The City of London: the square mile

Course Dates: 11/09/19 - 27/11/19
Time: 13:30 - 15:30
Location: KS - Keeley Street

Explore the City’s development from Roman and medieval times through to the Tudors and Stuarts. Initial lecture at City Lit. Entrance fees not included.

London guide: Paul Sinclair. Initial lecture at City Lit. Entrance fees not included

London guide: Paul Sinclair.


What is the course about?

This course examines the history of the City of London, by looking at its architecture and famous citizens.

What will we cover?

- Roman London
- Monasteries, nunneries and friaries
- Livery companies
- Dick Whittington's London
- City markets
- Southwark
- Fire
London Bridge and its importance to the City
Bishopsgate area with the City’s few remaining pre Fire churches.

What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...

- outline the history of the City of London from the time of the Romans to the Great Fire
- identify the major monuments, landmarks and important buildings visited in the City, and be able to
describe their functions
- become sufficiently familiar with the City to be able to take your friends and relations on a tour.

What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?

Suitable for anyone who is interested in London history and is able to undertake a moderately paced two hour walking tour. The second term is a continuation of the first, but new students are welcome.

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

The first session will be a presentation and group discussion, the other sessions will be walks and site visits.

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

There maybe some extra costs for entrance fees. Details will be given by the tutor at the first meeting.

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

Explore the City of London (Term 2); other courses in the City Lit's London Walks and History programmes.

General information and advice on courses at City Lit is available from the Student Centre and Library on Monday to Friday from 12:00 – 19:00.
See the course guide for term dates and further details

Tutor Biographies
Paul Sinclair

Paul Sinclair has always had an interest in history and has been a London guide since 2014. He qualified at Westminster University and the course focused on Clerkenwell and Islington. Since then however, he has led tours all over London. At City Lit he leads walks in the City of London from September until April and in the ‘villages’ in the spring and summer. A student commented to him this week that he always seem so enthusiastic even though he may have done a walk a number times. He thinks that’s because it is probably the best job in the world, he's out and about, he meets so many interesting people at City Lit both staff and students, people seem to enjoy what he does and he gets a chance to share the history of this great city. Every area has so many surprises and it is music to his ears when students say to me “I know this part of London so well but I never knew that”.

Please note: We reserve the right to change our tutors from those advertised. This happens rarely, but if it does, we are unable to refund fees due to this. Our tutors may have different teaching styles; however we guarantee a consistent quality of teaching in all our courses.

Book your place

Course Code: HLW06

Please choose a course date 

Wed, day, 11 Sep - 27 Nov '19

Duration: 12 sessions (over 12 weeks)

Full fee: £209.00
Senior fee: £167.00
Concession: £92.00

Or call to enrol: 020 7831 7831

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