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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.

What Is London's Oldest Bus Route?

What Is London's Oldest Bus Route?

By Hannah Foulds
Which Is London's Biggest Bus Station?

Which Is London's Biggest Bus Station?

By James FitzGerald
Hear The Tale Of Scratching Fanny - The World's First Media Circus

Hear The Tale Of Scratching Fanny - The World's First Media Circus

By Will Noble
What Was It Like At A Frost Fair?

What Was It Like At A Frost Fair?

By Dr Matthew Green
The South London Footballer Honoured With A Beer And A Road

The South London Footballer Honoured With A Beer And A Road

By Will Noble
London's Tallest Buildings And How They Got Their Names

London's Tallest Buildings And How They Got Their Names

By M@
3 Amazing Places From London's Past You'd Love To Visit

3 Amazing Places From London's Past You'd Love To Visit

By Dr Matthew Green
Trivia About London Trivia

Trivia About London Trivia

By Laurence Scales
3 Hellish Places From London's Past You Wouldn't Want To Visit

3 Hellish Places From London's Past You Wouldn't Want To Visit

By Dr Matthew Green
The Street Where London's Victorians Bought Their Porn

The Street Where London's Victorians Bought Their Porn

By Dr Matthew Green
There Are More Nelson's Columns Than You Might Think

There Are More Nelson's Columns Than You Might Think

By Will Noble
How London's Food And Drink Streets Got Their Names

How London's Food And Drink Streets Got Their Names

By Sejal Sukhadwala
Who Was St Bart, And Why Does He Have A Hospital In London?

Who Was St Bart, And Why Does He Have A Hospital In London?

By M@
Dazzling 'Then And Now' Photos Show London's Changing Face

Dazzling 'Then And Now' Photos Show London's Changing Face

By M@
Why Isn't Petticoat Lane Market On Petticoat Lane?

Why Isn't Petticoat Lane Market On Petticoat Lane?

By Zoe Craig
Places In London That Sound Like They're In The States

Places In London That Sound Like They're In The States

By Will Noble
Sip 19th Century Punch In A Members Only Club

Sip 19th Century Punch In A Members Only Club

By Will Noble
The Story Of London's First Indian Restaurant

The Story Of London's First Indian Restaurant

By Sejal Sukhadwala
12 Secrets Of St James's Park

12 Secrets Of St James's Park

By Laura Reynolds
13 Fascinating London Horse Facts

13 Fascinating London Horse Facts

By Laurence Scales
How To Get Into The Houses Of Parliament For Free

How To Get Into The Houses Of Parliament For Free

By Rachel Holdsworth
Why Is There No Eastminster?

Why Is There No Eastminster?

By Alex Bellotti
What Happened To London's Giant Freddie Mercury Statue?

What Happened To London's Giant Freddie Mercury Statue?

By James FitzGerald
A Complete History Of London In Cats

A Complete History Of London In Cats

By M@
A Former Nazi Tall Ship Is Coming To London

A Former Nazi Tall Ship Is Coming To London

By Londonist Staff
Places In London That Exist More Than Once

Places In London That Exist More Than Once

By Will Noble
Peculiar Early Postcards Of London Captured In New Book

Peculiar Early Postcards Of London Captured In New Book

By M@
Video: Uncovering The Secrets Of The Curtain Theatre

Video: Uncovering The Secrets Of The Curtain Theatre

By Geoff Marshall
Brick Lane's Forgotten Brewery

Brick Lane's Forgotten Brewery

By Des de Moor
Why Does Apsley House Have The Address Number 1 London?

Why Does Apsley House Have The Address Number 1 London?

By Laura Reynolds
See A Mail Coach Ride Through London

See A Mail Coach Ride Through London

By Londonist Staff
Why Are The Camberwell Cemeteries So Far From Camberwell?

Why Are The Camberwell Cemeteries So Far From Camberwell?

By Laura Reynolds
Darts At 90: The Modern Game Was Invented In London

Darts At 90: The Modern Game Was Invented In London

By Justin Irwin
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
A Tube Map Of The London That Never Was

A Tube Map Of The London That Never Was

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