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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.

Top Marks If You Can Name The 1990s TV Show This Machine Starred In Every Week

Top Marks If You Can Name The 1990s TV Show This Machine Starred In Every Week

Steampunks should know all about this...
Forgotten Disasters: Steamboat Explosion Near Waterloo Bridge

Forgotten Disasters: Steamboat Explosion Near Waterloo Bridge

Embankment Gardens covers a forgotten site of tragedy.
New Pedways For The City

New Pedways For The City

Pedestrian bridges revive post-war idea.
9 Fun Facts About Hammersmith Bridge

9 Fun Facts About Hammersmith Bridge

Including that unique colour scheme.
30-Second London: Learn The City's History Super Quick

30-Second London: Learn The City's History Super Quick

A punchy and pretty history of our city.
This Is What London Looked Like In 1979

This Is What London Looked Like In 1979

Including Maggie Thatcher on a zipwire.
Ever Heard Of Post Office Tube Station?

Ever Heard Of Post Office Tube Station?

Envelope yourself in this.
A Corner Of South London Was Almost Destroyed For The Channel Tunnel

A Corner Of South London Was Almost Destroyed For The Channel Tunnel

Things could have been very different
London Buildings Which Shouldn't Have Been Demolished

London Buildings Which Shouldn't Have Been Demolished

What London used to look like.
This Is What London Looked Like In 1983

This Is What London Looked Like In 1983

Including an astonishing view of Canary Wharf before it was redeveloped.
Fun Facts About London's Tobacco Dock

Fun Facts About London's Tobacco Dock

Did you know OMD filmed a video here?
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

Saintly swimming.
Pedantic questions about the tube, answered

Pedantic questions about the tube, answered

Should you capitalise the Tube?
What Does This Strange Kerb Marking Mean

What Does This Strange Kerb Marking Mean

There's a fascinating story behind it.
Tragedy At Barbican: The Tube's First Major Incident

Tragedy At Barbican: The Tube's First Major Incident

Death on the lines.
The Tube Line That Never Was

The Tube Line That Never Was

Poor old Thamesmead.
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's Actually In The Hut In Soho Square?

What's Actually In The Hut In Soho Square?

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

Six Reasons NOT To Rebuild The Euston Arch

Just look at it.
Huge Collection Of London Images Now Online And Mapped

Huge Collection Of London Images Now Online And Mapped

Prepare to lose an afternoon.
Is This London's Strangest Shopping Centre?

Is This London's Strangest Shopping Centre?

Harrods' old rival is now a dying shopping centre.
Old And Modern London, Side By Side

Old And Modern London, Side By Side

Know where Dylan filmed Subterranean Homesick Blues?
London's Grandest Cafés

London's Grandest Cafés

Giving Vienna a run for its money.
What Does The Spike On London Bridge Represent?

What Does The Spike On London Bridge Represent?

Not what most people think.
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?
In Pictures: Brutalist London

In Pictures: Brutalist London

Brutal? Or raw?
London in 1976

London in 1976

Amazing shots of London from 40 years ago
In Pictures: London's Lost Football Stadiums

In Pictures: London's Lost Football Stadiums

Did we get your favourite?
London's Best Ruins

London's Best Ruins

New ruins are always appearing in London
London in 1907

London in 1907

Ooh err.
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.
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.
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.
London in 1973

London in 1973

Fascinating.
London in 1968

London in 1968

London 48 years ago
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.
London in 1991

London in 1991

Ooh err.
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.
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.
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.
Have A Picnic On The Platforms Of An Abandoned Railway Station

Have A Picnic On The Platforms Of An Abandoned Railway Station

Including the tunnels full of bats.
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?
6 secrets of the Ritz...

6 secrets of the Ritz...

You can drink cocktails from a glass slipper here
Beautiful Examples Of Art Deco In London

Beautiful Examples Of Art Deco In London

It's not just on the Strand
London in 1989

London in 1989

London 27 years ago
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.