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We are home to an amazing range of documents, images, maps, films and books about London.

London Metropolitan Archives (LMA) is free to use and open to everyone.

Whether you're tracing your family history or researching the history of your neighbourhood, if you're interested in London or Londoners, LMA is the place to visit!

Annual closure
Please note that LMA will be closed for two weeks from Thursday 27 October 2016 at 7.30pm. We will reopen on Monday 14 November 2016 at 9.30am.

Advance warning of disruption at LMA

From mid-December 2016 to mid-January 2017, the City of London will be undertaking essential major work on one of the lifts at LMA; we anticipate that about 40% of our archival holdings will be unavailable to researchers during this period.

If you are planning a research project using original archival materials mid-December to mid-January please get in touch via or consider bringing forward or postponing your research. You can find out the latest information on our lift works page, so please check here for updates. We will also issue updates and reminders on social media.

LMA will be closed as usual over Christmas and New Year from Thursday 22 December 2016 at 7.30pm, reopening on Tuesday 3 January 2017 at 9.30am.

Collage - the London Picture Library

We're delighted to announce the launch of the Collage: The London Picture Archive - a website which presents a fascinating glimpse of nearly 600 years of life in the capital. Among the new features of the site, the London Picture Map provides a unique way to access images of buildings and places which no longer exist, presenting a searchable vision of a lost London which allows visitors to view pictures of their neighbourhood from bygone days.

Collage Explore

Family history

If you're looking for ancestors from the London area, you've come to the right place. Explore our family history to find out all the options available to you.

Search the archives

Use our catalogue to search the collections, and plan which documents you want to see when you come to LMA.

Don't forget to register for a History Card that allows you to view original documents when you visit.

Explore the collections

London's history from 1067 to the present day is recorded in a wealth of archives and specialist library books at LMA.

Find out more about the different sources of information we hold on our collections page.

What's happening
London's Baking! Bakers, Cakes, Bread and Puddings from 1666
30 Aug 2016 - 01 Feb 2017
00:00 - 23:59
London Metropolitan Archives
Free - exhibition, no need to book. Open during normal office hours

Taking its inspiration from Thomas Farriner and his bakery, the starting place of the Great Fire, this exhibition tells the story of London’s bakers and their cakes, bread and puddings from 1666 to the twentieth century. Discover recipes (to take away and bake!) for almond cakes from 1700, suet puddings from 1850 and questionable school dinner chocolate sponge traybakes from the 1970s.

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30 years of the M25
27 Oct 2016
14:00 - 15:00
London Metropolitan Archives
Free - booking essential

On 29 October in 1986 the M25 was officially opened. This talk looks at the planning and building of what has become Britain’s busiest road.

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