What is the course about?
An exploration of the various villages which are the heart of Londons quartiers.
What will we cover?
If London is made up of a collection of villages, at its heart are the quartiers: Soho, St. James, Covent Garden, Spitalfields, Bloomsbury, Mayfair, Clerkenwell, St James’s- whose characters and appearances are quite distinct even today. This course explores the historical reasons for this in terms of the origin of the quartier, and the people who have lived there over the centuries - and seeks to explain each quartier's unique character.
What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...
- Identify the origins of each quartier
- Explain the forces that have shaped the character of each quartier.
What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?
Suitable for anyone who is interested in London’s history and is able to undertake a moderately paced two and a half hour walking tour.
How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?
Introductory lecture and guided walks.
Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?
No. Clothing appropriate for a 2 hour walk in London's changeable weather.
When I've finished, what course can I do next?
Other courses in the City Lit's London Walks and History programmes.