Friday 30 September 2022

Transport for London - Weekend travel advice


Customers looking at their phones on the Tube

Weekend travel information


If you are out and about over the weekend, there are lots of public transport options. There are some strikes taking place over the weekend and next week, of which you can find details below.

You can find details of our latest safer travel guidance on our website.

The information in this email could change, so please check before you travel or use the TfL Go app to plan your journey. 

National rail strikes

National rail strikes are taking place on Saturday 1, Wednesday 5 and Saturday 8 October.

The majority of TfL's services will run, but some disruption is expected for services that rely on sections of track operated by Network Rail. 

We expect some disruption on the following lines:
  • No service is expected on London Overground on Saturday 1 and Wednesday 5 October
  • Some of London Underground, London Overground and the Elizabeth line will also be affected on Saturday 1 and Saturday 8 October by a national rail strike 
  • Essential engineering works mean no Piccadilly line service to Heathrow on Saturday 1 and Sunday 2 October
Customers are advised to check before they travel and allow more time for their journeys. Bus services will run as normal but may be busier as a result of the rail strike action.
If you are travelling to the TCS London Marathon on Sunday 2 October, check with the event organiser and plan your journey in advance using Journey Planner and TfL Go.

For more information, visit our strike page.

London Underground


Piccadilly line

Friday 30 September and Saturday 1 October

No service between Hammersmith and Acton Town between 00:45 and 04:30

Use local or rail replacement bus services. 

Friday 30 September, Saturday 1 and Sunday 2 October, including Friday and Saturday Night Tube

No service between Acton Town and Heathrow

Use alternative Tube, rail, local or rail replacement buses.

London Overground

Saturday 1 October

No service between Liverpool Street and Enfield Town/ Chingford after 23:55

Use alternative Tube, local bus or rail replacement bus services.

Sunday 2 October

No service between Camden Road and Stratford after 22:15

Use local or rail replacement bus services.

Monday 3 until Thursday 6 October

No service between Sydenham and West Croydon after 23:30 each night

Use local bus, tram or rail replacement bus services.

No service between Hackney Downs and Enfield Town/ Cheshunt after 22:45 each night

Use alternative Tube, local bus or rail replacement bus services.

Elizabeth line

Sunday 2 October

Reduced service at Burnham and Taplow until 20:00 with no service after this time

Rail replacement buses will run.

Monday 24 October

Bond Street Elizabeth line station will open

From Sunday 6 November

A Sunday service will begin on Sunday 6 November. Until then, there will be no service on Sundays between Paddington and Abbey Wood.

Buses and roads


Bus journeys will be affected by the following changes this weekend. We expect to run a good service, but buses may be delayed, diverted or stop short of their normal destination.


Saturday 1 October

Central London  TCS Mini London Marathon

The TCS Mini London Marathon for children will take place from 07:00 until 12:00 starting on Victoria Embankment and ending at the Mall. Road closures will be in place in Upper Thames Street in the east, Victoria Embankment, Bridge Street, Whitehall, the Mall, Constitution Hill, Birdcage Walk and Great George Street. Increased traffic and large crowds are expected. Use alternative routes.

Sunday 2 October

Pan London  TCS London Marathon

On Sunday, road closures will be in place from 04:00 across central and southeast London for the main TCS London Marathon. They will commence at 06:30 from Greenwich Park to St James's Park.

Central and City closures will include all approaches to Commercial Road, Upper Thames Street, Tower Hill and Victoria Embankment. Rotherhithe Tunnel, Limehouse Link Tunnel, East India Dock Tunnel westbound, and Tower Bridge, Southwark and Westminster Bridges will also be closed. Lane closures will also be in place at the following locations:
  • East Smithfield, Creek Road, Ha-Ha Road, Nightingale Place, the A205 and Byward Street westbound from 04:00
  • Romney Road from 05:00
All roads are expected to re-open by 20:30. Increased traffic and large crowds are expected. Use alternative routes.

NFL at Tottenham Hotspur

On Sundays 2 and 9 October Tottenham Hotspur stadium will be hosting NFL matches, with kick off at 14:30 on both days.

All public transport in the area will be very busy both before and after the matches, with queueing in place to re-enter stations and road closures/bus diversions.

