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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.

London Was Once Home To One Of The World's Largest Condom Factories

London Was Once Home To One Of The World's Largest Condom Factories

Find out where the name Durex comes from
London's Lost Rivers: The Westbourne

London's Lost Rivers: The Westbourne

Once a river, now a sewer.
Here's What London Was Like In 1907

Here's What London Was Like In 1907

The city more than 100 years ago.
There's An Inner And Middle Temple, But Why No Outer Temple?

There's An Inner And Middle Temple, But Why No Outer Temple?

Only recently discovered.
This Video Of London Offices 50 Years Ago Will Make You Rethink Everything

This Video Of London Offices 50 Years Ago Will Make You Rethink Everything

Complete with an on-site canteen, hairdresser, swimming pool and art gallery
This Is What London's West End Looked Like In The 1950s

This Is What London's West End Looked Like In The 1950s

It's still Soho, but not as we know it.
Everything You Need To Know About Lambeth Bridge

Everything You Need To Know About Lambeth Bridge

It's been in Bond and Harry Potter films...
The Statue In Parliament Damaged By Suffragettes... And Left That Way

The Statue In Parliament Damaged By Suffragettes... And Left That Way

The sword has been broken too... probably by a cleaner
Looking After London's Ghosts

Looking After London's Ghosts

London's spookiest archive.
Why Are There Buttons On Tube Train Doors?

Why Are There Buttons On Tube Train Doors?

An Underground mystery explained.
Go For A Swim In An East London Church

Go For A Swim In An East London Church

Saintly swimming.
Pedantic questions about the tube, answered

Pedantic questions about the tube, answered

Should you capitalise the Tube?
What Does This Strange Kerb Marking Mean

What Does This Strange Kerb Marking Mean

There's a fascinating story behind it.
Tragedy At Barbican: The Tube's First Major Incident

Tragedy At Barbican: The Tube's First Major Incident

Death on the lines.
The Tube Line That Never Was

The Tube Line That Never Was

Poor old Thamesmead.
Have you been across London's oldest surviving bridge?

Have you been across London's oldest surviving bridge?

You've probably never heard of it.
What's Actually In The Hut In Soho Square?

What's Actually In The Hut In Soho Square?

Is it really the entrance to a tunnel to Buckingham Palace?
Six Reasons NOT To Rebuild The Euston Arch

Six Reasons NOT To Rebuild The Euston Arch

Just look at it.
Can You Get 10/10 In This London Quiz?

Can You Get 10/10 In This London Quiz?

10 questions from a new quiz book.
Is your street covered in this amazing old photo site?

Is your street covered in this amazing old photo site?

This is just brilliant.
Is This London's Strangest Shopping Centre?

Is This London's Strangest Shopping Centre?

Harrods' old rival is now a dying shopping centre.
Old And Modern London, Side By Side

Old And Modern London, Side By Side

Know where Dylan filmed Subterranean Homesick Blues?
London's Best Brutalist Architecture

London's Best Brutalist Architecture

Brutal but often beautiful.
London's Grandest Cafés

London's Grandest Cafés

Giving Vienna a run for its money.
What Does The Spike On London Bridge Represent?

What Does The Spike On London Bridge Represent?

Not what most people think.
What links JFK, an underground radio studio and some escalators?

What links JFK, an underground radio studio and some escalators?

And does it really go all the way to Oxford?
Look Back: London's Lost Football Stadiums

Look Back: London's Lost Football Stadiums

Step back in time.
London's Best Ruins

London's Best Ruins

New ruins are always appearing in London
The London Postcode That's Not Actually In London

The London Postcode That's Not Actually In London

We're surprised estate agents haven't jumped on this quirk.
Victorian London buildings which shouldn't have been demolished

Victorian London buildings which shouldn't have been demolished

Historic photos show what London used to look like.
What Has Happened To The Best London Pubs Of 1967? Part One

What Has Happened To The Best London Pubs Of 1967? Part One

Updating Deighton’s Dossier.
The Section Of The Northern Line That Never Was

The Section Of The Northern Line That Never Was

Probably London's best known lost railway.
Londonist Out Loud: The Living And The Dead

Londonist Out Loud: The Living And The Dead

There's more to London's cemeteries than meets the eye.
London in 1968

London in 1968

Ooh err.
London in 1973

London in 1973

Fascinating.
Ever wondered why there's a dome on top of Kennington station? Here's the answer

Ever wondered why there's a dome on top of Kennington station? Here's the answer

The one remaining example of this historic feature.
London in 1991

London in 1991

Fascinating.
Ruined, Rebuilt And Re-purposed: London After The Blitz

Ruined, Rebuilt And Re-purposed: London After The Blitz

What became of London's biggest bomb sites?
Punished For Being Poor: London’s Forgotten Workhouses

Punished For Being Poor: London’s Forgotten Workhouses

In search of Oliver Twist.
Stinkpipes are all over London, this is what they are

Stinkpipes are all over London, this is what they are

You probably see one every day.
Whore's Nest: Up London's Strangest Back Passages

Whore's Nest: Up London's Strangest Back Passages

Some oddball alleys from the city's history.
6 secrets of the Ritz...

6 secrets of the Ritz...

You can drink cocktails from a glass slipper here
Did you know all these secrets of the Thames?

Did you know all these secrets of the Thames?

How many of these facts did you know?
London in 1989

London in 1989

Fascinating.
A must-see map for the historically minded.

A must-see map for the historically minded.

Mesmerising.
Londonist's Back Passage

Londonist's Back Passage

Fab Photos Of Art Deco London

Fab Photos Of Art Deco London

It's not just on the Strand
Photos Of London Past And Present Side By Side

Photos Of London Past And Present Side By Side

Exceptional comparisons.
How London's Terminal Stations Got Their Names

How London's Terminal Stations Got Their Names

Which station's named after a Roman teenager?
Why Are King's Cross And St Pancras Stations So Close To One Another?

Why Are King's Cross And St Pancras Stations So Close To One Another?

Why not just have one?