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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.

We've Found London's Oldest Bridge, And It's Not In Central London

We've Found London's Oldest Bridge, And It's Not In Central London

You've probably never heard of it.
Three Bus Routes To Explore Ancient London

Three Bus Routes To Explore Ancient London

Time-travelling commutes
How One Maida Vale Pub Has Changed Since The 1940s

How One Maida Vale Pub Has Changed Since The 1940s

Including risqué art which may have started rumours of a brothel.
Could Boudica Be Buried In Peckham?

Could Boudica Be Buried In Peckham?

If so, where?
The Tudor London Tube Map

The Tudor London Tube Map

If you ever find yourself stuck in 1550...
Do You Know About The Secret Blackheath Caves?

Do You Know About The Secret Blackheath Caves?

Investigating Blackheath's mysterious caves
The Secrets Of London's Finest Bookshops

The Secrets Of London's Finest Bookshops

Secret histories and celeb spotting
Londonist Out Loud: A Trip To The Top Of The Monument

Londonist Out Loud: A Trip To The Top Of The Monument

It was used for experiments in the past
Why Does One Lost River Attract So Many Musicians?

Why Does One Lost River Attract So Many Musicians?

London's most musical waterway?
Disaster At Barbican: The Tube's First Tragedy

Disaster At Barbican: The Tube's First Tragedy

Falling girder crushes carriage.
Unbuilt London: The River Line

Unbuilt London: The River Line

Canned south east London line superseded by Docklands development.
Six Reasons NOT To Rebuild The Euston Arch

Six Reasons NOT To Rebuild The Euston Arch

Just look at it.
London's Best Ruins

London's Best Ruins

The capital crumbles.
All Listed Buildings In London On One Map

All Listed Buildings In London On One Map

Are you living next door to a listed property?
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.
Old And Modern London, Side By Side

Old And Modern London, Side By Side

Know where Dylan filmed Subterranean Homesick Blues?
London's Top Scandals

London's Top Scandals

Showing New York who's boss yet again.
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?
Go For A Swim In An East London Church

Go For A Swim In An East London Church

There's a jacuzzi in front of the altar.
British Pathe Uploads 85,000 Historic Films To YouTube

British Pathe Uploads 85,000 Historic Films To YouTube

Plenty of vintage London.
The (Old) Isle Of Dogs From A To Z

The (Old) Isle Of Dogs From A To Z

Jayne Mansfield and a slice of Pisa in Tower Hamlets.
A Vision Of London In The Year 2000...From 1900

A Vision Of London In The Year 2000...From 1900

Did a Victorian journalist predict the Barbican and Yo Sushi?
Gateway To 1984 Uncovered In Lewisham

Gateway To 1984 Uncovered In Lewisham

Who needs a DeLorean?
What Does This Strange Kerb Marking Mean

What Does This Strange Kerb Marking Mean

There's a fascinating story behind it.
How London's Terminal Stations Got Their Names

How London's Terminal Stations Got Their Names

Which station's named after a Roman teenager?
Punished For Being Poor: London’s Forgotten Workhouses

Punished For Being Poor: London’s Forgotten Workhouses

In search of Oliver Twist.
London’s Top Postal Curiosities

London’s Top Postal Curiosities

The world's most expensive stamp and an odd post box.
London's Unusual Clocks Explained

London's Unusual Clocks Explained

There's more to them than the time of day.
The Thing That Makes Kennington Station Different From Its Northern Line Neighbours

The Thing That Makes Kennington Station Different From Its Northern Line Neighbours

Architectural ambiguity.
The London Postcode That's Not Actually In London

The London Postcode That's Not Actually In London

Another curious twist in the London postcode story.
Did You Know About This Roman Bath In London?

Did You Know About This Roman Bath In London?

Blame the Tudors.
Watch London Evolve In This Animation

Watch London Evolve In This Animation

From the Roman era to the present day.
Why Is London Called London?

Why Is London Called London?

London used to be called Augusta...
The Greatest Parties London Ever Threw

The Greatest Parties London Ever Threw

Banquets inside dinosaurs, £44k bar tabs, and a replica Venice.
9 Things You Probably Didn't Know About Carnaby

9 Things You Probably Didn't Know About Carnaby

The gruesome history of the shopping district.
Top 10 Spy Sites in London

Top 10 Spy Sites in London

Where do the real spooks work, rest and die?
Fleet: London’s Most Dynamic Ditch

Fleet: London’s Most Dynamic Ditch

From river to rail via escaped bull.
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 Forgotten Great Theatres Of London

The Forgotten Great Theatres Of London

Vanished Victorian and Edwardian theatres.
 The Blowjob Cafe And The Story Of London's Strangest Coffeehouses

The Blowjob Cafe And The Story Of London's Strangest Coffeehouses

The Fellatio Café may not be London's most unusual coffee shop.
Why The Hell Do People Go To The Clink Prison Museum?

Why The Hell Do People Go To The Clink Prison Museum?

So is the Clink Prison Museum any good? We took a look.
In Search Of London's Vanished Castles

In Search Of London's Vanished Castles

Could you be walking past one of our capital's lost castles?
London In 1927, Recreated Shot For Shot

London In 1927, Recreated Shot For Shot

Classic Friese-Greene film revisited.
How To Spend The Night In The King's Wardrobe

How To Spend The Night In The King's Wardrobe

Hidden courtyard holds many secrets.
10 Things You Probably Didn't Know About The Thames

10 Things You Probably Didn't Know About The Thames

Fascinating facts about the river
Time Travel London: Watkin's Folly Towers Over Wembley

Time Travel London: Watkin's Folly Towers Over Wembley

Imagine if London had its own, taller version of the Eiffel Tower.
A History Of London's Pranks And Hoaxes

A History Of London's Pranks And Hoaxes

Did you hear that Big Ben's going digital?
How many of these secrets of Oxford Street did you know?

How many of these secrets of Oxford Street did you know?

Little-known facts about the famous shopping street.
Victorian Engineering Hidden In Plain Sight

Victorian Engineering Hidden In Plain Sight

You probably see one every day.
Anglo Saxon London Map: Updated

Anglo Saxon London Map: Updated

From Wemba Lea to Daccanhamm.