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:

Many of our courses are delivered online. For more information about our live online courses, please see our guide to online learning.

  1. Lesser known North London walks - a virtual exploration

    Course Date: Mon 14 Sep 2020
    Location on this date: Online
    Via Zoom and PowerPoint illustrated talks discover the history of a variety of North London’s lesser known neighbourhoods including Highgate, Belsize Park, West Hampstead, Barnet, Stoke Newington, Highbury, Somers Town, Wood Green, Muswell Hill and Finchley.

    This course will be delivered online. For more information please see our guide to online learning.
    Full fee: £189.00
    Senior fee: £151.00
    Concession: £83.00

  2. In the footsteps of London's rebels

    Course Date: Tue 15 Sep 2020
    Location on this date: Online
    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 1790s to the 1930s.

    This course will be delivered online. For more information please see our guide to online learning.
    Full fee: £219.00
    Senior fee: £175.00
    Concession: £96.00

  3. London at war

    Course Date: Tue 15 Sep 2020
    Location on this date: Online
    London has been shaped by war, conflict and unrest. It's buildings, monuments and even street names reflect our

    embattled past. These illustrated lectures examine London's wartime legacy from mediaeval fortifications to the War on Terror.

    London guide: Eleanor Jackson.

    This course will be delivered online. For more information please see our guide to online learning.
    Full fee: £139.00
    Senior fee: £111.00
    Concession: £61.00

  4. City of words: London's literary landscape

    Course Date: Thu 17 Sep 2020
    Location on this date: Online
    London has been muse, magnet and mecca to writers for 400 years, home to Shakespeare's successes, Dickens'

    dramas and Wilde's witticisms. Each week we will explore, virtually, a different London neighbourhood &

    investigate its literary connections.

    This course will be delivered online. For more information please see our guide to online learning.
    Full fee: £139.00
    Senior fee: £111.00
    Concession: £61.00

  5. The men who built London

    Course Date: Thu 17 Sep 2020
    Location on this date: Online
    London was shaped by its architects, engineers, bricklayers, navies etc. These lectures will examine London’s

    buildings and the men (and women) who worked throughout history to create this eclectic and wonderful city.

    London guide: Eleanor Jackson.

    This course will be delivered online. For more information please see our guide to online learning.
    Full fee: £139.00
    Senior fee: £111.00
    Concession: £61.00

  6. Medieval London

    Course Date: Tue 22 Sep 2020 (and 1 other date)
    Location on this date: Online
    This course explores the forces that shaped London between the coming of the Normans and the age of

    the Tudors.

    This course will be delivered online. For more information please see our guide to online learning.
    Full fee: £119.00
    Senior fee: £95.00
    Concession: £52.00

  7. Roman London. Photo: Adam Bishop

    Roman London

    Course Date: Fri 25 Sep 2020
    Location on this date: Online
    Using archaeological and written evidence, we will explore what life was like in London during the Roman occupation between c.50 and 450 CE. If possible, there will be two fieldtrips.

    This course will be delivered online. For more information please see our guide to online learning.
    Full fee: £219.00
    Senior fee: £175.00
    Concession: £96.00

  8. Celebrating London

    Course Date: Tue 29 Sep 2020
    Location on this date: Online
    London knows how to throw a great party. This course celebrates London by looking at London’s celebrations throughout its history. From Coronations to Olympics, Carnival to Festivals, join us to celebrate some of London’s greatest moments.

    This course will be delivered online. For more information please see our guide to online learning.
    Full fee: £79.00
    Senior fee: £63.00
    Concession: £35.00

  9. The City of London: the square mile

    Course Date: Wed 7 Oct 2020
    Location on this date: Online
    Explore the City’s development from Roman and medieval times through to the Tudors and Stuarts. Initial lecture at City Lit. Entrance fees not included

    London guide: Paul Sinclair.

    This course will be delivered online. For more information please see our guide to online learning.
    Full fee: £139.00
    Senior fee: £111.00
    Concession: £61.00

  10. Londinium (Roman London 47-457 CE)

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sat 21 Nov 2020
    Location on this date: Online
    A look at the spectacular rise and fall of Londinium from c. AD 47 to its abandonment in c. AD 457.

    This course will be delivered online. For more information please see our guide to online learning.
    Full fee: £19.00
    Senior fee: £15.00
    Concession: £10.00

  11. East End in fact and fiction

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sat 12 Dec 2020
    Location on this date: Online
    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.

    This course will be delivered online. For more information please see our guide to online learning.
    Full fee: £49.00
    Senior fee: £39.00
    Concession: £25.00

  12. History taster

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sun 6 Sep 2020
    Location on this date: Online
    What is history? What does history mean to you? Is history important to society? Why or why not? Who gets to decide what and whose history is important? What are the implications of this? There are many reasons and ways to engage with history. With this course, we scratch the surface of the vast universe that is history to give you a taster.

    This course will be delivered online. For more information please see our guide to online learning.
    Full fee: £0.00
    Senior fee: £0.00
    Concession: £0.00

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