London History Courses & Guided 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.

Watch City Lit tutor Eleanor Jackson explore some of London's secret spaces:

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  1. Archaeology of London

    Archaeology of London

    Course Date: Mon 21 Jan 2019
    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: £199.00
    Senior fee: £159.00
    Concession: £88.00

  2. London regeneration: history, politics and architecture

    London regeneration: history, politics and architecture

    Course Date: Sat 16 Mar 2019
    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: £99.00
    Senior fee: £79.00
    Concession: £50.00

  3. A walk through Highgate: experiments in urban living. Photo: R Sones

    A walk through Highgate: experiments in urban living

    Course Date: Sun 24 Mar 2019
    Location on this date: OS - Off Site
    Discover some of Highgate's twentieth century developments. We will pass Lubetkin's iconic High Point flats, walk through Waterlow Park, past Highgate Cemetery to the Holly Lodge Estate and to Walter Segal's 1950s St Anne's Close.

    Walk starts on the green opposite The Woodman pub, Archway Road. (Take escalator exit from Highgate station and turn right.) Finishes at Parliament Hill Fields at the Bottom of Swain's Lane. Walk starts on the green opposite The Woodman pub, Archway Road. (Take escalator exit from Highgate station and turn right.) Finishes at Parliament Hill Fields at the Bottom of Swain's Lane.
    Full fee: £19.00
    Senior fee: £15.00
    Concession: £8.00

  4. Hampstead and the Slade School of Art

    Course Date: Sun 7 Apr 2019
    Location on this date: OS - Off Site
    Walk in the path of Slade School artists who lived in or were associated with Hampstead. Amongst others, we will discover where the Carline and Nevinson families lived and worked, and where Stanley Spencer and Mark Gertler’s studios were, as well as some of the sites they painted.

    Starts outside Hampstead tube, High Street entrance. Ends a short distance from Belsize Park tube. Starts outside Hampstead tube, High Street entrance. Ends a short distance from Belsize Park tube.
    Full fee: £19.00
    Senior fee: £15.00
    Concession: £8.00

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

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

    Course Date: Tue 30 Apr 2019
    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.

    Last session held at City Lit.
    Full fee: £139.00
    Senior fee: £111.00
    Concession: £61.00

  6. Discovering Victorian London: empire, enterprise and education

    Course Date: Tue 30 Apr 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Victorian London 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: £139.00
    Senior fee: £111.00
    Concession: £61.00

  7. Village London

    Course Date: Wed 1 May 2019 (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: £159.00
    Senior fee: £127.00
    Concession: £70.00

  8. Stories of London

    Course Date: Thu 2 May 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Walk 2,000 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: £129.00
    Senior fee: £103.00
    Concession: £57.00

  9. Medieval London

    Course Date: Thu 2 May 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Where and how did Londoners live? What did they eat and drink? What illnesses did they suffer from, how were they treated and how did they deal with sanitation? These and other questions will be addressed on this course.
    Full fee: £139.00
    Senior fee: £111.00
    Concession: £61.00

  10. London at war: 1939-1945

    Course Date: Tue 7 May 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street


    Explore in this interactive lecture course how Londoners faced many challenges: bombing, fires, destruction, caring for the vulnerable while also dealing with work, rationing and blackouts. How did Londoners experience these things, and with what legacy?
    Full fee: £169.00
    Senior fee: £135.00
    Concession: £74.00

  11. Early London: an introduction to the primary sources

    Course Date: Tue 7 May 2019
    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: £199.00
    Senior fee: £159.00
    Concession: £88.00

  12. The lost town of Lundenwic: mid-Saxon London 600-900 CE

    Course Date: Sat 11 May 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Look at the least known episode in London's history, mid-Saxon town Lundenwic (AD 600-900). Includes an introductory lecture, a museum visit and a guided walk around Covent Garden.
    Full fee: £59.00
    Senior fee: £47.00
    Concession: £26.00

  13. Underground tales: London's cemeteries

    Course Date: Thu 16 May 2019
    Location on this date: OS - Off Site
    London's cemeteries are a treasure trove of social history, funerary monuments and the human stories behind the graves. Discover four very different cemeteries from the non-conformists at Abney Park to Hoop Lane Jewish Cemetery.

    FIRST MEETIING PLACE: Abney Park Cemetery-Meet at the main gates at Stoke Newington High Street

    (215 Stoke Newington High St, Stoke Newington, London N16 0LH). FIRST MEETIING PLACE: Abney Park Cemetery-Meet at the main gates at Stoke Newington High Street

    (215 Stoke Newington High St, Stoke Newington, London N16 0LH).
    Full fee: £79.00
    Senior fee: £63.00
    Concession: £35.00

  14. Pepys and the Great Plague of London

    Course Date: Sat 18 May 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Living through the Great Plague and Great Fire, Pepys’s diary reveals intimate details about life, death and sex in the City.
    Full fee: £49.00
    Senior fee: £39.00
    Concession: £25.00

  15. Gardens of the Blitz (City tour)

    Course Date: Sat 18 May 2019
    Location on this date: OS - Off Site
    Discover the delightful gardens of the City of London created from WWII bomb sites. Revealing the history of the sites - including past industrial buildings, Roman ruins, and the sites of a former Wren churches and 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. 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: £8.00

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