AboutLondon Laura – May 2022 Newsletter
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Big London News
The big news right now is the opening of the Elizabeth Line. I went to try it in the first hour today and it was fun! I know, right? There was a mix of train enthusiasts, commuters and confused visitors experiencing the biggest change to the London transport network in decades.
I’ve written about it for Londontopia.
Old Operating Theatre Museum
I visited here earlier this month as it’s having a special anniversary. This London Bridge attraction has been open for 60 years, but 2022 is also 200 years since the first surgical procedures happened here.
The Old Operating Theatre Museum is a museum of surgical history housed in a church attic. Yes, there is so much about that sentence that needs explaining!
In case my last newsletter went straight into your spam folder (I’m sorry!) I’m going to include other recent articles here too.
William Morris (1834–96) was a man of many talents. His life, and life’s work, made a huge impact on the worlds of literature, design, and politics. When you hear his name, you may first think of the wallpaper and textile designs, but he achieved so much more.
I live near a few locations connected to William Morris so I decided to research where else in London is associated with him.
World of Stonehenge
This British Museum exhibition is a proper blockbuster and I think the other reviewers are right in saying this is one we will be talking about for years to come.
You’ve got until 17 July to see it.
A Church in Wales – Spring 2022 Update
We've been following this project for some time as a church in Pembrokeshire is transforming into a family home. It's not finished but the family have moved in!
The journey with them isn’t over as there is still plenty to be done. I may even be housesitting here in a few weeks. If that happens, I’ll have another update for you soon.
This National Maritime Museum exhibition allows us to see a fine collection of Canaletto paintings displayed at eye level. It's amazing seeing the detail.
This was a rare treat. During the Easter recess, tours were available of the Speaker's House State Rooms at the Palace of Westminster (Houses of Parliament) for the first time ever. I grabbed a ticket so I could tell you more about it.