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.

Looking Back At Roundhouse's Historic Gig Posters

Looking Back At Roundhouse's Historic Gig Posters

Not bad for an old train shed.
Help Fix This Beautiful Observatory

Help Fix This Beautiful Observatory

Lovely building in Greenwich... needs some help.
How The Bank Of England Inspired These Famous Books

How The Bank Of England Inspired These Famous Books

What's Bank got to do with Wind in the Willows?
Visit This Roman Temple Beneath The City Of London

Visit This Roman Temple Beneath The City Of London

London Mithraeum.
These 13 Buildings Have All Been Demolished This Century

These 13 Buildings Have All Been Demolished This Century

13 landmarks swept away.
A Secret Entrance To Piccadilly Circus Tube

A Secret Entrance To Piccadilly Circus Tube

Should have left it there.
HS2 Uncovers Two Time Capsules At Euston

HS2 Uncovers Two Time Capsules At Euston

Buried for 140 years...
Here's What London City Airport Looked Like Before It Was An Airport

Here's What London City Airport Looked Like Before It Was An Airport

Where did all the pot plants go?
The Soviets Secretly Mapped London... And Made Some Glaring Errors

The Soviets Secretly Mapped London... And Made Some Glaring Errors

A little unsettling to say the least.
Victorian Londoners did some pretty horrific jobs

Victorian Londoners did some pretty horrific jobs

Your spreadsheets look pretty cushty now.
This Is Where Museum of London's New Home Will Be

This Is Where Museum of London's New Home Will Be

One of London's oldest markets, transformed.
Central London could have lost the Thames

Central London could have lost the Thames

It seems unthinkable.
Where Exactly Are The Hamlets Of Tower Hamlets?

Where Exactly Are The Hamlets Of Tower Hamlets?

Ever wondered what the Tower Hamlets are/were?
5 chilling churchyards to visit in London

5 chilling churchyards to visit in London

That shadowy figure may not be a youth in a hoodie...
26 Things To Look Out For On Fleet Street

26 Things To Look Out For On Fleet Street

In churches, pubs and alleyways.
These St Pancras street names have an interesting story to tell

These St Pancras street names have an interesting story to tell

And what's a former Lord Mayor of London got to do with it?
Who Was The Real Fagin?

Who Was The Real Fagin?

" Dickens himself was so strongly criticised for emphasising Fagin's race and religion at every turn"
Did Sweeney Todd Actually Exist?

Did Sweeney Todd Actually Exist?

Anyone in the mood for a pie now?
Love The Royal Vauxhall Tavern? This Is What It Looked Like In The 60s

Love The Royal Vauxhall Tavern? This Is What It Looked Like In The 60s

Is this the most fabulous bar in London?
Alexandra Palace's melancholic wartime history

Alexandra Palace's melancholic wartime history

A difficult part of Britain's past.
Where were London's first traffic lights?

Where were London's first traffic lights?

Robot? Alien? No, it's London's first traffic lights
London's Ugly History With Acid Attacks

London's Ugly History With Acid Attacks

Known as vitriol back then.
Ever Been Told That Eros Is Anteros? Might Not Be True

Ever Been Told That Eros Is Anteros? Might Not Be True

Anteros? Angel of Christian Charity?
How To Get Inside A Former Mortuary

How To Get Inside A Former Mortuary

Bodies used to wash up on the shore, now they're awash with good times
In Pictures: Move Down Inside The Car

In Pictures: Move Down Inside The Car

When will we learn?
This 17th Century Prostitute Had Quite The Party Trick

This 17th Century Prostitute Had Quite The Party Trick

You won't believe what her party trick was...
London's Victoria Cross Medal Recipients, Mapped

London's Victoria Cross Medal Recipients, Mapped

Our city's heroes.
Ever Heard Of The London Monster, The Precursor To Jack The Ripper?

Ever Heard Of The London Monster, The Precursor To Jack The Ripper?

Some women put pots and pans in their skirts to protect themselves
The Port Of London's History Finally Gets A Book

The Port Of London's History Finally Gets A Book

Excellent new history book for anyone interested in Docklands.
Are Tube Door Buttons There Just So We Can Spot Tourists?

Are Tube Door Buttons There Just So We Can Spot Tourists?

Useful info for Londoners and tourists alike
Why Is There No Such Thing As Bond Street?

Why Is There No Such Thing As Bond Street?

And did it ever exist?
What Is The Hut In Soho Square?

What Is The Hut In Soho Square?

Pretty yet practical.
What Are The Red Pillars Next To Blackfriars Bridge?

What Are The Red Pillars Next To Blackfriars Bridge?

A part of London's railway history.
London in 1991

London in 1991

Fascinating.
We think we've found London's most soulless shopping centre...

We think we've found London's most soulless shopping centre...

Should be fascinating. Isn't.
London in 1979

London in 1979

Fascinating.
Did the Nazis really avoid bombing this building because Hitler wanted it for himself?

Did the Nazis really avoid bombing this building because Hitler wanted it for himself?

Unfortunate urban legend?
We went for a swim in an east London church

We went for a swim in an east London church

There's a jacuzzi in front of the altar.
The Great Fire didn't burn everything in the City...

The Great Fire didn't burn everything in the City...

More than you might imagine.
Londonist Out Loud: Some Of London's Most Fascinating Pubs

Londonist Out Loud: Some Of London's Most Fascinating Pubs

A superb gin palace and a pub split in two.
Ever Heard Of The British Museum's Long-Lost 'Porn Room'?

Ever Heard Of The British Museum's Long-Lost 'Porn Room'?

To enter, you needed to demonstrate 'mature years and sound morals'
London in 1996

London in 1996

Fascinating.
Disaster At Barbican: The Tube's First Tragedy

Disaster At Barbican: The Tube's First Tragedy

Death on the lines.
Why The Euston Arch Should Stay Demolished

Why The Euston Arch Should Stay Demolished

A lurking cackb*stard of a building.
A Guide To Tube Pedantry

A Guide To Tube Pedantry

Tough questions answered.
London in 1973

London in 1973

Fascinating.
London in 1976

London in 1976

London 40 years ago
The 10 Best London Pubs For A Secret Rendezvous

The 10 Best London Pubs For A Secret Rendezvous

Shhh! You ain't seen me..., right?
10 big disasters from London's history

10 big disasters from London's history

How many were you aware of?
In pics: London's best unknown brutalist masterpieces

In pics: London's best unknown brutalist masterpieces

Beautiful black and white shots.