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A mid-Victorian competition to design new Government Offices in Whitehall fell victim to a battle between the competing styles of Gothic and Classical. The result proved unworthy of a nation then...

Jessie Childs recounts the chilling story of an exorcism performed in an Elizabethan household in Hackney.

Volume: 64 Issue: 4 2014

Marcella Pellegrino Sutcliffe examines the political machinations behind a visit to England in 1864 of the Italian patriot and ‘liberator’, darling of the English establishment and radicals alike.

Volume: 64 Issue: 4 2014

As wealthy Russians continue to take up residence in London’s smartest districts, Helen Szamuely reflects on the contributions to Anglo-Russian relations of those diplomats who paved the way from the 18th century onwards.

Volume: 64 Issue: 3 2014

The desire to distinguish between the deserving and undeserving poor is nothing new, says David Filtness. The founder of the Thames Police, Patrick Colquhoun, was both radical and draconian in his approach to crime and Poor Law reform.

Volume: 64 Issue: 2 2014

A new project to analyse the Hearth Tax returns of early modern London and Middlesex offers a revealing portrait of a growing but divided city in the midst of cataclysmic crises. Vanessa Harding explains.

Volume: 63 Issue: 11 2013

The capital went underground on January 9th, 1863.

Volume: 63 Issue: 1 2013

Seth Alexander Thévoz looks at how Victorian clubs in London’s West End played a role in oiling the nation’s political wheels.

Volume: 63 Issue: 2 2013

The First World War precipitated a housing crisis in London, which affected all classes of the populace and had a profound effect on the capital, says Jerry White.

Volume: 63 Issue: 11 2013

Gillian Tindall reflects on a recent discovery by a Dickens scholar, which offers new insights into the great writer’s early years.

Volume: 62 Issue: 12 2012

The Zoological Society of London was launched in 1826 to promote scientific research into new species. Roger Rideout describes how it amassed its specimens for its private museum and menagerie, which soon became a public attraction.

Volume: 62 Issue: 1 2012

The election for London Mayor took place on May 3rd, marked by the bitter rivalry between the present incumbent Boris Johnson and his predecessor Ken Livingstone. But, says Penelope J. Corfield, it’s just another chapter in London’s long electoral history.

Volume: 62 Issue: 5 2012

As London gears up for the start of the Olympics next month, David Runciman compares the 2012 games with the London Olympics of 1908 and 1948 to see what they reveal about the changing relationship between politics and sport over the last century.

Volume: 62 Issue: 6 2012

Judith Flanders applauds Jerry White’s analysis of poverty in North London, first published in History Today in 1981.

Volume: 62 Issue: 11 2012

Sarah Wise admires an assessment of lunacy in 19th-century London.

Volume: 62 Issue: 12 2012

Constructing the Victoria Embankment on the north bank of the River Thames in London: an image analysed by Roger Hudson.

Volume: 62 Issue: 3 2012

Roger Hudson sails past a half-built Battersea Power Station and on to its slow decline.

Volume: 62 Issue: 12 2012

The modern Olympic Games are an international phenomenon, often criticised for their controlling commercialism. However, as Mihir Bose explains, they owe their origins to a  celebrated novel set in an English public school.

Volume: 62 Issue: 8 2012

In 1729 a young entrepreneur, Jonathan Tyers, took over the failing management of the pleasure gardens at Vauxhall. During his long tenure he was able to make it a resounding success, as David Coke  explains.

Volume: 62 Issue: 5 2012

Glittering monument to Britain’s colonial achievement or fragile symbol of a fragmenting imperial dream? Jan Piggott charts the efforts to make Joseph Paxton’s Crystal Palace flourish as an ‘Acropolis of Empire’.

Volume: 61 Issue: 4 2011

A series of violent attacks by pale shrouded figures on lone pedestrians, especially women, was widely reported in the early 19th century. Jacob Middleton uncovers the sham ghosts of Georgian London.

Volume: 61 Issue: 2 2011

James Whitfield on why the theft of a Spanish master’s portrait of a British military hero led to a change in the law.

Volume: 61 Issue: 8 2011

Natasha McEnroe on the reopening of a fascinating but little-known collection.

Volume: 61 Issue: 3 2011

A mid-Victorian competition to design new Government Offices in Whitehall fell victim to a battle between the competing styles of Gothic and Classical. The result proved unworthy of a nation then at its imperial zenith, as Bernard Porter explains.

Volume: 61 Issue: 7 2011

Seventy-five years on, the Battle of Cable Street still holds a proud place in anti-fascist memory, considered a decisive victory against the far right. In fact, the event boosted domestic fascism and antisemitism and made life far more unpleasant for its Jewish victims, explains Daniel Tilles.

Volume: 61 Issue: 10 2011

Corinne Julius is impressed by the breadth of material on display at London’s newly reopened Jewish Museum.

Volume: 60 Issue: 5 2010

The Great Exhibition of 1851 was not only a celebration of Victorian Britain’s scientific and economic pre-eminence but also a hymn to the religion that underpinned it, argues Geoffrey Cantor.

Volume: 60 Issue: 7 2010

Wilkie Collins’ haunting mystery of false identity and female instability reflected one of the lunacy panics of the age. Sarah Wise looks at three events that inspired The Woman in White.

Volume: 60 Issue: 8 2010

Miri Rubin explores the medieval galleries at the V&A and the British Museum.

Volume: 60 Issue: 4 2010

The air of London in the seventeenth century was polluted by clouds of sea-coal smoke against which Evelyn proposed some drastic remedies. By Steven R. Smith


Until 1729, London Bridge was the capital’s only crossing over the Thames and a microcosm of the city it served, lined with houses and shops on either side. Leo Hollis looks at the history of an icon.

Volume: 59 Issue: 7 2009

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