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.

Unlock Secret Doors And Explore The Hidden Passages Of Piccadilly Circus Station, On This Brand New Tour

Unlock Secret Doors And Explore The Hidden Passages Of Piccadilly Circus Station, On This Brand New Tour

Hidden London's latest project. | By Will Noble
Tragedienne Who Had Her Nose Smashed In By Vandals And Wore A Crisp Packet Tiara, Gets A £17k Facelift

Tragedienne Who Had Her Nose Smashed In By Vandals And Wore A Crisp Packet Tiara, Gets A £17k Facelift

Until recently, Sarah Siddons was a sorry sight. | By Will Noble
Hidden London Exhibition Reveals The Underground's Deepest Secrets And Forgotten Spaces

Hidden London Exhibition Reveals The Underground's Deepest Secrets And Forgotten Spaces

There was once a subterranean aircraft factory on the Central line. | By Victoria Smith-Graterol
Meet The People Of Borough Market

Meet The People Of Borough Market

The faces behind the food. | By Londonist Staff
Hammersmith Bridge Could Be Closed To Cars Forever

Hammersmith Bridge Could Be Closed To Cars Forever

Current diversions could become a permanent feature. | By Laura Reynolds
Murray's: The Louche London Club That Instigated The Profumo Affair

Murray's: The Louche London Club That Instigated The Profumo Affair

Secrets beneath Soho's pavements. | By Londonist
Laurie Cunningham: A Story Of Sharp Suits, Smooth Moves And Fancy Footwork

Laurie Cunningham: A Story Of Sharp Suits, Smooth Moves And Fancy Footwork

The master of fancy footwork. | By Dermot Kavanagh
Londoners Have Been Fighting High Rents For Over 100 Years

Londoners Have Been Fighting High Rents For Over 100 Years

London's first rent strikes. | By Londonist
Eye Up A One Hundred Million Pound Banknote At This Museum

Eye Up A One Hundred Million Pound Banknote At This Museum

325 Years, 325 Objects. | By Londonist
A Horrendous Croydon Train Crash In 1947

A Horrendous Croydon Train Crash In 1947

"It was all my fault." | By Will Noble
This Kidbrooke Housing Estate Is Hiding An Incredible Collection Of Maritime Treasures

This Kidbrooke Housing Estate Is Hiding An Incredible Collection Of Maritime Treasures

A salty seadog of oddities. | By Will Noble
How To Catch A Glimpse Of The Lost River Tyburn

How To Catch A Glimpse Of The Lost River Tyburn

The West End's secret river, rediscovered. | Sponsor
The World's Most Bizarre Heist Chase Happened In Tottenham

The World's Most Bizarre Heist Chase Happened In Tottenham

You couldn't make this up. | By David Fathers
D.H. Lawrence Bitched About How London Had Changed... In 1928

D.H. Lawrence Bitched About How London Had Changed... In 1928

This stuff is nothing new. | By Harry Rosehill
When A Famous Painting Was Stolen From The National Gallery... As A Protest Against TV Licence Fees

When A Famous Painting Was Stolen From The National Gallery... As A Protest Against TV Licence Fees

The twists just keep coming. | By Jane Alexander
Designs For The New Museum Of London Have Been Revealed

Designs For The New Museum Of London Have Been Revealed

Smithfield looks very different in these mock-ups. | By Laura Reynolds
A Day Out At The Bizarre And Brilliant Covent Garden Rent Ceremony

A Day Out At The Bizarre And Brilliant Covent Garden Rent Ceremony

Hear ye! Hear ye! | By Harry Rosehill
Millions Of Remembrance Poppies Are Made At This West London Factory

Millions Of Remembrance Poppies Are Made At This West London Factory

It's been here since 1925. | By Will Noble
This Was The Last Time A Steam Train Ran Through Central London On A Tube Line

This Was The Last Time A Steam Train Ran Through Central London On A Tube Line

All change! | By Will Noble
Are These The 16 Best London Underground Posters Ever?

Are These The 16 Best London Underground Posters Ever?

Brightest London brought to life. | By Will Noble
This Victorian Book Gives Hilarious Advice To Train Passengers

This Victorian Book Gives Hilarious Advice To Train Passengers

This hasn't aged well. | By Will Noble
Should You Leave London For Letchworth?

Should You Leave London For Letchworth?

Health-foods and a hellish commute? | By James FitzGerald
These Hilarious Wartime Posters Told Off Londoners For Standing On The Left Of Escalators

These Hilarious Wartime Posters Told Off Londoners For Standing On The Left Of Escalators

75 years later, we've still not learned our lesson. | By Will Noble
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