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.

Ronnie Scott's Original Jazz Joint Gets A Blue Plaque

Ronnie Scott's Original Jazz Joint Gets A Blue Plaque

Jazz saxophonist's first club is now a Taiwanese restaurant. | By Maire Rose Connor
Black Cultural Archives Just Made Over 4,000 Items Available Online

Black Cultural Archives Just Made Over 4,000 Items Available Online

Collaboration with Google Arts & Culture. | By Will Noble
These Astonishing Photos Of Victorian Londoners Will Blow You Away

These Astonishing Photos Of Victorian Londoners Will Blow You Away

Charles Booth's London. | By Will Noble
St Paul's Cathedral Is Breathtaking, Covered In These Thought-Provoking Illuminations

St Paul's Cathedral Is Breathtaking, Covered In These Thought-Provoking Illuminations

Where Light Falls. | By Will Noble
See The Gates To The Euston Arch At National Railway Museum

See The Gates To The Euston Arch At National Railway Museum

And other relics from the station. | By M@
Ride A Vintage Jubilee Line Train On A Hidden Section Of Track

Ride A Vintage Jubilee Line Train On A Hidden Section Of Track

From Green Park to Charing Cross, for one day only. | By Laura Reynolds
The Secrets Of Blackfriars Bridge

The Secrets Of Blackfriars Bridge

From lurking monks to those mysterious red pillars. | By M@
Review: This William Hogarth Exhibition Is The Most Debauched (And Probably Best) Exhibition You'll See In 2019

Review: This William Hogarth Exhibition Is The Most Debauched (And Probably Best) Exhibition You'll See In 2019

Big exhibition, intimate setting, no entry fee. | By Will Noble ★★★★★
You'll Barely Recognise East London In These 10 Photos From The 1970s And 80s

You'll Barely Recognise East London In These 10 Photos From The 1970s And 80s

Once Upon a Time in Brick Lane. | By Will Noble
Archery, Aristocracy, And Espionage At The First Ever Chelsea History Festival

Archery, Aristocracy, And Espionage At The First Ever Chelsea History Festival

Our top eight events. | By Maire Rose Connor
Lord Mayor's Show 2019: When And Where Is It, And What's Happening?

Lord Mayor's Show 2019: When And Where Is It, And What's Happening?

It's all changing this year. | By Laura Reynolds
Inside London's Extraordinarily Curious Museum Of Sex Objects

Inside London's Extraordinarily Curious Museum Of Sex Objects

From loving cups to spanking branches. | By Will Noble
Croydon's Answer To The Southbank Centre Has Reopened... And We're Utterly In Love With It

Croydon's Answer To The Southbank Centre Has Reopened... And We're Utterly In Love With It

Fairfield Halls reborn. | By Will Noble
A Beatles Manhole Cover Has Appeared At The Famous Abbey Road Crossing

A Beatles Manhole Cover Has Appeared At The Famous Abbey Road Crossing

I Wanna Be Your Man(hole). | By Will Noble
Inside The Derelict East End Hospital That's About To Undergo A Stunning Renovation

Inside The Derelict East End Hospital That's About To Undergo A Stunning Renovation

Royal London Hospital will become a new town hall. | By Will Noble
Can You Get 5/5 On This London Transport Quiz?

Can You Get 5/5 On This London Transport Quiz?

Test your transport trivia skills. | Sponsor
A Brief History Of London In A-Z Maps

A Brief History Of London In A-Z Maps

From John Rocque to the 2012 Games. | By Londonist
We've Written A Book About Drinking In London... And We Reckon You Might Want To Own A Copy

We've Written A Book About Drinking In London... And We Reckon You Might Want To Own A Copy

We give you: Londonist Drinks. | By Will Noble
The Story Of London's Forgotten Prison: Millbank Penitentiary

The Story Of London's Forgotten Prison: Millbank Penitentiary

You can still see hints of its existence today. | By Londonist Staff
Delve Into This Crystal Grotto On Your Next Day Trip Out Of London

Delve Into This Crystal Grotto On Your Next Day Trip Out Of London

And it's all within the M25. | By Londonist Staff
Secret River: How The Thames Might Have Been Diverted

Secret River: How The Thames Might Have Been Diverted

Can you move a river? | Sponsor
7 Underrated Architectural Gems In London

7 Underrated Architectural Gems In London

Buildings you need to know about. | By Londonist
Londoners Have Been Eating Street Food Since Roman Times

Londoners Have Been Eating Street Food Since Roman Times

No halloumi fries back then. | By Harry Rosehill
A Beginner's Guide To The Iconic Plane Trees Of London

A Beginner's Guide To The Iconic Plane Trees Of London

Watch out for those dangly balls. | By M@