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revealing the secrets hidden above your eyeline...

Welcome to the blog all about London and its amazing – often hidden – history. Look Up London is about spotting little details above your eye line then using them to unravel the secret history of your location. I also write about the quirkier museums and historic things to do across the city.

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Latest London History Blog Posts

  • History of Eltham Palace | Greenwich’s Other Royal Palace

    Eltham Palace is a bit of a mad place, full to bursting with strange juxtapositions and quirky details. Here are some of my favourite discoveries from a recent visit...

  • A Closer Look at Norwest House | Formerly Imperial Chemical House

    Crossing Lambeth Bridge provides an epic panoramic view of the House of Parliament, London Eye and Lambeth Palace. However, a building that doesn’t get as much attention is Norwest House, previously Imperial Chemical House. This post is why it’s worth having a closer look. But......

  • City Churches | St Margaret Pattens

    If you find yourself in the City of London with a bit of spare time, it’s always worthwhile to soak up some history by popping into one of the 50-odd City churches. This week, with some time between private tours, I did just that and......

  • History in the Brickwork at the Peabody St John’s Hill Estate

    I’ve come to expect that there’s nearly always an historic reason behind things you spot in London. From street names to sculptures, there’s always a story! Such is the case with this curious brickwork on the Peabody St John’s Hill Estate. On the face of......

  • Discover the West End’s Royal Warrant Holders

    In celebration of Her Majesty’s Platinum Jubilee, I’m working with Art of London to put together a special ‘Royal Warrants’ tour of historic businesses with Royal connections in the West End. Art of London brings together the UK’s biggest cultural institutions and showcases art in......

  • The Mohegan Chief Buried at Southwark Cathedral

    In the shadow of Southwark Cathedral there is a curious-shaped memorial stone which remembers a Mohegan Chief who travelled to London in the 18th Century. The Mohegan Tribe The Mohegan Tribe is a sovereign, federally-recognised Indian Nation. It has its own constitution and government and......

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