History - Archive Articles

Gladiatorial fights return to London

Over the next few days, sweat and blood, groans and cheers, broken bones and damaged egos return to the roman amphitheater in the City of London.

Unbuilt London: The Outer Loop Railway

London has in recent years gained a loop railway that runs around the suburbs, but 100 years ago, a proposal was made for a much larger loop which would have dramatically changed how we see the city today.

Women Working on the Railways During WW1

The role played by women working on the railways during World War I will be told in an exhibition at railway stations this summer.

The year a quarter of London’s population died

The year of our Lord, 1665, and God’s wrath smote the City of London laying waste to a quarter of its population for their sinful deeds.

Rarely seen roman ruin to open to the public

Under an otherwise unremarkable office block in the City can be found one of London’s largest visible Roman ruins. Visible very rarely though, as it’s behind locked doors.

Photographing Soldiers and Suffragettes

A hundred years ago, a short stocky woman roamed the streets of London, carrying a huge wooden box and tripod, aiming to capture the world around her.

The hovercraft on the Thames

In 1963, a short-lived experiment took place, running a regular hovercraft service along the Thames linking Tower Bridge to Westminster.

A mono railway proposed back in 1880

In September 1880, news of an invention reached the press, of a mono-railway that could be built quickly and cheaply.

London’s civilian VC to be commemorated

On 4th July 2015, ship’s Master Frederick Parslow, VC, Mercantile Marine, will be honoured with the unveiling of a commemorative paving stone on Islington Green, near to where he was born in 1856.

Unbuilt London: How Charing Cross nearly became a giant helipad

Imagine if you will, a giant flat surface larger than Trafalgar Square overhanging the River Thames — this was the proposed central London Helidrome.

Disused “Mail Rail” edges closer to being opened to the public

Another step closer to turning the unused Mail Rail into a tourist attraction as the museum secures additional funding.

The “All-Female Tube Station” is 100 years old

The first tube station to be staffed entirely by women marks its 100th birthday tomorrow (Sat), and there will be events to mark the anniversary.

London’s 50-meter high Great Pagoda to reopen to the public

It was one of the jewels in the crown of Georgian London: a building so unusual that a suspicious public were unconvinced it would remain standing when it was built in 1762.

The year an observatory sat on top of St Paul’s Cathedral

In 1821, had a person looked up at the summit of St Paul’s Cathedral, a wonderous sight would have greeted their eyes.

100th anniversary of the first air-raid on London

Today marks the 100th anniversary of the first air-raid over London, by a Zeppelin airship, and probably the first foreign enemy incursion into London for nearly 1,000 years.