There is a reduced escalator service at Seven Sisters, so fans travelling to/from the games are advised to use:
  • National Rail services to/from Northumberland Park
  • Victoria line services to/from Tottenham Hale
  • London Overground services between Liverpool Street and White Hart Lane
Use our website to plan your journey in the Tottenham area and check the game day transport guide on the Tottenham Hotspur website.

O2 Arena, Greenwich

O2 Arena is hosting Swedish House Mafia in concert from 18:00 until 22:30. Increased traffic and large crowds are expected.

From Monday 3 until Saturday 12 November

A3 maintenance works

From Monday 3 October until Saturday 12 November, there will be a series of daily overnight lane restrictions between Hook Underpass and Kingston Bypass from 21:30 until 05:00 the following day.

This is while we complete essential maintenance on the road. The A3 will remain open between Hook Underpass and Kingston Bypass but please allow more time for your journey.

Until late December 

A4 Great West Road works

Essential maintenance work is taking place on the Cromwell Road Railway Bridge, which carries the A4 Great West Road over the railway between Chiswick roundabout and Hogarth roundabout.

There is currently one lane open westbound between Hogarth roundabout and Chiswick roundabout. 

If you are driving or using buses in the area, please allow more time for your journey. If you are driving between central London and the M25, please use A40 Westway and M40 where possible.

For more details on the works, visit our website.

Santander Cycles

The following docking stations are suspended this weekend:

Christian Street, Whitechapel

Westfield Library Corner, Shepherd's Bush

The following stations will be closed this weekend:

Somerset House, Westminster

Lower Thames Street, City of London

Embankment, (The Savoy)


Find out how to hire a Santander Cycle.

See the latest update on docking station availability.

Saturday 24 September 2022

Imperial War Museums - War Games: Real Conflicts, Virtual Worlds, Extreme Entertainment



The UK’s first exhibition to explore what video games can tell us about conflict.
War Games: Real Conflicts | Virtual Worlds | Extreme Entertainment opens at IWM London on 30 September 2022. 

The exhibition will delve into one of today’s most popular storytelling mediums and seek to challenge perceptions of how video games interpret stories about war and conflict.

It will feature 12 unique titles including Sniper Elite 5, recently released by lead exhibition sponsor Rebellion, which, over the last forty years, have reflected events from the First World War to the present. 

Showcasing immersive installations, never-before-displayed objects and perspectives from industry experts, War Games will also include a playable retro gaming zone and a programme of supporting events.

Watch the video below to discover how the missions and tactics of Sniper Elite 5 compare to the true stories of men and women who fought in the Second World War or click here to find out more about the exhibition. 
© Anastasia Taylor-Lind
Ukraine: Photographs from the Frontline
14 October 2022 to 1 January 2023

The invasion of Ukraine by Russia in 2022 shocked the world. This new exhibition at IWM North presents photographs from photojournalist Anastasia Taylor-Lind.

These powerful works, displayed publicly in the UK for the first time, document the devastating reality of living amidst conflict.
Find Out More
Animals in Wartime
IWM Photo Collection
Vital in moving supplies, sending messages and boosting morale, animals have often been subject to the same dangers faced by their owners during conflict.

Presented in a 96 page hardback book, this selection of images from IWM’s collection illustrates the ways that animals have played their part in wartime over the past century.
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Somerset House - The Horror Show! A Twisted Tale of Modern Britain 👹 👻 🧙‍♀️

 The Horror Show!

A Twisted Tale of Modern Britain
27 Oct 2022 - 19 Feb 2023

This autumn Somerset House presents The Horror Show! a landmark exhibition that celebrates our greatest cultural provocateurs and visionaries. We invite you on a journey to the underbelly of Britain’s cultural psyche, looking at ideas rooted in horror that have informed the last 50 years of creative rebellion.

Featuring over 200 artworks and culturally significant artefacts, plus a series of new commissions from some of our country’s most provocative artists, The Horror Show! presents an alternative perspective in three shapeshifting acts – MonsterGhost and Witch.

The exhibition offers a heady, visceral ride through the disruption of 1970s punk through to the revolutionary potential of modern witchcraft, showing how the anarchic alchemy of horror – its subversion, transgression and the supernatural – can help us make sense of the troubled world around us. Horror not only allows us to come face to face with our deepest, darkest terrors; it allows us the opportunity to stare down our fears and imagine a radically different future.

