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The London press: the most popular newspapers and magazines

London has a large number of newspapers and magazines both on paper and in digital format, suitable for all tastes and ages. From sports newspapers to women's magazines and women's fashion, any reader interested in catching up. The press is part of British culture and in this article you can find out which are the most popular newspapers and magazines in this city.

Below you have an index with all the points that we are going to deal with in this article.

Brief history

When it comes to reviewing the history of the British press, the first place we should place ourselves is in Fleet Street, known as the journalists' street. You could say that it was in this London street where the newspapers and magazines we know today began to take shape until they became what they are today. In this section, we show you a tour of the most important stages in the evolution of the London press.

Fleet Street: the street of journalists

Fleet Street is a street in London that runs along the River Thames, specifically on the left bank of it. In turn, it is the axis that leads from the City of London to Westminster. This street owes its popularity to the years before the 1980s, when it was the British press headquarters.

Initially, the multinational Reuters had its headquarters in Fleet Street, until in 2005 it went to Canary Wharf as you can read in the next section. However, the name of this street is still used today when talking about the British national press in general.

Views of Fleet Street, London

The first printers in London began to settle in Fleet Street around 1500 at the hands of William Caxton and his apprentice, Wynkyn de Worde, who installed the first printing press in London on Shoe Lane. Also Richard Pynson settled down as editor in the surroundings of the church of St Dunstan. The success of these first editors / printers led to that little by little more and more were installed in the English capital.

Thus was born in March 1702 the oldest daily newspaper in London, the famous Daily Courant, produced by Elizabeth Mallet. This newspaper consisted of a single page, which included advertisements on the back cover. The type of news published in The Daily Courant They were about other parts of the world. Subsequently, it was renamed The Spectator and later on, The Daily Gazetteer.

Foundation plate of the Daily Courant

First scientific magazine in the world

In the year 1665 the birth of the world's first scientific journal took place under the name Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society, usually abbreviated as Phil. Trans.. This is a scientific journal published by the Royal Society of London, one of the oldest scientific societies in Europe.

This magazine, as we have mentioned before, is dedicated exclusively to science and has remained in continuous publication since the first volume was published in 1665. Therefore, it is considered the most active scientific newsletter worldwide.

Its fame from its beginnings until 1887 was such that, on this last date, the magazine was divided into two separate publications, one dedicated to the physical sciences and the other to the life sciences. They also have primary research articles published in the journals Journal of the Royal Society Interface, Biology Letters and Proceedings of the Royal Society, all of them belonging to the Royal Society as well.

Royal Society building in London

Like many other magazines today, the magazine Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society It can be found in digital format. Here are the links to their respective digital versions:

  • Philosophical Transactions A: more focused on the physical sciences, you can access its website through this link.
  • Philosophical Transactions B: dedicated to the field of biology and life sciences in general. You can visit their website by clicking on this link.

Reuters Foundation

Talking about the history of the British press implies first naming Reuters, which has become the largest news agency in the world. Reuters Group Limited It is a British press agency founded in 1851 in London, where it continues to be based, specifically in Canary Wharf, east of the capital.

Founded at the hands of the German Julius Reuter (hence his name), this private news agency provides information to the different media and financial markets of the world. Thus, today it is estimated that it is present in more than 200 cities in 94 different countries. In addition, it offers information in more than 20 languages. If you want to know more about Reuters, you can access their website by clicking on this link.

Reuters Headquarters in London

Birth of The Times

The popular British newspaper The times It was created by John Walter in 1785 under the name The Daily Universal Register. Initially, Walter's goal was to use the logography, invented by Henry Johnson, whose patent was acquired by Walter later.

John Walter opened a printing press, where he set out to print a daily advertising sheet and that's how he started publishing the newspaper The Daily Universal Register on January 1, 1785. Later, Walter realized that the public always used to forget to mention the word Universal when mentioning the newspaper, so he decided to change his name to The times.

Aspect of the first copies of The Times

During its beginnings, The times He pioneered publishing news at European level, especially from France. This led him to have contributions from important people in the field of politics, literature and science, so that he earned a very good reputation, as well as high profits.

Currently, The Times official sales figures are around 700,000 copies per day. This figure obtained in 2005 is rated as a record sales figure under the direction of its current editor, Robert James Thomson. Thus, The Times is ahead of other newspapers such as The Daily Telegraph.

Most popular newspapers

Today, all local and national newspapers in print format have their corresponding version in digital format, that is, on the internet. Thus, accessing the written press is easier today than ever. In the following table you can find which are the main daily newspapers of London along with their website:

London daily newspapersIn digital format
The Daily
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On the other hand, it is also important to note that the BBC, responsible for radio in the United Kingdom and British television, has its own online newspaper, whose website is as follows: It also has BBC Mundo (, a portal that offers news in Spanish for Spanish-speaking readers around the world.

Also, the Spanish-speaking public has the newspaper available The Iberian, the only newspaper in Spanish about London. In it, the reader can find all kinds of news about the British capital, be it events, culture or news. His website is as follows:

Most popular magazines

The most popular London magazines are those that are aimed at a female audience (calls women’s weeklies or monthlies in English depending on whether they are published weekly or monthly). In this type of magazine, the usual content usually includes the following topics: current women, fashion, beauty tips, family, work, love, sexuality and heart press, among others.

Women's magazines in the United Kingdom

However, magazines dedicated to offering TV guides with the programming of each channel for the next days or weeks, calls TV Listings, also have a lot of popularity. Among the most influential genres are also health, furniture and decoration, men's health, cooking and cinema / music.

The following table shows a list of the 50 most famous and important magazines in the British capital sorted by type of content:

1. TV Choice (TV Guide)
two. What’s on TV (TV Guide)
3. Take a break (Female)
Four. Slimming World Magazine (Health)
5. Radio Times (TV Guide)
6. Glamor (Female)
7. Closer (Female)
8. Woman’s Weekly (Female)
9. New! (Female)
10. Woman (Female)
eleven. That’s Life (Female)
12. Woman’s Own (Female)
13. TV Times (TV Guide)
14. Yours (Female)
fifteen. Hello! (Female)
16. Beautiful (Female)
17. Woman & Home (Female)
18. Good housekeeping (Female)
19. OKAY! (Female)
twenty. The People’s Friend (Miscellany)
twenty-one. Heat (Female)
22 Cosmopolitan (Female)
2. 3. Real people (Female)
24. Star (Female)
25. Cousin (TV Guide)
26. Now (Female)
27. Reveal (Female)
28. Inside Soap (TV Guide)
29. Ideal Home (Home)
30 Look (Female)
31. Marie Claire (Female)
32 Net (Female)
33. Your home (Home)
3. 4. Total TV Guide (TV Guide)
35 Grazia (Female)
36. Elle (Female)
37. My weekly (Female)
38. Private eye (Miscellany)
39. Vogue (Female)
40 Men’s Health (Male)
41. Women's Health (Health)
42 Style at Home (Home)
43 InStyle (Female)
44. BBC Gardeners ’World (Gardening)
Four. Five. HomeStyle (Home)
46. Country Living (Home)
47 BBC Good Food (Kitchen)
48. Empire (Music / Cinema)
49. Psychologies Magazine (Female)
fifty. Spirit & Destiny (Female)

It should also be mentioned that in London other genres for a specific audience can also be found, as is the case with gay magazines. Examples of the most popular are Boyz Magazine, a magazine that defines itself as an essential guide for gay men from Soho and Greater London. As well QX Magazine International It is very popular in this sector.

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