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.

San Francisco's Cable Cars Were Invented By A Londoner

San Francisco's Cable Cars Were Invented By A Londoner

The story of Andrew Smith Hallidie. | By M@
What's The Oldest Building In Tower Hamlets?

What's The Oldest Building In Tower Hamlets?

Is it the Tower of London? Maybe not... | By M@
What's The Oldest Building In Lambeth?

What's The Oldest Building In Lambeth?

Hint: It's not the IMAX. | By M@
Review: Simpson's In The Strand Resurrects Vintage Classics, To Continue As One Of London's Grand Old Restaurants

Review: Simpson's In The Strand Resurrects Vintage Classics, To Continue As One Of London's Grand Old Restaurants

Nowhere does beef on a trolley like this place. | By Will Noble ★★★☆☆
That Time The Bishop Of Southwark Went On A Drunken Rampage

That Time The Bishop Of Southwark Went On A Drunken Rampage

"I'm the Bishop of Southwark. It's what I do." | By Londonist
How The Bakerloo Line Stations Got Their Names

How The Bakerloo Line Stations Got Their Names

Can you name the two with animal connections? | By M@
Inside Tramp: The Hedonistic Mayfair Nightclub Where Movie Stars And Rock Gods Came To Drink

Inside Tramp: The Hedonistic Mayfair Nightclub Where Movie Stars And Rock Gods Came To Drink

"Let's get Tramped". | By Will Noble
13 Things You Probably Never Noticed Along The South Bank

13 Things You Probably Never Noticed Along The South Bank

Ever clocked the 'No Selfies' sign? | By Jane Murphy
The Magic Cabinet At Bloomberg’s Mithraeum (And It’s Free)

The Magic Cabinet At Bloomberg’s Mithraeum (And It’s Free)

London's first inhabitants revealed. | By Londonist
Where Is This? Mystery Location On Londonist Memory Machine

Where Is This? Mystery Location On Londonist Memory Machine

Can you identify this water-side location? | By M@
Only 14% Of London's Blue Plaques Are For Women... You Can Help Change That

Only 14% Of London's Blue Plaques Are For Women... You Can Help Change That

Propose a plaque today. | By Will Noble
London Library Discovers Bram Stoker's Dracula Notes Scribbled In Margins Of Its Books

London Library Discovers Bram Stoker's Dracula Notes Scribbled In Margins Of Its Books

A terribly exciting discovery. | By Will Noble
Are These London’s Most Haunted Pubs?

Are These London’s Most Haunted Pubs?

Spooky spirits and phantom flushers. | By Ben Norum
Vote: What's London's Worst Public Sculpture?

Vote: What's London's Worst Public Sculpture?

Choose the direst statue or sculpture in the city. | By M@
4 London War Graves And Memorials To Make You Stop And Think

4 London War Graves And Memorials To Make You Stop And Think

Brompton Cemetery to Tower Hill Memorial. | By Londonist
Lord Mayor's Show 2018: When And Where Is It, And What's Happening?

Lord Mayor's Show 2018: When And Where Is It, And What's Happening?

It's all changing this year. | By Laura Reynolds
Ever Noticed This Screaming Face Near St Paul's?

Ever Noticed This Screaming Face Near St Paul's?

London's scariest church decoration. | By Londonist
Can You Name All Six Tube Stations Named After Pubs?

Can You Name All Six Tube Stations Named After Pubs?

And how many can you still drink in? | By M@
Inside The Magnificent St Annes Church In Limehouse

Inside The Magnificent St Annes Church In Limehouse

A Hawksmoor masterpiece. | By Sandra Lawrence
Stainer Street Reopens At London Bridge: Tragedy, History And Rocket Nozzles

Stainer Street Reopens At London Bridge: Tragedy, History And Rocket Nozzles

Bleak road tunnel becomes something bigger. | By M@
Ever Spotted The Jelling Stone? A Mysterious Rock Beside Regent's Park

Ever Spotted The Jelling Stone? A Mysterious Rock Beside Regent's Park

A rock covered in Celtic symbolism. | By M@
Keep An Eye On The Old London Bridge That's Now In Arizona, Live On This Webcam

Keep An Eye On The Old London Bridge That's Now In Arizona, Live On This Webcam

Lake Havasu, we're watching you. | By Will Noble
7 Of The Strangest Things Auctioned In London

7 Of The Strangest Things Auctioned In London

From London Bridge to Paul McCartney's front door. | By Londonist
How To Make A Vesper Martini Fit For James Bond

How To Make A Vesper Martini Fit For James Bond

007's tipple of choice. | By Steve Manktelow