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. Bricks to Brutalism, Metroland to Moderne: London’s housing

    Bricks to Brutalism, Metroland to Moderne: London’s housing

    Course Date: Thu 23 Apr 2020
    Location on this date: OS - Off Site
    Through 4 walks explore an array of London’s residential styles from housing the East End poor and the modernist style of 1930s Hampstead to brutalist blocks of flats by Lubetkin and Lasdun in post-war Bethnal Grreen and suburban Metroland. NB. This coures will be taking a break week on 14 May.

    FIRST MEETING POINT - OUTSIDE WHITECHAPEL TUBE. FIRST MEETING POINT - OUTSIDE WHITECHAPEL TUBE.
    Full fee: £79.00
    Senior fee: £63.00
    Concession: £35.00

  2. Hogarth's London: 1697-1764

    Course Date: Fri 24 Apr 2020
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Explore the high and low life of 18th-century London through the drawings and paintings of William Hogarth. There will be a visit to either the Sir John Soame Museum or the National Gallery.
    Full fee: £219.00
    Senior fee: £175.00
    Concession: £96.00

  3. 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 28 Apr 2020
    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: £149.00
    Senior fee: £119.00
    Concession: £66.00

  4. Stories of London

    Course Date: Thu 30 Apr 2020
    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. First session at the City Lit.
    Full fee: £129.00
    Senior fee: £103.00
    Concession: £57.00

  5. London and the Reformation

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sat 16 May 2020
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    The Reformation had a profound effect on the landscape of 16th-century London as church buildings were transformed into stables, private houses, a wine tavern and biscuit factory! Nearly 50 martyrs were burnt or died in prison in London.

    Come along and find out more.
    Full fee: £59.00
    Senior fee: £47.00
    Concession: £30.00

  6. Hampstead and the pioneers of modern art

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sun 17 May 2020
    Location on this date: OS - Off Site
    In the early 20th century Hampstead was home to some of the era's most pioneering artists. We will walk in the footsteps of the Slade School artists who socialised in Downshire Hill and the Modernists working in Belsize Park. Starts Hampstead Tube station, Ends Isokon Gallery, Lawn Road, near Belsize Park. The tutor can take people back to the Station. There is also an option to spend time in the Isokon gallery afterwards. Starts Hampstead Tube station, Ends Isokon Gallery, Lawn Road, near Belsize Park. The tutor can take people back to the Station. There is also an option to spend time in the Isokon gallery afterwards.
    Full fee: £19.00
    Senior fee: £15.00
    Concession: £10.00

  7. Henrietta Dream: Arts and Crafts of Hampstead Garden Suburb

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sun 7 Jun 2020
    Location on this date: OS - Off Site
    This walk traces the early history and developments of Hampstead Garden Suburb. It includes the Heath Extension, Central Square- designed by Edwin Lutyens, and the original Artisans quarter designed from 1907 by Barry Parker and Raymond Unwin. Starts outside the main entrance to Golders Green Tube station Garden Suburb and ends at Temple fortune on the Finchley Road. Starts outside the main entrance to Golders Green Tube station Garden Suburb and ends at Temple fortune on the Finchley Road.
    Full fee: £19.00
    Senior fee: £15.00
    Concession: £10.00

  8. Further village London

    Further village London

    Course Date: Wed 24 Jun 2020 (and 1 other date)
    Location on this date: OS - Off Site
    A further five walks around London's former villages - Hampstead, Highgate, Archway, Fitzrovia and Soho. Why did

    these areas grow up as villages and how did they become swallowed up by the city of London?
    Full fee: £89.00
    Senior fee: £71.00
    Concession: £39.00

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

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sat 4 Jul 2020
    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: £69.00
    Senior fee: £55.00
    Concession: £30.00

  10. Pepys and the Great Plague

    Course Date: Wed 15 Jul 2020
    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.

    Tutor: Vanessa King.
    Full fee: £49.00
    Senior fee: £39.00
    Concession: £25.00

  11. Saxons, Vikings and Normans: London from 900-1200 CE

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sat 25 Jul 2020
    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: £69.00
    Senior fee: £55.00
    Concession: £30.00

  12. Trains, drains and remains

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sat 25 Jul 2020
    Location on this date: OS - Off Site
    Considering the history of the city which is largely under our feet, we will discuss the tube and post office tunnels, water conduits, hidden rivers, and archaeological remains from burials and buildings found in the city. Starts Blackfriars tube Station, ends near Monument station. Starts Blackfriars tube Station, ends near Monument station.
    Full fee: £19.00
    Senior fee: £15.00
    Concession: £10.00

  13. Discover Regent's Park: a guided walk

    Course Date: Tue 28 Jul 2020
    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: £59.00
    Senior fee: £47.00
    Concession: £26.00

  14. Londinium: a tale of two cities (Roman London 47-457 CE)

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sat 23 Nov 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    A look at the spectacular rise and fall of Londinium from c. AD 47 to its abandonment in c. AD 457. Includes an introductory lecture, a museum visit and a guided city walk.
    Full fee: £69.00
    Senior fee: £55.00
    Concession: £30.00

  15. Transports of delight: London's railway stations

    Course Date: Tue 7 Jan 2020
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    London's stations see over 1 billion journeys annually, but the buildings themselves are often ignored. Explore a different station and environs each week, discovering the architecture, history, stories and future of these lifelines of London. The course starts with an initial classroom lecture at City Lit followed by a series of walking tours.
    Full fee: £159.00
    Senior fee: £127.00
    Concession: £70.00

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