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.

Londoners Unite! London History Day Is Here And Wants Your Stories

Londoners Unite! London History Day Is Here And Wants Your Stories

Join in and celebrate the city's resilience. | Sponsor
The Greatest Parties London Ever Threw

The Greatest Parties London Ever Threw

Banquets inside dinosaurs, £44k bar tabs, and a replica Venice. | By Will Noble
The Dandiest Dandies Of London

The Dandiest Dandies Of London

The dapperest chaps (and chapess) to grace the city. | By Will Noble
Soho, The Emptiest You've Ever Seen It

Soho, The Emptiest You've Ever Seen It

Soho noir. | By Londonist Staff
In The London Footsteps Of The Mayflower Pilgrims

In The London Footsteps Of The Mayflower Pilgrims

Exploring the parts of the city which were around 400 years ago. | By Ed Harris
How Did London Get Its Food & Drink Trends?

How Did London Get Its Food & Drink Trends?

Can you avo guess? | By James FitzGerald
Toilet Roll In London: A Feculent History

Toilet Roll In London: A Feculent History

London is top of the plops when it comes to arse-wiping innovation. | By M@
Ode To The London Milk Round

Ode To The London Milk Round

History comes full circle. | By Londonist Staff
Three Raven Chicks Hatched At The Tower Of London

Three Raven Chicks Hatched At The Tower Of London

Good omens? | By Lydia Manch
7 Unexpected Things You Might Find In The Thames

7 Unexpected Things You Might Find In The Thames

Archaeology at its finest. | By Londonist
The Huguenots: London's First Refugees

The Huguenots: London's First Refugees

They gave us our names and street names. | By Theo Bosanquet
BBC iPlayer Has A Treasure Trove Of London Documentaries

BBC iPlayer Has A Treasure Trove Of London Documentaries

Over 15 hours at your fingertips. | By M@
You Can Explore The Fascinating Past Of London Transport Museum Online

You Can Explore The Fascinating Past Of London Transport Museum Online

It's been in Covent Garden for 40 years. | By Will Noble
London's Seen Much Worse Than Coronavirus: Remembering The Great Plague Of 1665

London's Seen Much Worse Than Coronavirus: Remembering The Great Plague Of 1665

Journal of the Plague Year. | By David Fathers
Secrets Of Hungerford Bridge

Secrets Of Hungerford Bridge

What lies behind London's most-used pedestrian bridge? | By M@
Plaque To Phillis Wheatley: The First African-American Woman To Be Published In English

Plaque To Phillis Wheatley: The First African-American Woman To Be Published In English

A London plaque for a remarkable life. | By M@
The East Finchley Station Archer

The East Finchley Station Archer

Or 'Archie' for short. | By Will Noble
In Search Of The Crays - St Mary, St Paul's And Foots

In Search Of The Crays - St Mary, St Paul's And Foots

An epic odyssey down south. | By Vince Raison
You Can Now Take Tea In This Medieval Cafe Beneath Windsor Castle

You Can Now Take Tea In This Medieval Cafe Beneath Windsor Castle

Beats Starbucks. | By Will Noble
New Sculpture Celebrates Heritage Of The Regent's Canal

New Sculpture Celebrates Heritage Of The Regent's Canal

City Road has some new art. | By M@
When Royals Take The Tube

When Royals Take The Tube

It's not all gold carriages, you know. | By Alex Corey
Six New Blue Plaques Dedicated To Women Are Coming To London

Six New Blue Plaques Dedicated To Women Are Coming To London

Spies, suffragettes, and a celebrated sculptor. | By Maire Rose Connor
Florence Nightingale's Life Explored In 200 Objects

Florence Nightingale's Life Explored In 200 Objects

Includes a DeLorean and a Barbie, would you believe? | By M@
At The London Ghost Club Which Meets Up In Old Pubs

At The London Ghost Club Which Meets Up In Old Pubs

"Many of us don't believe." | By Deborah Nash