Detailed Help

If you are looking for some guidance to help you understand this ‘Know Your London’ Website, then this is the page at which you should start. It will explain how to find your way around all the blogs.

Above: Map of Inner London. The City of London is coloured RED. Westminster is coloured YELLOW. All the other Inner London Boroughs are coloured in one of two shades of GREEN. The Inner London Boroughs are named around the edge of the map in matching colours. The original Metropolitan Boroughs are shown within each London Borough.

• A Brief History Lesson

The City of London was founded by the Romans – they called it Londinium. By Norman times it was known as the ‘City of London’ and still has the same name today. To the west of the City of London was the City of Westminster but it did not acquire that name until the 16th century. The original Westminster was centred on the Palace of Westminster, now better known as the Houses of Parliament.

Around the City of London and the City of Westminster was once open countryside, with a few scattered villages (like Camberwell, Eltham, Hampstead and Islington). By the 1800s most of the villages had expanded, due mainly to more and more people choosing to live in and around London, and they were starting to join up as the urban sprawl continued to grow. In 1900 an area around the two original cities was defined as Metropolitan London. It extended west to Hammersmith, north to Hampstead and Highgate, east to the River Lea (on the north side of the Thames) and to Woolwich and Plumstead (on the south side of the Thames) and south to where Crystal Palace Parade is now.

Within the area of Metropolitan London, the City of London remained as a separate unit. Around it, 28 Metropolitan Boroughs were created.  They existed from 1900 until 1965 when the 28 Metropolitan Boroughs were combined (in groups of twos and threes) to form the 12 Inner London Boroughs that exist today.

• How Blogs are Arranged

The blogs are organised by Metropolitan Borough. The Categories listed on the right-hand side of every Webpage allow the reader to pick out a variety of topics. Each Category in the long list starts with a ‘forward-slash’ (/). There are also general Categories (towards the end of the list) which have no ‘forward-slash’.

For a detailed description of how Categories are arranged, look at the black bar (under the picture at the top of the page) and click on ‘Categories Help’.