About the project

This is the blog for The Underground Map website – a history site for London.

The project is adding historical maps of London from every decade between 1800 and 1950 – a period when London expanded from a city which did not extend beyond Mayfair, Vauxhall, Bethnal Green or Bermondsey. During the Napoleanic Wars at the beginning of this period, Regent’s Park was still countryside and taking the waters of Kilburn was the height of fashion.

There are two parts to the website – the main mapping website and this, the blog, which features London highlights.

To access the main part of the website, search or use the dropdown immediately below.
Or continue to explore the blog – the latest articles can be found at the bottom of this page.

South Kensington to Sloane Square walk

Starting outside South Kensington station at the Exhibition Road entrance.

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Canning Town to North Greenwich walk

This London walk takes us to both sides of the River Thames, starting in Canning Town. From Canning Town station, we cross a footbridge into what used to be called Leamouth, now rebranded as City Island. Leamouth – sometimes also called Orchard Place – was the easternmost area of Middlesex before the County of London …

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Westminster to Green Park walk

Some of Britain’s most iconic architecture – Westminster Abbey, Whitehall, St James’s Palace and Buckingham Palace was included in this walk – a snapshot of London history from many angles. From the Whitehall exit of Westminster station, the route goes up Parliament Street and Whitehall. We pass Downing Street, the official residence of the Prime …

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