The Museum of London documents the history of London from prehistoric to modern times. The museum is located on London Wall, close to the Barbican Centre.
The Museum of London Docklands is a museum on the Isle of Dogs, east London that tells the history of London's River Thames and the growth of Docklands.
Tools dug from the hidden Walbrook river beneath London's streets reveal life in Roman Londinium.
Cataloging the treasures excavated from the River Thames gives a glimpse of London's working past.
One fireman's account of the worst night of the London Blitz shows the human side of the Second World War.
Discover the ice skating mania that gripped 1920s London, from frosty fashions to high society skate rinks.
Discover London through history Explore the stories behind the world's greatest city and uncover the hidden treasures of our collections.
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We have a range of books on offer telling the stories about London, from our own publications to those published by other significant historical figures
1950s – today
1850s - 1940s
By 1850 London was the wealthiest & most powerful city in the world, but also the most crowded
While many thrived in the prosperous imperial city, others suffered great hardship and poverty. All Londoners shared the impact of massive population growth and the experience of two world wars.
This period saw the first motor vehicles on London's city streets, gradually replacing horse-drawn taxis, carts and buses.
This elegantly decorated lift was installed in the Selfridges department store in 1928. The panels depict cranes and the signs of the zodiac.
The Descriptive Map of London Poverty compiled by Charles Booth in 1889 showed the extremes of affluence and squalor in London. Explore it & find where you would have lived.
Part of one of the most complete displays of suffragette material in Britain. Find out more about the 1000 women who suffered imprisonment in their fight for the right to vote.
Our immersive Victorian Walk experience recreates the winding streets of 19th century London. Do a little window shopping at the toyshop, tobacconist, tailor or pawnbroker.
A dozen Victorian street trades are built into the Victorian Walk, from a barber to an old-fashioned toy-shop.
This hunger-strike medal was presented to the suffragette Florence Haig on her release from prison. Suffragettes refused food in prison to protest against political oppression of women.
Artist Henry Moore created a series of drawings illustrating London during the Second World War. Here Londoners are shown sleeping in improvised shelters in tube stations during the Blitz.
This window dates from 1922 and comes from J. Lyons Corner House restaurant in Coventry Street near Piccadilly Circus.
Explore the stories of Londoners during the Second World War. A fifty kilogram German-made incendiary bomb, Sprengbrand C50, hangs in mid-air.
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The gallery is on the lower ground floor and can be accessed by lift.
Meet Santa in our Victorian grotto, inside the galery
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Discover the museum's collection of oral histories and life stories.
Meet the Londoners
Hear first-hand accounts of the first air raids on London, by zeppelins during the First World War.