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We are home to an extraordinary range of documents, images, maps, films and books about London. On this site you can find out about the archives we hold, and get practical advice on how to use them. 

We run a wide variety of talks, guided tours, film screenings, exhibitions and other events, and you can find out more about these as well as the latest updates from the archives on our news and events page.

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.

Please note: LMA's annual closure for 2014 takes place at the start of November. We will close as normal on Thursday 30 October at 7.30pm and reopen on Monday 17 November at 9.30am.

Family history

If you’re looking for ancestors from the London area, you’ve come to the right place. Explore our family history pages 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 that you need to register for a History Card 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.


Our current exhibition is 'Emergency! London 1914'  which explores what life in London was like at the outbreak of the First World War.   

Images and films

Our image collections include photographs, films, posters, prints, drawings and watercolours and make up one of the finest visual records of London in the world. You can find out more on the images and films page.


To support wider access for educational bodies such as schools, universities and other similar interest groups, we offer a range of online resources, workshops, conferences and events. Find out all the options available to you on our learning pages.

Social media

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What's happening
The history of tea and coffee in the City of London
04 Nov 2014
14:00 - 16:00
London Metropolitan Archives
£8 - booking required in advance

Trace the arrival of coffee and tea, its consumption, the breaking of the monopoly on supply and its impact on world trade. Discover more about tea warehouses, coffee houses and auction houses.

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LGBTQ History Club
05 Nov 2014
18:00 - 19:30
London Metropolitan Archives
Free - drop in event at Essex Hall, Essex St, WC2R 3HY

Meet at the General Assembly of Unitarian and Free Christian Churches at Essex Hall, 1–6 Essex Street, WC2R 3HY. Hear about the Unitarian journey to LGBT inclusion and same sex marriage through archive materials, visit the archive strongroom and consider how to investigate LGBTQ history in an unfamiliar setting. Visit

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