London History Day

Celebrate London History Schools Day

What is it?

Launched by Historic England, the first ever London History Day was held on Wednesday 31 May 2017. This day gives us a chance to celebrate our city’s unique history and heritage: its historic buildings, sites, communities and heroes. The aim is for this to become an annual event for Londoners. 

This year's London History Schools Day will be on Friday 24 May. Information will be available here soon, or you can get in touch with the team if you have any questions. In the meantime, take a look below at last year's activity! 

London History Schools Day 2018 


This year's London History Schools Day is on Friday 25 May 2018 and will be bigger and better than last year, with even more schools celebrating our city's unique history and heritage.


The spotlight will be firmly on Londoners who played a role in women’s suffrage. It’s part of the Mayor’s wider #BehindEveryGreatCity campaign to celebrate the centenary of the first UK women winning the right to vote.


If you have any questions, please email [email protected]

London History Schools Day 2017

In 2017 the London Curriculum, along with Historic England and Museum of London, launched London History Schools Day by encouraging schools to bring London’s unique characters, past and present, to life with a dress-up day.

It aimed to inspire young Londoners to learn more about the city’s cultural heritage and communities. Children and teachers were dressed up as their favourite Londoners, with some very impressive outfits including David Bowie, Alexander McQueen, Charlie Chaplin and even some Punks!

Whilst you're here.....

Why not explore our free teaching resources for key stage 2 and 3 and see how the London Curriculum can enrich your teaching and stimulate curiosity in your students?!

You can read more about the London Curriculum Primary Programme here  

Fun facts about London

  • 1882
    Thomas Edison
    World's first public power station built by Thomas Edison in Holborn
  • 1913
    First Black Mayor
    John Archer Mayor of Battersea was London's first black Mayor
  • 8
    Mozart played his first symphony aged 8 in Pimlico in 1765
  • 190
    River Thames
    There are 190 islands in the Thames, many of which are uninhabited