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.

7 Of The Strangest Things Auctioned In London

7 Of The Strangest Things Auctioned In London

From London Bridge to Paul McCartney's front door. | By Londonist
How To Make A Vesper Martini Fit For James Bond

How To Make A Vesper Martini Fit For James Bond

007's tipple of choice. | By Steve Manktelow
How Disabled People Have Shaped Buildings From London’s Past And Are Designing Radical Modern Spaces

How Disabled People Have Shaped Buildings From London’s Past And Are Designing Radical Modern Spaces

From churches for the deaf, to swimming pools that move. | By Londonist
5 Things You Didn't Know About The London Cab

5 Things You Didn't Know About The London Cab

Is the bale of hay thing true? | By Will Noble
London Stone Has Returned. Now Let's Have A Second Brexit Referendum

London Stone Has Returned. Now Let's Have A Second Brexit Referendum

How an ancient curse may have been lifted. | By M@
In Illustrations: Modern Designs That Defined London

In Illustrations: Modern Designs That Defined London

Charles Holden to Anish Kapoor. | By Will Noble
What's The Oldest Building In Southwark?

What's The Oldest Building In Southwark?

Is it a cathedral or a palace? | By M@
Happy 150th Birthday St Pancras Station

Happy 150th Birthday St Pancras Station

London's finest train station? Probably. | By Will Noble
10 Pubs Packed With History In Central London

10 Pubs Packed With History In Central London

Bloomsbury, King's Cross and Holborn. | By Londonist
Bringing Shakespeare's Original London Playhouse Back To Life

Bringing Shakespeare's Original London Playhouse Back To Life

This is no ordinary building site. | By Londonist Staff
Tower Of London Moat To Glow With Thousands Of Individual Flames This November

Tower Of London Moat To Glow With Thousands Of Individual Flames This November

Deepening Shadow: The Tower Remembers. | By Will Noble
Amazing, Historic Images Of The London Underground

Amazing, Historic Images Of The London Underground

Including Father Christmas on the tube. | By Londonist Staff
Remembering The Gloriously Debauched Scala Cinema

Remembering The Gloriously Debauched Scala Cinema

"The Scala had magic." | By Londonist
Remarkable Photo Shows A War-Damaged St Paul's Cathedral

Remarkable Photo Shows A War-Damaged St Paul's Cathedral

The cathedral did not go unscathed. | By M@
Can You Swim In The Trafalgar Square Fountains?

Can You Swim In The Trafalgar Square Fountains?

From heatwaves to VE celebrations. | By Will Noble
What's The Oldest Building In Islington?

What's The Oldest Building In Islington?

Towers, wells and gateways. | By M@
Did You Know That Pimm's Was Created In London As A Legal Loophole?

Did You Know That Pimm's Was Created In London As A Legal Loophole?

And what makes the perfect Pimm's? | By Steve Manktelow
How The Northern Line Stations Got Their Names

How The Northern Line Stations Got Their Names

Tube etymology on the Northern line. | By M@
Inside Southwark Cathedral... And Up On Its Roof

Inside Southwark Cathedral... And Up On Its Roof

A must-visit church near Borough Market. | By Geoff Marshall
What's The Oldest Building In Camden?

What's The Oldest Building In Camden?

Perhaps not where you think. | By M@
Tooting Is Home To One Of London's Most Incredible Buildings... And It's A Bingo Hall

Tooting Is Home To One Of London's Most Incredible Buildings... And It's A Bingo Hall

You'd never know from the outside. | By Londonist Staff
Londonist Memory Machine: Reshooting Your Old Photos Of London

Londonist Memory Machine: Reshooting Your Old Photos Of London

Bringing old London to life. | By M@
Eyewitness Accounts Of The Worst Maritime Disaster In Thames History

Eyewitness Accounts Of The Worst Maritime Disaster In Thames History

The tragic sinking of SS Princess Alice. | By Londonist
Get Ziggy With It At This David Bowie Themed Cocktail Bar

Get Ziggy With It At This David Bowie Themed Cocktail Bar

Swiggy with Ziggy. | By Will Noble