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The Death of “Snakehips” Johnson

On March 8th, 1941, the Café de Paris – ‘the safest and gayest restaurant in town’ – was destroyed in the Blitz. Among the dead was one of the most important figures in Black British jazz: Ken “Snakehips” Johnson.
This viewpoint includes extracts from ‘Snakehips Swing’ by Ken “Snakehips” Johnson and his West Indian Dance Orchestra, available on ‘Black British Swing: The African Diaspora’s Contribution To England’s Own Jazz of the 1930s and 1940s’.
[CW: war; death]

Plague Fires

At the height of the Great Plague of London, great bonfires of rare herbs burn across the deserted city. Join Samuel Peyps in the midst of this hellish vision – a last-ditch attempt to stop the spread of disease.

The Metropolitan Sepulchre, 1829

Take a tour around the pyramid for the London dead. Designed by failed architect Thomas Willson, the Sepulchre – though ultimately never built – would have been as tall as the Shard, with space for five million coffins.

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Henry VIII’s Lost Palaces: Eltham Palace

Explore the remains of Henry VIII’s childhood home, a palace that also served as a Byzantine Emperor’s holiday home and housed a medieval king’s personal library. You can even take a walk through Henry VIII’s sewer system.