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.

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  1. Archaeology of Southwark
    ONLINE, Weekend
    Course start date:  Sat 23 Oct 2021

    Location on this date:  Online

    On this course we will explore some of the exciting archaeological discoveries in the London Borough of Southwark: a borough full of great history and of strategic importance.



    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £39.00 Senior fee £31.00 Concession £20.00
  2. Hampstead Garden Suburb: arts, crafts and idealism
    Last Few Places, Weekend
    Course start date:  Sun 7 Nov 2021

    Location on this date:  OS - Off Site

    The walk traces the early history and developments of Hampstead Garden Suburb and includes the Heath Extension, Central Square designed by Edwin Lutyens, and the original Artisans quarter, designed from 1907 by Parker and Unwin.



    Meet the green behind the newsagent at Golders Green Station. Meet the green behind the newsagent at Golders Green Station.
    Full fee £29.00 Senior fee £23.00 Concession £15.00
  3. Londinium (Roman London 47-457 CE)
    ONLINE, Weekend
    Course start date:  Sat 20 Nov 2021

    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. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £29.00 Senior fee £23.00 Concession £15.00
  4. Rescue, Revealed, Restored: the Blitz and preserving history
    Last Few Places, Weekend
    Course start date:  Sun 21 Nov 2021

    Location on this date:  OS - Off Site

    This walks covers an area devastated in the Blitz explaining what happened in 1940/41, the efforts to rescue St Paul's, the Roman remains that were revealed as well as post war restoration and rebuilding of historic buildings. Meeting place Moorgate tube station outside Café Nero.



    London guide: Marilyn Greene.
    Full fee £19.00 Senior fee £15.00 Concession £10.00
  5. Archaeology of London gardens
    ONLINE, Weekend
    Course start date:  Sat 4 Dec 2021

    Location on this date:  Online

    In this course we explore the archaeological evidence used to uncover some of the hidden secrets of significant designed gardens in London and close by, which has led to the attractive restoration of some of the parks and gardens enjoyed today.



    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £39.00 Senior fee £31.00 Concession £20.00
  6. Between two bars: Strolling along Fleet Street
    ONLINE, Weekend
    Course start date:  Sun 5 Dec 2021

    Location on this date:  Online

    This is a virtual walk. In 1878 the symbolic entrance to the City of London from Westminster, Temple Bar was taken down to allow greater traffic flow into the City. It was replaced by the Temple Bar Monument, a more subtle marker into the City. In this virtual walk we trace the history of Fleet Street and the institutions and professions that the street is symnominous with and take a survey of the architecture and monuments of this conservation area. The walk ends at the entrance of Paternoster Square, where in 2004 the former, restored Temple Bar was re installed as its gateway.



    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £19.00 Senior fee £15.00 Concession £10.00
  7. London regeneration: history, politics and architecture
    Weekend
    Course start date:  Sat 19 Mar 2022

    Location on this date:  KS - Keeley Street

    Explore the reconstruction of London after WWII, the decline of its infrastructure, population and economy in the 1960s and 1970s and the emergence of a truly global city by the end of the century.



    This course takes place in the classroom, please follow this link to find out what we are doing to keep you safe: Staying COVID-19 secure at City Lit
    Full fee £59.00 Senior fee £47.00 Concession £30.00
  8. Modernist Hampstead
    Weekend
    Course start date:  Sun 27 Mar 2022

    Location on this date:  OS - Off Site

    Discover the revolutionary Modernist homes and idealistic architecture built in Hampstead in the 1930s. Passing some more recent examples, this walk will finish at the iconic Isokon flats in Belsize Park.



    Meeting place : the forecourt outside Wagamama in 58-62 Heath Street NW3 IEN. Meeting place : the forecourt outside Wagamama in 58-62 Heath Street NW3 IEN.
    Full fee £19.00 Senior fee £15.00 Concession £10.00
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  9. Alleys and lanes of Hampstead
    Weekend
    Course start date:  Sun 17 Oct 2021

    Location on this date:  OS - Off Site

    Experience the intricate network of alleys and lanes in the heart of old Hampstead and see how Hampstead developed from a fashionable spa in the 18th century to a thriving village with social amenities.



    Meet outside Wagamama 58-62 Heath Street, Hampstead, London NW3 1EN. Meet outside Wagamama 58-62 Heath Street, Hampstead, London NW3 1EN.
    Full fee £19.00 Senior fee £15.00 Concession £10.00
    Rating:
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