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.

Go See This Incredible Elizabethan Tapestry Map Of London

Go See This Incredible Elizabethan Tapestry Map Of London

It's sure prettier than Google Maps. | By Will Noble
Campaign Launched To Preserve The Bethnal Green Gasholders

Campaign Launched To Preserve The Bethnal Green Gasholders

Developers have got their eyes on the structures. | By M@
You Can Only Hear These Songs When You Visit The Specific Part Of South London They're Written About

You Can Only Hear These Songs When You Visit The Specific Part Of South London They're Written About

Explore the Low Line. | By Londonist
This Artist Photographed Old Kent Road In Its Entirety... Before It Changes For Good

This Artist Photographed Old Kent Road In Its Entirety... Before It Changes For Good

An 11-metre-long concertina. | By Will Noble
An Escape Hatch On Fleet Street Into A More Hushed And Secretive World

An Escape Hatch On Fleet Street Into A More Hushed And Secretive World

Have you explored Middle Temple? | By Deborah Nash
A Fiendish London History Quiz: Can You Beat The Champs?

A Fiendish London History Quiz: Can You Beat The Champs?

Can you beat the winners with 42/50? | By M@
Tower Bridge Is Doing £1.25 Tickets On Its 125th Birthday

Tower Bridge Is Doing £1.25 Tickets On Its 125th Birthday

Almost-free entry on 29 and 30 June. | By Will Noble
Seen This Mysterious Hand At The Tower Of London? No One Knows What It Is

Seen This Mysterious Hand At The Tower Of London? No One Knows What It Is

"Not one of our official exhibits," the Tower tells us. | By Londonist
Over 500 Vintage London Transport Maps And Photos Just Became Available To Browse Online

Over 500 Vintage London Transport Maps And Photos Just Became Available To Browse Online

London Transport Museum and Google collab. | By Will Noble
5 Utterly Despicable Moments From London's Past, Which Deserve Their Own 'Black Plaque'

5 Utterly Despicable Moments From London's Past, Which Deserve Their Own 'Black Plaque'

Not for the faint-hearted. | By Londonist
A Fantasy London Landscape From 1683, Drawn By A Man Who Never Visited

A Fantasy London Landscape From 1683, Drawn By A Man Who Never Visited

Look at St Paul's. | By M@
Climb The Caledonian Road Clock Tower

Climb The Caledonian Road Clock Tower

North London landmark opens doors. | By M@
This New Virtual Reality Experience Puts You In The Cockpit At RAF Museum

This New Virtual Reality Experience Puts You In The Cockpit At RAF Museum

Step into the Avro Lancaster bomber. | By Londonist Staff
The Big Ben On HP Sauce Is Now Covered In Scaffolding

The Big Ben On HP Sauce Is Now Covered In Scaffolding

Iconic condiment brand gets a revamp. | By Will Noble
Developers Are Planning To Demolish This 18th Century East End Building

Developers Are Planning To Demolish This 18th Century East End Building

Seriously, what are they playing at? | By Will Noble
This 92-Year-Old Tube Signal Cabin Is Still In Use... But It Won't Make It To 100

This 92-Year-Old Tube Signal Cabin Is Still In Use... But It Won't Make It To 100

A time when levers were levers. | By Will Noble
London's Forgotten Disasters: The Roof Of Charing Cross Station Collapses

London's Forgotten Disasters: The Roof Of Charing Cross Station Collapses

Six workers died, and the station closed for 3 months. | By M@
We Asked People What Abandoned London Train Station They'd Like To See Reopen

We Asked People What Abandoned London Train Station They'd Like To See Reopen

Pie in the sky time. | By Harry Rosehill
Noooo! Now London's Iconic Borderline Venue Is Closing

Noooo! Now London's Iconic Borderline Venue Is Closing

It's hosted everyone from Amy Winehouse to Spinal Tap. | By Will Noble
This Botanical Garden Is Home To The Bits Of London That No-One Else Wanted

This Botanical Garden Is Home To The Bits Of London That No-One Else Wanted

...and it's all the better for it. | By Laura Reynolds
Inside London's Only Polo Club

Inside London's Only Polo Club

Live out your Jilly Cooper Dreams in Richmond. | By Samantha Rea
The Fairy Bodyguard Of North London

The Fairy Bodyguard Of North London

Meet the Spriggan. | By Harry Rosehill
Inside The East London Pie And Mash Shop That Hasn't Changed Since The 1960s

Inside The East London Pie And Mash Shop That Hasn't Changed Since The 1960s

"This stuff's ingrained in us. It's a tradition" | By Londonist
We Used To Have A Public Holiday That Celebrated Our King Hiding Up A Tree

We Used To Have A Public Holiday That Celebrated Our King Hiding Up A Tree

Scooch over, St George. | By Will Noble