History

With over 2,000 years of history, London is bursting at the seams with stories of how we used to live in this wonderful city.

From the Romans to the medieval period; Georgians, Victorians, world wars and modern Elizabethan times, London has been the centre of global events, innovation and everyday tales of peoples lives.

Browse through our articles below and join us on a journey through the capital's fascinating past.

A Tube Map That Never Happened, Based On Plans From The 1940s

A Tube Map That Never Happened, Based On Plans From The 1940s

It could have all been so different. | By Will Noble
Fulham Broadway’s Former Edwardian Ticket Hall Has Had A Boozy Makeover

Fulham Broadway’s Former Edwardian Ticket Hall Has Had A Boozy Makeover

To the trains (and tipples)! | By Will Noble
In Pictures: London's Windrush Generation Today

In Pictures: London's Windrush Generation Today

Bingo, rum and religion. | By Will Noble
Why Is There An Elephant On Camden's Coat Of Arms?

Why Is There An Elephant On Camden's Coat Of Arms?

That crest explained. | By M@
Postmodernism Officially Becomes Heritage: 10 London Buildings Listed

Postmodernism Officially Becomes Heritage: 10 London Buildings Listed

The architectural movement with a sense of fun. | By Harry Rosehill
Secret Gardens, Private Islands And Wildlife Aplenty... All At The End Of A TfL Bus Route

Secret Gardens, Private Islands And Wildlife Aplenty... All At The End Of A TfL Bus Route

Stunning views over the Kent countryside. | By Laura Reynolds
Inside London's Hidden Cinema Museum

Inside London's Hidden Cinema Museum

Beloved but endangered. | By Will Noble
How To Eat, Drink And Smoke Like Winston Churchill

How To Eat, Drink And Smoke Like Winston Churchill

No rationing required. | By Will Noble
Why You Should Go To... Sevenoaks

Why You Should Go To... Sevenoaks

The town that gave birth to a time machine. | By Laura Reynolds
12 Things You Never Knew About Wembley Park

12 Things You Never Knew About Wembley Park

Steeped in history. | Sponsor
Here's How To Celebrate The Windrush Legacy In London

Here's How To Celebrate The Windrush Legacy In London

Groove to beats, scoff patties and drink punch. | By Will Noble
The Real Sherlock Of Baker Street

The Real Sherlock Of Baker Street

Alimentary... | By M@
Visit The Secret West London Grotto That's Recently Reopened To The Public

Visit The Secret West London Grotto That's Recently Reopened To The Public

Going deeper underground. | By Londonist Staff
In Search Of London's Little Italy

In Search Of London's Little Italy

Any Roman remains left in Clerkenwell? | By James FitzGerald
The History Behind London's Smallest House

The History Behind London's Smallest House

A Bayswater curiosity. | By M@
That Shakespeare Bloke Gets Everywhere

That Shakespeare Bloke Gets Everywhere

All the city's a stage for the Bard's memorials. | By M@
Have You Spotted Hackney's Ghost Postcode?

Have You Spotted Hackney's Ghost Postcode?

Help fill in the map. | By M@
Is This A Missing Piece Of The Old Ludgate?

Is This A Missing Piece Of The Old Ludgate?

Amazing what you find down side streets. | By M@
Why Aren't London's Airports Actually In London?

Why Aren't London's Airports Actually In London?

How do they get away with it? | By James FitzGerald
The Victorians Built A Working Volcano Off The Walworth Road

The Victorians Built A Working Volcano Off The Walworth Road

Naples on Thames. | By M@
Can You See Your Street In These Historic Aerial Photos Of London?

Can You See Your Street In These Historic Aerial Photos Of London?

