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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

  • The History of Temple Bar

    Standing in the shadow of St Paul’s, this stone arch often gets overlooked. However Temple Bar is not only older than the current Cathedral, but it was designed by the same architect! Its history is a strange (and sometimes gruesome) tale… First things first. This......

  • Holborn's New Free Rooftop | Look Up London

    Holborn’s New Free Panoramic Rooftop

    Thanks to the tip off from Londonist for a new free rooftop in Holborn. I popped in to visit yesterday and not only is it spectacular but there’s some fun geeky history to find too! The rooftop can be found on top of the Post......

  • History Above 219 Oxford Street | Look Up London

    History Above Shop Level: 219 Oxford Street

    I’ve written quite a few blogs about the history hiding above shop level on Oxford Street. From grim reminders to a theatrical hotspot, there’s plenty to spot if you cast your eyes up along this famous thoroughfare. But our focus today is 219 Oxford Street.......

  • See a Chunk of the Roman Wall under Vine Street

    If there’s one certainty in the City of London, it’s change. Historic fires and bombs coupled with modern development means the Square Mile is in a constant state of flux. But often this means that older history is revealed anew, like this chunk of Roman......

  • St Leonards Air Raid Shelter | Look Up London

    Mortlake’s Surviving Air Raid Shelter in St Leonard’s Court

    While planning my recommendations for the 2022 Open House Festival, one listing quite literally made me hop on the next train to Mortlake. It’s a surviving Air Raid shelter in St Leonard’s Court. St Leonard’s Court was built 1934-38 by Mr FG Fox, a local......

  • What to See at Open House Festival 2022

    Open House Festival 2022 runs until 21 September this year so there’s even more time to visit London’s unusual and inspiring buildings (some of which are only open to the public for Open House). As ever, there’s so much to choose from and sift through......

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