Just when you think you know everything about London, it goes and surprises you. This old city has so many stories that even we don’t know them all. If you want a few more to add to your collection, we recommend heading down to the London Stories Serco Prize For Illustration at the London Transport Museum to see beautiful drawings of London tall tales and historical nuggets. From the Hackney Mole Man, the 1831 London Bridge Banquet and the no 7 ghost bus to escaped monkeys, parakeets and the infamous Tower of London ravens, you’re sure to pick up some new facts.
Also, if you’ve got a hunger for London knowledge, this Monday March 3, 6.30pm-8pm, they’re hosting an evening talk where three authors will reveal the inspiration behind their tales of the capital and give short readings. Travis Elborough’s ‘A London Year: 365 Days of the City Life in Diaries, Journals and Letters’ is an anthology that draws on writings from Tudor times to the twenty-first century. Hannah Velten’s ‘Beastly London’, looks at the place of animals in the story of London. And in ‘Walk the Lines’, Mark Mason describes how he trudged the entire length of the London Underground system – overground – passing every station along the way. Afterwards there’s a chance to buy the books and get them signed.