The City of London: the Square Mile

Course Dates: 13/01/21 - 03/03/21
Time: 13:30 - 14:30
Location: Online

Explore the City of London after the Great Fire of 1666. Discover how London recovered from one of the great disasters and became a centre of commerce and the heart of a great empire. We follow in the steps of some of its best known characters like Doctor Johnson and Samuel Pepys and some lesser known including William Lilley and Thomas Chatterton.

London guide: Paul Sinclair. The course follows on from the HLW06 The City of London; the square mile, but new students are welcome.

The first meeting point will be Chancery Lane tube, outside number 150 High Holborn.

London guide:Paul Sinclair.

This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.


What is the course about?

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

This is a live online course. You will need:
- Internet connection. The classes work best with Chrome.
- A computer with microphone and camera is best (e.g. a PC/laptop/iMac/MacBook), or a tablet/iPad/smart phone/iPhone if you don't have a computer.
- Earphones/headphones/speakers.
We will contact you with joining instructions before your course starts.

What will we cover?

Guildhall area
• the East of the City
• North of Fleet Street
• Blackfriars area
• Barbican area
• Broadgate area
• the Financial City
• North of Moorgate
• Transport in the City
• War in the City.

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 Great Fire to today's financial capital
- 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. 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?


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. Details can be found on the City Lit website .


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The course will add to your knowledge and understanding of the history of London. It is fun and covers a wide range of themes including transport, crime and punishment and trade. The tutor is knowledgeable and makes the walks fun and entertaining.
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Review by Anonymous / (Posted on 24/02/2020)
very interesting and worthwhile and excellent teacher
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Review by Anonymous / (Posted on 20/02/2020)
Great tutor and a good way to learn about London
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Review by Anonymous / (Posted on 20/11/2019)
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.

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Course Code: HLW14

Full Wed, day, 13 Jan - 03 Mar '21

Duration: 8 sessions (over 8 weeks)

Full fee: £79.00
Senior fee: £63.00
Concession: £35.00

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