Old London Blog

Over London by rail

Over London by rail by Gustave Doré. View of the London slums by Gustave Dore from ‘Londre a Pilgrimage’, first published in 1872. This illustration is a bird’s eye view of the slums of...

Beer Street and Gin Lane

Set in the parish of St Giles, a notorious slum district, Gin Lane depicts the squalor and despair of a community raised on gin. Desperation, death and decay pervade the scene. The only businesses...

The Monument, 1750

The Monument stands at the junction of Monument Street and Fish Street Hill in the City of London. It was built between 1671 and 1677 to commemorate the Great Fire of London and to...

London map, 1560

Map of London dating from 1560. Drawn by Georg Braun and engraved by Franz Hogenberg who mapped many of Europe’s cities in the 16th Century.

Custom House

Until 1814 the Custom House stood in the parish of All Hallows Barking, immediately to the east of the present site. The site was long known as “Wool Quay”, and, from the medieval period,...

View of Smith-Field

View of Smith-Field. Publish’d July 21, 1794 by I Stockdale, Piccadilly. E Dayes delr, W C Wilson sculpr In the Middle Ages Smithfield was a broad grassy space known as Smooth Field, just outside...

Ivy Bridge Lane

This illustration depicts Ivy Bridge Lane – a typical gloomy Victorian London Street.

Arundel House

Arundel House was a town-house or palace located between the Strand and the Thames, near St Clement Danes. It was originally the town house of the Bishops of Bath and Wells, during the Middle...

Old Houses in Wych Street

Wych Street was a street in London, roughly where Australia House now stands on Aldwych. It ran west from the church of St Clement Danes on the Strand to a point towards the southern...