London History Walks & Courses
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 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:
- The Stalin Regime: 1928-1941Course start date: Wed 10 Jan 2024
Location on this date: Keeley StreetTutors: Nick MorganThis is an introduction to the history of the Stalin regime in the Soviet Union between 1928 and 1941. Students will learn about key events during the Stalin years and how historians approach them.
- The making of Norman LondonCourse start date: Wed 17 Jan 2024
Location on this date: Keeley StreetTutors: Michael BloomfieldThe course covers Norman history of London from 1050 to 1200, in the context of the wider history of England, drawing upon written sources, archaeological evidence, art and selected artefacts to understand the London’s development.Full fee £119.00 Senior fee £95.00 Concession £77.00
- The City of London: the Square MileCourse start date: Wed 25 Oct 2023 (and 3 other dates)
Location on this date: Off SiteTutors: Paul SinclairExplore the City’s development from Roman and medieval times through to the Tudors and Stuarts.
This course will comprise of 8 walks starting with Roman London. First meeting place at Monument station on the Monument side.Full fee £179.00 Senior fee £143.00 Concession £116.00
- Village LondonCourse start date: Wed 24 Apr 2024
Location on this date: Off SiteTutors: Paul SinclairLondon 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 8 guided walks.
First meeting place:meet at Shoreditch High Street station.
- Stories of LondonCourse start date: Wed 1 May 2024
Location on this date: Blended (learn both online and in-person)Tutors: Eleanor JacksonExplore London’s rich history in a series of guided walks. Each week we examine a different neighbourhood & era from the capital’s past. We look at its people, both rich and poor, & the events that shaped the city.
Initial lecture via Zoom followed by 6 guided walks.
This course will be delivered online and in person. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
- Sweet Thames, run softly: a cultural explorationCourse start date: Wed 8 May 2024
Location on this date: OnlineTutors: Eleanor JacksonThe Thames runs like a silver thread through London’s history. It has been a muse & inspiration for centuries. This course examines its impact on our city, how it’s enriched & influenced our lives, both upstream & down.
This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
- Further village LondonCourse start date: Wed 19 Jun 2024
Location on this date: Off SiteTutors: Paul Sinclair
A further five walks around London's former villages - Hampstead, Highgate, Fitzrovia and Soho.
Why did these areas grow up as villages and how did they become swallowed up by the city of London?
First meeting place: Hampstead, meet at Hampstead tube.
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