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.

5 Chilling City Churchyards That'll Freak You Out

5 Chilling City Churchyards That'll Freak You Out

Enter at your own risk. | By Patrick Ross
In Pictures: London City Airport, Then And Now

In Pictures: London City Airport, Then And Now

Fewer propellers these days. | By Will Noble
Statue Of Eros: Does Anyone Know Who It Really Is?

Statue Of Eros: Does Anyone Know Who It Really Is?

Anteros? Angel of Christian Charity? | By M@
Who Was The Real Fagin?

Who Was The Real Fagin?

Was Charles Dickens guilty of anti-semitism? | By Londonist
Drag Acts Were Dancing On The Bar Of This Pub In The 1960s

Drag Acts Were Dancing On The Bar Of This Pub In The 1960s

How more pints didn't get knocked over, we don't know. | By Danny Lavelle
The 7 Worst Jobs In Victorian London

The 7 Worst Jobs In Victorian London

A filthy business. | By Danny Lavelle
26 Things To Look Out For On Fleet Street

26 Things To Look Out For On Fleet Street

Ever noticed the Space Invaders etched into the pavement? | By Laura Reynolds
The Secret Tunnel Beneath Eros

The Secret Tunnel Beneath Eros

Photo shows a service shaft through the base. | By M@
The Soviet Union Secretly Mapped London... Here Are Those Maps

The Soviet Union Secretly Mapped London... Here Are Those Maps

Know Cyrillic? Then you might spot the mistakes. | By Will Noble
Acid Attacks In London Are Nothing New... They Were Happening In Sherlock Holmes Books

Acid Attacks In London Are Nothing New... They Were Happening In Sherlock Holmes Books

A centuries-old problem. | By Danny Lavelle
Did Sweeney Todd Actually Exist?

Did Sweeney Todd Actually Exist?

Pie in the sky? | By Londonist
A Very Important Statue You Probably Never Noticed

A Very Important Statue You Probably Never Noticed

Hidden Bloomsbury. | By M@
Spot The Difference With London Telephone Boxes

Spot The Difference With London Telephone Boxes

Not all the same. | By Robert Greene
Churchill's Spare Cabinet War Rooms

Churchill's Spare Cabinet War Rooms

The whole cabinet was ready to move if Westminster was destroyed. | By Laura Reynolds
Where Exactly In Parliament Was The British Prime Minister Killed?

Where Exactly In Parliament Was The British Prime Minister Killed?

"I am murdered!" | By Will Noble
What Is Prince Henry's Room?

What Is Prince Henry's Room?

Ever been intrigued by this sign on Fleet Street? | By Laura Reynolds
Do You Remember The Beast Of Barnet?

Do You Remember The Beast Of Barnet?

And the motley crew it took to capture her. | By Harry Rosehill
Where Is The Source Of The Thames?

Where Is The Source Of The Thames?

A trip to Gloucestershire. | By M@
Were American Tourists Really Gullible Enough To Think They'd Bought Big Ben?

Were American Tourists Really Gullible Enough To Think They'd Bought Big Ben?

How embarrassing. | By Eleana Overett
6 Secrets Of Billingsgate Market

6 Secrets Of Billingsgate Market

Did you know that the Kray Twins worked here? | By Danny Lavelle
Ever Noticed These Special Huts Near Victoria Station?

Ever Noticed These Special Huts Near Victoria Station?

A taste of the seaside in west London. | By Laura Reynolds
The Days When You Could Catch A Roundhouse Show For 40p

The Days When You Could Catch A Roundhouse Show For 40p

"If you are likely to be disturbed, please do not attend". | By Laura Reynolds
This Building Helped End The Second World War

This Building Helped End The Second World War

Linking Hitler, the Speaking Clock, and Premium Bonds. | By Laura Reynolds
Someone's Created A History Of London In Lego... It's Something Quite Special

Someone's Created A History Of London In Lego... It's Something Quite Special

Never before has a toy oozed such death and destruction. | By Will Noble
A Britpop Tour Of Camden

A Britpop Tour Of Camden

Created by a super fan. | By Londonist
Remembering London's Memory Man

Remembering London's Memory Man

The coolest nickname ever? | By London Historians
London Was Being Bombed From Above 100 Years Ago... As These Newspaper Articles Show

London Was Being Bombed From Above 100 Years Ago... As These Newspaper Articles Show

Quite terrifying. | By Will Noble
Londoners In 1987 Wanted To Demolish These Buildings

Londoners In 1987 Wanted To Demolish These Buildings

Most are still with us. | By M@
A Peek Inside Du Cane Court

A Peek Inside Du Cane Court

An art deco beaut. | By Will Noble
How Much Do You Really Know About Sherlock Holmes? Listen To This Podcast And Find Out

How Much Do You Really Know About Sherlock Holmes? Listen To This Podcast And Find Out

Did 221b Baker Street exist in Victorian London? | By Londonist
Did You Know That 'Mornington Crescent' From I'm Sorry I Haven't A Clue Is A Rip-Off Of This Game?

