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.

There Actually WAS A Sweeney Todd Barbershop On Fleet Street

There Actually WAS A Sweeney Todd Barbershop On Fleet Street

Today it's a McDonald's. | By Will Noble
This London Tube Map Tells You Where The Station Names Originated

This London Tube Map Tells You Where The Station Names Originated

Next stop: etymology. | By Will Noble
Weekend Walks: The Greenway (Beckton To Hackney)

Weekend Walks: The Greenway (Beckton To Hackney)

From pumping stations to Olympic parks. | By Nick Young
London's Most Beautiful Fountains

London's Most Beautiful Fountains

A joy forever. | By Zoe Craig
London Once Had 'Meat Pie' Tube Trains

London Once Had 'Meat Pie' Tube Trains

Bring them back please. | By Will Noble
What Are 100 Painted Tiles Doing On This New Cross Street?

What Are 100 Painted Tiles Doing On This New Cross Street?

Featuring Darth Vader and dolphins. | By Will Noble
A Modernist Utopia In The Clouds Floats Above Dulwich

A Modernist Utopia In The Clouds Floats Above Dulwich

Ever visited Dawson's Heights? | By Will Noble
Tower Bridge Is Reopening This Saturday

Tower Bridge Is Reopening This Saturday

(And we don't just mean its bascules). | By Will Noble
Vote In This Video Competition And See Civil Engineering Like Never Before

Vote In This Video Competition And See Civil Engineering Like Never Before

From poetry to poo - which is your favourite? | Sponsor
London's Rock 'N' Roll Plaques

London's Rock 'N' Roll Plaques

They've gone plaque-inum. | By Sian Meades
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