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.

What Is This Mysterious And Very Old Bollard On Upper Street?

What Is This Mysterious And Very Old Bollard On Upper Street?

"HH 1816" is the only clue. | By M@
Inside Marylebone, London's Quaintest Rail Terminus

Inside Marylebone, London's Quaintest Rail Terminus

What's behind Marylebone-mania? | By James FitzGerald
The Anonymous Writer Who Brought Down A Prime Minister

The Anonymous Writer Who Brought Down A Prime Minister

But who exactly was Junius? | By Jane Alexander
A Farewell To 55 Broadway - TfL's Art Deco Headquarters

A Farewell To 55 Broadway - TfL's Art Deco Headquarters

A striking slab of London's transport history. | By David Fathers
Medieval Cesspit Discovered Beneath The Courtauld Gallery At Somerset House

Medieval Cesspit Discovered Beneath The Courtauld Gallery At Somerset House

View a 3-D model of the faecal abyss. | By M@
When Did Big Ben First Bong?

When Did Big Ben First Bong?

Its first toll made people's "marrow crawl". | By M@
This 'Museum Of The Mind' Explores Mental Health In Thoughtful And Incredible Ways

This 'Museum Of The Mind' Explores Mental Health In Thoughtful And Incredible Ways

A must-visit in south London. | By Will Noble
You Can Ride A Disused Part Of The Jubilee Line This February

You Can Ride A Disused Part Of The Jubilee Line This February

Closed for over 20 years. | By Will Noble
"I Visited Three London Courts In A Day"

"I Visited Three London Courts In A Day"

Supreme, RCJ and Old Bailey. | By Olivier Guiberteau
Can You Name All Six Tube Stations Named After Pubs?

Can You Name All Six Tube Stations Named After Pubs?

And how many can you still drink in? | By M@
4 Secret Societies That Operated In The Shadows Of London

4 Secret Societies That Operated In The Shadows Of London

Heard of these folk? | By Jane Alexander
This Drag Raven Is Leading LGBTQ+ Tours Of The Tower Of London

This Drag Raven Is Leading LGBTQ+ Tours Of The Tower Of London

All singing, all dancing after-dark tour. | By Will Noble
The York Watergate: The Forgotten Treasure Of Embankment Gardens

The York Watergate: The Forgotten Treasure Of Embankment Gardens

The Thames used to flow to its steps. | By M@
1970s London From The Top Deck Of A Routemaster

1970s London From The Top Deck Of A Routemaster

Mesmeric 'slow TV' film. | By M@
Campaign To Save Sclater Street Houses Near Shoreditch High Street Station

Campaign To Save Sclater Street Houses Near Shoreditch High Street Station

300-year-old weavers' homes face the chop. | By M@
Take A Free Horse-Drawn Tram Ride This February

Take A Free Horse-Drawn Tram Ride This February

No Oyster card required. | By Will Noble
Military Drones Were Made In London... 100 Years Ago

Military Drones Were Made In London... 100 Years Ago

Drones are a London invention. | By Londonist
Previously Unseen Images Of Barbican Under Construction

Previously Unseen Images Of Barbican Under Construction

And London Central Mosque. | By Will Noble
National Trust Buildings And Parks In London

National Trust Buildings And Parks In London

Five of them are free. | By M@
Inside Pollock's Toy Museum In Fitzrovia

Inside Pollock's Toy Museum In Fitzrovia

A true treasure, tucked away in Fitzrovia. | By Londonist Staff
Secrets Of Southwark Bridge

Secrets Of Southwark Bridge

Shining a light on London's least used bridge. | By M@
The Golden Chapel Hidden Away In Fitzrovia

The Golden Chapel Hidden Away In Fitzrovia

Open to visitors every Wednesday. | By Londonist Staff
A Brief History Of Moquette

A Brief History Of Moquette

London transport wouldn't be the same without it. | By Londonist Staff
20 Forgotten Words From London's Past

20 Forgotten Words From London's Past

The sounds of old London remembered. | By M@