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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.

Lose Yourself In A New Interactive Map Of Victorian London

Lose Yourself In A New Interactive Map Of Victorian London

Lose yourself in an interactive history adventure
What's The Coldest It's Ever Been In London?

What's The Coldest It's Ever Been In London?

From the days when it got cold enough for the Thames to freeze over
Everything You Need To Know About London's Eros Statue

Everything You Need To Know About London's Eros Statue

Torrid tales of vandalism and bankruptcy.
Which People Are London's Roads Named After?

Which People Are London's Roads Named After?

Meet the man behind Mornington Crescent.
A History Of Children's Books About London

A History Of Children's Books About London

We're charmed by these words and pictures.
A Slab, A Stiff, And A Scalpel: 9 London Doctors Of The Dead

A Slab, A Stiff, And A Scalpel: 9 London Doctors Of The Dead

Including the one who tasted body fluids
London's Forgotten Brutalist Masterpieces

London's Forgotten Brutalist Masterpieces

8 of London's best.
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

Do lengths in a nave.
Disaster At Barbican: The Tube's First Tragedy

Disaster At Barbican: The Tube's First Tragedy

Falling girder crushes carriage.
What Does This Strange Kerb Marking Mean

What Does This Strange Kerb Marking Mean

There's a fascinating story behind it.
Are The Tube And The Underground The Same Thing?

Are The Tube And The Underground The Same Thing?

Should you capitalise the Tube?
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.
Thousands Of Old Photos And Maps To Play With

Thousands Of Old Photos And Maps To Play With

This is just brilliant.
Visit These London Ruins

Visit These London Ruins

New ruins are always appearing in London
What Is The Hut In Soho Square?

What Is 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?

Fact me hard.
Old And Modern London, Side By Side

Old And Modern London, Side By Side

Know where Dylan filmed Subterranean Homesick Blues?
Is This London's Strangest Shopping Centre?

Is This London's Strangest Shopping Centre?

Harrods' old rival is now a dying shopping centre.
The London Postcode That's Not Actually In London

The London Postcode That's Not Actually In London

How did it happen?
The Magic And Grandeur Of London's Grand Cafés

The Magic And Grandeur Of London's Grand Cafés

Pastries, coffee and class.
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?
What Does The Spike On London Bridge Represent?

What Does The Spike On London Bridge Represent?

Not what most people think.
Banks, Markets And Aquariums: Lost Buildings Of London

Banks, Markets And Aquariums: Lost Buildings Of London

The Victorian Society picks the best.
6 secrets of the Ritz...

6 secrets of the Ritz...

You can drink cocktails from a glass slipper here
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.
We reckon a few of you might have visited this lost London railway...

We reckon a few of you might have visited this lost London railway...

London's most famous lost railway.
Secrets Of The Thames Foreshore

Secrets Of The Thames Foreshore

Here's how to read the hidden stories of our great river.
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

What's its history?
Secrets Of The Thames

Secrets Of The Thames

How many of these facts did you know?
Londonist's Back Passage

Londonist's Back Passage

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?
Victorian Engineering Hidden In Plain Sight

Victorian Engineering Hidden In Plain Sight

Have you spotted one?
Punished For Being Poor: London’s Forgotten Workhouses

Punished For Being Poor: London’s Forgotten Workhouses

In search of Oliver Twist.
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.
Beautiful Book Showcases London Photos Past And Present

Beautiful Book Showcases London Photos Past And Present

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?
Where Can You Find The Fleet In London?

Where Can You Find The Fleet In London?

London's most famous hidden river.
A must-see map for the historically minded.

A must-see map for the historically minded.

Mesmerising.
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?

Paris Vs Harry Potter.
The Story Behind London's Bus Route Numbers

The Story Behind London's Bus Route Numbers

Haphazard history and modern day logic.
Can You Walk Through The Rotherhithe Tunnel? We Did

Can You Walk Through The Rotherhithe Tunnel? We Did

It has some pretty Victorian decoration.
The 10 Best London Pubs For A Secret Rendezvous

The 10 Best London Pubs For A Secret Rendezvous

What you get up to in them is your business
London's Unusual Clocks Explained

London's Unusual Clocks Explained

There's more to them than the time of day.
Compare Old And Modern Photos Of London

Compare Old And Modern Photos Of London

Fascinating stuff.
In Pictures: London's Lost Department Stores

In Pictures: London's Lost Department Stores

A trip down the capital's retail memory lane.
Come with us now on a journey to 1984...

Come with us now on a journey to 1984...

Excellent palimpsest action.
The London Statue So Provocative, It Was Removed By Police

The London Statue So Provocative, It Was Removed By Police

It had to be removed under police guard.