History Stories
First Statue of a Woman to be Erected in Parliament Square
April 6, 2017

Joining the 11 statues of men near London’s Houses of Parliament, suffragists Millicent Fawcett will be honored with the first statue of a woman. Read More

Where is Matthew Flinders’ Body?
March 20, 2017

The English explorer, one of Australia’s greatest heroes, is believed to be among some 61,000 bodies set to be exhumed in London to make way for a new high-speed railway. Read More

How London Bridge Ended Up In Arizona
October 7, 2016

In 1968, an American tycoon bought London Bridge—all 10,000 tons of it—and moved it brick-by-brick to the desert town of Lake Havasu City, Arizona. Read More

When London Burned: 1666’s Great Fire
September 2, 2016

Between September 2 and September 6, 1666, a massive inferno ripped through London, reducing much of the city center to a smoldering ruin. Read More

The Man Who Stole the Crown Jewels
May 9, 2016

Get the story behind how legendary rogue Thomas Blood bluffed his way into the Tower of London and nearly made off with the British crown jewels. Read More

The London Beer Flood
October 17, 2014

On October 17, 1814, a brewery accident unleashed a deadly tidal wave of beer through a London neighborhood in one of history’s strangest disasters. Read More

London’s World War I Zeppelin Terror
June 2, 2014

Before London was blitzed in World War II, massive German zeppelins rained bombs and terror upon the British capital in World War I. Read More

10 Things You May Not Know About London’s Underground
January 10, 2013

Explore 10 facts about the world's first underground railway. Read More

The Great Smog of 1952
December 6, 2012

For five days in December 1952, the Great Smog of London smothered the city, wreaking havoc and killing thousands. Read More

17th-Century Londoners Died of Fright, Itch and Grief
December 5, 2011

A treatise by the pioneering statistician John Graunt, now on display at London’s Royal Society, provides a glimpse at life and death in the 1600s. Read More