This Lost Map Changed How We Saw the World

In 1815 William Smith drew a map of the United Kingdom which transformed the scientific landscape: It laid the foundations for modern geology, and identified natural resources which would beget the Industrial Revolution. But up until last year, this first-edition copy was considered to be lost forever. » 3/24/15 5:30pm 3/24/15 5:30pm

Do Mysterious Big Cats Prowl The English Countryside?

England's version of Big Foot or just the logical result of new laws that forced exotic pet owners to free their animals in the 1970s? One thing's for sure: reported sightings of big cats are on the rise in the UK, while new studies seek to prove their existence. » 1/19/15 1:52pm 1/19/15 1:52pm

This Guy Built a Toll Road Just To Avoid Construction Delays

When life hands you landslides, make your own private toll road detour. (Haven't you heard the saying?) Since February, a landslide has closed the A431 highway between Bristol and Bath in England, adding an extra hour to the commute. So one enterprising local guy built a road through a private field—the UK's private… » 8/05/14 6:09pm 8/05/14 6:09pm

This Is What Happens When You Turn a Street Into a Slip 'n Slide

Closing streets to cars is one thing—how about flooding them with water and letting people slide down head first? Hundreds of Brits got to do just that when a busy street in Bristol was transformed into a fully operational water slide today. As expected, the photos are absolutely incredible. » 5/04/14 7:00pm 5/04/14 7:00pm

This Huge Nuclear Waste Dump Will Be Washed Away By Rising Sea Levels

A dumping ground for nuclear waste located near the British coast is "virtually certain" to be washed away by rising sea levels, a new report warns. The UK Environment Agency has admitted that constructing the Drigg Low-Level Waste Repository so near the coast was a mistake, and that one million cubic meters of… » 4/21/14 9:41am 4/21/14 9:41am

A weird black ring appeared in the sky in England and then disappeared

This is bizarre. A 16-year-old girl saw a giant black ring in the sky above England and captured it on video. After three minutes of floating around like a cloud, the black ring disappeared completely. So far, experts have no idea what it was. » 4/14/14 8:38pm 4/14/14 8:38pm

Single Vending Machine Replaces Last Shop in English Town

So clever, so depressing: the English town of Clifton, having dwindled in economic strength over the years, has responded to the loss of its last place to shop with a giant vending machine. The so-called Speedy Shop—really, an over-sized, building-shaped machine standing alone in a dreary parking lot—is meant to help… » 4/10/14 3:20pm 4/10/14 3:20pm

If Stonehenge Is Actually a Giant Instrument, What Does It Sound Like?

We know that the rocks of Stonehenge were carried there from over 200 miles away, but we've never known why. Now, researchers say they believe it was for the special sonic qualities of a particular kind of stone—and that Stonehenge might have served as a bell-like instrument. » 3/09/14 4:00pm 3/09/14 4:00pm

Who Wouldn't Want this Victorian Mansion With a Spaceship in the Attic?

The owners of this 8-bedroom Victorian mansion in South London apparently had a knack for juxtaposing classic architecture and high tech goodies. Case and point: this meticulously detailed cockpit for would be astronauts in the attic. » 2/13/14 6:00pm 2/13/14 6:00pm

England's Architect Provocateurs Have Broken Up

Well, this is a bummer. FAT—the UK collective that's built some of the most annoyingly brilliant buildings of the past two decades—is no more. Haven't heard of FAT? Let us explain. » 12/16/13 4:02pm 12/16/13 4:02pm

A Photographic Journey Down The Old Industrial Banks of the Thames

After the Thames River weaves eastward through London, it widens into an industrial landscape of factories sretching out into the English Channel. London-based photographer Alice Gur-Arie has documented this landscape in her series Passages: Industry on the River Thames, a collection of beautiful black and white… » 11/25/13 6:00pm 11/25/13 6:00pm

Learn Real-Life Minecraft at London's First Academy for Tunnelers

In today's Observer, architecture editor Rowan Moore explores Europe's largest infrastructure project: London's new Crossrail line. Moore explains that, in addition to such factors as cost, miles, tons of dirt moved, and other construction superlatives, Crossrail also "claims to be the largest archaeological site in… » 11/24/13 12:00pm 11/24/13 12:00pm

What Happens When F1 Car Designers Build Architectural Models

Gizmodo EIC Geoff Manaugh and U.K. architects Smout Allen tapped an unlikely source to help create their new exhibition in London: Williams F1. But, in this case, the engineers at Williams weren't building the advanced race cars they're well-known for—they were 3D-printing the parts for an intricate model of an… » 11/20/13 3:30pm 11/20/13 3:30pm

You Could Be the Proud Owner of These 19th-Century British Tunnels

Sure, this 2,000 square-foot, no-windows, no-view property is a bit of a fixer-upper. But think of the Halloween parties you could throw down here! This set of 200-year old tunnels beneath the British port city of Plymouth are going up for auction next month for the low-low price of $30,590. » 11/19/13 3:51pm 11/19/13 3:51pm

Remembering The Rusted, Crumbling Piers Of Seaside Britain

Beautiful beaches probably aren't the first thing that come to mind when thinking of jolly olde England, but seaside resorts have been popular getaways for city-dwellin' Brits for nearly two centuries. People do still go visit, but the Victorian-era piers that dot the coast have seen some better days. » 11/18/13 1:00pm 11/18/13 1:00pm

Spend Your Next Holiday at a Victorian Fort in the Middle of the Ocean

Spitbank Fort is one of those spots you read about in an Alexander Dumas novel. It's a gritty, grey, Victorian-era fortress with a dark past and nothing but miles of water on all sides. And it's the perfect place for a romantic weekend the next time you're on the coast of England. » 8/01/13 11:23am 8/01/13 11:23am

London Is Officially a Militarized No-Fly Zone

We're all excited to see Michael Phelps boil entire swimming pools with sheer athletic power, but above the Olympic fun is some serious military air business: London is ready to shoot you down. » 7/15/12 10:00am 7/15/12 10:00am

This 13-Year-Old Boy Is the Fastest Kid in the World

13-year-old Brit Tim Parker was named the Fastest Kid in the World, earlier this month, at the Kent-based (and unfortunately named) HPV Championships—which, in this case, stands for Human Powered Vehicle. » 6/23/12 1:40am 6/23/12 1:40am

The Gazebo Gets a 21st Century Update

Summers right around the corner and, for a lot of us, that means BBQ and outdoor eating. But, rather than get one of those schlocky extendable awnings they sell on late-night TV, shelter your guests in a stylish sphere. » 5/24/12 1:40pm 5/24/12 1:40pm