Did You Know That 'Mornington Crescent' From I'm Sorry I Haven't A Clue Is A Rip-Off Of This Game?

At least it's still on the Northern line. | By Harry Rosehill
How A Fake Lion Caused An Elephant Stampede In London

How A Fake Lion Caused An Elephant Stampede In London

King's College mascot endangers crowd. | By M@
Hear The Sounds Of London Centuries Ago, At These Free Hourly Performances

Hear The Sounds Of London Centuries Ago, At These Free Hourly Performances

Enter The House of Sound at Guildhall. | Sponsor
One Of London's Best Sculptures Finally Sees The Light

One Of London's Best Sculptures Finally Sees The Light

Rescued from a shrubbery. | By M@
Would London Be Better If It Was Run By Americans? This Victorian Newspaper Thought So

Would London Be Better If It Was Run By Americans? This Victorian Newspaper Thought So

The foreign perspective. | By M@
Here's A Central London Museum You May Never Have Been To

Here's A Central London Museum You May Never Have Been To

One for London history buffs. | By London Historians
5 Secrets Of Smithfield Market

5 Secrets Of Smithfield Market

Did you know they almost built an aircraft carrier made out of ice here? | By Danny Lavelle
Why Don’t You Come On Over Valerie? The Remarkable Lady Meux

Why Don’t You Come On Over Valerie? The Remarkable Lady Meux

Looked down on by polite society. | By London Historians
A Tube Line From Greenwich To India?

A Tube Line From Greenwich To India?

19th century cartoon predicts the future. | By M@
The Sad Story Of The Hermit Of Dulwich

The Sad Story Of The Hermit Of Dulwich

A lonely life and a tragic death. | By Laura Reynolds
Behind The Scenes In Westminster's Victoria Tower

Behind The Scenes In Westminster's Victoria Tower

It may not have THAT clock, but it's just as fascinating. | By London Historians
Where Did London's Spies Hang Out In The 1920s? These Places, For A Start

Where Did London's Spies Hang Out In The 1920s? These Places, For A Start

The city was crawling with them. It probably still is. | By Timothy Phillips
Why Is There A Castle On City Road?

Why Is There A Castle On City Road?

Is it a castle? Is it a fort? No. | By Laura Reynolds
The City Of London Pub Named After A Goose

The City Of London Pub Named After A Goose

He dodged the executioner to become a local favourite. | By Laura Reynolds
London's Forgotten Disasters: 7 Killed In Lightning Strike

London's Forgotten Disasters: 7 Killed In Lightning Strike

East London tragedy. | By M@
London's Forgotten Disasters: The Woolwich Pleasure Boat Disaster

London's Forgotten Disasters: The Woolwich Pleasure Boat Disaster

Britain's worst public transport disaster. | By London Historians
We Venture Into The Depths Of London's Oldest Wine Shop

We Venture Into The Depths Of London's Oldest Wine Shop

A veritable vino labyrinth. | By Will Noble
The Suburban Village Where Rifles, Muskets And Swords Were Manufactured

The Suburban Village Where Rifles, Muskets And Swords Were Manufactured

An explosive corner of London. | By Laura Reynolds
What Is The Ceremony Of The Constable's Dues?

What Is The Ceremony Of The Constable's Dues?

There's rum involved. | By London Historians
In Pictures: The Futuristic London Buildings That Have Already Been Demolished

In Pictures: The Futuristic London Buildings That Have Already Been Demolished

Ahead of their time. Gone before their time. | By Will Noble
This Remarkable Vision Of Regent Street Is From 90 Years Ago

This Remarkable Vision Of Regent Street Is From 90 Years Ago

Unseen futurology. | By M@
Is This London's Most Overblown Plaque?

Is This London's Most Overblown Plaque?

Editor's memorial needs some editing. | By M@
When A Leopard Was Taken To Meet The Prime Minister At Downing Street

When A Leopard Was Taken To Meet The Prime Minister At Downing Street

We hate to think what it'd make of Theresa's leopard skin heels. | By Laura Reynolds
Why On Earth Would Anyone Go To Romford? Because It's Got All This...
Opinion

Why On Earth Would Anyone Go To Romford? Because It's Got All This...

No longer shall you turn your nose up. | By Will Noble
Mapped: London's Post Office History

Mapped: London's Post Office History

A guided tour of the mail. | Sponsor
The London Who Pioneered Panto As We Know It Today

The London Who Pioneered Panto As We Know It Today

Hogarth and Samuel Johnson were fans. | By London Historians
Remember When Woolwich Was Home To A Soviet Submarine?

Remember When Woolwich Was Home To A Soviet Submarine?

