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.

A Tube Map That Never Happened, Based On Plans From The 1940s

A Tube Map That Never Happened, Based On Plans From The 1940s

It could have all been so different. | By Will Noble
Fulham Broadway’s Former Edwardian Ticket Hall Has Had A Boozy Makeover

Fulham Broadway’s Former Edwardian Ticket Hall Has Had A Boozy Makeover

To the trains (and tipples)! | By Will Noble
In Pictures: London's Windrush Generation Today

In Pictures: London's Windrush Generation Today

Bingo, rum and religion. | By Will Noble
Why Is There An Elephant On Camden's Coat Of Arms?

Why Is There An Elephant On Camden's Coat Of Arms?

That crest explained. | By M@
Postmodernism Officially Becomes Heritage: 10 London Buildings Listed

Postmodernism Officially Becomes Heritage: 10 London Buildings Listed

The architectural movement with a sense of fun. | By Harry Rosehill
Secret Gardens, Private Islands And Wildlife Aplenty... All At The End Of A TfL Bus Route

Secret Gardens, Private Islands And Wildlife Aplenty... All At The End Of A TfL Bus Route

Stunning views over the Kent countryside. | By Laura Reynolds
Inside London's Hidden Cinema Museum

Inside London's Hidden Cinema Museum

Beloved but endangered. | By Will Noble
How To Eat, Drink And Smoke Like Winston Churchill

How To Eat, Drink And Smoke Like Winston Churchill

No rationing required. | By Will Noble
Why You Should Go To... Sevenoaks

Why You Should Go To... Sevenoaks

The town that gave birth to a time machine. | By Laura Reynolds
12 Things You Never Knew About Wembley Park

12 Things You Never Knew About Wembley Park

Steeped in history. | Sponsor
Here's How To Celebrate The Windrush Legacy In London

Here's How To Celebrate The Windrush Legacy In London

Groove to beats, scoff patties and drink punch. | By Will Noble
The Real Sherlock Of Baker Street

The Real Sherlock Of Baker Street

Alimentary... | By M@
Visit The Secret West London Grotto That's Recently Reopened To The Public

Visit The Secret West London Grotto That's Recently Reopened To The Public

Going deeper underground. | By Londonist Staff
In Search Of London's Little Italy

In Search Of London's Little Italy

Any Roman remains left in Clerkenwell? | By James FitzGerald
The History Behind London's Smallest House

The History Behind London's Smallest House

A Bayswater curiosity. | By M@
That Shakespeare Bloke Gets Everywhere

That Shakespeare Bloke Gets Everywhere

All the city's a stage for the Bard's memorials. | By M@
Have You Spotted Hackney's Ghost Postcode?

Have You Spotted Hackney's Ghost Postcode?

Help fill in the map. | By M@
Is This A Missing Piece Of The Old Ludgate?

Is This A Missing Piece Of The Old Ludgate?

Amazing what you find down side streets. | By M@
Why Aren't London's Airports Actually In London?

Why Aren't London's Airports Actually In London?

How do they get away with it? | By James FitzGerald
The Victorians Built A Working Volcano Off The Walworth Road

The Victorians Built A Working Volcano Off The Walworth Road

Naples on Thames. | By M@
Can You See Your Street In These Historic Aerial Photos Of London?

Can You See Your Street In These Historic Aerial Photos Of London?

Incredible stuff. | By M@
Street View Before And After: King's Cross

Street View Before And After: King's Cross

A lot has changed. | By Jordan Waite
Discover The Secret World War II Bunker In Uxbridge That Changed The Fate Of Britain

Discover The Secret World War II Bunker In Uxbridge That Changed The Fate Of Britain

It lies 18m below the surface. | By Robert Greene
Read Personal Letters That Lay At The Bottom Of The Atlantic For 70 Years

Read Personal Letters That Lay At The Bottom Of The Atlantic For 70 Years

This new exhibition goes deep. | By Londonist Staff