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Festoons and swags on Pall Mall

A potted history of the RAC club on Pall Mall. Housed in very grand buildings near to Buckingham Palace that were once used as the War Office, the RAC offers members an Edwardian marble swimming pool, Turkish baths, squash courts and chandeliered drawing rooms.

Ye Olde Cheshire Cheese

Famous Fleet street pub dating from the sixteenth century, haunt of a gamut of literary types including Mark Twain, Arthur Conan Doyle, P. G. Wodehouse, Charles Dickens and the imaginary Hercule Poirot

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Peterborough’s Right-Hand Man

One of the most precious possessions of the monks of Peterborough was the incorrupt right arm of King Oswald. What was this relic? And how did it come to be installed in a chapel in Peterborough Abbey?

The Air Loom Villains

1797: from a cell in Bedlam, James Tilly Matthews believes a gang of villains are controlling politicians and nobility using the terrible Air Loom. Find out who they are and their plans for Britain’s downfall. [CW: mental illness, torture]