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A little Eden in the heart of the City

The story of the church of St Dunstan-in-the-East, surviving and not surviving disaster after disaster since its foundation around 1100. Expect the devil having his nose burnt, the Great Fire doing its worst, and Samuel Pepys narrowly avoiding a couple of armed rogues.

Whittington’s Longhouse: A Medieval Public Toilet

One of the largest medieval public toilets stood on this site for over four centuries. Explore the turbulent history of Dick Whittington’s Longhouse, founded by the famous Lord Mayor of London.

Unlikely Neighbours in Tavistock Place

Two blue plaques, almost side-by-side in Tavistock Place, commemorate very different people. Vladimir Ilyich Lenin, the founder of the USSR with no sense of humour, and Jerome K Jerome, a British humourist with a sceptical take on Socialism.

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Whoresnest: the story of the Bankside Stews

Until the C16th, the area next to the river in Lambeth was home to the so-called Bankside Stews, a collection of bathhouses that doubled as brothels.