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.

Here's How London's South Bank Might Have Looked

Here's How London's South Bank Might Have Looked

Misha Black's giant submarine visualised. | By M@
In Search Of Peckham's Hidden River

In Search Of Peckham's Hidden River

Ever heard of the Peck? | By Geoff Marshall
A History Of Tea In London

A History Of Tea In London

From its origins, to where to drink it today. | By Laura Reynolds
A History Of Drinking Chocolate In London

A History Of Drinking Chocolate In London

Long before Londoners were eating chocolate, they were drinking it. | By Laura Reynolds
Which Is London's Oldest Pub?

Which Is London's Oldest Pub?

Wading through folklore and cobblers. | By Peter Watts
Lose Yourself In The Beauty, History And Tranquility Of Brompton Cemetery

Lose Yourself In The Beauty, History And Tranquility Of Brompton Cemetery

One of London's 'Magnificent Seven' cemeteries. | By Rami Abukalam
Inside Staple Inn: 'That Tudor-Looking Building At Chancery Lane'

Inside Staple Inn: 'That Tudor-Looking Building At Chancery Lane'

Whats it like inside? | By Sandra Lawrence
Medieval Skeleton Found Face-Down In Thames... Still Wearing Boots

Medieval Skeleton Found Face-Down In Thames... Still Wearing Boots

A mystery from the depths. | By Will Noble
This Farcical North London Tradition Involves Kicking A Pig Out Of A Ditch

This Farcical North London Tradition Involves Kicking A Pig Out Of A Ditch

Just bizarre. | By Harry Rosehill
Old Kent Road: More Than A Monopoly Metaphor

Old Kent Road: More Than A Monopoly Metaphor

In search of the area's soul. | By Londonist
Make This Christmas Cocktail: A Boozy Eggnog With A Debauched Past

Make This Christmas Cocktail: A Boozy Eggnog With A Debauched Past

Ever heard of a Tom and Jerry? | By Steve Manktelow
Medieval Murders In The Square Mile, Mapped

Medieval Murders In The Square Mile, Mapped

Where's Shardlake when you need him? | By M@
The Walkie Talkie Death Ray Could Actually Have Killed Someone

The Walkie Talkie Death Ray Could Actually Have Killed Someone

Turns out this nearly wasn't so funny. | By Harry Rosehill
A Richly Detailed Map Of London's History And Culture

A Richly Detailed Map Of London's History And Culture

Cally Lathey's latest map is a joy. | By M@
How The Piccadilly Line Stations Got Their Names

How The Piccadilly Line Stations Got Their Names

Deep blue etymology. | By M@
How The City Of London Was Still Bomb-Scarred 14 Years After The Blitz

How The City Of London Was Still Bomb-Scarred 14 Years After The Blitz

Huge holes in the City. | By M@
San Francisco's Cable Cars Were Invented By A Londoner

San Francisco's Cable Cars Were Invented By A Londoner

The story of Andrew Smith Hallidie. | By M@
What's The Oldest Building In Tower Hamlets?

What's The Oldest Building In Tower Hamlets?

Is it the Tower of London? Maybe not... | By M@
What's The Oldest Building In Lambeth?

What's The Oldest Building In Lambeth?

Hint: It's not the IMAX. | By M@
Review: Simpson's In The Strand Resurrects Vintage Classics, To Continue As One Of London's Grand Old Restaurants

Review: Simpson's In The Strand Resurrects Vintage Classics, To Continue As One Of London's Grand Old Restaurants

Nowhere does beef on a trolley like this place. | By Will Noble ★★★☆☆
That Time The Bishop Of Southwark Went On A Drunken Rampage

That Time The Bishop Of Southwark Went On A Drunken Rampage

"I'm the Bishop of Southwark. It's what I do." | By Londonist
How The Bakerloo Line Stations Got Their Names

How The Bakerloo Line Stations Got Their Names

Can you name the two with animal connections? | By M@
Inside Tramp: The Hedonistic Mayfair Nightclub Where Movie Stars And Rock Gods Came To Drink

Inside Tramp: The Hedonistic Mayfair Nightclub Where Movie Stars And Rock Gods Came To Drink

"Let's get Tramped". | By Will Noble
13 Things You Probably Never Noticed Along The South Bank

13 Things You Probably Never Noticed Along The South Bank

Ever clocked the 'No Selfies' sign? | By Jane Murphy