Incredible stuff. | By M@
Street View Before And After: King's Cross

Street View Before And After: King's Cross

A lot has changed. | By Jordan Waite
Discover The Secret World War II Bunker In Uxbridge That Changed The Fate Of Britain

Discover The Secret World War II Bunker In Uxbridge That Changed The Fate Of Britain

It lies 18m below the surface. | By Robert Greene
Read Personal Letters That Lay At The Bottom Of The Atlantic For 70 Years

Read Personal Letters That Lay At The Bottom Of The Atlantic For 70 Years

This new exhibition goes deep. | By Londonist Staff
The Infamous Club That's Been Getting Celebs Drunk For 30 Years
Opinion

The Infamous Club That's Been Getting Celebs Drunk For 30 Years

"What lurked below those stairs stunned me..." | By Alex Hopkins
Where Was London's First Pizza Restaurant?

Where Was London's First Pizza Restaurant?

Topped generously with trivia. | By Sejal Sukhadwala
London's First Celebrity Dog Was Accused Of Witchcraft

London's First Celebrity Dog Was Accused Of Witchcraft

Who's a good boy... or a witch? | By Harry Rosehill
Why Was A Walrus Found Buried Next To 8 Human Bodies In King's Cross?

Why Was A Walrus Found Buried Next To 8 Human Bodies In King's Cross?

Has this mystery proved too much of a tusk? | By Alex Foch
Greedy Landlords Are Nothing New... As This Cartoon From 1909 Shows

Greedy Landlords Are Nothing New... As This Cartoon From 1909 Shows

'Destroy or be destroyed'. | By Will Noble
How Much Of London Do You Recognise In These Newly-Released Historic Photos?

How Much Of London Do You Recognise In These Newly-Released Historic Photos?

Images from 1704-1989. | By Harry Rosehill
Raunchy Ghosts From London's Past Appear At Cafe De Paris

Raunchy Ghosts From London's Past Appear At Cafe De Paris

Marlene Dietrich is uncanny. | By Will Noble ★★★★★
Behind The Tourist Trap: 10 Secrets Of Tower Bridge

Behind The Tourist Trap: 10 Secrets Of Tower Bridge

Prepare to be riveted... | By Londonist Staff
6 Unique Victorian Buildings You Didn't Know About

6 Unique Victorian Buildings You Didn't Know About

Hidden in the back streets. | By Londonist Staff
26 Filthy Olde Words To Use In Modern Day London

26 Filthy Olde Words To Use In Modern Day London

Ever suffered from a Queer Bung? | By Will Noble
Ride This Wonderful Model Railway At The End Of The Metropolitan Line

Ride This Wonderful Model Railway At The End Of The Metropolitan Line

Watch out for the bonus deer. | By M@
Behind England's Largest Listed Building: The Alexandra And Ainsworth Estate

Behind England's Largest Listed Building: The Alexandra And Ainsworth Estate

A brutalist masterpiece. | By Harry Rosehill
8 Ways To Destroy St Paul's Cathedral

8 Ways To Destroy St Paul's Cathedral

A landmark forever under attack. | By M@
Ever Wondered What London's Mosques Look Like Inside? These Photos Show You

Ever Wondered What London's Mosques Look Like Inside? These Photos Show You

From dazzling chandeliers to rooftop courtyards. | By Will Noble
Map Lets You Sail Along The Thames In 1829

Map Lets You Sail Along The Thames In 1829

Oh this is gorgeous. | By M@
Was Your Street Damaged In London's First Zeppelin Raid?

Was Your Street Damaged In London's First Zeppelin Raid?

This specific area was targeted under orders of the Kaiser. | By David Fathers
Where In London Can You Find A Medieval Barn With Moat And Museum?

Where In London Can You Find A Medieval Barn With Moat And Museum?

Vintage tube goodies, too. | By Londonist Staff
Michael Caine Leads Us Through His Swinging London Of The 1960s

Michael Caine Leads Us Through His Swinging London Of The 1960s

Talkin' 'bout his generation. | By Will Noble
Inside The Factory That Makes Chocolate Digestives

Inside The Factory That Makes Chocolate Digestives

We also ask: do you dunk? | By Will Noble
London Has A Pub From A Nursery Rhyme

London Has A Pub From A Nursery Rhyme

Everyone hated it. Do you? | By M@
Visit The Hospital Where The 'Elephant Man' Lived And Died

Visit The Hospital Where The 'Elephant Man' Lived And Died

Discover more about the life of Joseph Merrick. | By Londonist Staff
The Singing Grave In Islington You're Actually Invited To Dance On

The Singing Grave In Islington You're Actually Invited To Dance On

Most fitting for a clown. | By Londonist Staff
Does This Aldgate Pump Mark The Start Of London's East End?