U-745 Black Widow. | By Harry Rosehill
A Fact For Each Station On The DLR

A Fact For Each Station On The DLR

Next stop: trivia. | By Will Noble
A Map Of Protests Across London... With Added Sound

A Map Of Protests Across London... With Added Sound

Including some very polite protesting. | By Will Noble
The London Playwright Who Drank Wine While His Theatre Burned Down

The London Playwright Who Drank Wine While His Theatre Burned Down

Nero, Rome and fiddling come to mind. | By London Historians
The Leaky Lady Of Old Street

The Leaky Lady Of Old Street

A brave old soul. | By M@
Sponsored Tube Stations, Victorian Style

Sponsored Tube Stations, Victorian Style

Another thing they did for us. | By M@
The Lost Palace Of Whitehall Is Open Once More

The Lost Palace Of Whitehall Is Open Once More

Its secrets revealed. | By Eleana Overett
Prepare To See Full-Scale Gladiatorial Battles In The City

Prepare To See Full-Scale Gladiatorial Battles In The City

Welcome to Londinium. | Sponsor
The London Property Where The Rent Is Paid In Fruit

The London Property Where The Rent Is Paid In Fruit

Living the dream. | By Ross Miklaszewicz
Vauxhall: Home Of Astronauts

Vauxhall: Home Of Astronauts

Some of us are looking at the stars. | By M@
Meet The Inhabitants Of Eel Pie Island

Meet The Inhabitants Of Eel Pie Island

A famous inventor, artists, and even a Mystery Jet. | By James FitzGerald
Remember Telepoints? The Mobile Phone Experiment That Ended In Disaster

Remember Telepoints? The Mobile Phone Experiment That Ended In Disaster

Like Wi-Fi, but totally rubbish. | By Will Noble
The Historic London Bell That's Off Limits To The Public

The Historic London Bell That's Off Limits To The Public

...and the mystery of its name. | By Eleana Overett
In Pictures: London News From The 1900s

In Pictures: London News From The 1900s

London hosted the Olympics. | By Londonist Staff
In Photos: London Street Parties Through The Years

In Photos: London Street Parties Through The Years

Get your dancing shoes on. | By Londonist Staff
Ever Heard Of The Great Tornado Of London?

Ever Heard Of The Great Tornado Of London?

600 houses destroyed. | By M@
Lions And Monkeys And Bears Used To Live In The Tower Of London

Lions And Monkeys And Bears Used To Live In The Tower Of London

Plus an elephant that "should only drink wine between September and April". | By Alex Bellotti
Things You Never Knew About The Borough Of Bexley

Things You Never Knew About The Borough Of Bexley

Is it Welling or Wellend? | By Eleana Overett
Nelson Mandela Appears On Mandela Street

Nelson Mandela Appears On Mandela Street

Marking what would have been his 99th birthday. | By Will Noble
Inside The Old Clerkenwell House Of Detention

Inside The Old Clerkenwell House Of Detention

Where prisoners awaiting trial were held. | By London Historians
Secret Chamber Beneath The Monument Could Be Opened To Public

Secret Chamber Beneath The Monument Could Be Opened To Public

Tiny laboratory sealed off for decades. | By M@
When You Could Catch The Underground To See A Hanging

When You Could Catch The Underground To See A Hanging

That's how old the Underground is. | By M@
When Nude Sunbathing Caused A Riot In Hendon

When Nude Sunbathing Caused A Riot In Hendon

The naked truth. | By M@
Hold On A Minute...There Was Cheetah Racing In Green Lanes In The 1930s?

Hold On A Minute...There Was Cheetah Racing In Green Lanes In The 1930s?

The fatal flaw? The cheetahs were too fast. | By Alex Foch
London Still Has Chimney Sweeps... We Met Three Of Them

London Still Has Chimney Sweeps... We Met Three Of Them

"On a good day, you get covered in soot." | By Will Noble
10 Reasons We Love The Guildhall

10 Reasons We Love The Guildhall

Ever been? | By London Historians
Have You Seen These Remnants Of A Failed Eurotunnel Project?

Have You Seen These Remnants Of A Failed Eurotunnel Project?

A little redundant these days. | By Jordan Waite
Secrets Of Burlington Arcade

Secrets Of Burlington Arcade

Look out, beadles are about. | By Eleana Overett
10 Years Of King's Cross In Photos

10 Years Of King's Cross In Photos

Ch-ch-ch-ch-changes. | By Will Noble
The Georgian Coffee House That Was A Brothel - Of Sorts

The Georgian Coffee House That Was A Brothel - Of Sorts

The most popular (almost) brothel in Georgian London. | By Harry Rosehill
This Is Not Your Bog Standard Tour

This Is Not Your Bog Standard Tour

Where to spend a penny, and why. | Sponsor
When London Was Ankle Deep In Manure

When London Was Ankle Deep In Manure

Still, it probably smelt better than today's traffic fumes. | By Laurence Scales
A Wander Through George Orwell's Hayes

A Wander Through George Orwell's Hayes

“One of the most God-forsaken places I have ever struck”. | By London Historians
In Pictures: The Construction Of Tower Bridge

In Pictures: The Construction Of Tower Bridge

Beautiful behemoth. | By Londonist Staff