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. Anglo-Saxon and Norman London

    Course Date: Thu 12 Jan 2017
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Using archaeological and written evidence we will explore the development of Saxon London and the changes wrought by the Norman Conquest.
    Full fee: £189.00
    Senior fee: £151.00
    Concession: £83.00

  3. Archaeology of London

    Course Date: Mon 16 Jan 2017
    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.

    NB. The January start for HLW103 has been changed. The correct start date is shown on this page.
    Full fee: £159.00
    Senior fee: £127.00
    Concession: £70.00

  4. 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

  5. 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

  6. Explore two unusual London's 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

  7. From the 1880s to the 1930s: how the new East End was born

    Course Date: Tue 2 May 2017
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    In an area branded 'the hell of poverty', libraries, theatres, art galleries and social housing were established. Workers went on strike and activists campaigned for better lives. Walk through six tumultuous decades of change.

    The course will begin with an initial lecture at City Lit followed by six walks.

    The last session will be held at City Lit.
    Full fee: £119.00
    Senior fee: £95.00
    Concession: £52.00

  8. London 1714 to 1760

    Course Date: Tue 10 Jan 2017
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    London's townscape became more ordered and harmonious in this period, but behind the appearance of elegance and stability lay political, economic and social instability. How did Londoners engage with all of this?
    Full fee: £189.00
    Senior fee: £151.00
    Concession: £83.00

  9. London 1760 to 1815

    Course Date: Tue 2 May 2017
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    As the capital of a global superpower, how were the lives of Londoners affected by political, economic and social revolution, and protracted warfare in a period spanning the American Revolution and the defeat of Napoleon?
    Full fee: £169.00
    Senior fee: £135.00
    Concession: £74.00

  10. London regeneration: history, politics and architecure

    Course Date: Sat 18 Mar 2017
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Explore the reconstruction of London after WWII, the decline of its infrastructure, population and economy in the 1960s and 1970s and the emergence of a truly global city by the end of the century.
    Full fee: £49.00
    Senior fee: £39.00
    Concession: £25.00

  11. London's quartiers

    Course Date: Fri 13 Jan 2017
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Through one introductory session and seven walks, explore some of London’s quartiers – Soho, Mayfair, Covent Garden, Spitalfields, Clerkenwell, St James and Bloomsbury and understand how their very distinct characters were formed. Entrance fees not included. Initial lecture held at City Lit.
    Full fee: £119.00
    Senior fee: £95.00
    Concession: £52.00

  12. 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

  13. 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

  14. 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

  15. Stories of London

    Course Date: Thu 4 May 2017
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Walk 2000 years of London’s history. Explore the lanes and alleyways of the city of London and learn about the lives of its people, both rich and poor. Initial lecture at City Lit followed by six walks.
    Full fee: £109.00
    Senior fee: £87.00
    Concession: £48.00

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