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 2015 are as follows: Wed 7 January; Wed 4 February; Wed 4 March; Wed 1 April; Wed 6 May; Wed 3 June; Wed 1 July; Wed 5 August; Wed 2 September; Wed 7 October; Wed 4 November; Wed 2 December.

monthly pub meet

Monthly Supper Evening

A London Historians Event – NEW

Tuesday 15 September, 6 to 9 pm
Haz Restaurant (next to St Paul’s Tube Station)

New Supper Initiative: we are trying out a Supper / Drinks evening, which may develop, depending on popularity. Come along for a drink or meal, any time after 6 and before 9 p.m. LH Member Chris West will be our host and will be there at tables to the left as you go in. The place is huge, so it doesn’t matter if only a few or lots of people turn up.

Food: Varied menu- one course around £8, good 2 course inclusive £12.
Haz Restaurant.

Tour of Skinners' Hall

A London Historians Event

Monday 7 September, 11:00 – 12:30

The eighth hall in our 2015 programme of exploring The Livery. Our host is Beadle, Mervyn Bassett. We have 20 places.

The tour covers Skinners Hall and associated common rooms. During which we will cover a potted history of the Company, some of its more famous members, its role through the medieval period and how it gained its wealth. We discuss its role today and how it continues to sustain that.

Members: £9.00. Guests: £11.

More information and booking.

The London Historians Annual Lecture 2015

A London Historians Event

Please email us if you’d like to go on the stand-by list.

Wednesday 9 September 18:30 – 20:30
Barnard’s Inn Hall, Gresham College

henry V of england

Henry V and the City
presented by Professor Caroline Barron
Henry V is deservedly famous for his victory against the odds at Agincourt on the feast of St Crispin (25 October) 1415. What is less well-known is the extent to which his success on that occasion, and in his later campaigns to conquer Normandy and other parts of France, depended upon the support of the City of London. And this support was not solely financial. English kings had always had to negotiate with the City of London and, on occasion, to bring the City to heel, but Henry V developed a special relationship with the City which was original and distinctive. The king realised that victory is secured not only by success on the battlefield but by securing the support and loyalty of the ‘home front’.

This talk will aim to set Henry V’s relations with the City in the context of the ‘normal’ relations between London and the Crown, and thus attempt to assess in what ways Henry’s strategy was distinctive and successful.

LH Members (£6.50) and their guests (£11.00) only.
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Developers and the City

A talk and a walk by LH Member Colin Davey.

Barbican Library
11 September 2015 / 12:30 – 13:30
Who are the entrepreneurial forces behind those striking City buildings? Join City of London Guide and former City law firm partner, Colin Davey to hear about what it takes to put these developments together and about some of the companies and characters that have helped form our London skyline. No booking required.
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Saturday 3 October 2015 / 11 am
£10, but £8 for LH Members. Pay on the day.
Caffe Nero, Exit 2 St Paul’s tube. It will last between 1.5 and 2 hours. Join me to hear about: Retail in the City; The archaeology issue; Route 11; The power of land ownership; Rebuild or re-clad; Measurement by cranes; Studs; The role of public art; Building in the air; Dreams dashed.

More on both of these events at Colin’s web site.

Beer Street: Hogarth's House and Fuller's Brewery


A London Historians Event

Friday 18 September 2015, 11:30 – 15:30
Extra date: 21 September 2015, 12:00 – 16:00.
Old Chiswick.

hogarth beer street

We’ll walk from Turnham Green to Hogarth’s House on the A4. A tour of that early Georgian country house where the Hogarth’s lived from 1749. A quick look at the Hogarth family tomb at nearby St Nicholas churchyard. Then to Fuller, Smith and Turner (1845), still a family-run brewery, the last of London’s large brewers. We’ll have a behind-the-scenes tour and finish with ale-tasting session in the brewery’s subterranean museum.

Only 15 places. From £12.50.
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Extra Date

The Georgian Dining Academy

georgian dining academy

Thursday 17 September 2015. 19:00 – 22:30.
Simpson’s Tavern chop house in Cornhill, City of London

The fourth occasion 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).

£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!)

History in the Pub: Policing London

A London Historians Event

Wednesday 30 September, 2015, 19:00 – 21:00, doors open 18:30
Sir Christopher Hatton, Holborn.

Learn about the history of London over a pint after work!

We have a line-up of serving and retired police officers from both the City of London Police and the Met to talk about policing London in days gone by, including anti-terror measures.
In addition, Jackie Keily, curator at the Museum of London, will talk about the Museum’s next major exhibition, The Crime Museum Uncovered, which will display part of the collections of Scotland Yard’s private museum. These have never been on public display before and the exhibition will cover both famous cases such as Dr Crippen but also those less well-known ones which have helped to change policing and the law.
PLUS Speed quiz, prize draws, open mic, fun.
Making his debut as MC for the evening: Mike Paterson of London Historians.
London Historians Members: Free. Non-Members: £5

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London Month of the Dead

3 October – 1 November, various venues.
This event is organised by Antique Beat led by LH Member Stephen Coates who also runs the wonderful Salon for the City.
Talks, walks and workshops throughout the month on the topic of death in the capital. Death of humans, death of animals, it’s all here. Many venues, including cemeteries, of course.
More info and booking