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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.

Sundials Of London

Sundials Of London

By Londonist
When A Giraffe Lived Behind A North London Pub

When A Giraffe Lived Behind A North London Pub

By Harry Rosehill
Regeneration Is Forcing London's Timber Yards Out Of Business

Regeneration Is Forcing London's Timber Yards Out Of Business

By Brendan Malkin
What Is The Lambeth Walk?

What Is The Lambeth Walk?

By M@
Inside The East London Car Factory You Thought Had Closed

Inside The East London Car Factory You Thought Had Closed

By Will Noble
How London's Railings Ended Up At The Bottom Of The Thames

How London's Railings Ended Up At The Bottom Of The Thames

By Harry Rosehill
London Had A Wobbly Bridge 100 Years Ago

London Had A Wobbly Bridge 100 Years Ago

By Stephen Coates
Video: The Horses Of Mincing Lane

Video: The Horses Of Mincing Lane

By Eleana Overett
The Funeral Of Wellington

The Funeral Of Wellington

By London Historians
Why Is London Here?

Why Is London Here?

By Harry Rosehill
16 Ships Made Of Concrete, Hiding In The Thames

16 Ships Made Of Concrete, Hiding In The Thames

By M@
"My Grandad Painted This East London Car Art 60 Years Ago"

"My Grandad Painted This East London Car Art 60 Years Ago"

By Will Noble
St Giles' Without Cripplegate - London's Most Resilient Church?

St Giles' Without Cripplegate - London's Most Resilient Church?

By London Historians
Inside The Church Named After Odd Footwear

Inside The Church Named After Odd Footwear

By Eleana Overett
Help Restore This Gorgeous Observatory

Help Restore This Gorgeous Observatory

By M@
This London Building Used To House A Death Railway Station

This London Building Used To House A Death Railway Station

By Laura Reynolds
A Brief History Of London In Riots

A Brief History Of London In Riots

By Danielle Thom
When Londoners Went Skiing On A Toxic Spoil-Heap

When Londoners Went Skiing On A Toxic Spoil-Heap

By Laura Reynolds
7 Secrets Of The Grosvenor Railway Bridge

7 Secrets Of The Grosvenor Railway Bridge

By Jordan Waite
When The Earth Moved For Londoners

When The Earth Moved For Londoners

By London Historians
How Did London End Up With Two Bromleys?

How Did London End Up With Two Bromleys?

By Laura Reynolds
London Neighbourhoods With Music In Their DNA

London Neighbourhoods With Music In Their DNA

By Harry Rosehill
How To Pretend You're Living In Londinium

How To Pretend You're Living In Londinium

By Will Noble
Things You Didn't Know About The Savoy's American Bar

Things You Didn't Know About The Savoy's American Bar

By Helen Glaberson
Why Britain Sets Its Clocks To London

Why Britain Sets Its Clocks To London

By Harry Rosehill
In Photos: London In 1937

In Photos: London In 1937

By Eleana Overett
A Brief History Of Heathrow Airport

A Brief History Of Heathrow Airport

By London Historians
London's Other Trafalgar Square

London's Other Trafalgar Square

By Laura Reynolds
10 London Silent Movies You Have To See

10 London Silent Movies You Have To See

By Londonist
Queer London: An Extract From The Peter Ackroyd Book

Queer London: An Extract From The Peter Ackroyd Book

By Peter Ackroyd
How Did The Isle Of Dogs Get Its Name?

How Did The Isle Of Dogs Get Its Name?

By Laura Reynolds
The First Ever London History Day Is This Month

The First Ever London History Day Is This Month

By Harry Rosehill
Walk With Dickens: Legal London

Walk With Dickens: Legal London

By Londonist
Secrets Of St Paul's Cathedral

Secrets Of St Paul's Cathedral

By Zoe Craig
Why Is London So Obsessed With Pineapples?

Why Is London So Obsessed With Pineapples?

By Laura Reynolds
Why Is There A Totem Pole On Peckham Rye?

Why Is There A Totem Pole On Peckham Rye?

By Laura Reynolds
Secrets Of Chelsea Bridge

Secrets Of Chelsea Bridge

By Zoe Craig
Compters: London's Lesser-Known Jails

Compters: London's Lesser-Known Jails

By London Historians
Visit London's Oldest Tree

Visit London's Oldest Tree

By M@
The City Of London Police Museum: What's All This Then?

The City Of London Police Museum: What's All This Then?

By M@
These Huts In Peckham Painted With Teletubbies Were Part Of A Prisoner Of War Camp

These Huts In Peckham Painted With Teletubbies Were Part Of A Prisoner Of War Camp

By Laura Reynolds
How Part Of London's Postal Heritage Ended Up In Walthamstow

How Part Of London's Postal Heritage Ended Up In Walthamstow

By London Historians
Who Was Samuel Coleridge-Taylor? (He's Not To Be Confused With Samuel Taylor Coleridge)

Who Was Samuel Coleridge-Taylor? (He's Not To Be Confused With Samuel Taylor Coleridge)

By Londonist
What Happened To The Teams That Competed In The First Ever FA Cup?

What Happened To The Teams That Competed In The First Ever FA Cup?

