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:
- German history: 1923 - existential crisis and miraculous survival of the Weimar RepublicCourse start date: Sat 18 Nov 2023
Location on this date: Keeley StreetTutors: Rudolf Muhs1923 was a crucial year in the history of Weimar, with multiple existential challenges making it an annus horribilis while it can also be regarded as an annus mirabilis as the Republic survived almost against the odds.Full fee £49.00 Senior fee £39.00 Concession £32.00
- Discover North London through walksCourse start date: Sat 13 Jan 2024
Location on this date: Off SiteTutors: Diane BursteinUncover the history of North London’s historic districts including Highbury , Friern Barnet and North Finchley, High Barnet, Tottenham, Muswell Hill, Wood Green, Golders Green and the Northern Heights, Hampstead Garden Suburb, Kentish Town, Camden Town and Belsize Park
First meeting place: Saturday 13 January at 11am: Meet outside Highbury and Islington Tube Station (this could be altered if there are engineering works on the Victoria Line. The line closure list for weekend engineering work is only published six months in advance so doesn’t yet go up to January 2024!).Full fee £229.00 Senior fee £183.00 Concession £149.00
- The lost town of Lundenwic: mid-Saxon London 600-900 CECourse start date: Sat 8 Jun 2024
Location on this date: Keeley StreetTutors: Stuart BrookesLook at the least known episodes in London's history, Lundenwic (AD 600-900) and Lundenburh (AD 900-1000).
Includes an introductory lecture and guided walk.
- London's East End in fact and fictionCourse start date: Sat 15 Jun 2024
Location on this date: Keeley StreetTutors: Sarah WiseCovering 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.
- Medieval London 1000-1350: the archaeology of a capital cityCourse start date: Sat 6 Jul 2024
Location on this date: Keeley StreetTutors: Stuart BrookesThis one day course looks at a period that fundamentally shaped London as a city, from the laying out of a new town within the old Roman city wall to the rapid growth of the 11—13th centuries.
Includes an introductory lecture and guided walk.Full fee £69.00
- Trains, drains and remainsCourse start date: Sun 15 Oct 2023
Location on this date: Off SiteTutors: Marilyn GreeneConsidering the history of the city which is lying largely under our feet, we will discuss trains entering the City, the tube and post office tunnels, water conduits, hidden rivers, and archaeological remains from burials and buildings found in the city.
Starts at Blackfriars tube station, ends near Monument station. Considering the history of the city which is lying largely under our feet, we will discuss trains entering the City, the tube and post office tunnels, water conduits, hidden rivers, and archaeological remains from burials and buildings found in the city.
Starts at Blackfriars tube station, ends near Monument station.Full fee £19.00 Senior fee £15.00 Concession £12.00
- Lamp-lit HampsteadCourse start date: Sat 9 Dec 2023
Location on this date: Off SiteTutors: Marilyn GreeneDiscover the mysterious atmosphere to Hampstead on a tour after-dark where the streets are lit by old-fashioned lamps. We will wind through the narrow back streets and catch glimpses of its fascinating history from the glow of lamps and lit buildings. This tour is particularly stunning over the Festive season where subtle Christmas lights add to the effect. We will end at the historic Holly Bush Tavern where we can warm up with a drink!
Tour starts outside Wagamama 58-62 Heath Street, NW3 1EN Ends Hampstead Tube Station.Full fee £19.00
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