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London directories

Advertisements for London businesses in Kelly’s London Trade Directory

Guildhall Library has an extensive collection of trade and telephone directories for the whole of the British Isles from the years 1667 - 1990.

Examples of trade and telephone directories include:

  • The little London Directory: the oldest printed list of the merchants and bankers of London
  • Kent’s Directory
  • A complete guide to all persons who have any trade or concern with the City of London and parts adjacent
  • The Universal Pocket Book and the Universal Pocket Companion
  • The London Directory
  • Bailey’s British Directory
  • Lowndes’s London Directory
  • The Universal British Directory
  • Fashionable Court Guide, or Town Visiting Directory
  • The Post Office Annual Directory​
  • Royal Blue Book

Contact Guildhall Library if you would like the complete list sent to you: or 020 7332 1868 

25 October 2012
Last Modified:
23 August 2018