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.

26 Things To Look Out For On Fleet Street

26 Things To Look Out For On Fleet Street

In churches, pubs and alleyways.
What Are The Red Pillars Next To Blackfriars Bridge?

What Are The Red Pillars Next To Blackfriars Bridge?

A part of London's railway history.
A history of the Port of London - fascinating stuff

A history of the Port of London - fascinating stuff

Docklands history.
5 Grammatically Incorrect London Stores

5 Grammatically Incorrect London Stores

In search of London's missing apostrophes.
The Room Vandalised By 4 British Prime Ministers

The Room Vandalised By 4 British Prime Ministers

And a few great writers too.
Where To See And Hear The Hidden River Fleet

Where To See And Hear The Hidden River Fleet

You can still find it flowing
Who Was The Real Fagin?

Who Was The Real Fagin?

" Dickens himself was so strongly criticised for emphasising Fagin's race and religion at every turn"
How To Get Into The Houses Of Parliament For Free

How To Get Into The Houses Of Parliament For Free

An unusual day out.
Photos Of London Past And Present Side By Side

Photos Of London Past And Present Side By Side

Photographic history.
Ever noticed this little secret on Fleet Street?

Ever noticed this little secret on Fleet Street?

Ever been intrigued by this sign on Fleet Street?
Victorian Londoners did some pretty horrific jobs

Victorian Londoners did some pretty horrific jobs

Your spreadsheets look pretty cushty now.
Ice cream in London, and how early incarnations spread tubercolosis

Ice cream in London, and how early incarnations spread tubercolosis

"It was thought that these filthy vessels were contributing to the spread of tuberculosis"
10 Secrets Of Covent Garden Market

10 Secrets Of Covent Garden Market

Surprising.
This Is What London Looked Like In 1979

This Is What London Looked Like In 1979

Maggie, Marvin and Liza Minelli.
London's Famous Flatmates

London's Famous Flatmates

The shared addresses of the rich and famous (and infamous).
This Is What London Looked Like In The 1990s

This Is What London Looked Like In The 1990s

Some great moments, but it wasn't all beer and skittles
Did You Know All These Fun Lewisham Facts?

Did You Know All These Fun Lewisham Facts?

Including the first use of police riot shields.
Why On Earth Would Anyone Go To Romford? Because It's Got All This...

Why On Earth Would Anyone Go To Romford? Because It's Got All This...

This place is a haven of pies and history
There's A Secret Bunker Below This North-West London Housing Estate

There's A Secret Bunker Below This North-West London Housing Estate

NOT the one in Westminster.
This Is What London Looked Like In 1976

This Is What London Looked Like In 1976

George Best, Concorde, and The Jam
In Pictures: Brutalist London

In Pictures: Brutalist London

Brutal? Or raw?
Ever Been To The Rose Playhouse?

Ever Been To The Rose Playhouse?

Putting on plays once more.
Have You Spotted The 450-Million-Year-Old Bench Outside Euston Station?

Have You Spotted The 450-Million-Year-Old Bench Outside Euston Station?

More than just a place to park your bum.
Test Your London Knowledge With This Quiz From A Blue Badge Guide

Test Your London Knowledge With This Quiz From A Blue Badge Guide

Test your London knowledge...
London's Most Haunted Hotel

London's Most Haunted Hotel

Did we get your favourite?
Are These London’s Most Haunted Pubs?

Are These London’s Most Haunted Pubs?

Boos with your booze
Ever Been To Dead Man's Hole?

Ever Been To Dead Man's Hole?

Thousands of tourists walk past every day
Visiting the sights of London's last remaining toll road

Visiting the sights of London's last remaining toll road

We chose to walk it - we're cheap like that.
Find Out How Your London Postcode Came About

Find Out How Your London Postcode Came About

How certain districts were ruthlessly abolished.
London In 1985

London In 1985

Plus other photos from that year.
Ubers Were A Long Way Off In 1960s London

Ubers Were A Long Way Off In 1960s London

Still think Uber's great?
This rural village throws up another curious twist in the London postcode saga

This rural village throws up another curious twist in the London postcode saga

But is it really London?
The Magic And Grandeur Of London's Grand Cafés

The Magic And Grandeur Of London's Grand Cafés

Take mum and dad here.
8 Secrets Of Liberty

8 Secrets Of Liberty

Ever noticed the weathervane?
Ever Heard Of The London Monster, The Precursor To Jack The Ripper?

Ever Heard Of The London Monster, The Precursor To Jack The Ripper?

Some women put pots and pans in their skirts to protect themselves
The Soviets Secretly Mapped London... And Made Some Glaring Errors

The Soviets Secretly Mapped London... And Made Some Glaring Errors

A little unsettling to say the least.
Disaster At Barbican: The Tube's First Tragedy

Disaster At Barbican: The Tube's First Tragedy

Death on the lines.
Take a look at these fascinating photos of London from 1944

Take a look at these fascinating photos of London from 1944

Step back in time.
Beautiful Examples Of Art Deco In London

Beautiful Examples Of Art Deco In London

Did we get your favourite?
10 Secrets Of The Thames

10 Secrets Of The Thames

The artery of the city.
7 Secrets Of The City Of Westminster

7 Secrets Of The City Of Westminster

Including THAT Coco Chanel myth...
London Photos From 1971

London Photos From 1971

A fascinating look back.
Fantastic posters from former gigs at Roundhouse

Fantastic posters from former gigs at Roundhouse

Were you at any of these gigs?
In Pictures: London's West End In The 1950s

In Pictures: London's West End In The 1950s

It's still Soho, but not as we know it.
London's best alternative boats

London's best alternative boats

Take to the water.
How to explore Tudor London

How to explore Tudor London

If you ever find yourself stuck in 1550...
London In 1974

London In 1974

Including Al Pacino sipping tea.
Everything You Need To Know About London's Buses

Everything You Need To Know About London's Buses

Shortest, longest, busiest: we've got it all covered.
Love The Royal Vauxhall Tavern? This Is What It Looked Like In The 60s

Love The Royal Vauxhall Tavern? This Is What It Looked Like In The 60s

Is this the most fabulous bar in London?
The Hunt For London's Oldest Pub

The Hunt For London's Oldest Pub

Good luck drinking your way through this lot