Does This Aldgate Pump Mark The Start Of London's East End?

Watch out for the wolf's head. | By Londonist Staff
This Tiny Alleyway Was The Birthplace Of London's Coffee Scene

This Tiny Alleyway Was The Birthplace Of London's Coffee Scene

Dating back to 1652. | By Londonist Staff
Mary Wollstonecraft's London

Mary Wollstonecraft's London

In the footsteps of the great women's rights advocate. | By Londonist
Uncovering London's Secret Subterranean Shelters

Uncovering London's Secret Subterranean Shelters

Some are still open to visit. | By Londonist Staff
Could This Bethnal Green Council Estate Be The World's Oldest ?

Could This Bethnal Green Council Estate Be The World's Oldest ?

Many buildings are now Grade II listed. | By Londonist Staff
The Man Who Insisted On Wearing A Turban On The Tube

The Man Who Insisted On Wearing A Turban On The Tube

A story from 1964. | By Will Noble
5 Forgotten Heroines Of Victorian London

5 Forgotten Heroines Of Victorian London

From doctors to acrobats. | By Londonist
Your Chance To Hear Two Incredibly Inspirational Campaigners In Conversation

Your Chance To Hear Two Incredibly Inspirational Campaigners In Conversation

Paris Lees and Phyll Opoku-Gyimah. | Sponsor
The Red Phone Box: An Evolutionary Tree

The Red Phone Box: An Evolutionary Tree

Ring in the changes. | By M@
Ever Wondered What This Line In Guildhall Yard's Pavement Is For?

Ever Wondered What This Line In Guildhall Yard's Pavement Is For?

The secret lies 6 metres below ground. | By Londonist Staff
London Is Getting The Country's First LGBTQ+ Museum

London Is Getting The Country's First LGBTQ+ Museum

Queer Britain to open in 2021. | By Will Noble
Previously Unseen Photos Of 1950s And 60s Notting Hill

Previously Unseen Photos Of 1950s And 60s Notting Hill

Black and white beauties. | By Will Noble
A Brief But Fascinating History Of London's Animation Studios

A Brief But Fascinating History Of London's Animation Studios

The people behind the pens and paints. | By Londonist
The Tragic Fire That Engulfed Smithfield Market For Three Days

The Tragic Fire That Engulfed Smithfield Market For Three Days

Museum of London will soon commemorate the firefighters. | By Londonist Staff
The Story Of The Beautiful London Graveyard Created By A Famous Author

The Story Of The Beautiful London Graveyard Created By A Famous Author

It has an incredible history. | By Harry Rosehill
Which London Department Store Is Birth-Place Of The Scotch Egg?

Which London Department Store Is Birth-Place Of The Scotch Egg?

A picnic staple since 1738. | By Will Noble
The Human Cannonball Of Westminster

The Human Cannonball Of Westminster

The story of the great Zazel. | By M@
Are These London's Oldest Boundary Markers?

Are These London's Oldest Boundary Markers?

Relics of a long-lost city. | By M@
Inside A City Church That Not Many People Get To See

Inside A City Church That Not Many People Get To See

It survived the Great Fire of London, the Blitz and an IRA bomb. | By London Historians
Do You Know About The Roman Girl Buried Beneath The Gherkin?

Do You Know About The Roman Girl Buried Beneath The Gherkin?

Human remains were found during its construction. | By Harry Rosehill
Where Are All The Blue Plaques For Women?
Opinion

Where Are All The Blue Plaques For Women?

Where's Judy Garland's blue plaque? | By Martin Latham
Ever Heard Of The Hanwell Asylum?

Ever Heard Of The Hanwell Asylum?

