Particular strengths of our London collection include urban government, topography, and the urban fabric. All periods are covered but holdings are strongest for the late medieval and early modern periods. The London collection goes beyond the library’s usual focus on primary sources to include many reference works and some secondary material.
The London collection is at classmark BL, with oversize volumes at classmark BLL. It includes material on London as a whole, as well as covering the historic units of the City of London, Westminster, Southwark and Middlesex. Areas in Greater London which were formerly within Essex, Kent or Surrey are shelved with their respective county in the English local collection (BC.62 Essex, BC.67 Kent and BC.82 Surrey). Many sources covering London will also be found in our general holdings on British history (B) - see Related Collections section below. London’s connections with the wider world can be explored in our European, Colonial and American collections.