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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.

The bit of the Square Mile that's in south London

The bit of the Square Mile that's in south London

Square Mile, you will never fail to amaze us.
The Most Beautiful Buildings In Whitechapel

The Most Beautiful Buildings In Whitechapel

Beautiful photography.
7 Secrets Of Seven Dials

7 Secrets Of Seven Dials

The real Gin Lane.
What's The Stainless Steel Cube At Elephant And Castle?

What's The Stainless Steel Cube At Elephant And Castle?

It's linked to Blue Peter, Aphex Twin and a Victorian scientist.
Old posters revealed at Moorgate tube

Old posters revealed at Moorgate tube

How old?
Ever wondered where Kew's pagoda came from?

Ever wondered where Kew's pagoda came from?

It also had an Egyptian pyramid.
Go Behind The Scenes Of London's Supreme Court

Go Behind The Scenes Of London's Supreme Court

Expert-led tours.
16 Things You Might Not Know About London's Buses

16 Things You Might Not Know About London's Buses

Shortest, longest, busiest: we've got it all covered.
Rare George Cross Goes On Display In East London

Rare George Cross Goes On Display In East London

Rare medal on display, with graphic novel.
7 Unexpected Things You Might Find In The Thames

7 Unexpected Things You Might Find In The Thames

Archaeology at its finest.
Disaster At Barbican: The Tube's First Tragedy

Disaster At Barbican: The Tube's First Tragedy

Falling girder crushes carriage.
Six Reasons NOT To Rebuild The Euston Arch

Six Reasons NOT To Rebuild The Euston Arch

Just look at it.
Unbuilt London: The River Line

Unbuilt London: The River Line

Canned south east London line superseded by Docklands development.
What Does This Strange Kerb Marking Mean

What Does This Strange Kerb Marking Mean

There's a fascinating story behind it.
The London Church That's A Swimming Pool

The London Church That's A Swimming Pool

Do lengths in a nave.
London's Best Ruins

London's Best Ruins

The capital crumbles.
Old And Modern London, Side By Side

Old And Modern London, Side By Side

Know where Dylan filmed Subterranean Homesick Blues?
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?
Gateway To 1984 Uncovered In Lewisham

Gateway To 1984 Uncovered In Lewisham

Who needs a DeLorean?
The London Postcode That's Not Actually In London

The London Postcode That's Not Actually In London

We're surprised estate agents haven't jumped on this quirk.
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.
Do You Know About The Secret Blackheath Caves?

Do You Know About The Secret Blackheath Caves?

Investigating Blackheath's mysterious caves
Pedantic questions about the tube, answered

Pedantic questions about the tube, answered

Tough questions answered.
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.
What's So Special About Kingston's Clattern Bridge?

What's So Special About Kingston's Clattern Bridge?

You've probably never heard of it.
Map Of V2 Rocket Strikes On London, Updated

Map Of V2 Rocket Strikes On London, Updated

Readers share their memories of Hitler's rocket attacks.
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.
Can You Get 10/10 In This London Quiz?

Can You Get 10/10 In This London Quiz?

Fact me hard.
Huge Collection Of London Images Now Online And Mapped

Huge Collection Of London Images Now Online And Mapped

Collage contains quarter of a million pics.
London's Had Odder Coffee Shops Than The Blowjob Cafe

London's Had Odder Coffee Shops Than The Blowjob Cafe

The Fellatio Café may not be London's most unusual coffee shop.
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?
Punished For Being Poor: London’s Forgotten Workhouses

Punished For Being Poor: London’s Forgotten Workhouses

In search of Oliver Twist.
The Greatest Parties London Ever Threw

The Greatest Parties London Ever Threw

Banquets inside dinosaurs, £44k bar tabs, and a replica Venice.
What Does The Spike On London Bridge Represent?

What Does The Spike On London Bridge Represent?

Not what most people think.
Finding London's Most Famous Hidden River

Finding London's Most Famous Hidden River

London's most famous hidden river.
The Secrets Of London's Finest Bookshops

The Secrets Of London's Finest Bookshops

Secret histories and celeb spotting
The Ritz Hotel's £1,500 Rule

The Ritz Hotel's £1,500 Rule

Posh hotel trivia.
How London's Terminal Stations Got Their Names

How London's Terminal Stations Got Their Names

Which station's named after a Roman teenager?
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.
9 Secrets Of Carnaby

9 Secrets Of Carnaby

The gruesome history of the shopping district.
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.
How The City Of London Looked 100 Years Ago

How The City Of London Looked 100 Years Ago

London as it used to be.
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.
Stinkpipes are all over London, this is what they are:

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

You probably see one every day.
8 Secrets Of Oxford Street

8 Secrets Of Oxford Street

Heard about the underground street?
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
Ever noticed the Roman bath in Temple? It's not all it seems...

Ever noticed the Roman bath in Temple? It's not all it seems...

We paid it a visit.
Treat yourself in one of London's grandest cafés

Treat yourself in one of London's grandest cafés

Giving Vienna a run for its money.
Is This London's Strangest Shopping Centre?

Is This London's Strangest Shopping Centre?

Harrods' old rival is now a dying shopping centre.