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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.

See Colossal Art For Free In The Palace Of Westminster

See Colossal Art For Free In The Palace Of Westminster

By Tabish Khan
Video: How London Got Its Pavements

Video: How London Got Its Pavements

By Londonist
What Does The Spike On London Bridge Represent?

What Does The Spike On London Bridge Represent?

By Scott Wood
Video: The Victorian Cross-Dresser Who Defied Policemen And Turned Up To Court In Drag

Video: The Victorian Cross-Dresser Who Defied Policemen And Turned Up To Court In Drag

By Londonist Staff
Where To Find Bits Of Poland In London

Where To Find Bits Of Poland In London

By Nick Young
The Unbuilt London Tube Map

The Unbuilt London Tube Map

By M@
An Ode To Whiteleys

An Ode To Whiteleys

By Will Noble
Which Is London's Smallest Museum?

Which Is London's Smallest Museum?

By Zoe Craig
Striking Photos Show 80s London Subculture

Striking Photos Show 80s London Subculture

By James Drury
Can You Name All Six Tube Stations Named After Pubs?

Can You Name All Six Tube Stations Named After Pubs?

By M@
How Old Is Old Street?

How Old Is Old Street?

By M@
Blue Plaque For Cookery Writer Who Introduced Mediterranean Food To England

Blue Plaque For Cookery Writer Who Introduced Mediterranean Food To England

By Helen Graves
The Secret Bones In Benjamin Franklin's Basement

The Secret Bones In Benjamin Franklin's Basement

By Zoe Craig
Ancient Sound Effect Device Discovered At Shakespeare Theatre

Ancient Sound Effect Device Discovered At Shakespeare Theatre

By Will Noble
The History Of The Tube Map

The History Of The Tube Map

By Darien Graham-Smith
Revealed: London's Early Roman Fort No One Knew Existed

Revealed: London's Early Roman Fort No One Knew Existed

By M@
Celebrate 70 Years Of The Prefab

Celebrate 70 Years Of The Prefab

By Londonist Staff
How Does The Whispering Gallery At St Paul's Actually Work?

How Does The Whispering Gallery At St Paul's Actually Work?

By James FitzGerald
Video: London's Lost Railways - Tooting, Merton and Wimbledon

Video: London's Lost Railways - Tooting, Merton and Wimbledon

By Geoff Marshall
Do You Know All These Secret Bunkers in London?

Do You Know All These Secret Bunkers in London?

By Nick Young
The Mall Wood Green Is 35 This Week

The Mall Wood Green Is 35 This Week

By Laura Reynolds
Groovy Bob: The Secret Star Of The 60s

Groovy Bob: The Secret Star Of The 60s

By Londonist
Where Is London's Oldest Chocolate Shop?

Where Is London's Oldest Chocolate Shop?

By Laura Reynolds
7 Amazing Facts About London's Skyscrapers

7 Amazing Facts About London's Skyscrapers

By Will Noble
Why Is There A Swiss Cottage At Swiss Cottage?

Why Is There A Swiss Cottage At Swiss Cottage?

By Laura Reynolds
Victorian Ice Wells And Petrified Poo: It's The Festival Of Archaeology 2016

Victorian Ice Wells And Petrified Poo: It's The Festival Of Archaeology 2016

By Zoe Craig
Gorge Like A Georgian At This Foppish Supper Club

Gorge Like A Georgian At This Foppish Supper Club

By Londonist Staff
Georgian Or Victorian? How To Tell London's Architecture Eras

Georgian Or Victorian? How To Tell London's Architecture Eras

By Laurence Scales
Mapped: London's Lost Lidos

Mapped: London's Lost Lidos

By Laura Reynolds
A Fond Farewell To Upton Park

A Fond Farewell To Upton Park

By Joe England
11 Secrets Of Covent Garden

11 Secrets Of Covent Garden

By Laura Reynolds
7 Amazing Facts About London's Roundabouts

7 Amazing Facts About London's Roundabouts

By Will Noble
How London's Hills Got Their Names

How London's Hills Got Their Names

By M@
Have You Seen This Rolling Stones Map Of London?

Have You Seen This Rolling Stones Map Of London?

By Londonist Staff
Medieval Or Tudor?: How To Tell Which Era London's Buildings Are From

Medieval Or Tudor?: How To Tell Which Era London's Buildings Are From

By Laurence Scales
The Newham Greenway: London's Answer To New York's High Line

The Newham Greenway: London's Answer To New York's High Line

By Ellie Broughton
An Ode To The Milk Round

An Ode To The Milk Round

By Will Noble
Video: Explore Shakepeare's Lost Playhouse With Sir Ian McKellen, Part 1

Video: Explore Shakepeare's Lost Playhouse With Sir Ian McKellen, Part 1

By Geoff Marshall
12 Secrets Of Regent Street

12 Secrets Of Regent Street

By Laura Reynolds
5 London Facts You'll Want To Tell Everyone

5 London Facts You'll Want To Tell Everyone

By M@
Why Doesn't London Have Its Own Sausage? We've Just Invented Some

Why Doesn't London Have Its Own Sausage? We've Just Invented Some

By Laurence Scales
Things In London That Are The Same Age As The Queen

Things In London That Are The Same Age As The Queen

By M@
The Murderer Impaled And Buried Beneath Centre Point

The Murderer Impaled And Buried Beneath Centre Point

By M@
Things You Didn't Know About Charles Dickens's Wife

Things You Didn't Know About Charles Dickens's Wife

By Will Noble
Celebrate Shakespeare's Birthday / Deathday in London

Celebrate Shakespeare's Birthday / Deathday in London

By Zoe Craig
Why Is There No Such Thing As Bond Street?

Why Is There No Such Thing As Bond Street?

By Will Noble
8 Foods Named After London

8 Foods Named After London

By Sejal Sukhadwala
Have A Dirty Weekend On The Thames

Have A Dirty Weekend On The Thames

By Laura Reynolds
Bank Holiday Family Fun: Tudors At The Tower Family Festival

Bank Holiday Family Fun: Tudors At The Tower Family Festival

By Zoe Craig
See Some Of The Earliest Photography Of London

See Some Of The Earliest Photography Of London

By M@
Be Very Afraid As The BFI Unleashes 100 Public Information Films

Be Very Afraid As The BFI Unleashes 100 Public Information Films

By Stuart Black
How Battersea Power Station Was Nearly 'Dream City' Theme Park

How Battersea Power Station Was Nearly 'Dream City' Theme Park

By Peter Watts
The Great Fire Of London: Now A Fun Experience For All The Family

The Great Fire Of London: Now A Fun Experience For All The Family

By Will Noble
An Ode To Euston Station

An Ode To Euston Station

By Will Noble
Step Back In Time: Alternative London A-Z Describes London Of 1953

Step Back In Time: Alternative London A-Z Describes London Of 1953

By Will Noble ★★★★☆
Simon Callow Talks Shakespeare

Simon Callow Talks Shakespeare

By Stuart Black
Walk The Lines Of The Mail Rail

Walk The Lines Of The Mail Rail

By Londonist Staff
ISIS-Damaged Art Comes To London

ISIS-Damaged Art Comes To London

By Tabish Khan
Blue Plaque For Blue Movie Star

Blue Plaque For Blue Movie Star

By Ben Venables
10 Weird London Laws And Rules

10 Weird London Laws And Rules

By Victoria Thomas