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From its Bronze Age beginnings to capital status, London has witnessed growth and destruction throughout its long history. Join us for lively classroom and online discussions as well as our popular guided historical walks around London  and discover who and what has left their mark on the city.

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We offer a range of long and short courses allowing you to choose between in-person and online learning.

Learn in the centre of London with our in-person courses. Our purpose-built facilities in Covent Garden mean we are ideally located and easy to get to. 

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  1. London's East End in fact and fiction
    Weekend
    Course start date:  Sat 15 Jun 2024

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Sarah Wise
    Covering the early 19th century to the early 20th century, we will examine the history of the East End, and we will analyse how it was portrayed in works of fiction.
    Full fee £59.00 Senior fee £47.00 Concession £38.00
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  2. Medieval London 1000-1350: the archaeology of a capital city
    Last Few Places, Weekend
    Course start date:  Sat 6 Jul 2024

    Location on this date:  Off Site

    Tutors:  Stuart Brookes
    This one day course looks at a period that fundamentally shaped London as a city, from the laying out of a new town within the old Roman city wall to the rapid growth of the 11—13th centuries.



    Includes an introductory lecture and guided walk.
    Full fee £69.00 Senior fee £55.00 Concession £45.00
  3. In the footsteps of London's rebels
    Course start date:  Tue 10 Sep 2024

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  David Rosenberg
    Explore London's places of protest and discover the stories of radicals, agitators and campaigners who fought for social justice, equal rights and better lives for all from the 1830s to the 1930s.



    The first session will be in the classroom at Keeley Street followed by 11 guided walks.
    Full fee £289.00 Senior fee £231.00 Concession £188.00
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  4. Go West!  Exploring West London
    Last Few Places
    Course start date:  Mon 16 Sep 2024

    Location on this date:  Off Site

    Tutors:  Diane Burstein
    Via 10 walking tours we explore Shepherds Bush, Brook Green, Notting Hill, Hammersmith, Bedford Park, Barons Court, Earls Court, Fulham, Kensal Green,Cadogan Estate (Chelsea) discovering their history, buildings and past residents.
    Full fee £249.00 Senior fee £199.00 Concession £162.00
  5. The Heart of the City of London
    Course start date:  Wed 18 Sep 2024

    Location on this date:  Off Site

    Tutors:  Richard Watkins
    Over four walks, we take in some great City of London’s history: its trade along Cheapside and amazing growth; its City Livery Company system and Halls; then how it dramatically burnt down; and how it massively changed in the nineteenth century in ways little thought about today.
    Full fee £119.00 Senior fee £95.00 Concession £77.00
  6. The many sides of London's West End
    Course start date:  Tue 24 Sep 2024

    Location on this date:  Off Site

    Tutors:  Richard Watkins
    A course of walking tours of London’s West End showing its development from the seventeenth century, how its profile has ebbed and flowed, looking at it through specific themes.



    First meeting place: Covent Garden tube, outside exit on James Street.
    Full fee £169.00 Senior fee £135.00 Concession £110.00
  7. Introduction to Charles Booths’ London
    Evening
    Course start date:  Tue 7 May 2024 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  Online

    Tutors:  Sarah Wise
    During this six-week course, we will explore aspects of Charles Booth’s landmark survey ‘Life & Labour of the People in London’, published in 17 volumes between 1889 and 1903.



    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £149.00 Senior fee £149.00 Concession £97.00
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  8. Metternich, Bismarck and the changing face of 19th Century Europe
    Weekend
    Course start date:  Sat 16 Nov 2024

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Rudolf Muhs
    The workshop explores the life and times of two statesmen who, transcending the leadership of their own countries, came to shape the face of Europe in the nineteenth century.
    Full fee £49.00 Senior fee £39.00 Concession £32.00
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  9. Lamp-lit Hampstead
    Weekend
    Course start date:  Sun 8 Dec 2024

    Location on this date:  Off Site

    Tutors:  Marilyn Greene
    Discover the mysterious atmosphere to Hampstead on a tour after-dark where the streets are lit by old-fashioned lamps. We will wind through the narrow back streets and catch glimpses of its fascinating history from the glow of lamps and lit buildings. This tour is particularly stunning over the Festive season where subtle Christmas lights add to the effect. We will end at the historic Holly Bush Tavern where we can warm up with a drink!



    Tour starts outside Wagamama 58-62 Heath Street, NW3 1EN Ends Hampstead Tube Station.
    Full fee £19.00 Senior fee £15.00 Concession £12.00
  10. London 1945-1979
    Course start date:  Tue 21 Jan 2025

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Mike Berlin
    Explore London's evolution during these pivotal decades from post-war reconstruction, the Swinging Sixties and the decline of the docks.
    Full fee £249.00 Senior fee £199.00 Concession £162.00
  11. London 1979-2020
    Course start date:  Tue 6 May 2025

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Mike Berlin
    Explore the transformation of London from the onset of Thatcherism in 1979 to its status as a global metropolis in the 21st century.
    Full fee £249.00 Senior fee £199.00 Concession £162.00
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