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

The Curtain Theatre Dig

A London Historians Event

19 May, 15:00h, Curtain Road, Shoreditch, London EC2A

Join archaeologists from MOLA on a tour of the Curtain Theatre excavation for The Stage in Shoreditch. Home to Shakespeare and the lord Chamberlain’s Men from 1597-1599, this is one of Shakespeare’s least historically documented theatres. Archaeologists hope the physical remains and artefacts will shed new light on the structure and workings of the theatre as well as the actors and theatregoers that used the building.

Led by MOLA’s site director, Heather Knight, the tour will last around 30 minutes, with time for questions. Visitors will see the archaeologists excavating the site, learn about the dig and hear about Shakespeare’s Shoreditch.

London Historians members only.

More information and to book tickets.

Charles Holden and 55 Broadway: The Tour

A London Historians Event

Mon 23 May. 17:30 – 18:45

55 broadway charles holden

Led by Edmund Bird, architectural historian and author.

Tour of 55 Broadway, St James’s Park – headquarters of London Transport for over 80 years, though soon to be relinquished following the granting of planning permission for its conversion to residential, this 1920s landmark was the tallest commercial building in the capital when it was completed in 1929. Now Grade I listed by virtue of its outstanding architectural importance as London’s first office skyscraper, rich use of materials, exceptional inter-war sculpture by the leading artists of the day including Jacob Epstein, Eric Gill and Henry Moore, and its extraordinary degree of intactness, it is one of the finest works by the noted 20th century architect Charles Holden. The tour will include an appraisal of its exterior, the principal interiors and views across the city from the upper terrace.

This event is in support of Railway Children, the charity for homeless children living on India’s railway system.

LH Members £9 non-Members £12 excl booking fee.

Book your place.

Awayday: St Albans

A London Historians Event

Saturday 18 June, 2016. 10:30 – 14:00

St Albans

Take a short journey out of London to see Pilgrimage day in the home of the first British saint – St Albans. LH Member, Footprints of London guide and St Albans resident, Rob Smith will lead an introductory walk looking at the history of the city, including its role in the Peasants Revolt, Wars of the Roses, early British cinema and world golf. The walk will coincide with the St Albans Pilgrimage parade and there will be a chance to visit the saints shrine in the beautiful Cathedral. The walk concludes with a visit to St Albans medieval Clock Tower, followed by lunch in one of the local pubs. After lunch there are opportunities to see more of the city – visit the St Albans Folk Festival, Verulanium Roman Museum, Roman Theatre, historic market or spend more time in the historic local pubs.

More info and to book your place.


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.

Words in the Square

Celebrating 175 Years of Inspiration at the London Library
london library reading room

6 – 8 May, St James’s Square.

This three day festival in St James’s Square celebrates a key anniversary in the history of one of London’s most beloved institutions. Founded in 1841, the London Library has been a favourite hang-out of writers, historians, poets, researchers – lovers of the printed word and beautiful books. You can book for the entire event, or day tickets or just for individual talks from £17:50 (+fee).

More information and booking.