£16.50 / £12.00 CONCESSIONS

Exquisitely designed by Barnbrook and edited by Faye Dowling, a 126-page book accompanies the exhibition and can be combined for a 10% discount when purchasing your tickets, or add in an exhibition poster for a 20% discount. It follows the exhibition's narrative acts - Monster, Ghost and Witch - featuring expanded essays by John DoranNatalie Olah and Patricia MacCormack.

​There will also be a special exhibition shop, edited by Faye Dowling’s alternative art store, featuring an exclusive range of limited edition items and inspired gifts, from clothing and accessories, to limited edition prints, books and zines. 

Thursday 22 September 2022

Transport for London - Important travel update


Two headshots of Her Majesty the Queen, along with her crest and the years of her life '1926 - 2022'

Dear Mr Grantham,

As people come to London to pay their respects to Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, areas around Westminster, Waterloo and Trafalgar Square, as well as along the South Bank, will be exceptionally busy. This will lead to busy services and station closures.

We are doing everything we can to keep our city moving and ensure that people can travel safely over the long weekend, including cancelling all planned engineering works and enhancing some services.

If you are travelling to the Lying-in-State or the State Funeral, plan your journeys and check status updates regularly. Visit for more information about the ceremonial events.

What you can expect from our services from Friday 16 to Monday 19 September


  • Tube services will be running as normal, however some stations will be busier than usual, and some short-term safety measures such as queuing, closures, non-stopping or changes to the way customers enter or exit a station may be necessary
  • Green Park station is exit only between 10:00 and 22:00 until Monday 19 September, due to the high numbers of customers expected. Please avoid this station if possible to keep capacity for customers who need step-free access
  • Westminster, St James’s Park, Marble Arch and Hyde Park Corner stations will have changes to the way they operate on Sunday 18 and/or Monday 19 September
  • Other stations expected to be busier include: Charing Cross, Embankment, Victoria, Waterloo and Lancaster Gate
  • Night Tube and Overground will run as normal Friday 16 and Saturday 17 September

Elizabeth line

  • The Elizabeth line will run a special service with twelve trains per hour on the central section (Paddington-Abbey Wood) on Sunday 18 September to provide further transport options for customers


  • Due to road closures, some buses will stop short of their destination, be on diversion and/or run a reduced frequency. These changes will remain in place into next week


  • Parts of London will be very busy. The Westminster area will be exceptionally busy as ceremonial events take place
  • Walking journeys may take longer due to crowds and road closures associated with ceremonial events


  • Some cycle routes will be impacted by road closures, such as C3
  • Santander Cycles will operate as normal, but some docking stations may be closed
  • If you are using your own bike and want somewhere safe to leave it, cycle parking can be found at most Network Rail stations


  • Road closures will be in place across the weekend, and will significantly increase on the day of the State Funeral
  • These closures will remain in place into next week

Taxi and private hire

  • Taxi and private hire services will be affected by the road closures and some taxi ranks will be suspended
  • There are a number of temporary ranks in place around central London


  • Victoria Coach Station will be closed due to road closures in the area. Coaches will be diverted to Hillingdon and Wembley Park

River services

  • River services will be operating as normal

From Tuesday 20 September

There will be ongoing road closures and bus diversions as event infrastructure is removed. This is expected to take a number of days.

During this time, please make sure you:

For more information, visit our website.

Tuesday 20 September 2022

BBC Shows and Tours - join host Sue Perkins in London for the return of Radio 4's Just a Minute

BBC Shows
Sue Perkins
Radio 4's longest running panel game returns for its 90th series.

Sue Perkins is back at the helm and challenges our panel to speak for Just a Minute on the subject of their choosing without hesitation, repetition or deviation.

Friday 7 October
Saturday 8 October
Friday 14 October
Saturday 15 October

Venue: BBC Radio Theatre
Doors open: 6.45pm
ording starts: 7pm

Tickets will be allocated by random draw.

You can register at any time until 8am on 25 September.

You can apply for a maximum of two tickets per recording and if you are successful in the random draw you will only receive tickets for one recording.

To apply for tickets visit
Good luck!

BBC Shows and Tours

Grant Museum of Zoology - Join us and make finger-puppet fossils this Saturday