Or know about. I contend that you can’t begin to understand London’s history properly without a pretty decent knowledge of its geography too, and how it’s changed over time. The answer, of course, lies in maps.
There have been many, but here – up until the end of the 19C – are the most notable, milestones if you will (with a few other items thrown in, e.g. Visscher, Tallis).
1682 William Morgan, London &c Actually Survey’d, London and Westminster
1746 John Rocque (1706 – 1762) A plan of the cities of London and Westminster, and borough of Southwark.
1762 House numbering introduced.
My list is just scratching the surface. There are dozens – possibly hundreds – of omissions, not least speciality maps relating to bombs, insurance, poverty, temperance, religion etc., And then there are the panoramas. Pure joy.
My final tip. Join the London Topographical Society.