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 history of London: 1815-1845

    Course Date: Tue 19 Sep 2017
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    How did London and Londoners experience the period of repression and reform that followed the long French wars? How did London develop and what was the impact of the railways?
    Full fee: £189.00
    Senior fee: £151.00
    Concession: £83.00

  2. A history of London: 1845-1880

    Course Date: Tue 9 Jan 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    You will explore High Victorian London- its people, its outward growth and the growth of its economy. How did Londoners experience life in the centre and in the new suburbs.
    Full fee: £179.00
    Senior fee: £143.00
    Concession: £79.00

  3. A history of London: 1880-1914

    Course Date: Tue 10 Apr 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    London- capital of empire- was a city of contrasts. Great wealth and poverty led to fine buildings and slums while a rising standard of living for many impacted little on those in need.
    Full fee: £189.00
    Senior fee: £151.00
    Concession: £83.00

  4. Archaeology of London

    Course Date: Mon 8 Jan 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Explore the archaeology and history of London through its cultural monuments, topography and material remains to more fully appreciate the rich archaeological evidence of the capital.
    Full fee: £179.00
    Senior fee: £143.00
    Concession: £79.00

  5. 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

  6. 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

  7. 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

  8. 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

  9. City of Words: further adventures

    Course Date: Thu 11 Jan 2018 (and 1 other date)
    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. First meeting point 11/1/18) at Green Park tube station, street level, Piccadilly South side.
    Full fee: £129.00
    Senior fee: £103.00
    Concession: £57.00

  10. City of words: London's literary landscape

    Course Date: Thu 14 Sep 2017
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    London has been muse, magnet and mecca to writers for 400 years, home to Shakespeare's successes, Dickens' dramas and Wilde's witticisms. After an introductory lecture we walk a different London neighbourhood each week exploring its literary connections. Initial lecture is at the at City Lit. This is followed by 8 walks.
    Full fee: £149.00
    Senior fee: £119.00
    Concession: £66.00

  11. Constable's Hampstead

    Course Date: Sun 13 May 2018
    Location on this date: OS - Off Site
    Discover where Constable lived, the houses and landscapes he painted, as well as his family tomb. This talk is illustrated with pictures and quotes from his letters about his art and feelings for Hampstead.

    Starts and ends outside Hampstead tube (High Street entrance). It included some walking on the Heath 2 hours. Starts and ends outside Hampstead tube (High Street entrance). It included some walking on the Heath.
    Full fee: £19.00
    Senior fee: £15.00
    Concession: £8.00

  12. Dickens' London

    Course Date: Sat 18 Nov 2017
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    'It was the best of times, it was the worst of times.' Enjoy this introduction to Dickens' work and the London of his time. Morning lecture at City Lit followed by a walk in the area of the city connected to his work.
    Full fee: £49.00
    Senior fee: £39.00
    Concession: £22.00

  13. 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

  14. Discovering Victorian London: empire, enterprise and education

    Course Date: Tue 10 Apr 2018 (and 1 other date)
    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 the City Lit.
    Full fee: £139.00
    Senior fee: £111.00
    Concession: £61.00

  15. Early London: an introduction to the primary sources

    Course Date: Tue 10 Apr 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    How do we study London’s past? This course will introduce the methods and tools of historical analysis: what different types of primary source exist, and what research skills are required to make sense of them.
    Full fee: £189.00
    Senior fee: £151.00
    Concession: £83.00

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