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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.

Visit These London Ruins

Visit These London Ruins

Roofs are overrated.
London in 1983

London in 1983

London 33 years ago
The Ancient Wonders Of The World... In London

The Ancient Wonders Of The World... In London

Pyramids and giant statues.
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
One Of London's Most Famous Music Venues Was Nearly A Monkey Forest

One Of London's Most Famous Music Venues Was Nearly A Monkey Forest

It was a weird 18 months.
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.
A Tower Of History, Hidden In Westminster

A Tower Of History, Hidden In Westminster

This tiny, hidden tower packs an historical punch.
The Story Behind London's Oldest Museum

The Story Behind London's Oldest Museum

Including one incredible lost thing you could do there.
London in 1991

London in 1991

Ooh err.
A Walk Around The Area Of East London That Inspired Oliver Twist

A Walk Around The Area Of East London That Inspired Oliver Twist

Discover Fagin's den.
This Is What London Looked Like In 1991

This Is What London Looked Like In 1991

Some fashion trends have made a comeback.
Photos Of London In 1967

Photos Of London In 1967

A fascinating look back.
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?
In Pictures: Art Deco London

In Pictures: Art Deco London

Did we get your favourite?
A Look Back To London In 1905

A Look Back To London In 1905

How different Trafalgar Square looked
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?
The Buildings That Replaced London's Prisons

The Buildings That Replaced London's Prisons

Did you know about any of these defunct prisons?
6 secrets of the Ritz...

6 secrets of the Ritz...

You can drink cocktails from a glass slipper here
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...
A must-see map for the historically minded.

A must-see map for the historically minded.

Mesmerising.
London in 1989

London in 1989

London 27 years ago
Photos Of London Past And Present Side By Side

Photos Of London Past And Present Side By Side

Exceptional comparisons.
There's An Inner And Middle Temple, But Why No Outer Temple?

There's An Inner And Middle Temple, But Why No Outer Temple?

Only recently discovered.
How London's Terminal Stations Got Their Names

How London's Terminal Stations Got Their Names

Which station's named after a Roman teenager?
Why Are King's Cross And St Pancras Stations So Close To One Another?

Why Are King's Cross And St Pancras Stations So Close To One Another?

Why not just have one?
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...
Ever Been To Uncle George's Gnomeland?

Ever Been To Uncle George's Gnomeland?

An arboreal treat
Londonist's Back Passage

Londonist's Back Passage

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.
London's Unusual Clocks Explained

London's Unusual Clocks Explained

There's more to them than the time of day.
Where you can still find the river Fleet in Lonond

Where you can still find the river Fleet in Lonond

From Hampstead to the Thames.
In Pictures: London's Lost Department Stores

In Pictures: London's Lost Department Stores

A trip down the capital's retail memory lane.
The Story Behind London's Bus Route Numbers

The Story Behind London's Bus Route Numbers

Haphazard history and modern day logic.
Can You Walk Through The Rotherhithe Tunnel? We Did

Can You Walk Through The Rotherhithe Tunnel? We Did

It has some pretty Victorian decoration.
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.
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 Was Removed By Police

The London Statue So Provocative, It Was Removed By Police

It had to be removed under police guard.
Ever Heard Of The British Museum's Long-Lost 'Porn Room'?

Ever Heard Of The British Museum's Long-Lost 'Porn Room'?

To enter, you needed to demonstrate 'mature years and sound morals'
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