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.

Can You Name All Six Tube Stations Named After Pubs?

Can You Name All Six Tube Stations Named After Pubs?

And how many can you still drink in? | By M@
4 Secret Societies That Operated In The Shadows Of London

4 Secret Societies That Operated In The Shadows Of London

Heard of these folk? | By Jane Alexander
This Drag Raven Is Leading LGBTQ+ Tours Of The Tower Of London

This Drag Raven Is Leading LGBTQ+ Tours Of The Tower Of London

All singing, all dancing after-dark tour. | By Will Noble
The York Watergate: The Forgotten Treasure Of Embankment Gardens

The York Watergate: The Forgotten Treasure Of Embankment Gardens

The Thames used to flow to its steps. | By M@
1970s London From The Top Deck Of A Routemaster

1970s London From The Top Deck Of A Routemaster

Mesmeric 'slow TV' film. | By M@
Campaign To Save Sclater Street Houses Near Shoreditch High Street Station

Campaign To Save Sclater Street Houses Near Shoreditch High Street Station

300-year-old weavers' homes face the chop. | By M@
Take A Free Horse-Drawn Tram Ride This February

Take A Free Horse-Drawn Tram Ride This February

No Oyster card required. | By Will Noble
Military Drones Were Made In London... 100 Years Ago

Military Drones Were Made In London... 100 Years Ago

Drones are a London invention. | By Londonist
Previously Unseen Images Of Barbican Under Construction

Previously Unseen Images Of Barbican Under Construction

And London Central Mosque. | By Will Noble
National Trust Buildings And Parks In London

National Trust Buildings And Parks In London

Five of them are free. | By M@
Inside Pollock's Toy Museum In Fitzrovia

Inside Pollock's Toy Museum In Fitzrovia

A true treasure, tucked away in Fitzrovia. | By Londonist Staff
Secrets Of Southwark Bridge

Secrets Of Southwark Bridge

Shining a light on London's least used bridge. | By M@
The Golden Chapel Hidden Away In Fitzrovia

The Golden Chapel Hidden Away In Fitzrovia

Open to visitors every Wednesday. | By Londonist Staff
A Brief History Of Moquette

A Brief History Of Moquette

London transport wouldn't be the same without it. | By Londonist Staff
20 Forgotten Words From London's Past

20 Forgotten Words From London's Past

The sounds of old London remembered. | By M@
London's First Taxi Driver: James Michael Howe

London's First Taxi Driver: James Michael Howe

He drove London's first motorised cab. | By M@
The Royal Albert Hall Used To Host The Maddest New Year's Eve Ball

The Royal Albert Hall Used To Host The Maddest New Year's Eve Ball

Mass destruction at midnight. | By Jane Alexander
This Legendary Coffee Stall Is Going On Display At Museum Of London

This Legendary Coffee Stall Is Going On Display At Museum Of London

Syd's is getting a new home. | By Will Noble
What Londoners Thought Of Tourists In 1979

What Londoners Thought Of Tourists In 1979

Some bigoted views, some lovely ones. | By Will Noble
London's Lost Rivers Volume 2: Book Sequel Tracks Down Forgotten Waterways

London's Lost Rivers Volume 2: Book Sequel Tracks Down Forgotten Waterways

There's a river in Covent Garden? | By M@
In Search Of London’s Last Cockneys

In Search Of London’s Last Cockneys

"We had to move away, Cos' the rent we couldn't pay." | By Lucy Wilton
Photos Of Borough Market Then And Now

Photos Of Borough Market Then And Now

Borough Market's 21 year challenge. | By Harry Rosehill
Spend The Night In Great Scotland Yard, Now A Hotel

Spend The Night In Great Scotland Yard, Now A Hotel

The London hotel with Sherlock Holmes links. | By M@
Meet Paul Gardner, The Paper Bag Baron Of London

Meet Paul Gardner, The Paper Bag Baron Of London

The 150 year old bag shop, still going strong. | By Londonist Staff