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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.

Did The Nazis Really Not Bomb This London Skyscraper On Purpose?

Did The Nazis Really Not Bomb This London Skyscraper On Purpose?

Total nonsense?
Barbican: 5 Tasty Bits Of Trivia

Barbican: 5 Tasty Bits Of Trivia

Including a movie blunder.
Hunting The Piano's' Legacy In North London

Hunting The Piano's' Legacy In North London

A lost London industry
The Butterfly Named After A Part Of South London

The Butterfly Named After A Part Of South London

Like many Londoners, its an immigrant.
Welcome To The Glaciarium: When Artificial Ice Rinks Were All The Rage

Welcome To The Glaciarium: When Artificial Ice Rinks Were All The Rage

For 'engaging in the graceful and manly pastime of skating'
This Is What London Looked Like In 1973

This Is What London Looked Like In 1973

Is that Sid Vicious in a Bowie t-shirt?
This Is London In 1968

This Is London In 1968

Mick Jagger has a laugh with Brian Jones
This Is London In The 1990s

This Is London In The 1990s

When Kate Moss and Johnny Depp were a thing...
This Is What London Looked Like In 1974

This Is What London Looked Like In 1974

Including Michael Palin relaxing on Westminster Bridge
This Is What London Looked Like In 1943

This Is What London Looked Like In 1943

Nothing but nothing gets in the way of football
Video: Step Back In Time And See What The Thames Was Like In 1959

Video: Step Back In Time And See What The Thames Was Like In 1959

Plus a youthful-looking Queen gets in on the action in the final moments...
What's It Like Living In The Barbican?

What's It Like Living In The Barbican?

Bucolic brutalism.
My Fascination With The Foundling Museum

My Fascination With The Foundling Museum

Seen the metal mitten?
How Much Do You Know About The St James's Park Pelicans?

How Much Do You Know About The St James's Park Pelicans?

Introducing Tiffany, Isla and Gargi...
A Tour Guide Has Discovered London's Oldest Mosque

A Tour Guide Has Discovered London's Oldest Mosque

The extraordinary Haji Mohammed Dollie.
Why Are There Buttons On Tube Train Doors?

Why Are There Buttons On Tube Train Doors?

An Underground mystery explained.
Go For A Swim In An East London Church

Go For A Swim In An East London Church

Do lengths in a nave.
What Does This Strange Kerb Marking Mean

What Does This Strange Kerb Marking Mean

There's a fascinating story behind it.
Pedantic questions about the tube, answered

Pedantic questions about the tube, answered

Should you capitalise the Tube?
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.
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.
What Is The Hut In Soho Square?

What Is The Hut In Soho Square?

Is it really the entrance to a tunnel to Buckingham Palace?
Six Reasons NOT To Rebuild The Euston Arch

Six Reasons NOT To Rebuild The Euston Arch

Just look at it.
Is your street covered in this amazing old photo site?

Is your street covered in this amazing old photo site?

This is just brilliant.
Can You Get 10/10 In This London Quiz?

Can You Get 10/10 In This London Quiz?

10 questions from a new quiz book.
Old And Modern London, Side By Side

Old And Modern London, Side By Side

Know where Dylan filmed Subterranean Homesick Blues?
London in 1974

London in 1974

Fascinating.
Is This London's Strangest Shopping Centre?

Is This London's Strangest Shopping Centre?

Harrods' old rival is now a dying shopping centre.
What Does The Spike On London Bridge Represent?

What Does The Spike On London Bridge Represent?

Not what most people think.
London's Grandest Cafés

London's Grandest Cafés

Giving Vienna a run for its money.
What links JFK, an underground radio studio and some escalators?

What links JFK, an underground radio studio and some escalators?

And does it really go all the way to Oxford?
London's Best Ruins

London's Best Ruins

New ruins are always appearing in London
This rural village throws up another curious twist in the London postcode saga

This rural village throws up another curious twist in the London postcode saga

We're surprised estate agents haven't jumped on this quirk.
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.
Victorian London buildings which shouldn't have been demolished

Victorian London buildings which shouldn't have been demolished

Historic photos show what London used to look like.
Londonist Out Loud: The Living And The Dead

Londonist Out Loud: The Living And The Dead

There's more to London's cemeteries than meets the eye.
The Section Of The Northern Line That Never Was

The Section Of The Northern Line That Never Was

Saving the best till last.
Ever wondered why there's a dome on top of Kennington station? Here's the answer

Ever wondered why there's a dome on top of Kennington station? Here's the answer

The one remaining example of this historic feature.
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?
Punished For Being Poor: London’s Forgotten Workhouses

Punished For Being Poor: London’s Forgotten Workhouses

In search of Oliver Twist.
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.
6 secrets of the Ritz...

6 secrets of the Ritz...

You can drink cocktails from a glass slipper here
Did you know all these secrets of the Thames?

Did you know all these secrets of the Thames?

How many of these facts did you know?
Victorian Engineering Hidden In Plain Sight

Victorian Engineering Hidden In Plain Sight

Varying shapes and extravagance.
The best and worst of the tube

The best and worst of the tube

Ooh err.
Londonist's Back Passage

Londonist's Back Passage

A must-see map for the historically minded.

A must-see map for the historically minded.

Mesmerising.
Photos Of London Past And Present Side By Side

Photos Of London Past And Present Side By Side

Exceptional comparisons.
How London's Terminal Stations Got Their Names

How London's Terminal Stations Got Their Names

Which station's named after a Roman teenager?