London Metropolitan Archives

London Metropolitan Archives is managed by the City of London Corporation and collects, preserves and shares records relating to London and makes them publicly accessible.  These records take the form of documents, images, maps, films and books.

They cover approximately 105 kilometres of shelving in strongrooms and date from 1067 to the present day.  
You will find a document of use whatever subject you are interested in, whether you are researching your family history, conducting research for a school, college or university assignment, studying the history of a house or are interested in local history.

The knowledgeable and helpful staff are always on hand to offer advice and assistance if required.

Information about London Metropolitan Archives


London Metropolitan Archives
40 Northampton Road 

Telephone Number: 

020 7332 3820 


To discover more about their collections, please visit their Home Page and peruse their online catalogue, which has details of most of their collections.  They hold many family history sources referring to London, which include:

  • Bishops' Transcripts
  • Electoral registers
  • Hospital records including St Guy's and St Thomas's and the former county lunatic asylums of Hanwell, Colney Hatch and Banstead
  • Land tax records
  • Maps and plans

Sources also include:

  • Nonconformist records
  • Parish poor relief and boards of guardians registers, which include workhouse records
  • Parish registers
  • Photographs and prints
  • School admission and discharge registers
  • Wills from the church courts of the Diocese of London and Archdeaconry of Surrey

Information regarding their Opening Hours is also available.

The Archive is close to these tube stations:

Underground line Station
Circle Farringdon
Northern Angel
Metropolitan Farringdon
Hammersmith Farringdon

The Office is approximately 1 mile from King's Cross/St Pancras railway station, and 0.5 miles from Farringdon Station.  

Many buses stop nearby:

  • Buses 19, 38 and 341(Tysoe Street or Mount Pleasant)
  • Bus 63(Rosebery Avenue(northbound) or Bowling Green Lane(southbound)
  • Buses 55 and 243(Clerkenwell Green)
  • Bus 153(Percival Street or Spencer Street/City University)

Only blue/orange badge holders may park at the Archive.  The nearest pay and display car park is situated on Bowling Green Lane, and PayByPhone on-street parking is available on Northampton Road and surrounding streets.

It is important to check the opening times before visiting, especially so if you wish to visit on a Saturday because they do not open every weekend.  You do not need to book a microfilm reader or computer, but it is operated on a first come, first served basis so you should arrive at the Office early.

You can use your own digital camera in London Record Office, but a charge is made for using this service. 

A City of London History Card is required to peruse original material at LMA. This is done by either by registering in person in the Archive or registering on-line. In order to obtain a card you must bring appropriate ID when you first visit, which must include a valid signature.  Acceptable proof of identity includes a passport, driving licence, bank card, credit card, National ID card or local council staff ID.  

Acceptable documents showing proof of address include a utility bill, bank/building society statement issued in the last three months, credit card statement issued within the last three months, council tax bill, HM Revenue and Customs statement or TV licence.  You should take this documentation to the Information Point at London Metropolitan Archives.

Further information regarding London Offices can be found on my pages relating to City of Westminster Archives Centre and Guildhall Library.

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