In which we roam the halls of London’s museums, mainly the British Museum, and figure out where all those precious objects, stones, marbles and bronze heads originally came from. Featuring shady English earls, amazing African empires, and spooky ghost stations.
In which Vivienne Westwood meets Malcolm McLaren, makes the Kings Road cool again and invents the punk look. Featuring the Sex Pistols, 1970s London and the world’s least consumer-friendly shop.
In which Londoners in the early 1700s enjoy their gin, the toffs try and take it away from them, and the street hawkers come up with some ingenious ways to keep everyone sozzled. Featuring the gin vending machine, a shocked queen and a slice of life from Hogarthian London.
In which the Suffragettes battle the police to reach the doors of Parliament. Featuring: Churchill, Mrs Pankhurst, a gang of roughs, and a band of tough ladies.
In which we find out how people entertained and fed themselves in London at Christmas from the 14th to 20th centuries. Featuring: mince pies, holly-sellers, the workhouse, Boxing Day and the gerdurken, the pie of many animals.
In which we meet the Pre-Raphaelites, and follow them through secret societies, model drama, and wrangles with the Royal Academy.
In which we go in hunt of the London Monster and find other dangers along the way.
In which we discover the surprising story of Notting Hill Carnival and the women who founded it, and listen to some nice calypso.
In which we put your powers of observation and guesswork to the test with a roam through Sherlock Holmes’s London.