History of London

From Boudica to the Blitz, from bodysnatchers to Betjeman, explore London's extraordinary two thousand year history
Find out more about how the Roman port of Londinium was developed to pursue trading opportunities...
Discover the history behind Roman London and find out how Boudicca's revolt kick-started its...
Chart the history of London from the end of the Roman era to Anglo-Saxon times and Alfred the Great...
Discover the history and location of London Bridge. Find out which infamous traitor had his head...
Discover how the Medieval Guilds were created in the 12th Century. Find out how Dick Whittington...
Discover the link between Sir Thomas Gresham’s Royal Exchange, the first shopping centre and Queen...
Discover who was the first person to be executed at Tyburn? Find out how criminals were transported...
Home to the Globe theatre, bear-baiting and prostitution, find out how Southwark became the centre...
Discover how in 1609, the New River project began. It ensured up to two-thirds of houses across...
Find out more about Renaissance Man – Inigo Jones. Famed as one of London’s best architects, he’s...
Find out what happened in the year 1665 when plague swept through London killing 100,000. Even...
Discover which year the Great Fire of London occurred? Find out which street it started in and who...
English Café Culture started in the 17th Century, but in which town? Also discover the connection...
Discover when the Blitz started and the destruction it caused? During WW2 thousands of Londoners...
Find out how London’s docks expanded to meet the Empire’s growing demand for trade? And how this...
Find out what happened when WW2 ended and London was rebuilt? Patrick Abercrombie developed high-...
Find out more about Georgian fashion – including George Brummell’s footloop and what Georgiana,...
Discover what happened when London hosted the 1948 Olympic Games? Find out more about rationing and...
Find out about the Georgian Pleasure Gardens that allowed Londoners to escape everyday life and...
Designed to lift the spirits - discover what delights awaited you on the South Bank during the 1951...