London Historians

London Historians' Monthly Pub Meet

A London Historians Event

We have an informal gathering of socialising on the first Wednesday of every month. From 6:30 pm. All are welcome.

Currently we meet upstairs at the Hoop and Grapes, in Farringdon.
We have about 30 attendees most months and you can come as early or late as you like, we’re always still there at Last Orders. All welcome, not just LH members.
Meetings for all of 2016 are as follows: Wed 6 January; Wed 3 February; Wed 2 March; Wed 6 April; Wed 4 May; Wed 1 June; Wed 6 July; Wed 3 August; Wed 7 September; Wed 5 October; Wed 2 November; Wed 7 December.

monthly pub meet

A Very Modern Tradition

Livery Companies in the 21st Century

A London Historians Event
Tues 16 February, 19:30.
The Charterhouse.

This presentation and talk will explore the modern role of the Livery Companies in ten dimensions: charity, education, occupation, fellowship, civic duty, heritage, arts, military, youth groups and church affiliation. The positive impact that the Livery has in each dimension will be explored with contemporary examples – some of which may surprise and delight even the well informed Liveryman!
_Drinks reception afterwards – pay bar. _
A donation from ticket sales will be made to the Charterhouse.

Paul Jagger is a Court Liveryman of the Information Technologists’ Company and author of The City of London Freeman’s Guide – the definitive concise guide to the City’s ancient customs, ceremonies, officers, landmarks, events and traditions.

LH Members £15. non-Members £18. Smallish Eventbrite booking fee applies.

For more information and to book tickets.

Visscher Redrawn - Private View

A London Historians Event

Guildhall Art Gallery
Tuesday 8 March 17:00 – 18:30
visscher redrawn

2016 is the 400th anniversary of Claes Jansz. Visscher’s famous London panorama, showing a view of the city which was mostly lost to the Great Fire some 50 years later. The artist Robin Reynolds has spent nearly two years painstakingly creating the same panorama for 2016 from the same vantage point and to the same size as Visscher’s drawing. The finished work has been granted a residency at the Guildhall Art Gallery from February to November this year, alongside an original from 1616 which belongs to the London Metropolitan Archives (see below). Join us over a glass of wine and view both masterpieces together in the company of Robin who’ll give a short talk about the project and take your questions.
LH Members: £6. Non-members: £9.

More information and to book tickets.

Benjamin Franklin in London

Please email us for waiting list or possibly a repeat event.

London Historians and Benjamin Franklin House presents…
A London Historians Event
Thurs 17 March, 18:30-20:30
Benjamin Franklin House, Craven Street.
benjamin franklin house
A tour of the house, Franklin’s Home almost continuously from 1757 – 1775. Followed by a talk from George Goodwin, author of the new book, Benjamin Franklin in London (published 11 February). Glass of wine and snacks.
LH Members & Friends of Benjamin Franklin House £15. Non-Members £20 + small Eventbrite fee.
More info and booking.


Guildhall Art Gallery
20 Feb–20 Nov 2016

visscher redrawn

Claes Jansz. Visscher’s 1616 panorama is the image many would say best fits their idea of how London looked in medieval times. It is one of the few visual records of one of the world’s greatest cities before so much of it was swept away in the Great Fire of 1666.

Four hundred years on, artist Robin Reynolds (London Historians Member) repeats the exercise. His version of modern London, arranged to fit the fantastic Visscher landscape will be unveiled at Guildhall Art Gallery and displayed alongside Visscher’s original image.

William Shakespeare died in the year that Visscher’s print was published. In the new drawing there are references to thirty-seven plays, three major poetic works, and the sonnets – visit the Guildhall Gallery to see how many you can spot.

The Georgian Dining Academy

georgian dining academy

Thursday 10 March 2016. 19:00 – 22:30.
Historic Simpson’s Tavern in Cornhill, City of London

The latest date of this increasingly popular event, which goes from strength to strength. Our hostesses, Miss B and Miss Kitty Pridden (both LH Members) welcome you to a candlelit evening of delicious food, sparkling wit, beguiling performances in an atmosphere full of the bonhomie of a 1757 establishment especially opened for the evening.

GDA #1 The Pictures (by Andrea Liu, LH Member)
GDA #1 The Movie (by M “Kubrick” Paterson, LH Member).

EXTRA Punch Bowl birthday drinks. To celebrate the birthdays of our hostesses, pre-dinner drinks from 18:00 to 19:30. Just £10 per ticket.

GDA is £68 to include welcome punch cocktail and glass of wine with your meal. Book tickets.
London Historians Member special: £55. Also avoids booking fee, so over £17 saving. Email Miss B direct to arrange. (she knows who the Members are!)

The Crime Museum Uncovered

Museum of London
9 October 2015 – 10 April 2016.

crime museum uncovered

Never-before-seen objects from the Metropolitan Police’s Crime Museum go on public display in this major exhibition. Since its establishment by serving officers in the mid-1870s the Crime Museum has previously only been open to police professionals and invited guests. Now, using original evidence from this extraordinary collection, now real-life case files are unlocked to take you on an uneasy journey through some of the UK’s most notorious crimes from Dr Crippen to the Krays, the Great Train Robbery to the Millennium Dome diamond heist.
Tickets from £10 adults.
More information and booking.

Samuel Pepys: Plague, Fire and Revolution

20 Nov 2015 – 28 March 2016.
National Maritime Museum, Greenwich.
pepys, plague fire and revolution
Samuel Pepys is your fly-on-the-wall guide to Stuart London. Pepys was one of the most colourful characters of the 17th century, and witness to the great events that shaped Stuart Britain, vividly brought to life in his famous diaries. He was a mastermind, a gossip, a socialite and a lover of music, theatre, fine living – and women!

pepys, plague fire and revolution

The exhibition will feature 200 paintings and objects from museums, galleries and private collections across Britain and beyond.

Supporting the main exhibition there will also be talks and other related events.

London Historians Members: Contact us reference 10% Member discount on all ancillary events, e.g. talks.

Full event info and booking