Paddington’s Pop-Up London

This is a guest post by Lisa Robinson from visitlondon.com, the official city guide to London, with everything you need to know about visiting Paddington’s Pop-Up London.

Grab a marmalade sandwich and search for the world’s most-loved bear during Paddington’s Pop-Up London. In celebration of the release of the Paddington 2 movie, which is in UK cinemas now, five pop-up book installations featuring Paddington can be found at iconic locations across London until 3 December.

Plan a fun-filled day out in the capital with our itinerary for exploring Paddington’s Pop-Up London.

Buckingham Palace Pop-Up Book at Paddington Station

Buckingham Palace Pop-Up Book at Paddington Station

London Overground celebrates its 10th anniversary

London Overground is celebrating 10 years of service on Saturday 11 November 2017. Since its launch in 2007, London Overground has provided a vital transport link for millions of Londoners, creating an orbital route around inner London and serving 23 of London’s boroughs and southern Hertfordshire.

To celebrate the 10 year milestone, we’ve produced this ‘Out and about on the London Overground’ graphic. It showcases a range of sights and attractions that you may not know are easily reached by the Overground, such as Crystal Palace Park, The Warner Bros. Studio Tour near to Watford Junction and The V & A Museum of Childhood in Bethnal Green. If you know any great places to visit by Overground that we’ve missed here, let us know in the comments section. 

Out and About on the London Overground – find great days out all over London that are within easy reach of Overground stations. *Design by Rob Durkin

Half term fun with Thunderbirds Are Go

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Thunderbirds Are Go on the Emirates Air Line cable car

Don’t miss the chance to bag a free gift and meet Virgil from Thunderbirds Are Go on the cable car this half term.

Thunderbirds have taken over the Emirates Air Line with Tracy island-themed cabins, clips from the show played during the flight and models of Thunderbird 1 and Thunderbird 2 at the terminals to celebrate new episodes of the show on CITV.

From 21 to 29 October, children will get a free cap as well as the chance to meet Virgil from the show. Giveaways are on a first come first served basis.

Ada Lovelace scavenger hunt and competition update

It was Ada Lovelace Day on Tuesday October 10, and all this week we’ve been celebrating the pioneering computer scientist with a scavenger hunt that focuses on monuments to trailblazing women across London. You still have until Sunday to get out there and snap some pictures on the scavenger hunt – you may even win a prize.

Full details of the scavenger hunt and competition are on this week’s earlier post. Here’s an update on how #FindingAda has gone so far – make sure you get involved!

Historic England announced the search for Ada and other amazing women on Tuesday morning:

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Catherine was quick to track down and post a picture of the Emmeline Pankhurst statue:

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Kathryn managed to find the big one! The house where Ada Lovelace lived:

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Azelea was one of many people happy to see our Finding Ada hunt – now get out there yourself and get snapping!

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Car-free day a great success

Friday 22 September was World Car Free day and schools, parents, pupils and teachers in London took part in a special car-free day as part of Transport for London’s STARS scheme. STARS (Sustainable Travel: Active, Responsible, Safe) is TfL’s flagship schools scheme, engaging young Londoners to travel actively and safely.

These pupils are Junior Travel Ambassadors at Alexander McLeod Primary School, Greenwich

Ada Lovelace Day 2017 scavenger hunt and competition

We’re celebrating the first female computer scientist in honour of our growing position in the Tech and Data industries. You can get involved by participating in our scavenger hunt and entering our competition. Did you know that Transport for London is a major player not just in transport, but also in many careers that stem (pardon the pun) from Science, Technology, Engineering, and Maths (STEM) backgrounds.

This year, we’re celebrating the T in STEM on Ada Lovelace Day. On 10 October, join in as we celebrate the women behind the scenes in technology. Hosted by the TfL Women in Technology group (a community affiliated with the TfL Women’s Network), it will be a jam-packed day of events, with a scavenger hunt and competition.

Ada Lovelace Day

Legible London: Maps launched for 10th anniversary

Legible London is 10 years old this year, and we’re celebrating a decade of the wayfinding signs that have proved so useful in helping people navigate their way through the capital’s streets. There are over 1,700 signs on the streets – look out for the distinctive navy blue and yellow signs to help you get around London.

Explore Southwark Park – through your senses!

This is a guest post by Caroline Clipson, who coordinates the Southwark Dementia Action Alliance, working with Alzheimer’s Society and local organisations to make the borough dementia-friendly. She’s teaming up with TfL, Walk London and Cool Tan Arts to create this sensory walk in Southwark Park for people affected by the condition.

Caroline has helped create a special sensory walk for people living with dementia and their loved ones