London History Blog

Latest Articles

The Mercers’ Maiden: A Prominent but Elusive Presence Symbol

The Mercers' Maiden appears on many buildings, showing that they belong to the Worshipful Company of Mercers. The oldest surviving example is in Corbet Court.
May 16, 2022
Read more

How the Name Windsor Was Almost Lost

The Queen's name of Windsor has a less than straightforward history. Invented by the pressures of war the Windsor name survives but very nearly did not.
May 13, 2022
Read more

A Hidden Icon: Ivor Novello

Many people have heard the name but few today know anything about him, but Ivor Novello became one of the most popular and successful entertainers of the first half of the 20th century. Born in Cardiff, Novello was an actor, dramatist, singer and composer. He lived at the top of 11 The Aldwych in a little flat reached by a rickety lift.
May 9, 2022
Read More

Canary Wharf – a real film set

Canary Wharf is well known for its futuristic architecture and modern vibe. So it's no surprise that filmmakers have been using the district as a backdrop for some amazing science fiction movies over the years.
May 4, 2022
Read More

The Making of Pimlico – Garden Village

Pimlico, one stop south on the Victoria line from Victoria station, is special because of one man the speculative builder Thomas Cubitt. In the opinion of the post- war writer Iain Nairn, who lived here, even with the post war additions, Pimlico worked as a neighbourhood, a garden village in the city.
April 28, 2022
Read More

Who Was St George?

Happy St George's Day! When you think of St George, what is the first thing that comes to mind? We all know St. George was the courageous man who saved princesses, slew dragons and vanquished evil spirits. How much do you know about the man?
April 23, 2022
Read More

Happy Earth Day 2022

The theme of World Earth Day 2022 is ‘Invest In our Planet' which is calling for businesses to shift towards sustainable practices. How are we at London Guided Walks doing our bit?
April 22, 2022
Read More

The gate that moved

If you have been around St Paul’s Cathedral in the last 20 years you will no doubt have noticed a magnificent building through which you enter Paternoster Square. However, it has not always been there and has, in fact, moved three times. But why?
April 20, 2022
Read More

Blossoms in London

Every year, cherry blossoms herald the arrival of spring in London. The city's cherry blossom trees and magnolias are a beautiful sight, and their brief blooming period is a cherished time for many Londoners.
April 18, 2022
Read More