1805

Napoleon defeated at Trafalgar

1808

Anglo-Spanish war ends

1815

Napoleon defeated at Waterloo

1826

The Shot Tower constructed

1828

London University founded

1831

Kings College founded

1832

The Great Reform Act

1833

Slavery abolished in the Empire

1834

Charles Babbage invents the analytical engine

Poor Law sets up workhouses

Palace of Westminster demolished

1837

Victoria becomes queen

The Euston Arch is built

1839

First Opium War

1840

Palace of Westminster rebuild begins

1847

Lords Chamber construction completed

1848

Waterloo Station built

1851

Great Exhibition

Crystal Palace constructed

1852

Commons Chamber construction completed

Victoria & Albert Museum constructed

1854

The Crimean War begins

1855

Victoria Tower construction completed

1856

The Crimean War ends

1858

Elizabeth Tower (then Clock Tower) completed

1863

London Underground: construction begins

1867

Royal Albert Hall construction begins

Disraeli passes Second Great Reform Act

1870

Education Act

Palace of Westminster completed

1871

Royal Albert Hall construction completed

1876

Alexander Graham Bell invents the telephone

1878

Cleopatra's Needle placed on Victoria Embankment

1884

Gladstone passes Third Great Reform Act

1886

Tower Bridge construction begins

National Agricultural Hall is renamed to The Olympia

1889

The Great Dock Strike

1893

National Gallery of British Art construction begins

1894

Tower Bridge construction completed

1895

Westminster Cathedral construction begins

1896

The Highways Act

1897

National Gallery of British Art construction completed

1900

OXO Tower starts life as power station

1901

Queen Victoria dies, Edward VII succeeds her

The Taff Vale case

1902

Boer War ends

1903

Westminster Cathedral construction completed

WSPU formed

1906

The Labour Party becomes a formal party

1910

Edward VII dies, succeeded by George V

1912

Sinking of the Titanic

Suffragettes demonstration

1913

Suffragettes set fire to the Kew Tea Pavilion

Unexploded bomb found in St. Paul's Cathedral

Suffrage Bill lost in Parliament

1914

The Great War begins

1916

The first Woolworth's shops open in London

1917

Air raids damage Cleopatra's Needle

1918

Incendiary bomb damages Oldham's Printing Factory in Long Acre

The Great War ends

Mussolini pens the Fascio

1919

Sex Disqualification Removal Act makes gender discrimination from most jobs illegal

Treaty of Versailles

1920

Republic of Ireland gains independence

1923

Wembley Stadium opened

1927

The Birth of the BBC

1928

Fifth Great Reform Act passed, women over 21 enfranchised

1929

The Wall Street Crash sparks the Great Depression

Battersea Power Station A construction begins

1931

The first two Tesco stores open

1932

Oswald Moseley founds the British Union of Fascists

The Jewish Museum opens in Woburn Place

Senate House construction begins

1933

Battersea Power Station A construction complete

1934

The Scottish National Party is founded

1936

George V dies, succeeded by Edward VIII who abdicates later that year

Crystal Palace destroyed by fire

Senate House construction completed

1937

George VI crowned king

1939

World War II begins

1940

Winston Churchill becomes prime minister

Battle of Britain

The Blitz

1941

House of Commons chamber gutted.

St. Paul's Cathedral emerges unscathed from raids that flattened East London.

1942

Beveridge Report

1943

"Rebuilding Britain" exhibition held at the National Gallery

1944

D Day

Butler Act

V2 ballistic rockets put into service

1945

V2 rocket destroys Whitefields Tabernacle in Tottenham Court Road

World War II ends

Battersea Power Station B construction begins

1948

The NHS is founded

The 14th Olympic Games held at Wembley

1950

The Royal Festival Hall construction completed

1951

Festival of Britain

The Dome of Discovery and the Skylon constructed

1952

Elizabeth II becomes queen

1953

Coronation of Elizabeth II

Battersea Power Station B construction complete

1957

The Shot Tower demolished

1959

The M1 opened

1961

Euston Arch demolished

1963

The National Theatre construction begins

1964

The BT Tower constructed

1966

England wins the World Cup

1967

Abortion and homosexuality are legalized

1969

Concorde makes its maiden flight

1971

IRA bomb explodes at the top of the Post Office Tower, damaging three floors. The observation floor is now closed to the public

1973

The Cromwell Tower construction completed

1974

Guy's Hospital tower construction completed

1975

London Hilton Hotel bombing

1976

The National Theatre construction completed

1979

Margaret Thatcher becomes prime minister

1980

The NatWest Tower (Tower 42) constructed

1981

Brixton race riots

1982

Falklands War

1988

One Canada Square construction begins

1989

The Berlin Wall comes down

Tim Berners-Lee invents the World Wide Web

1991

The Gulf War

One Canada Square construction completed

1993

99 Bishopsgate and NatWest Tower damaged by a truck bomb detonated by the Provisional IRA

Shakespeare's Globe construction begins

1994

The SIS Building (MI6 Building) constructed

1995

Space Jam is released in cinemas

Oxo Tower refurbished

1997

Princess Diana is killed in a car crash

Tony Blair becomes prime minister

Shakespeare's Globe construction completed

The Millennium Dome construction begins

1999

People party like it's a certain year

The London Eye construction completed

2000

The Millennium Dome construction completed

2001

9/11 aeroplane attacks

Britain and the US invade Afghanistan

30 St Mary Axe (The Gherkin) construction begins

2002

London City Hall constructed

2003

Britain and the US invade Iraq

30 St Mary Axe (The Gherkin) construction completes

2004

Wembley Stadium demolished

2005

7/7 suicide bomb attacks on London's transport system

2007

Ontario Tower constructed

Strata construction begins

Heron Tower construction begins

New Wembley Stadium: Construction completed in time for the 2007 FA Cup Final

2008

Beetham Tower construction begins

The Pinnacle construction begins

2009

The Shard construction begins

20 Fenchurch Street (The Walkie Talkie) construction begins

2010

Coalition government formed between Liberal Democrats and Conservative Party

Strata construction completed

122 Leadenhall Street construction begins

2011

Fixed-term Parliaments Act

Heron Tower construction completed

Saffron Square construction begins

2012

Queens Jubilee Celebration

London Olympic Games

The Shard constructed

2013

52-54 Lime Street (The Scalpel) construction begins

2014

122 Leadenhall Street construction complete

20 Fenchurch Street construction complete

2015

Saffron Square construction complete

2017

52-54 Lime Street (The Scalpel) construction complete

2018

Beetham Tower construction complete


1 Canada Square 122 Leadenhall St. 20 Fenchurch St. 52-54 Lime Street Battersea Power Station: Part A Battersea Power Station: Part B Beetham Tower BT Tower Cleopatra's Needle Cromwell Tower Crystal Palace Dome of Discovery Euston Arch Globe Theatre Guy's Hospital Tower Heron Tower London City Hall London Eye National Gallery National Theatre O2 Arena Ontario Building OXO Tower Palace of Westminster: Elizabeth Tower Palace of Westminster: Main Palace of Westminster: Victoria Tower Royal Albert Hall Royal Festival Hall Saffron Square Senate House SIS Building St. Mary's Axe St. Paul's Cathedral Strata The Old Bailey The Pinnacle The Shard The Shot Tower The Skylon Tower 42 Tower Bridge Tower of London Wembley Stadium (New) Wembley Stadium (Old) Westminster Cathedral
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