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.

Big Ben Has Been Repainted Blue

Big Ben Has Been Repainted Blue

Look who's got a fresh paint job | By Harry Rosehill
This Chelsea Pensioner Has Painted Some Awe-Inspiring WWI Artworks

This Chelsea Pensioner Has Painted Some Awe-Inspiring WWI Artworks

Free exhibition at Royal Hospital Chelsea. | By Will Noble
Saucy! Fortnum And Mason Is Selling Limited Edition Heinz Ketchup And Beans

Saucy! Fortnum And Mason Is Selling Limited Edition Heinz Ketchup And Beans

"I think Mr Heinz, we'll take the lot." | By Will Noble
Nostalgic Video Compares 1970s Regent's Canal To Modern Day

Nostalgic Video Compares 1970s Regent's Canal To Modern Day

No Camden Market. | By M@
You Probably Pass This Building All The Time... But Did You Know About Its Fishy History?

You Probably Pass This Building All The Time... But Did You Know About Its Fishy History?

Make sure you visit sometime. | By Londonist
This Is What The New Walworth Town Hall Will Look Like

This Is What The New Walworth Town Hall Will Look Like

But where's the Cuming Museum? | By Will Noble
Elizabeth I Returns To London For One Final Procession

Elizabeth I Returns To London For One Final Procession

Bess is back. | By Will Noble
What Has 27 Bells, 11 Figures, 4 Ringers And A Couple Of Clocks? Leicester Square's Glockenspiel, Of Course

What Has 27 Bells, 11 Figures, 4 Ringers And A Couple Of Clocks? Leicester Square's Glockenspiel, Of Course

It pays to look up. | By Rami Abukalam
London's Greatest Lamps, And The Nonsense That's Said About Them

London's Greatest Lamps, And The Nonsense That's Said About Them

Illuminating reading. | By M@
See The Epic Prévost Panorama At Museum Of London

See The Epic Prévost Panorama At Museum Of London

London in 1815. | By M@
An Elephant Once Visited Ye Olde Cheshire Cheese Pub

An Elephant Once Visited Ye Olde Cheshire Cheese Pub

Sat in Dr Johnson's chair. | By M@
Who On Earth Would Want To Visit Woking?
Opinion

Who On Earth Would Want To Visit Woking?

Guildford's duller brother? | By James FitzGerald
When Did We Start Hating On Trafalgar Square's Pigeons?
Opinion

When Did We Start Hating On Trafalgar Square's Pigeons?

"Trafalgar Square was as close to nature as I got." | By Catherine McGloin
Did You Know About London's Hidden Pet Cemetery?

Did You Know About London's Hidden Pet Cemetery?

Who on Earth calls their dog Scum? | By Will Noble
London's Forgotten Disasters: The Royal Brunswick Theatre Collapses

London's Forgotten Disasters: The Royal Brunswick Theatre Collapses

History records 15 deaths, but we have new evidence... | By Londonist
New Wartime Gallery On The Way For London Transport Museum

New Wartime Gallery On The Way For London Transport Museum

What role did London's transport play? | By Londonist Staff
Bloody Anti-Neo Nazi Street March To Be Remembered In Bold And Ballsy Mural

Bloody Anti-Neo Nazi Street March To Be Remembered In Bold And Ballsy Mural

Standing up to hate. | By Will Noble
A 1930s Tube Train Is Returning To London... And You Get To Ride It!

A 1930s Tube Train Is Returning To London... And You Get To Ride It!

Prepare for a proper nostalgia trip aboard this art deco gem. | By Maire Rose Connor
Tutankhamun's Dazzling Treasures Coming To London In November

Tutankhamun's Dazzling Treasures Coming To London In November

Some of these have never left Egypt before. | By Will Noble
This Is The Oldest Skull Ever Found In The Thames... You Can See It From Tomorrow

This Is The Oldest Skull Ever Found In The Thames... You Can See It From Tomorrow

He died 5,600 years ago. | By Will Noble
Vandals Strike Again At Karl Marx Memorial

Vandals Strike Again At Karl Marx Memorial

This time with paint. | By Harry Rosehill
How The Circle Line Stations Got Their Names

How The Circle Line Stations Got Their Names

The yellow spiral's names explained. | By M@
How London Became Addicted To Coffee

How London Became Addicted To Coffee

From the first coffee houses to caffeine-infused beer and cocktails. | By Laura Reynolds
Victorian Instagram: Watercolour World Reveals London Before The Camera

Victorian Instagram: Watercolour World Reveals London Before The Camera

Beautiful new site reveals a lost London. | By M@