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.

Pioneering Civil Engineer Ardaseer Cursetjee Wadia Gets A Blue Plaque

Pioneering Civil Engineer Ardaseer Cursetjee Wadia Gets A Blue Plaque

Find it at this remarkable man's former villa in Richmond | By Maire Rose Connor
Abandoned London: New Book Shines Light On The Rarely Glimpsed City

Abandoned London: New Book Shines Light On The Rarely Glimpsed City

Get a look behind the city's padlocked doors. | By M@
Nero At The British Museum: A Rome That Smacked Of Game Of Thrones

Nero At The British Museum: A Rome That Smacked Of Game Of Thrones

Betrayal, conflagrations and matricide. | By Tabish Khan ★★★★☆
London’s Most Inconvenient Plaque Marks A Forgotten Roman Site

London’s Most Inconvenient Plaque Marks A Forgotten Roman Site

Hidden in brambles, up a big hill, miles from anywhere. | By M@
This Virtual Pub Crawl Is A Journey Through London's Queer History

This Virtual Pub Crawl Is A Journey Through London's Queer History

Explore seven historic riverside haunts with The Brunel Museum. | By Maire Rose Connor
The Cat In A Hat In A Shirt Shop

The Cat In A Hat In A Shirt Shop

You'll find Binks on Jermyn Street. | By Londonist
Everyday 1930s London Captured In These Remarkable Photos

Everyday 1930s London Captured In These Remarkable Photos

From pavements artists to the National Gallery. | By Londonist
9 Wonderful Charles Dickens Quotes On Rail Travel

9 Wonderful Charles Dickens Quotes On Rail Travel

Turns out train food was always terrible. | By Londonist
A Dive Into To London's Road Tunnels

A Dive Into To London's Road Tunnels

Part of London’s road scape for over a century. | By Londonist
These Incredible, Heartbreaking Titanic Objects Are Stashed Away In South London

These Incredible, Heartbreaking Titanic Objects Are Stashed Away In South London

Watches, menus and a toy pig. | By Londonist
Amy Johnson: The Aviatrix Who Made History At Croydon, Then Mysteriously Disappeared

Amy Johnson: The Aviatrix Who Made History At Croydon, Then Mysteriously Disappeared

"When she spoke of her plane, it was as if she was talking about a pet." | By Londonist
Ever Spot This 'Porters' Rest' Hiding In Plain Sight On Piccadilly?

Ever Spot This 'Porters' Rest' Hiding In Plain Sight On Piccadilly?

It mysteriously disappeared for a while. | By Londonist
The Stories Of Billingsgate Fishmongers: Preserved In A New Community Archive

The Stories Of Billingsgate Fishmongers: Preserved In A New Community Archive

The historic market has been part of London history since the 17th century. | By Maire Rose Connor
Physicist Abdus Salam Receives A Blue Plaque In Putney

Physicist Abdus Salam Receives A Blue Plaque In Putney

His work paved the way for the discovery of the 'God particle'. | By Maire Rose Connor
Britain's Longest-Serving Female Secret Agent Finally Has A Blue Plaque

Britain's Longest-Serving Female Secret Agent Finally Has A Blue Plaque

Christine Granville's story is one of staggering bravery. | By Maire Rose Connor
1980s Brent Captured In These Beautiful Community Photos

1980s Brent Captured In These Beautiful Community Photos

Barbers, dancehalls and churches. | By Londonist
Missing Travelling By Bus? Some Of The Best Things You Can See From The Top Deck (When Lockdown Lifts)

Missing Travelling By Bus? Some Of The Best Things You Can See From The Top Deck (When Lockdown Lifts)

Massive nostalgia for being on a doubledecker. | By Londonist
A History Of Soho's LGBTQ+ Bars

A History Of Soho's LGBTQ+ Bars

They've been around for a while. | By Londonist
The Blitz, As Seen Through The Eyes Of Today's Artists

The Blitz, As Seen Through The Eyes Of Today's Artists

Inspired by real-life stories. | By Will Noble
Debauched Stories From Behind The Doors Of The Colony Room

Debauched Stories From Behind The Doors Of The Colony Room

"Contains strong language, sex, violence and extreme wit." | By Will Noble
When A French Woman Rode Over London On The Back Of Floating Bull

When A French Woman Rode Over London On The Back Of Floating Bull

Nothing could go wrong... | By Will Noble
14 Of London's Most Beautiful Churches

14 Of London's Most Beautiful Churches

You don't gotta have faith to appreciate the beauty. | By Londonist
Ello Ello Ello! A Police Museum Is Coming To London Early Next Year

Ello Ello Ello! A Police Museum Is Coming To London Early Next Year

What's all this then? | By Will Noble
1980s Hackney Captured In These Vibrant Photos

1980s Hackney Captured In These Vibrant Photos

A treasure trove of memories. | By Will Noble