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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.

Why Does Croydon Have A Different Postcode System To The Rest Of The Country?

Why Does Croydon Have A Different Postcode System To The Rest Of The Country?

What makes Croydon so special?
The Circular Housing Estate London Almost Got

The Circular Housing Estate London Almost Got

The cover of Abbey Road might have looked very different...
When Hounslow Was The Most Dangerous Place In Britain

When Hounslow Was The Most Dangerous Place In Britain

And you thought the Piccadilly line was bad.
How Marlboro Reds Are Named After A London Street

How Marlboro Reds Are Named After A London Street

Get a lungful of this trivia.
The London Eye Was Not The City's First Big Wheel

The London Eye Was Not The City's First Big Wheel

London's tallest structure, other than St Paul's.
Did Anyone Ever Escape From The Tower Of London?

Did Anyone Ever Escape From The Tower Of London?

40 people have absconded.
Are These Skull And Crossbones In South London The Original Jolly Roger?

Are These Skull And Crossbones In South London The Original Jolly Roger?

Arrrr!
Did You Know The London Eye Is Part Skoda?

Did You Know The London Eye Is Part Skoda?

Wheely interesting
What Happened When The World's Most Famous Waxworks Burned Down?

What Happened When The World's Most Famous Waxworks Burned Down?

Dr Crippen 'rescued'.
London's First Taxi Rank

London's First Taxi Rank

Much older than you might imagine.
Watch This Video Of London Taxi Cabs From The 1960s

Watch This Video Of London Taxi Cabs From The 1960s

Plus you get a sneak peek inside a London cab shelter...
Vintage Photos Of Piccadilly Circus

Vintage Photos Of Piccadilly Circus

Illuminating.
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.
What Does This Strange Kerb Marking Mean

What Does This Strange Kerb Marking Mean

There's a fascinating story behind it.
Pedantic questions about the tube, answered

Pedantic questions about the tube, answered

Tough questions answered.
Disaster At Barbican: The Tube's First Tragedy

Disaster At Barbican: The Tube's First Tragedy

Falling girder crushes carriage.
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.
Thousands Of Old Photos And Maps To Play With

Thousands Of Old Photos And Maps To Play With

This is just brilliant.
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.
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.
London's Grandest Cafés

London's Grandest Cafés

A time before flat whites.
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?
London In Ruins

London In Ruins

Crumbling capital.
This rural village throws up another curious twist in the London postcode saga

This rural village throws up another curious twist in the London postcode saga

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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Londonist's Back Passage

Londonist's Back Passage

Stinkpipes are all over London, this is what they are:

Stinkpipes are all over London, this is what they are:

Have you spotted one?
6 secrets of the Ritz...

6 secrets of the Ritz...

You can drink cocktails from a glass slipper here
Secrets Of The Thames

Secrets Of The Thames

How many of these facts did you know?
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?
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.
London's Unusual Clocks Explained

London's Unusual Clocks Explained

There's more to them than the time of day.
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
The Story Behind London's Bus Route Numbers

The Story Behind London's Bus Route Numbers

Haphazard history and modern day logic.
In Pictures: London's Lost Department Stores

In Pictures: London's Lost Department Stores

A trip down the capital's retail memory lane.
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