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

Tour of Salters' Hall

Weds 10 August, 14:00h
Salters’ Hall, Fore Street.

salters' hall

Recently re-opened after extensive refurbishment, we’re one of the first groups to visit this modern Basil Spence-designed hall containing much ancient treasure of this Great Twelve livery company.

£6 + booking fee. Proceeds to Salters’ Company charities.
London Historians Members only.

More info and to book your place.

Tour of Smithfield and St John's Gate

A London Historians Event

Thursday 11 August, 2016, 07:00 – 11:00

LH Member and City of London guide, Peter Twist, will conduct the first part of our event, leading us through the historic Smithfield meat market (arch: Sir Horace Jones) and other interesting local spots. Following breakfast (not included in price) at a local caff we’ll continue to St John’s Gate, a surviving feature of the ancient priory of the Knights of St John (Hospitallers), which has notable connections with William Hogarth, Samuel Johnson and others. We’ll also visit the Norman crypt of the nearby priory church.
15 places only. £20. London Historians Members only.
For further information and to book your place.

London Historians Annual Lecture 2016

A London Historians Event

Shakespeare in London
Professor Sheila Cavanagh

8 September 2016.
Gresham College, Barnard’s Inn Hall

gresham college

Wine reception and lecture.

Diary date. Likely to be LH Members only.
Further details and booking info soon!

2014: Adrian Tinniswood, OBE.
2015: Professor Caroline Barron.

Upriver to Hampton Court

A London Historians co-hosted event

Wednesday 28th September: 11 am

We board a historic launch at Tower Bridge Pier and cruise for approximately three hours upriver to Hampton Court.
We’ll have a buffet lunch along the way (included) and there will be a pay bar.
Christopher Winn, London Historians member and author of I Never Knew That About the Thames will regale us along the way with stories anecdotes and landmarks and it should prove to be fascinating trip.
£75 per person.
To book your place (£25 deposit) or to pay in full, please contact event organiser Nick Hawker at


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.

Free and Affordable Lectures

Several institutions host wonderful history lectures which are either free or cost very little.
The National Archives, a short walk from Kew Gardens Station, have free talks on most Thursday afternoons. They also have other low cost ticket events. Detail
The venerable Gresham College holds free lectures at its HQ in Barnards Inn, Holborn and also at Museum of London. Details.
Guildhall Library has free lunchtime lectures and £5 evening ones, which include a glass of wine. Details