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.

Photos Of London News In The 1900s

Photos Of London News In The 1900s

Turning back time
Tornado Attacks On London

Tornado Attacks On London

600 houses destroyed.
In photos: London loves a good party

In photos: London loves a good party

What's your favourite London party?
A Brief History Of The Tower Of London Menagerie

A Brief History Of The Tower Of London Menagerie

The menagerie's last zookeeper was almost killed by a boa constrictor
This Thames island once issued its own passports

This Thames island once issued its own passports

Eel Pie Island is just as bonkers as you'd expect
London's Mobile Phone Experiment Was An Unmitigated Flop

London's Mobile Phone Experiment Was An Unmitigated Flop

Like Wi-Fi, but totally rubbish.
Behind The Bell at Lloyd's Of London

Behind The Bell at Lloyd's Of London

You'll probably never get to see it.
Why Are There Buttons On Tube Train Doors?

Why Are There Buttons On Tube Train Doors?

An Underground mystery explained.
Camden's bridge over non-existent water

Camden's bridge over non-existent water

Seems pointless, so we dug deeper.
There's a part of London known as Dead Man's Hole. Here's why

There's a part of London known as Dead Man's Hole. Here's why

Right next to the Tower of London...
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.
When You Could Catch The Underground To See A Hanging

When You Could Catch The Underground To See A Hanging

When the old world and modern world clashed
Inside The Prison Where The Clerkenwell Outrage Happened

Inside The Prison Where The Clerkenwell Outrage Happened

Where prisoners awaiting trial were held.
Heathrow Airport; from humble beginnings to international terminal

Heathrow Airport; from humble beginnings to international terminal

Concorde's spiritual home
The Tube Line That Never Was

The Tube Line That Never Was

Poor old Thamesmead.
When Nude Sunbathing Caused A Riot In Hendon

When Nude Sunbathing Caused A Riot In Hendon

Naturists in trouble with the law.
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?
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.
Six Reasons NOT To Rebuild The Euston Arch

Six Reasons NOT To Rebuild The Euston Arch

Just look at it.
Huge Collection Of London Images Now Online And Mapped

Huge Collection Of London Images Now Online And Mapped

Prepare to lose an afternoon.
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 is obsessed with pineapples. Here's why

London is obsessed with pineapples. Here's why

Once you notice one, you'll see them everywhere
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.
London in 1976

London in 1976

Amazing shots of London from 40 years ago
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?
Visit These London Ruins

Visit These London Ruins

Roofs are overrated.
The forgotten disaster on the Thames

The forgotten disaster on the Thames

A Thames tragedy you probably won't have heard of.
London in 1907

London in 1907

Ooh err.
This London building use to house a death railway station

This London building use to house a death railway station

You'll look at this building differently next time you walk past
The oldest living tree in London is where?

The oldest living tree in London is where?

There's a tree in Barnet that might be older than 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.
London in 1968

London in 1968

London 48 years ago
London in 1973

London in 1973

Fascinating.
See Old Spitalfields Market before it was adorned with fairy lights

See Old Spitalfields Market before it was adorned with fairy lights

Including a visit from Nirvana.
The construction of Tower Bridge

The construction of Tower Bridge

Fascinating.
Part Of The General Post Office Still Exists In Walthamstow.

Part Of The General Post Office Still Exists In Walthamstow.

Fancy.
Why is there no Outer Temple?

Why is there no Outer Temple?

Only recently discovered.
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

Ooh err.
London in the 1970s

London in the 1970s

Fascinating.
Ever visited Westminster's Jewel Tower?

Ever visited Westminster's Jewel Tower?

Next time you're in Westminster, take a look at this.
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?