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Vic Keegan’s Lost London 24: the Jerusalem Chamber

Most of the outside walls of Westminster Abbey are not as old as they look. Practically all of the stonework has been replaced over the centuries. But not that of the building which peeps cautiously […]

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Vic Keegan’s Lost London 23: The Monument

This is not a lost gem but it is definitely a hidden one. Despite its (disputed) claim to be the biggest free-standing stone column in the world, you can’t see it until you turn the final corner […]

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Vic Keegan’s Lost London 21: St Mary Aldermanbury

Here stands Sir Christopher Wren’s church of St Mary Aldermanbury – or at least it once did. It has since been exported to America, leaving only its foundations. The church was first built in around 1181, but […]

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Vic Keegan’s Lost London 20: pineapples

Pineapples, ever since Christopher Columbus came across them in Guadeloupe in 1493, have been a symbol of hospitality and wealth. Nobles were prepared to pay the equivalent of £5,000 apiece for them to impress guests […]

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Vic Keegan’s Lost London 18: All Hallows-by-the-Tower

This church – All Hallows-by-the-Tower in Byward Street EC3, founded in 675 on Roman remains – helped shape America. One United States President, John Quincy Adams, was married there (to a local lass) and another, even more […]

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Vic Keegan’s Lost London 16: the remains of the Marshalsea

The most notorious of five dreadful prisons in Southwark, the Marshalsea was exposed in all its depravity by Charles Dickens, whose father was incarcerated there for a minor debt to a baker. He described it vividly […]

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Vic Keegan’s Lost London 15: the bar at Bermondsey Abbey

There is nothing particularly unusual about Lokma, a Turkish grill on the edge of Bermondsey Square except that it is built over the remains of Bermondsey Abbey, once a formidable institution that was home to […]