Whenever new roads are built or railways are extended it is common practice for the construction companies involved to collaborate with archaeologists. Archaeologists are called in to assess the ground for any relics or sign of historical interest before the land is finally covered up.
The London Crossrail project is one such construction development which has demanded a developer/archaeology alliance. It is a good job the archaeologists were called in as this huge rail connection project is starting to make some extremely interesting historical finds.
In the early autumn this year, an archaeological discovery in London saw almost 200 Roman skulls found when tunnelling along the Crossrail route. The skulls are believed to date from the third or fourth centuries. Roman pottery was also found amongst the skulls not far from the Liverpool Street site. As the Romans used to cremate their dead before the third century AD the archaeologists are almost certain of which period of Roman occupation the skulls come from.
The remains were found in the deposits of the ancient Walbrook River which was paved over in the 15th century. The river’s muddy walls provided the ideal preservation environment for ancient bones and artefacts. Over the last year some 10,000 Roman pieces have been found at the site.
As you walk through London, in particular Chelsea, you may come across elderly men wearing scarlet uniforms topped with black tricorn hats. Who are these old men flamboyantly and quirkily patrolling the streets of London and what is their history?
Known as the Chelsea Pensioners, this London tradition dates back more than three centuries. Today the Queen honours these individuals, as have many of her predecessors.
It all started in 1682 when King Charles II decided that something must be done for British soldiers who had been wounded in war. Seven years later, King Charles’ ideas were re-enforced when William III introduced a pension system for soldiers who had been wounded or had served the country for 20 years.
The Royal Hospital in Chelsea was still being built during the late 1680s but on completion there was a commodity available known as ‘in-pensioners and out- pensioners’. Those who were in-pensioners lived inside the Royal Hospital and did not receive any money and the out-pensioners did receive money. In 1703 there were only 53 out-pensioners but by 1815 this figure had risen sharply to 36,757. The reason for the sharp rise was mostly due to a relentless and unforgiving individual from France called Napoleon Bonaparte!
Unbelievably this system ran until 1955 when reform took place and army pensions were no longer distributed from the hospital. The in-pensioners henceforth became commonly known as the Chelsea Pensioners.
September in London is always a busy time, with notably, design industry events and exhibitions cropping up everywhere. With this in mind, we have launched the ‘Designed For You’ package, offering you some extra added Wyndham benefits and luxuries.
The new London luxury hotel offer gives you a perfect package, complimented further by our central location. After a long day at your exhibition or function, take advantage of the ‘Designed For You’ package.
The offer includes an hour long spa massage, overnight accommodation in one of our luxury suites, English breakfast and a late check out.
This package is designed for you to relax and recharge, and with the spa facilities available as well as the luxury suite and late checkout, we feel that the ‘Designed For You’ offer will leave you revitalised and ready for more.
The London Olympics 2012 opening ceremony went down has being one of the most unique, spectacular and memorable opening Olympic ceremonies ever, even surpassing the Beijing 2008 Olympics opening event, which was tremendously dazzling and painstakingly well-rehearsed.
Although it has to be said, what gave our ceremony the ‘edge’ was the Queen’s cameo appearance of parachuting into the stadium with no other than James Bond himself.
The stunt caused a wave of admiration towards everyone involved to ripple across the world and given the popularity of the exploit, it is hardly surprising that the Queen’s James Bond helicopter cameo has been voted the best moment of her 61-year reign.
A survey to mark the Queen’s 87th birthday was conducted by the birthday card company, Hallmark, which created a huge birthday card for Her Majesty that comprised of many tributes taken from Twitter to her and was delivered to Buckingham Palace.
Within the card were tributes to what people consider to have been her best moments throughout her reign, with the 007 sketch at the opening ceremony being voted as number one.
It may be one of the busiest cities in the world but London certainly is intent on being one of the most pollution-free capitals. Its latest bid to reduce the number of carbon emissions produced in London and improve the quality of the air Londoners and its visitors are forced to breathe in, involves putting the Congestion Charge on all diesel cars entering the capital.
Prior to July 2013, low-emission diesel cars, such as the VW Polo 1.2 TDI, are exempt from the Congestion Charge. The controversial charge has been operating in Central London since 2003 and involves most vehicles operating within the zone between 7.00am and 18.00, Monday to Friday, being charged a standard fee of £10 a day.
Transport for London has announced that from July 1, 2013 all vehicles, including low-emission diesels and petrol-electric hybrids, are liable for the standard Congestion Charge.
Talking about how the changes are part of the bigger picture to improve the quality of air in London, Matthew Pencharz, Boris Johnson’s environmental official said in a press statement:
“These changes are in line with the Mayor’s aim to improve air quality in London by reducing emissions from private vehicles and promoting the further development of low emission vehicles.”