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. A walk through Highgate: experiments in urban living

    Course Date: Sun 7 May 2017
    Location on this date: OS - Off Site
    Discover some of Highgate's 20th century developments, we will pass Lubetkin's iconic High Point flats, walk through Waterlow Park, past Highgate Cemetery to the Holly Lodge Estate and Walter Segal's 1950s St Anne's Close. The walk starts opposite The Woodman pub, Archway Road (take escalator exit from Highgate station and turn right) and finishes at Parliament Hill Fields at the Bottom of Swain's Lane (with option to walk up Parliament Hill to Hampstead Heath main line station).
    Full fee: £19.00
    Senior fee: £15.00
    Concession: £8.00

  2. City of words: further adventures

    Course Date: Thu 4 May 2017
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    London luxuriates in literary references. We follow the footsteps of the authors, poets and playwrights, and some of their creations, as we walk a brand new neighbourhood each week, exploring the literary connections. 1st meeting point 4/5/2017: Green Park Tube station. Street level, Piccadilly South side.
    Full fee: £119.00
    Senior fee: £95.00
    Concession: £52.00

  3. 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

  4. Discovering Victorian London: empire, enterprise and education

    Course Date: Tue 2 May 2017
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Victorian London has shaped today's city. Discover the lasting legacy of the Victorian age, uncover its secrets, and meet some of the characters who created one of the world's greatest cities. NB. Initial lecture at City Lit.
    Full fee: £119.00
    Senior fee: £95.00
    Concession: £52.00

  5. 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

  6. Guest lecture: 300 years of freemasonry in England

    Course Date: Thu 11 May 2017
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    From a modest start in a London tavern 300 years ago, organised freemasonry in England and Wales grew to a membership of 200,000 and the idea of freemasonry spread across the world, adapting to local circumstances as it did so. Mark Dennis, Curator of the museum in Freemasons’ Hall, will tell this remarkable history illustrated from the rich collections of the museum.
    Full fee: £9.00
    Senior fee: £9.00
    Concession: £9.00

  7. Medieval London

    Course Date: Thu 4 May 2017
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Where and how did Londoners live during the Middle Ages? How did they enjoy themselves and where did they go shopping? There will be a trip to the Museum of London.
    Full fee: £169.00
    Senior fee: £135.00
    Concession: £74.00

  8. Rescued and rebuilt: the Blitz and preserving history

    Course Date: Sun 21 May 2017
    Location on this date: OS - Off Site
    This walks covers an area devastated in the Blitz. You will explore what happened in 1940/41, the efforts to rescue St Paul's, the Roman remains that were revealed as well as post war restoration and rebuilding of historic buildings. Meeting place Moorgate tube station outside Café Nero. Walk finishes at the Guildhall. Tutor: Marilyn Greene.
    Full fee: £19.00
    Senior fee: £15.00
    Concession: £8.00

  9. Saxons, Vikings and Normans: London from AD 900-1200

    Course Date: Sat 20 May 2017
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Look at the foundations of Lundenburh in c.886 and the impact of later Viking and Norman invasions. Includes an introductory lecture, a museum visit and a guided walk in the city.
    Full fee: £59.00
    Senior fee: £47.00
    Concession: £30.00

  10. That's entertainment

    Course Date: Thu 4 May 2017
    Location on this date: OS - Off Site
    Through exploring theatrical Covent Garden, musical Soho, the Beatles' London of 1960s, Marylebone and London landmarks used as popular film locations, discover London's varied musical heritage. First meeting at Marylebone station.
    Full fee: £69.00
    Senior fee: £55.00
    Concession: £30.00

  11. Village London

    Course Date: Fri 5 May 2017 (and 1 other date)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    London is made up of a series of villages, each with its own individual characteristics. Explore Shoreditch, Mayfair, Bermondsey, Notting Hill, Clerkenwell, Islington, Harrow on the Hill and Wapping, in one initial lecture at City Lit and eight walks.
    Full fee: £139.00
    Senior fee: £111.00
    Concession: £61.00

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