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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.

Need somewhere a bit private to meet someone? Try these

Need somewhere a bit private to meet someone? Try these

Illicit and secretive.
The Best Old London Pubs

The Best Old London Pubs

Including a couple of 'Ye Olde's...
London's Unusual Clocks Explained

London's Unusual Clocks Explained

There's more to them than the time of day.
Here are the places to see London's most famous hidden river

Here are the places to see London's most famous hidden river

Look out for it at many central spots
The Story Behind London's Bus Route Numbers

The Story Behind London's Bus Route Numbers

Haphazard history and modern day logic.
In Pictures: London's Lost Department Stores

In Pictures: London's Lost Department Stores

A trip down the capital's retail memory lane.
Unusual Things To Do In London Bridge

Unusual Things To Do In London Bridge

Beats browsing the mags at WH Smith
How The City Of London Looked 100 Years Ago

How The City Of London Looked 100 Years Ago

London's always been busy.
Can You Walk Through The Rotherhithe Tunnel? We Did

Can You Walk Through The Rotherhithe Tunnel? We Did

It has some pretty Victorian decoration.
What's The Coldest It's Ever Been In London?

What's The Coldest It's Ever Been In London?

From the days when it got cold enough for the Thames to freeze over
5 London Facts You'll Want To Tell Everyone

5 London Facts You'll Want To Tell Everyone

How The Joker was born in Acton.
The London statue so provocative, it had a 24-hour police guard

The London statue so provocative, it had a 24-hour police guard

It had to be removed under police guard.
Here's What London Looked Like in 1967

Here's What London Looked Like in 1967

What parts of the city can you recognise?
Gateway To 1984 Uncovered In Lewisham

Gateway To 1984 Uncovered In Lewisham

Who needs a DeLorean?
5 Of The Best Old London Maps Online

5 Of The Best Old London Maps Online

It's the closest thing to being a Time Lord.
Tracking down the mysterious caverns underneath Blackheath

Tracking down the mysterious caverns underneath Blackheath

Do they really exist?
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.
London in the 1990s

London in the 1990s

1990s London
London in 1974

London in 1974

London 42 years ago
Top 10 Spy Sites in London

Top 10 Spy Sites in London

Where do the real spooks work, rest and die?
See Photos Of London From Historic England's Archive

See Photos Of London From Historic England's Archive

From 1850 to today.
9 Secrets Of Carnaby

9 Secrets Of Carnaby

The gruesome history of the shopping district.
What Is London's Oldest Building?

What Is London's Oldest Building?

None of them are spring chickens
London In 1927, Recreated Shot For Shot

London In 1927, Recreated Shot For Shot

Classic Friese-Greene film revisited.
London in 1971

London in 1971

Fascinating.
St Pancras Station's Weirdest Secrets

St Pancras Station's Weirdest Secrets

Quirks of King's Cross's neighbour.
Ever Visited Little Ben?

Ever Visited Little Ben?

Many walk straight past it.
Was Euston station the biggest railway crime of all? We visit before the developers move in

Was Euston station the biggest railway crime of all? We visit before the developers move in

The station looks like it's been made from recycled mortuary slabs.
London’s Top Postal Curiosities

London’s Top Postal Curiosities

The world's most expensive stamp and an odd post box.
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.
Anglo Saxon London Map: Updated

Anglo Saxon London Map: Updated

From Wemba Lea to Daccanhamm.
8 Secrets Of Charing Cross Station

8 Secrets Of Charing Cross Station

Including a roof tragedy.
Why Is This Bit Of The Square Mile South Of The River?

Why Is This Bit Of The Square Mile South Of The River?

How to look at the City of London across the Thames... while being IN the City of London.
The Queen's First Tube Ride...By Third-Class Smoking Carriage

The Queen's First Tube Ride...By Third-Class Smoking Carriage

The Queen once travelled in disguise on the tube... in a smoking carriage.
The best and worst of the tube

The best and worst of the tube

Fascinating.
Watch London Evolve In This Animation

Watch London Evolve In This Animation

From the Roman era to the present day.
London in 1985

London in 1985

Fascinating.
British Pathe Uploads 85,000 Historic Films To YouTube

British Pathe Uploads 85,000 Historic Films To YouTube

Plenty of vintage London.
London's Top Scandals

London's Top Scandals

Showing New York who's boss yet again.
London's Coolest Converted Spaces

London's Coolest Converted Spaces

From phone boxes to war ships.
How Did The City Of London's Gates Get Their Names?

How Did The City Of London's Gates Get Their Names?

Roman beginnings.
Watch this, and learn how London grew from tiny roots

Watch this, and learn how London grew from tiny roots

From the Romans to the present day.
What Are The Red Pillars Next To Blackfriars Bridge?

What Are The Red Pillars Next To Blackfriars Bridge?

We have the answer.
7 Unexpected Things You Might Find In The Thames

7 Unexpected Things You Might Find In The Thames

The river's been used as a dumping ground for centuries
Finding London's Oldest Pub Is Harder Than You Might Think

Finding London's Oldest Pub Is Harder Than You Might Think

Picking through the puzzling claims.
Brutalist Architecture In London You Might Not Know

Brutalist Architecture In London You Might Not Know

Including the Trellick's little-known cousin.
The Silvertown Explosion Of 1917

The Silvertown Explosion Of 1917

Half of London was aglow.
London in 1975

London in 1975

Fascinating.
Photos of London's Bridges

Photos of London's Bridges

Superlative spans
5 Things You Probably Didn't Know About Camden Market

5 Things You Probably Didn't Know About Camden Market

There's more to it than tatty DMs and street food.