a fascinating history of the fan.Read more
The history of Three Mills Island is the history of London. It ground the flour and distilled the gin to feed Londoners for hundreds of years. ODO has visited to learn more.Read more
British parliamentary democracy has experienced a bit of a reputational downturn recently, but it’s still known around the world asRead more
ODO has been to visit two locations used in the Harry Potter films for the famous street of Diagon Alley.Read more
In the mid-19th century, London had an unpleasant problem. An event known as “The Great Stink” brought a ghastly odor to all and even death to the most unfortunate.
The heart that pumped this engineering marvel became known as “the Cathedral of Sewage,” the Crossness Pumping Station.
But necessity is the mother of invention. From this foul situation, one of London’s greatest Victorian heroes came up with an engineering solution that saved lives and still serves us today – the magnificent feat of infrastructure that is the London sewerage system.Read more
The two most important things to know about the new river are as follows: it is neither new, nor a river. It is, in fact, an aqueduct completed in 1613 built to deliver spring water from Hertfordshire to North London.
When it was originally designed, the aqueduct followed the natural features of the land, so its route twists and turns, creating a pathway through the London suburbs.Read more
Prior to the invention of refrigeration, fresh food would either have to be eaten immediately or preserved in a way that would impact its flavour. With the invention of the ice house (or ice well), the residents of Mari (an ancient city in modern-day Syria) came up with a solution to this way back in 1780 BC.Read more
Odd Days Out have been to investigate how the ARP stretcher – which saved thousands of lives in the Blitz – went on to assist with the rebuilding of London after the war.Read more
An ancient, candle-lit, cavern where sacred meals were consumed, animals sacrificed, and cultists put through brutal initiation ceremonies – all in the name of Mithras. Small temples or Mithraeums, can be found across the former Roman Empire, including in Londinium.Read more
For nearly 90 years a single train left a dedicated station once a day, and travelled non-stop for 40 minutes until it reached its passengers’ final destination.
Welcome aboard the London Necropolis Railway.Read more