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.

Why Does Britain Use Greenwich Mean Time?

Why Does Britain Use Greenwich Mean Time?

Greenwich placing itself on the Prime Meridian is soooo Greenwich
Forget The Third Runway: Heathrow Almost Had Nine

Forget The Third Runway: Heathrow Almost Had Nine

Expansion is not a new idea.
Trafalgar Square... In Chelsea?

Trafalgar Square... In Chelsea?

No Nelson. No lions.
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.
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?
Here's What London Was Like In 1907

Here's What London Was Like In 1907

The familiar, and not so recognisable.
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 Dreaded Compters

London's Dreaded Compters

A law unto themselves.
Londonist's Back Passage

Londonist's Back Passage

Docks, Ducks And Doggers: 6 Theories About The Isle Of Dogs' Name

Docks, Ducks And Doggers: 6 Theories About The Isle Of Dogs' Name

And where does Canary Wharf come into it?
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.
11 Interesting Facts About The Millennium Bridge

11 Interesting Facts About The Millennium Bridge

It's one of many bridges built for the Millennium
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.
Queer London: An Extract From The Peter Ackroyd Book

Queer London: An Extract From The Peter Ackroyd Book

The whole book is amazing.
The Story Behind London's Bus Route Numbers

The Story Behind London's Bus Route Numbers

Haphazard history and modern day logic.
Beautiful Examples Of Brutalist Architecture In London

Beautiful Examples Of Brutalist Architecture In London

Brutal? Or raw?
Londonist Out Loud: Discovering Vanished London

Londonist Out Loud: Discovering Vanished London

The first Chinatown and the original Olympic village.
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.
In Pictures: London's Lost Football Stadiums

In Pictures: London's Lost Football Stadiums

Millwall have had more stadiums than hot dinners.
London's Got A Public Heliport... But Can The Public Use It?

London's Got A Public Heliport... But Can The Public Use It?

We think it's mostly for James Bond.
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
Photos Of London In 1967

Photos Of London In 1967

A fascinating look back.
In Pictures: London In 1976

In Pictures: London In 1976

A trip down memory lane, via Notting Hill and Carnaby
In Pictures: The Best And Worst Of The Tube

In Pictures: The Best And Worst Of The Tube

Proving once again, that in London, anything goes
Tracking down the mysterious caverns underneath Blackheath

Tracking down the mysterious caverns underneath Blackheath

Do they really exist?
Gateway To 1984 Uncovered In Lewisham

Gateway To 1984 Uncovered In Lewisham

Who needs a DeLorean?
London in the 1990s

London in the 1990s

1990s London
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.
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...

Ever noticed it?
Finding London's Oldest Pub Is Harder Than You Might Think

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

Dubious declarations
In Photos: London In 1979

In Photos: London In 1979

How much of it do you recognise?
Top 10 Spy Sites in London

Top 10 Spy Sites in London

Where do the real spooks work, rest and die?
The best and worst of the tube

The best and worst of the tube

Ooh err.
London in 1971

London in 1971

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.
9 Secrets Of Carnaby

9 Secrets Of Carnaby

The gruesome history of the shopping district.
See Photos Of London From Historic England's Archive

See Photos Of London From Historic England's Archive

From 1850 to today.
London in 1974

London in 1974

London 42 years ago