London's quartiers

Course Dates: 19/01/24 - 08/03/24
Time: 14:00 - 16:00
Location: Blended (learn both online and in-person)
Through 1 lecture and 7 guided walks, explore some of London’s quartiers – Soho, Mayfair, Covent Garden, Spitalfields, Clerkenwell, St James and Bloomsbury and understand how their very distinct characters were formed. The first session will be delivered via Zoom and other sessions will be guided walks.
London guide: Sue Jackson.
This course will be delivered online and in person. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
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London's quartiers
  • Course Code: HLW10
  • Dates: 19/01/24 - 08/03/24
  • Time: 14:00 - 16:00
  • Taught: Fri, Daytime
  • Duration: 8 sessions (over 8 weeks)
  • Location: Blended (learn both online and in-person)
  • Tutor: Sue Jackson

Course Code: HLW10

Fri, day, 19 Jan - 08 Mar '24

Duration: 8 sessions (over 8 weeks)

Please note: We offer a wide variety of financial support to make courses affordable. Just visit our online Help Center for more information on a range of topics including fees, online learning and FAQs.

What is the course about?

An exploration of the origins and character of those areas of central London which could be described as ‘quartiers’.

This course will be delivered online and in person, and will involve tutor presentation and class discussion. Student preparation and homework outside class times is strongly encouraged. To fully participate in this online class you will need:
- An email address
- A reliable internet connection
- A computer/laptop/tablet with a fully updated browser (preferably google chrome). Your device will need a microphone, and preferably a camera.

What will we cover?

London has been described as a collection of villages but at its core 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. Please bring suitable clothing for a walking tours in London during January and February.

How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?

After the 1st session delivered by Zoom all other sessions will be guided walks.

Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?


When I've finished, what course can I do next?

Other courses in the City Lit's London Walks and History programmes.

We’re sorry. We don’t have a bio ready for the tutor of this class at the moment, but we’re working on it! Watch this space.