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London History

No matter where you are, if you’re interested in learning about the quirks of London and its history then this podcast is for you.

We deliver weekly 20 minute espresso shot episodes with a dash of personality.

Discover things that most Londoners don't even know as we share our love of London, its people and places.

This is the podcast where we get down and dirty with the detail! You're not going to find this level of detail in any guidebook.

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Episode 31: Abandoned London Underground Stations

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Episode 31: Abandoned London Underground Stations
Join us as we discuss London’s disused underground stations with London Transport Museum’s Siddy Holloway as she shares the hidden London underneath our feet. *** Learn things about London that most Londoners don't even know in a 20 minute espresso shot of London history in a podcast with a splash of personality. There's so much we can't fit into our tours, no matter how hard we try. This London history podcast is where we can get down and dirty with the detail!  You're not going to find this level of detail in any guidebook. Let us know if there's a particular person, event or place you want to know more about in our podcast. Send us your suggestion / request.
November 20, 2020
Episode 30: Quirky Street Names - Little Britain
What do Benjamin Franklin, John Milton and Samuel Johnson have in common?  Find out on our latest episode where Hazel talks about the street Little Britain in the City of London. Full show notes can be found here:
November 14, 2020
Episode 29: Harp Makers of Fitzrovia
What do Jamie Oliver, Queen Victoria and harps have in common?  Find out on our latest episode where Moira Bonnington talks with Hazel about her investigation into four generations of harp makers in Fitzrovia. 
November 6, 2020
Episode 28: The Ghost of Cock Lane (Halloween Special)
Have you heard of The Ghost of Cock Lane? Join London Tour Guide, Hazel Baker as she share this rather unusual Georgian ghost story in London History Podcast's Halloween Special Episode.
October 30, 2020
Episode 27: The South Sea Bubble
London's history has been punctuated by financial crises such as the dot com bubble and the 2008 Crash. But perhaps one of the most famous crisis in London was The South Sea Bubble in 1720. Let's get to the bottom of this early 18th century crises with City of London Tour Guide, Ian McDiarmid and London Tour Guide, Hazel Baker."
October 22, 2020
Episode 26: The Seven Noses of Soho
Learn about the varied history behind some of the best of Soho's architecture along with artistic facial features in an ever-changing community. Join Hazel Baker, London Tour Guide, in A Nosey Around Soho.
October 15, 2020
Episode 25: The British Museum
The British Museum has re-opened. With a new one way route, Ian McDiarmid (City of London Tour Guide) and Hazel Baker (London Tour Guide) have visited twice and now share the best bits in this week's episode.
October 8, 2020
Episode 24: The Walbrook in Roman London
"The river Walbrook is the shortest but one of the most important of London's lost rivers. This Roman London water source is now entirely hidden and has largely been forgotten. Join London tour guides Hazel Baker and Ian McDiarmid as they take you back to Londinium, when the Walbrook was more than a street name." 
October 1, 2020
Episode 23: London's Historic Pubs
With over 3,000 pubs in London, we have handpicked some of the most interesting places and unique facts for you to start adding these pubs on your ‘Places to Visit’ list.
September 24, 2020
Episode 22: The Havering Hoard
Did you know about The Havering Hoard? Join Hazel Baker and Ian McDiarmid as they give you the full visitor experience review about the Havering Hoard: A Bronze Age Mystery from the Museum of London, Docklands.
September 17, 2020
Episode 21: London Area Names - Animal Edition
What’s in a name? Join London tour guides Hazel Baker and Ian McDiarmid as they discuss the animal-related names of parts of London.
September 11, 2020
Episode 20: The Great Fire of London - How It Began
We are back for season 2! Join Hazel Baker and Ian McDiarmid as they revisit the story of how The Great Fire of London began and how it shaped the face of the new City of London
September 4, 2020
Episode 19: London Coffeehouses
Ever wondered how the coffee tasted before in London’s old coffeehouses? Is it similar to Starbucks, Costa Coffee, or Caffe Nero? Join Hazel Baker and Ian McDiarmid in this episode where they talk about all things coffee and its main role in the 17th century.
July 31, 2020
Episode 18: Victorian Photography
With the invention of photography, who knew it would revolutionise culture and communication? Images of real life could be captured for prosperity and sent across the world. Portraits of royalty and other celebrities, far more accurate than paintings, allowed members of the public to feel that they were viewing these people in the flesh. In this episode, we are with guest Colin Webb, who helps making history more accessible and telling the stories that we as a culture may have forgotten, and he does this by adding colour to black and white photos.
July 24, 2020
Episode 17: The Proms & The Royal Albert Hall
The Proms is a classical music festival held every summer at the Royal Albert Hall in London. Its aim is to bring the best in classical music to the widest possible audience. Join Hazel as she shares stories of how the proms began, where it gets its name, how politics has sometimes clashed with the event and how a stag was released from Door 1 at the Last Night of the Proms.
July 17, 2020
Episode 16: Women in 1920s London (From Cowgirl to Congress)
What was it like to be a woman in 1920s London? Rubbing shoulders with big names such a Winston Churchill and George Bernard Shaw and having friends such as Lady Astor and Emmeline Pankhurst. Listen to this weeks episode and find out more.
July 9, 2020
Episode 15: Movies Filmed in London
In this episode, we'll have a look at how the world's greatest city has been portrayed on film, taking in everything from the glory days of Ealing to the use of the modern metropolis as the background for blockbusters. Join Hazel Baker (Qualified London Tour Guide) and Richard Luck (Feature writer, critic and author) as they discuss movies that are filmed in London.
July 2, 2020
