Travel An Edwardian gazebo in Kingston, passed as you meander along the river Thames

The Thames Path combines history with nature as it forges towards the capital from Hampton Court Palace

Sheffield electricity substation

Brutal and bleak, England’s modern architectural gems join heritage list

A Sheffield substation and a Cold War bunker get Grade II* status

St. Paul's religious text re-discovered in Law Society's library

Imagine the late fine! Back at last, the holy book that someone 'borrowed' from St Paul's Cathedral library in the 1800s

The Missal of Sarum, that went missing from St Paul’s Cathedral, has now been found

Why Prince Charles is right about architecture

In truth, the prince has lamentably little influence over what gets built

Model wears shirt £59, COS, cosstores.co.uk

Fashion and art - long may the happy marriage continue

The healthy relationship has long invigorated both

Wadham College, Oxford, where the skeleton was found

Call for Morse: Skeleton found in Oxford college

It is the sort of discovery that would have had Inspector Morse grumpily downing his pint and climbing into the red Jaguar.

Pollution erosion at St Paul's Cathedral in record 300-year low

Industrial decline and cleaner energy production have led to pollution erosion at St Paul's Cathedral being at a 300-year low.

The Robben Island Bible

Shakespeare: Staging the World, British Museum, London

The Bard's glorious, grisly, world springs to life. Verily, it's a triumph!

Debris is cleared away from the Occupy protest camp outside Saint Paul's Cathedral in central London as police and bailiffs evict demonstrators.

Occupy London protesters evicted from St Paul's site

Demonstrators who have been camped outside St Paul's Cathedral in London since October last year were finally evicted on last night as riot police and bailiffs moved in after dark, dragging both tents and protesters away.

The Stones of London: A History in Twelve Buildings, By Leo Hollis

London's history has been told by countless authors. Its biography has been written and rewritten. Its criminal underbelly has been scoured, its subterranean landscape crawled through and its transport systems charted. Its mad have been placed on the couch, its poor pored over and its rich laid bare. So, even for a history fan with a taste for the place, it takes a clever theme or a neat gimmick to make yet another account of the capital's past seem appealing. Leo Hollis's is to explore London's history through 12 buildings.

St Paul's renovation finally finished

One of Britain's most famous cathedrals is to celebrate its first day without scaffolding for 15 years when a £40 million restoration project draws to a close.

My Secret Life: Hugh Bonneville, actor, 47

My parents were... and are fantastic role models. They met at St Mary's medical school. After they married, my mother gave up nursing to be a mum, dad went on to be a surgeon. Now, in their eighties, they show no signs of slowing down; they have a busier social life than I do and they always put the needs of others before their own. They are truly remarkable people.

Elizabeth Wilbraham, the first lady of architecture

A new book will unveil the extraordinary influence of Britain's earliest female architect on Sir Christopher Wren, says Jay Merrick

Welcome to the captain's cabin: 'A life on the ocean wave provided inspiration for our family home'

Come up to the roof of the erstwhile pub I bought and renovated with my husband, Olly Hoeben, 11 years ago, and you will see his dream of 50 years made real. Around the flat, decked roof with its expansive views of London, and a sky that seems so close you could touch it, are three timber, glass and lead units, precisely designed to look and feel like ships' cabins. But why cabins at the top of an urban building? The reason is found in Olly's formative teenage years. Aged 15, he went to sea as a trainee able seaman. It was what many working-class lads, growing up in Amsterdam in the poverty-stricken years immediately after the war, did to earn a living.

Giant Shard looms over old St Paul's

The Shard skyscraper now being constructed looms over St Paul's Cathedral, seemingly dwarfing the traditional view of London's skyline that St Paul's has dominated since it was built by Sir Christopher Wren in 1710.

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