London history and walks

From its Bronze Age beginnings to capital status, London has witnessed growth and destruction throughout its long history. Join us for lively classroom discussions and popular walks around the city and discover who and what has left their mark on the city.
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  1. Art Deco London walk

    Course Date: Mon 31 Jul 2017
    Location on this date: OS - Off Site
    Travel back to the 1930s to explore the Art Deco style that influenced a variety of designs, from radios and cutlery to places related to travel, entertainment and commerce. In addition to looking at the architecture of the period, your guide will tell stories of life in London from the time these buildings were being erected. Meet at Victoria coach station, main entrance.
    Full fee: £19.00
    Senior fee: £15.00
    Concession: £8.00

  2. Brick Lane Battleground 1970s: guided walk

    Course Date: Mon 7 Aug 2017
    Location on this date: OS - Off Site
    Tales of sweatshops and sweetshops, cultural change and conflict, housing struggles, racism and resistance, and the fight by young Bengalis for better lives, with tour guide David Rosenberg, author of 'Rebel Footprints'. Meet just inside the entrance of Altab Ali Park (corner of Whitechapel Road/Whitechurch Lane, E1). Nearest tube Aldgagte East.
    Full fee: £19.00
    Senior fee: £15.00
    Concession: £8.00

  3. Business, banks and bombs - City of London guided walk

    Course Date: Sat 5 Aug 2017
    Location on this date: OS - Off Site
    The City of London is built on business with evidence of trading since Roman times. Walking through its heart, we'll discover the historical foundations for some of the businesses, learn about some of the attacks and campaigns to damage its financial infrastructure, and see how building for business is continually changing the City’s skyline. Starts outside Cafe Nero, St Paul’s tube Station, 14.30. Ends the Gerkin, near Liverpool Street / Aldgate Station.
    Full fee: £19.00
    Senior fee: £15.00
    Concession: £10.00

  4. City gardens of the Blitz

    Course Date: Sat 12 Aug 2017
    Location on this date: OS - Off Site
    Discover the delightful gardens of the City created from bomb sites of the Second Word War. Revealing the history of the sites including past industrial buildings, where former Wren churches stood, Roman Ruins and the site of a Roman Bath house, this walk spans the length of the City. Starts outside the main entrance to the Museum of London. Ends St Dunstan in the East a short Walk from Monument and Tower Hill stations.
    Full fee: £19.00
    Senior fee: £15.00
    Concession: £10.00

  5. Crime and punishment in medieval London

    Course Date: Sat 3 Jun 2017
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Where were London’s red light districts? Where could you buy stolen goods or meet cross-dressing prostitutes? Learn where the prisons and pillories were located and identify some infamous criminals.
    Full fee: £49.00
    Senior fee: £39.00
    Concession: £25.00

  6. Discover Regent's Park

    Course Date: Sat 12 Aug 2017
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    With a background briefing at City Lit in the morning and a guided walk in Regent's Park in the afternoon,you will discover the history, exuberant planting, sculptures and design of this fabulous Royal Park dating from the early 19th century. Special trees will be highlighted.
    Full fee: £39.00
    Senior fee: £31.00
    Concession: £20.00

  7. Explore two unusual London parks

    Course Date: Sat 24 Jun 2017
    Location on this date: OS - Off Site
    Explore Holland Park with its ruined Jacobean Mansion and Battersea Park with its exotic Pagoda. Learn about the history of the landscapes and the trees and plantings seen today. Meet at Notting Hill Station ticket barrier.
    Full fee: £39.00
    Senior fee: £31.00
    Concession: £17.00

  8. Further village London

    Course Date: Wed 19 Jul 2017
    Location on this date: OS - Off Site
    A further five walks around London's former villages - Hampstead, Highgate, Archway, Fitzrovia and Soho. Why did these areas grow up as villages and how did they become swallowed up by the city of London? This is a continuation of 'Village London' (HLW24), but new students are welcome. The first meeting place will be just outside Hampstead tube station.
    Full fee: £89.00
    Senior fee: £71.00
    Concession: £39.00

  9. London in poetry 1: capital of empire - from Byron to Wilde

    Course Date: Thu 27 Jul 2017
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Explore the excitement and misery of 19th-century London as represented by Byron and Shelley, and subsequently the varied Victorian responses to what many perceived as the greatest (and most destructive) city in the world.
    Full fee: £49.00
    Senior fee: £39.00
    Concession: £22.00

  10. London in poetry 2: modern metropolis - from Eliot to the Millennium Bridge

    Course Date: Thu 3 Aug 2017
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Moving from the London meditations of Eliot, Lawrence, Betjeman and Plath to our own times, we will conclude with a taste of the remarkable sequence composed for the inauguration of the Millennium Bridge.
    Full fee: £49.00
    Senior fee: £39.00
    Concession: £22.00

  11. Medieval London: healthcare

    Course Date: Fri 4 Aug 2017
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Learn how astrology and medicine were intertwined and pick up life-style tips to ward off illness. Although the City boasted over 35 hospitals, access was only for the privileged.
    Full fee: £39.00
    Senior fee: £31.00
    Concession: £17.00

  12. Medieval London: immigration

    Course Date: Wed 9 Aug 2017
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    London has always been a multicultural city. We look at the positive and negative impact of medieval immigration. 15th century taxation records allow identification of foreign nationals who settled in the metropolis, and their occupations.
    Full fee: £39.00
    Senior fee: £31.00
    Concession: £17.00

  13. Medieval London: the underworld

    Course Date: Wed 2 Aug 2017
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Where was the red light district? Where could you buy stolen goods or meet cross-dressing prostitutes? Learn where the prisons and pillories were located and identify some infamous criminals.
    Full fee: £39.00
    Senior fee: £31.00
    Concession: £17.00

  14. Sightseeing in the age of Chaucer (includes a guided city walk)

    Course Date: Fri 11 Aug 2017
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    We begin by familiarising ourselves with the topography and history of 14th century London. After lunch we meet at St Paul’s Station (cathedral side) at 2pm for a two-hour talk and walk across medieval London.
    Full fee: £39.00
    Senior fee: £31.00
    Concession: £17.00

  15. Stoke Newington: a misty village

    Course Date: Tue 8 Aug 2017
    Location on this date: OS - Off Site
    For centuries this north London village was home to dissenters and radical writers such as Daniel Defoe and 'gothic' Edgar Allen Poe. This varied and fascinating tour follows this history, via a 'castle', a hidden reservoir and an historic cemetery, through to present day 'Stokey', a vibrant and creative hub of north London. Meeting place: outside Manor House tube, exit 3 on Green Lanes.
    Full fee: £19.00
    Senior fee: £19.00
    Concession: £8.00

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