The City of London is the oldest and most historic part of town. Founded by the Roman 2,000 years ago there plenty to discover, but it’s not all old. The City is a dynamic district where London makes a big wad of its cash, so there’s plenty of new, exciting things to find too!

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  • 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......

  • 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......

  • Susanna Wesley - Spital Yard | Look Up London

    Susanna Wesley in Spital Yard

    Just off Bishopsgate, the busy thoroughfare with towering new skyscrapers behind, glance down Spital Yard and you seem to have stumbled back in time. Given a closer look, this Georgian townhouse isn’t quite as authentic as it might appear. However it still has plenty of......

  • 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......

  • 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......

  • Mark Lane Ghost Station | Look Up London

    Mark Lane | The Tower Hill Ghost Station

    As you walk along the traffic-packed Byward Street, with All Hallows Barking, the Tower of London and Tower Bridge in the distance, it’s thoroughly understandable that you’d miss a ghost station hiding in plain sight. Abandoned or ‘Ghost’ stations can be seen all over London......

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