London history day- 'London is our classroom'

Celebrate London History Day

What is it?

Launched by Historic England, the first ever London History Day was on Wednesday 31 May 2017. It is a chance for us 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.

London History Schools Day 2018 


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

The spotlight will be on Londoners who played a role in the women’s suffrage campaign. It’s part of the Mayor’s wider #BehindEveryGreatCity campaign to celebrate the centenary of some UK women getting the vote. Teaching resources will be available soon so do check back! 


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London History Day 2017

On 26 May last year, to celebrate London History Day, the London Curriculum, Historic England and Museum of London encouraged schools to bring to life London’s unique characters, past and present, with a dress-up day.

London History Day encouraged young Londoners to learn more about the city’s cultural heritage and its communities. Children and teachers were dressed up as their favourite Londoners, with impressive outfits all round. These included; David Bowie, Alex McQueen, Suffragettes and Punks.

Let us know if you have any questions!  


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?!

The London Curriculum Primary Programme is supported by the Mayor's Fund for London and kindly funded by BE OPEN. You can read more about the 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