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Many of the stories on these pages featured in an award-winning TV series called Disappearing London, presented by Suggs from Madness.

Series 2 of Disappearing London starts on ITV London at 7.30 pm on Tuesday 9 January 2007, and runs for 6 weeks (9, 16, 23 30 Jan, 6, 13 Feb).

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Series 1 Stories

Here a selection of stories from the first series of Disappearing London. Click on the titles to find out more. You can check out the locations on the Disappearing London Map, post your own story by visiting the Suggest a Story page or add your comments on the Forum.

Romford Dog track - Going to the Dogs or the Cheetahs

Back in the 1930s greyhound racing was London's second biggest spectator sport. Romford's track had its own quirky meetings.

Welsh in London - So much more than rugby

They fed and dressed Londoners and furnished their homes. The Welsh settled so widely throughout London, their presence has largely gone un-remarked but they have left their mark if you know where to look.

London's telephone boxes - a design classic

The design of the red phone box was the work of an aspiring architect who left his mark on London's skyline.

A proper London funeral

In the first part of 20th century the horse-drawn hearse was a fixture of a good send off. One family firm of undertakers keeps the tradition alive.

If you want to get ahead, get a hat.

If you want to get ahead, get a hat.

Few traditional hatters survive in London, but if you need to buy a bowler Mr Boucher can help you out.

Italian café culture

Italian café culture

Welcome to the world of formica and frothy coffee: it's the 1950s Italian café. But soon it will disappear as the coffee empires take over London's streets. So visit the New Piccadilly while you still can.

The Victorian public loo

When you have got to go you have to go but some of the places where Londoners used to go have gone.

Tooting Bec Lido

Tooting Bec Lido

London's secret oasis brings a little piece of the seaside to the city.