It still functions as a mental health hospital today. | By London Historians
The Wizard-Headed News Lion Of Covent Garden

The Wizard-Headed News Lion Of Covent Garden

18th century social media. | By Londonist
'Nazi' Dogs And Murdering Bricklayers: Where To Find London's Oddest Burial Sites

'Nazi' Dogs And Murdering Bricklayers: Where To Find London's Oddest Burial Sites

Secrets beneath the soil. | By Jane Murphy
The Oldest Map Of The World Is Right Here In London

The Oldest Map Of The World Is Right Here In London

The Babylonian A-Z. | By M@
The Gruesome Reason Why Newgate Prison Used To Be Known As 'Jack Ketch's Kitchen'

The Gruesome Reason Why Newgate Prison Used To Be Known As 'Jack Ketch's Kitchen'

Named after one of London's longest-serving executioners. | By London Historians
Inside The East End's Most Notorious Pub

Inside The East End's Most Notorious Pub

Pints with a side of gangster history. | By Will Noble
This Is Why You Should Definitely Visit Museum Of London Docklands

This Is Why You Should Definitely Visit Museum Of London Docklands

Oh, and it's completely free. | By Jordan Waite
Ever Ridden The Egyptian Escalator Inside Harrods?

Ever Ridden The Egyptian Escalator Inside Harrods?

It's quite an experience. | By Will Noble
Go Visit London's Only Moated Manor House

Go Visit London's Only Moated Manor House

A trip to Harrow. | By M@
How This Famous BBC Address Was Transformed

How This Famous BBC Address Was Transformed

This street is a great yardstick of change. | By Claire Wotherspoon
There's Only One Official Blue Plaque In The Square Mile... And It's Not Blue

There's Only One Official Blue Plaque In The Square Mile... And It's Not Blue

Dr Johnson being different again. | By M@
An Ode To The Royal Vauxhall Tavern

An Ode To The Royal Vauxhall Tavern

A bright red, sparkly, camp womb. | By Elf Lyons
Where Is Dippy The Dinosaur Now?

Where Is Dippy The Dinosaur Now?

Everyone's favourite plaster cast. | By Will Noble
This Restaurant Has Been Giving English Food A Good Name For Centuries

This Restaurant Has Been Giving English Food A Good Name For Centuries

Filling stomachs since 1757. | By Will Noble
This Might Just Be The Best Guide To Exploring London We've Ever Seen

This Might Just Be The Best Guide To Exploring London We've Ever Seen

Exceptional stuff from Rachel Kolsky. | By M@
Have You Spotted This Replica Of Sir Francis Drake's Ship?

Have You Spotted This Replica Of Sir Francis Drake's Ship?

Right next to Borough Market. | By Jordan Waite
Will Westminster Abbey Ever Get Its Spire?

Will Westminster Abbey Ever Get Its Spire?

Centuries of plans to crown the church. | By M@
Ever Heard Of The Great Bullion Robbery On The South-Eastern Railway?

Ever Heard Of The Great Bullion Robbery On The South-Eastern Railway?

A little-known chapter of London's criminal history. | By London Historians
A Secret Bit Of London's Roman Wall You Can Actually Walk Through

A Secret Bit Of London's Roman Wall You Can Actually Walk Through

Roman tiles below, medieval stone above. | By Will Noble
Seek Out The Remains Of Spitalfields' Oldest Building

Seek Out The Remains Of Spitalfields' Oldest Building

Rediscovered in 1999. | By Jordan Waite
A Brief Guide To London's Arches And Gates

A Brief Guide To London's Arches And Gates

Marble vs. Wellington. | By London Historians
Lost In The Thames: A Forgotten Piece Of Transport History

Lost In The Thames: A Forgotten Piece Of Transport History

Horse bus badges are rare, but we know where to find thousands. | By M@
A Look Into The Boozy, Beery Past Of St Pancras Station

A Look Into The Boozy, Beery Past Of St Pancras Station

The station has just celebrated its 150th anniversary. | By Robert Greene