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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

  • St Mary Moorfields | Look Up London

    City Churches | St Mary Moorfields

    Having visited most of them, I thought it would be a fun long-term project to write about every City Church. There are 43 within the Square Mile (give or take a couple, depending on which you include) and in this post we’re visiting the only......

  • Fulham Road Jewish Cemetery | Look Up London

    The Hidden Jewish Cemetery on Fulham Road

    Recently I’ve been spending a bit of time researching private walks in Kensington and Chelsea. As such, one of the wonderful little historic gems I’ve stumbled across is the hidden Jewish Cemetery on Fulham Road. While taking a picture of Sokol Books (more on that......

  • Whitehall Historic House | Look Up London

    Whitehall Historic House | Cheam’s 500 year old house

    In Sutton you can find an amazing historic gem, a surviving house – built c.1500 – that’s now a brilliant local history museum. Here’s why you should visit Whitehall Historic House… Under an hour from Waterloo Station, Whitehall Historic sits in Cheam, a village dating......

  • Hole in the Wall, Kensington | Look Up London

    The Odd History Behind The Hole in the Wall in Kensington 

    While planning a bespoke private tour in the back streets of Kensington I noticed an odd marking on google maps; “The Hole in the Wall”. When I saw it in person it’s rather more substantial than a hole and a little plaque gives a hint......

  • History Behind The Eastcheap Camels on Peek House

    Have you ever noticed the Eastcheap camels on Peek House? Looking up along Eastcheap provides plenty of interesting things to spot. From the juxtaposition of old (St Margaret Patterns) and the new Walkie Talkie, to one of London’s most intriguing (and tiny!) sculptures But the......

  • Oldest Map of London | Look Up London

    Visit The Oldest Map of London

    Until 26 October 2022 The London Metropolitan Archives have a free exhibition of epic London maps. As if that wasn’t enough to pique my interest, they have on display the oldest surviving map of London. This is Civitas Londonium, a print dating from c.1633 but......

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