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Explore our extraordinary range of History, Culture and Writing courses and lectures. We offer both introductory and specialist in-depth courses to suit all levels of interest and experience, from ‘How to read a film’ and World literature, to Creative non-fiction writing courses and American history and Politics courses.

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We offer a range of courses allowing you to choose between online and in-person learning. All our courses are live, interactive, and taught by expert tutors. No matter how you prefer to learn, you’ll receive the same great City Lit experience. See our guide to online learning for more information about accessing our live online courses.

Our tutors are experts in their fields and experienced educators; many have published, teach in universities or share their expertise in the media. Tutors share their knowledge and passion through presentations, readings, interactive discussion and exercises, analysis, and other activities.

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  1. Looking at paintings
    Course start date:  Fri 23 Sep 2022

    Location on this date:  Off Site

    Tutors:  Julia Musgrave
    Look at masterpieces in major London galleries in this introduction to European painting. Explore different painting techniques and genres (landscape, portrait and history painting) for a basic understanding and increased enjoyment of Western art.
    Full fee £219.00 Senior fee £175.00 Concession £142.00
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  2. The art and culture of 17th century London
    Course start date:  Fri 23 Sep 2022

    Location on this date:  Off Site

    Tutors:  Julie Barlow
    Discover the 17th century: a time of upheaval in Europe, intercontinental trade, religious schisms and a wide range of artistic styles. See its art, architecture and design in London’s galleries and museums. #arthistory #explorelondon #walkingtour.
    Full fee £219.00 Senior fee £175.00 Concession £142.00
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  3. London churches
    Course start date:  Tue 27 Sep 2022 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  Off Site

    Tutors:  Richard Plant
    London has many fascinating churches to explore. See them on a series of guided visits and discover beautiful stained glass, surprising interiors and architecturally important structures by notable architects.
    Full fee £139.00 Senior fee £111.00 Concession £90.00
  4. The many sides of London's West End
    Course start date:  Tue 27 Sep 2022

    Location on this date:  Off Site

    A course of walking tours of London’s West End showing its development from the seventeenth century, how its profile has ebbed and flowed, looking at it through specific themes.



    First meeting place: Covent Garden tube, outside exit on James Street.
    Full fee £139.00 Senior fee £111.00 Concession £70.00
  5. The City of London: the Square Mile
    Course start date:  Wed 5 Oct 2022 (and 3 other dates)

    Location on this date:  Off Site

    Tutors:  Paul Sinclair
    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.
    Full fee £209.00 Senior fee £167.00 Concession £105.00
  6. London's smaller art collections
    Course start date:  Wed 8 Jun 2022 (and 2 other dates)

    Location on this date:  Off Site

    Tutors:  Julie Barlow
    Discover some of London’s fascinating smaller art collections and hidden art treasures on this online art history course.
    Full fee £169.00 Senior fee £135.00 Concession £110.00
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  7. City of words: further adventures
    Course start date:  Thu 12 Jan 2023

    Location on this date:  Off Site

    Tutors:  Eleanor Jackson
    London luxuriates in literary references. We follow the footsteps of the authors, poets and playwrights, and some of their creations, as we walk a brand new neighbourhood each week, exploring the literary connections.



    London guide: Eleanor Jackson. First meeting point at Green Park tube station, street level, Piccadilly South side.



    London guide: Eleanor Jackson.
    Full fee £149.00 Senior fee £119.00 Concession £75.00
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  8. Discovering South London walks
    Weekend
    Course start date:  Sat 14 Jan 2023

    Location on this date:  Off Site

    Tutors:  Diane Burstein
    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. First meeting place for this course will be Waterloo under the clock at Waterloo main line station.
    Full fee £209.00 Senior fee £167.00 Concession £136.00
  9. London's hidden art and architecture
    Course start date:  Tue 26 Apr 2022 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  Off Site (other locations are available)

    Tutors:  Julie Barlow
    Uncover a whole new side of London, from Roman times to the present day through a series of walks and visits to art galleries and historic sites.
    Full fee £189.00 Senior fee £151.00 Concession £123.00
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  10. National Gallery
    Course start date:  Fri 30 Sep 2022 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  Off Site

    Tutors:  Leslie Primo
    Get to know the National Gallery. Discuss a differently themed group of paintings each week in front of the pictures. An opportunity to understand our national collection in greater depth.
    Full fee £239.00 Senior fee £191.00 Concession £155.00
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  11. Introduction to Tate Modern
    Course start date:  Mon 27 Feb 2023

    Location on this date:  Off Site

    Tutors:  Sarah Jaffray
    Explore different aspects of the permanent collection of Tate Modern by looking at the work of modern and contemporary artists in painting, video, sculpture and mixed media installations.
    Full fee £169.00 Senior fee £135.00 Concession £110.00
  12. Extended history of modern art in 50 works
    Evening
    Course start date:  Wed 4 May 2022 (and 2 other dates)

    Location on this date:  Online (other locations are available)

    Tutors:  Sarah Jaffray
    Explore the history of modern art through objects and artworks in London galleries. Build a greater understanding of



    modern art, its experiments and the cultural rebellions that mark the period.



    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £269.00 Senior fee £215.00 Concession £175.00
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  13. Introduction to Tate Britain
    Course start date:  Fri 5 May 2023

    Location on this date:  Off Site

    Tutors:  Chantal Condron
    Each week, we'll explore a different aspect of the permanent collection at Tate Britain, looking at artworks from the 16th to the 21st centuries. This course is gallery based.
    Full fee £169.00 Senior fee £135.00 Concession £110.00
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  14. Further village London
    Course start date:  Wed 6 Jul 2022

    Location on this date:  Off Site

    Tutors:  Paul Sinclair




    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?



    First meeting place: Hampstead, meet at Hampstead tube.
    Full fee £99.00 Senior fee £79.00 Concession £44.00
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  15. Discover East London walks
    Course start date:  Mon 12 Sep 2022

    Location on this date:  Off Site

    Tutors:  Diane Burstein
    An exploration of the history of East London via 10 walking tours in the areas of De Beauvoir Town, Bethnal Green , Shoreditch and Hoxton, Poplar, Leyton, Mile End and Stepney Green, Spitalfields, Shadwell, Wapping and Stratford East. First meeting: meet next to the Kindertransport Memorial by Macdonalds at the Liverpool Street exit of the main line station.
    Full fee £209.00 Senior fee £167.00 Concession £105.00

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