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Inside The Vast Tunnels Of Europe's Biggest Infrastructure Project 

It’s a vast understatement to say that Crossrail, London’s newest subway line, is big. It’s massive: 23 miles of huge tunnels below an ancient city, dug by a team of 10,000 workers, to form the city’s biggest transit project since World War II.


Good Night, London

It’s a little weird to say this, but I’ve mostly ignored London as a city to visit. Even though it’s been years since I’ve last been and even though I enjoyed my time there, I never think about it when I get bitten by the travel bug. And I don’t have a legitimate reason why not! Maybe I should go again.


Airport Shitstorm: Computer Error Stops All Flights From London

London’s Heathrow Airport is always a stressful place, but travellers today are having a shittier time than usual. London airspace is restricted after a power outage spurred what the BBC describes as a computer error at an air traffic control centre, meaning there will be plenty of delays, re-routes and cancellations. Update: It’s fixed now!


Zaha Hadid Has Designed The World's Worst Billboard

Well, here it is: the world’s worst billboard. Not that billboards are ever, like, especially great. And that’s why for the most part, cities don’t put up new ones. Or commission one by an architect known for her tone-deaf hubris. It’s like Zaha Hadid swept up some of the trash from her vagina stadium in Qatar and plopped it onto a curb in London.


Here's How Stunning The Night Sky Would Look If There Were No Lights

I wish we could turn of all the lights in the world just for one night, and I wish that all the light pollution would disappear, and I wish the darkness would reveal the night sky as it should look. As a stunning and glittering and spinning wonder that will make me forget about life down here and dream about the beyond.


This Is What It Looks Like To Build A New Subway

Oblivious to the people sleeping and eating on the surface, subterranean London is undergoing one of the biggest construction projects the city’s ever seen — Crossrail, a new high-speed subway line traversing the US capital. New photos released from the build put all that in perspective.


This Dude Wants To Wear Oculus For A Month And Live As Someone Else

Virtual reality is used to transport us to other worlds, but usually just for a short burst here and there. One British artist is prepared to do it for much, much longer. Mark Farid wants to live in a gallery wearing a VR headset and noise-cancelling headphones for 28 days, streaming another person’s daily experiences.


How A Secret Squad Saved London From Flooding In The WWII Blitz

When bombs rained down on London during the Blitz, they fell on houses, on churches, and, less famously, on embankments along the River Thames. The damaged embankments could have sent devastating floods through London, but they didn’t — thanks to a group of engineers who worked secretly and at night.


This Melting House Of Wax Is Like A Nightmare Come To Life

‘Tis the season for terrifying nightmare things! How’s this for creepy: Artist Alex Chinneck constructed a full-sized, two-storey house of wax — actual wax! — in London that’s slowly melting down to nothing over the course of a month. Paging Vincent Price…


How London's Amazing New Trains Were Designed

“I remember going on the Tube trains when I was very young, and thinking ‘this is amazing’. The smell, the noise — the wooden floors, the wooden escalators of the time — incredible to think that we had those,” says Paul Priestman, director and co-founder of London design agency Priestmangoode.