London history and walks

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. Further village London
    Course Date:  Wed 16 Jun 2021

    Location on this date:  Online



    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?

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £59.00 Senior fee £47.00 Concession £26.00
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  2. London at war
    Course Date:  Tue 14 Sep 2021

    Location on this date:  Online

    London has been shaped by war, conflict and unrest. Its 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. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £149.00 Senior fee £119.00 Concession £66.00
    Rating:
    96% of 100
  3. The men who built London
    Course Date:  Thu 16 Sep 2021

    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. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £149.00 Senior fee £119.00 Concession £66.00
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  4. Stuart London 1 1603-1660
    Course Date:  Tue 21 Sep 2021

    Location on this date:  KS - Keeley Street

    Explore London's history between 1603 and 1660. How did the accession of the Stuarts, revolution, the interregnum and restoration impact on London and its people.
    Full fee £199.00 Senior fee £159.00 Concession £88.00
  5. Introduction to Charles Booths’ London
    Course Date:  Wed 22 Sep 2021

    Location on this date:  Online

    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 £129.00 Senior fee £129.00 Concession £57.00
  6. City of words: London's literary landscape
    Course Date:  Thu 23 Sep 2021

    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. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £129.00 Senior fee £103.00 Concession £57.00
    Rating:
    95% of 100
  7. Tudor London
    Course Date:  Tue 27 Apr 2021 (and 2 other dates)

    Location on this date:  Online

    Between 1500 and 1600, London was transformed from a medieval city to an international trading centre. The population quadrupled resulting in overcrowding, poor sanitation, disease and crime. There will be a London walk around Southwark.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £239.00 Senior fee £191.00 Concession £105.00
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  8. The City of London: the square mile
    Course Date:  Wed 6 Oct 2021

    Location on this date:  OS - Off Site

    Explore the City’s development from Roman and medieval times through to the Tudors and Stuarts.

    This course will comprise of 10 walks starting with Roman London.

    First meeting place at Monument station on the Monument side. First meeting place at Monument station on the Monument side.
    Full fee £199.00 Senior fee £159.00 Concession £88.00
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  9. Discovering South London
    Course Date:  Mon 13 Sep 2021

    Location on this date:  OS - Off Site

    An exploration of the history of South London via 10 walking tours in the areas of Brixton, Lambeth, Waterloo, Bermondsey, Rotherhithe, Dulwich, Peckham, Blackheath, Eltham and Woolwich.

    First meeting place for this course will be Waterloo under the clock at Waterloo main line station on 13 September. First meeting place for this course will be Waterloo under the clock at Waterloo main line station on 13 September.
    Full fee £199.00 Senior fee £159.00 Concession £88.00

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