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.

100 Years Ago: First Tube Announcements Massively Annoy Londoners

100 Years Ago: First Tube Announcements Massively Annoy Londoners

Gramophone barks "Stand on right!". | By M@
Is The World's Oldest Railway Station In Mitcham, South London?

Is The World's Oldest Railway Station In Mitcham, South London?

South London had trains in the Napoleonic era. | By M@
Vintage Photos Of London In The Snow

Vintage Photos Of London In The Snow

Someone fetch us a sledge. | By Will Noble
When Charlie Chaplin Was 'Kidnapped' At Croydon Airport

When Charlie Chaplin Was 'Kidnapped' At Croydon Airport

That's one way to get him to visit your cinema... | By Will Noble
Inside The Anti-Fascist Library That's Been Fighting Nazism Since WW2

Inside The Anti-Fascist Library That's Been Fighting Nazism Since WW2

The Wiener Library is a library like no other. | By Will Noble
Try The Most Fiendish London History Quiz Ever

Try The Most Fiendish London History Quiz Ever

Can you beat the prize-winning score? | By M@
London's Water Pumps: Where Strange History Flows Freely

London's Water Pumps: Where Strange History Flows Freely

Dozens survive, and all have their tales. | By M@
7 Places You Wouldn’t Expect To Find A Routemaster (But Will)

7 Places You Wouldn’t Expect To Find A Routemaster (But Will)

From Wiltshire to a Russian Circus. | By Harry Rosehill
The Art Deco Euston Station That Never Was

The Art Deco Euston Station That Never Was

It was going to have a heliport and everything. | By Londonist
Who Was The Muffin Man Who Lived On Drury Lane?

Who Was The Muffin Man Who Lived On Drury Lane?

We follow the breadcrumbs... | By M@
Delve Into The Deadly Royal Relationship Between Elizabeth And Mary - At The British Library

Delve Into The Deadly Royal Relationship Between Elizabeth And Mary - At The British Library

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Everything You Need To Know About London's Escalators

Everything You Need To Know About London's Escalators

There are some ups and downs. | By Will Noble
Southwark's Statue Of Alfred The Great Is Much Older Than We Thought

Southwark's Statue Of Alfred The Great Is Much Older Than We Thought

He has the legs of a goddess... literally. | By M@
When Bob Dylan Accidentally Hung Out With A Plumber In Crouch End... Or Did He?

When Bob Dylan Accidentally Hung Out With A Plumber In Crouch End... Or Did He?

The answer, my friend, is blowin' in the wind. | By Londonist
Did You Know The USA Has A Thames Too?

Did You Know The USA Has A Thames Too?

It's in the city of New London. | By Will Noble
Did You Know There's A Replica 'Eros' Statue In Lancashire?

Did You Know There's A Replica 'Eros' Statue In Lancashire?

Eros-by-the-Sea. | By M@
The World's First Car Journey Took Place In London, In 1803

The World's First Car Journey Took Place In London, In 1803

Shortly followed by the first car crash. | By M@
The Crouch End Studios That Gave Us Captain Pugwash And Trumpton

The Crouch End Studios That Gave Us Captain Pugwash And Trumpton

Ever heard of Womersley Road? | By Londonist
Bohemia House - The Hampstead Club Where Czechs And Slovaks Meet Over A Pilsner

Bohemia House - The Hampstead Club Where Czechs And Slovaks Meet Over A Pilsner

WW2 heritage, incredible beer. | By Will Noble
Leadenhall Market's All Dressed Up For Halloween

Leadenhall Market's All Dressed Up For Halloween

Wonder if it was inspired by Squid Game? | By Will Noble
Inside The Troxy - The East End's Art Deco Palace

Inside The Troxy - The East End's Art Deco Palace

A cinema, bingo hall and drag stage. | By Will Noble
Fleet Street's Art Deco Express Building Will Open To The Public - And With A Roof Garden Too

Fleet Street's Art Deco Express Building Will Open To The Public - And With A Roof Garden Too

Exciting redevelopment gets green light. | By Will Noble
A Titanic Exhibition Is Coming To London - With Replica Interiors Of The Doomed Ship

A Titanic Exhibition Is Coming To London - With Replica Interiors Of The Doomed Ship

Sails into London December 2021 | By Will Noble
Britain's First Black Train Driver Honoured With Blue Plaque At King's Cross Station

Britain's First Black Train Driver Honoured With Blue Plaque At King's Cross Station

Wilston Samuel Jackson drove the Flying Scotsman and Mallard. | By Will Noble