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.

How To Get Inside Clerkenwell's 16th Century Gate

How To Get Inside Clerkenwell's 16th Century Gate

You've probably walked past it - now go inside.
Ever noticed this castle in east London? It's a fake

Ever noticed this castle in east London? It's a fake

Behind it lies a secret garden.
In Pictures: The Futuristic London Buildings That Have Already Been Demolished

In Pictures: The Futuristic London Buildings That Have Already Been Demolished

One or two are still clinging on.
This Is How An American Would Have Solved London's Transport Problems

This Is How An American Would Have Solved London's Transport Problems

An American tries to sort out London's traffic in 1901.
How Regent Street might have looked

How Regent Street might have looked

Unseen futurology.
Have You Encountered This Brave Knight?

Have You Encountered This Brave Knight?

Knight of the Long Knives.
Track down these little-known bits of postal history

Track down these little-known bits of postal history

Where is central London's only gold post box?
Why On Earth Would Anyone Go To Romford? Because It's Got All This...

Why On Earth Would Anyone Go To Romford? Because It's Got All This...

This place is a haven of pies and history
London's forgotten disasters: lightning kills 7 in park

London's forgotten disasters: lightning kills 7 in park

The dangers of sheltering in a group during a storm...
The Georgian Hyperloop: To India By Vacuum Tube

The Georgian Hyperloop: To India By Vacuum Tube

19th century cartoon predicts the future.
Hear The Changing Sounds Of Our City

Hear The Changing Sounds Of Our City

An immersive sound experience -
Britain's worst public transport disaster happened in 19th century Woolwich

Britain's worst public transport disaster happened in 19th century Woolwich

Britain's worst public transport disaster.
The Bars And Hotels Where London's Spies Met Up

The Bars And Hotels Where London's Spies Met Up

Including one suburban oddity.
The Tower With A Hole In The Floor To Spy On The Queen

The Tower With A Hole In The Floor To Spy On The Queen

Behind the scenes.
Another 5 reasons why we love Smithfield Market

Another 5 reasons why we love Smithfield Market

Well worth a butcher's
The London Plaque That Needs A Good Edit

The London Plaque That Needs A Good Edit

It's not quite the Albert Memorial, but this plaque is as bombastic as it gets.
The City Of London Pub Named After A Goose

The City Of London Pub Named After A Goose

A feathered friend
We Venture Into The Depths Of London's Oldest Wine Shop

We Venture Into The Depths Of London's Oldest Wine Shop

Bottles priced from £9-£10,000.
The suburban village where the Lee-Enfield rifle was invented

The suburban village where the Lee-Enfield rifle was invented

An explosive corner of London.
Ever heard of Valerie, Lady Meux? She led a remarkable life

Ever heard of Valerie, Lady Meux? She led a remarkable life

A remarkable life.
London Eccentrics: The Hermit Of Dulwich

London Eccentrics: The Hermit Of Dulwich

One of London's lesser-known eccentrics.
Ever heard of this quirky ceremony at the Tower of London?

Ever heard of this quirky ceremony at the Tower of London?

Yo ho ho and a barrel of rum.
Without This Londoner, Panto Would Be Very Different

Without This Londoner, Panto Would Be Very Different

A new art form, born of theatrical rivalries
The Soviet Submarine That Once Floated On The Thames

The Soviet Submarine That Once Floated On The Thames

U-745 Black Widow.
Ever Played The Finchley Central Game?

Ever Played The Finchley Central Game?

Anyone up for a game in the comments beneath?
How a fake lion caused elephants to stampede... in London

How a fake lion caused elephants to stampede... in London

Dozens hurt in elephant stampede on the Embankment (1930)
When A Leopard Was Taken To Meet The Prime Minister At Downing Street

When A Leopard Was Taken To Meet The Prime Minister At Downing Street

We hate to think what it'd make of Theresa's leopard skin heels.
The London building that Hitler is rumoured to have wanted for himself

The London building that Hitler is rumoured to have wanted for himself

Let's check the facts shall we...
Use this to explore the alleys north of Fleet Street

Use this to explore the alleys north of Fleet Street

So much more than Ye Olde Cheshire Cheese.
Why Do Some Tube Doors Have Buttons And Others Don't?

Why Do Some Tube Doors Have Buttons And Others Don't?

Method to the madness.
Why does London have so many circuses that have nothing to do with clowns?

Why does London have so many circuses that have nothing to do with clowns?

It's all lies.
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.
What Is The Hut In Soho Square?

What Is The Hut In Soho Square?

Pretty yet practical.
The London Church That's A Swimming Pool

The London Church That's A Swimming Pool

The old confessional box is a sauna. Really.
A Pedant's Guide To The Tube

A Pedant's Guide To The Tube

Do you know the difference between 'the tube' and 'the underground'? Read on...
Buildings That Survived The Great Fire Of London

Buildings That Survived The Great Fire Of London

More than you might imagine
London in 1991

London in 1991

Fascinating.
London in 1973

London in 1973

Fascinating.
Do You Know About London's Medieval City Gates?

Do You Know About London's Medieval City Gates?

Gate expectations.
7 Weird Facts About St Pancras Station

7 Weird Facts About St Pancras Station

You can have a tinkle on Elton's Yamaha
Americans in London: a fun quiz

Americans in London: a fun quiz

You'll never guess who made a surprise visit to Chingford.
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.
Why are there red pillars in the Thames next to Blackfriars Bridge?

Why are there red pillars in the Thames next to Blackfriars Bridge?

We have the answer.
The Bloody Tale Behind The Gherkin's Address

The Bloody Tale Behind The Gherkin's Address

Body count: 11,000.
7 Unusual Things To Do In Covent Garden Market

7 Unusual Things To Do In Covent Garden Market

Apples, pineapples, and frozen custard
Fascinating photos show what London looked like in 1989

Fascinating photos show what London looked like in 1989

Including bus guides from the late 1980s
In Pictures: London Pubs Then And Now

In Pictures: London Pubs Then And Now

Boozer nostalgia.
Heard Of The British Museum's Cabinet Of Obscene Objects?

Heard Of The British Museum's Cabinet Of Obscene Objects?

Inside the British Museum's Secretum.
Why did London lose its (original) trams?

Why did London lose its (original) trams?

The Light Railway Transport League tried to save the trams.
See The Remains Of London's 'Death Railway' Station

See The Remains Of London's 'Death Railway' Station

Corpses - and their mourners - were shipped out from here