Episode 14: Postcards from London's Past
Join London Tour Guide Hazel as be meets with Helen Baggott who shares the true stories revealed through postcards sent more than a hundred years ago. Helen Baggott is a writer and editor from Dorset. She began researching postcards almost 20 years ago and so far has researched more than 300 – with more in the wings.
June 26, 2020
Episode 13: London Statues: Medical Women
How many statues of named women are there in London? Listen to London Tour Guide Hazel as she tells the lives of four pioneering women who made their own contributions to medical science. Three have a statue in London but one does not...
June 18, 2020
Episode 12: The Old Operating Theatre Museum
Housed in the attic of the early eighteenth-century church of the old St Thomas' Hospital, The Old Operating Theatre Museum offers a unique insight into the history of medicine and surgery.  Listen to London Tour Guide Hazel Baker and Marketing and Events Manager Monica Walker discuss its history including the use of the herb garret and the types of operations which were performed there. Further info in the show notes
June 11, 2020
Episode 11: London's Coffeehouses and Commerce
Join London tour guides Hazel Baker and Ian McDiarmid as they discuss London's Coffeehouses how they enables the financial revolution in the 18th century. Find out where Londoners get their bowls of coffee from a history-making entrepreneur. Hear how the Bank of England, the Stock Exchange and the Royal Exchange began. Find out how we get the phrase to hear a pin drop and where you would have needed to go to sample London's best cherry brandy and sandwiches.   Discover what of Roman London there is left to explore.
June 4, 2020
Episode 10: London's Folklore
Ever wondered whether the stories we hear ring with an element of truth? Explore with Hazel from London Guided Walks and Vanessa from London Dreamtime the curious world of London's folklore and how the opaque curtain between fact and fiction moves organically. Vanessa Woolf is a professional storyteller inspired by the history and folklore of London. Facebook | Instagram | Twitter | London Dreamtime Website
May 29, 2020
Episode 9: Music Halls and Cabaret- from yesterday to today
Modern cabaret and burlesque shows can trace their roots back to the taverns and coffee houses of 18th century London. Hear how they grew in popularity and made history. Making history today is Ivy Paige, international showgirl, singer and burlesque queen. Hear Ivy's experiences backstage and what it's really like working in the world of cabaret in London.
May 21, 2020
Episode 8: The Monument to the Great Fire of London
Join Hazel and Ian as they discuss the iconic Monument to the Great Fire of London which commemorates one of the most famous events in London’s history. This impressive structure invites over 150,000 visitors each year to climb the 311 spiral steps to enjoy one of the best views over the City.
May 14, 2020
Episode 7: True London Spy Stories
Have you ever wondered how much of the James Bond stories are true? We all know 007 is a fictional character but the inspiration for the stories has to come from somewhere. Join our London tour guides Hazel Baker and Rob Smith as they discuss true spy stories connected to London! Sponsored by
May 8, 2020
Episode 6: Lost London - Hockley in the Hole.
Welcome one, welcome all to Hockley in the Hole! Join our London tour guide Hazel Baker as we discuss the history of the Hockley in the Hole, a once famed Bear Garden In Clerkenwell, London.  Sponsored by
May 1, 2020
Episode 5: The Dragons of London
The 23rd of April is not only Shakespeare's birthday but also St George's Day. St George is the patron saint of England. There are several ways for us to mark the occasion but this year join our tour guide Hazel Baker and Hannah Chutspah a Chief Dragon Twitcher as they talk about The Dragons of London!
April 23, 2020
Episode 4: The Crown Jewels
Over 30 million people have seen the Crown Jewels in their present setting at the Tower of London and are possibly the most visited objects in Britain. Listen to  London tour guide Hazel Baker discuss with London junkie Zoe Merritt some of the unknown details of the Crown Jewels. Can you tell your diadems from your tiaras? What's the oldest piece in the collection? What's the most recent addition to the collection? Recommended reading: Koh-i-Noor: The History of the World's Most Infamous Diamond. William Dalrymple Keeping the Jewel in the Crown: The British Betrayal of India The Crown Jewels: The Official Illustrated History Portrait of Queen Charlotte by Sir Joshua Reynolds
April 17, 2020
Episode 3: Childhood Foods
Join London tour guide Hazel Baker as she explores her own childhood memories, those of fellow tour guide Ian McDiarmid and also those of her mother. Food helps shape the identity of people's whole life experiences. It's a bonding ritual between friends, families and communities. Can you remember a children's birthday party when you went to as a child which didn't have food? No? Me neither. Being a child from the 1980s many of my memories are of psychedelic foods; bread and butter with hundreds and thousands, iced gems, pineapple and cheese on a cocktail stick and jelly and ice cream. Show notes including chocolate concrete recipe
April 12, 2020
Episode 2: Fantastic Beasts in London
Join London tour guide Hazel Baker as she explores the history of animals in London. Get your coat ready, we are going back to the ice age before travelling time through Medieval. Elizabethan, Victorian London. For show notes and recommended reading visit:
April 4, 2020
Roman London: An Introduction
Join London guides Hazel Baker and Ian McDiarmid as they discuss Roman London. Find out how London's history begins with the Romans, when they came to Britain, why they chose the area to build Londinium. Hear about the trades that went on inside Londinium, what goods were made there and what they imported. Discover what of Roman London there is left to explore. Roman London Related Blog posts: Roman London Amphitheatre Virtual Tour: Recommended Reading: Outside Roman London: Roadside burials by the Walbrook stream Londinium: A Biography: Roman London from its Origins to the Fifth Century (Criminal Practice Series) Roman London (The Archaeology of London)
March 22, 2020
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An introduction to our London history podcast. Find out what it’s all about!
March 21, 2020