By James FitzGerald
How This Area Of London Ended Up Being Called Dead Man's Hole

How This Area Of London Ended Up Being Called Dead Man's Hole

By Laura Reynolds
How Heathrow Airport Almost Got A Ninth Runway

How Heathrow Airport Almost Got A Ninth Runway

By M@
The Huge Shit Pump Beneath Big Ben

The Huge Shit Pump Beneath Big Ben

By Laurence Scales
In Photos: London In 1996

In Photos: London In 1996

By Jordan Waite
Did You Know That Notting Hill Used To Be A Racecourse?

Did You Know That Notting Hill Used To Be A Racecourse?

By M@
The Suffragette That Was A Jiu-Jitsu Master

The Suffragette That Was A Jiu-Jitsu Master

By London Historians
These London Buildings All Used To Be Fire Stations

These London Buildings All Used To Be Fire Stations

By Laura Reynolds
The Freak Show Empire Across Victorian London

The Freak Show Empire Across Victorian London

By Harry Rosehill
Everything You Need To Know About London's Heliport

Everything You Need To Know About London's Heliport

By James FitzGerald
Where To Find Dinosaur Food Growing In London

Where To Find Dinosaur Food Growing In London

By Zoe Craig
London's Most Poignant Memorials

London's Most Poignant Memorials

By Londonist Staff
What's London's Oldest Museum?

What's London's Oldest Museum?

By Harry Rosehill
These London Buildings All Used To Be Theatres

These London Buildings All Used To Be Theatres

By Zoe Craig
The London Tree That's Grade II Listed

The London Tree That's Grade II Listed

By Laura Reynolds
King's Cross Was Nearly Home To A Forest Of Monkeys

King's Cross Was Nearly Home To A Forest Of Monkeys

By Laura Reynolds
The Ancient Wonders Of The World... In London

The Ancient Wonders Of The World... In London

By M@
11 Interesting Facts About The Millennium Bridge

11 Interesting Facts About The Millennium Bridge

By Zoe Craig
A Charles Dickens Walk: The Farringdon Slums

A Charles Dickens Walk: The Farringdon Slums

By Londonist
Thameslink Trains To Run Through The Middle Of Museum Of London?

Thameslink Trains To Run Through The Middle Of Museum Of London?

By Will Noble
On Brentford's Art Deco Golden Mile

On Brentford's Art Deco Golden Mile

By London Historians
Bridge Over Non-Existent Water

Bridge Over Non-Existent Water

By Harry Rosehill
London's Most Haunted Hotel

London's Most Haunted Hotel

By Zoe Craig
Take A Magical Mystery Tour of London's Beatles Locations

Take A Magical Mystery Tour of London's Beatles Locations

By Zoe Craig
Everything You Need To Know About London's Peregrine Falcons

Everything You Need To Know About London's Peregrine Falcons

By Zoe Craig
11 Secrets Of The London Palladium

11 Secrets Of The London Palladium

By Zoe Craig
The First Recorded Incident Of Friendly Fire Happened In Barnet

The First Recorded Incident Of Friendly Fire Happened In Barnet

By Harry Rosehill
Visit The Jewel Of Westminster

Visit The Jewel Of Westminster

By M@
9 Things You Might Not Have Done In Tate Modern

9 Things You Might Not Have Done In Tate Modern

By Zoe Craig
9 Things You Probably Didn't Know About Lewisham

9 Things You Probably Didn't Know About Lewisham

By Zoe Craig
The Buildings That Replaced London's Prisons

The Buildings That Replaced London's Prisons

By Harry Rosehill
8 Secrets Of Tobacco Dock

8 Secrets Of Tobacco Dock

By Zoe Craig
How Did Postman's Park Get Its Name?

How Did Postman's Park Get Its Name?

By Laura Reynolds
When Part Of Peckham Was Almost Obliterated For The Channel Tunnel

When Part Of Peckham Was Almost Obliterated For The Channel Tunnel

By Sam Cullen
In Pictures: London in 1983

In Pictures: London in 1983

By Londonist Staff
Forgotten Disasters: Steamboat Explosion Near Waterloo Bridge

Forgotten Disasters: Steamboat Explosion Near Waterloo Bridge

By M@
This Is What London Looked Like In 1979

This Is What London Looked Like In 1979

By Londonist Staff
This Machine Saved The Lives Of Londoners And Helped The City Build Upwards

This Machine Saved The Lives Of Londoners And Helped The City Build Upwards

By Will Noble
Pavements In The Sky: Return Of The City's Pedways

Pavements In The Sky: Return Of The City's Pedways

By M@
30-Second London: Learn The City's History Super Quick

30-Second London: Learn The City's History Super Quick

By M@
9 Things You Might Not Know About Hammersmith Bridge

9 Things You Might Not Know About Hammersmith Bridge

By Zoe Craig
London's Lost Victorian Buildings: Mapped

London's Lost Victorian Buildings: Mapped

By Joe O'Donnell
Why Did London Lose Its Trams?

Why Did London Lose Its Trams?

By Harry Rosehill
London 2022, As Foreseen In 1922

London 2022, As Foreseen In 1922

By M@
The Planners And Cartoonists Who Preempted The Underground.

The Planners And Cartoonists Who Preempted The Underground.

By M@
The West Indies Ships That Arrived Before The Windrush

The West Indies Ships That Arrived Before The Windrush

By James FitzGerald
How The Tiered Wedding Cake Was Inspired By St Bride's

How The Tiered Wedding Cake Was Inspired By St Bride's

By Laura Reynolds