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

John Wesley and Methodism: a Guided Tour

A London Historians Event

Friday 16 December, 2016. 14:00.
Wesley’s Chapel, City Road

Our final official outing of 2016! Probably. The origins of Methodism are firmly based in the City of London and in Bristol.

In late 1739, John Wesley founded Methodism, having had a serious theological issue with the Moravians with whom he was until then associated. This added a new nonconformist sect to the the many, but one which quickly became a worldwide movement which thrives to this day. Our tour will include Wesley’s Chapel, the Foundery Chapel, the Museum of Methodism, Wesley’s House and grave. A special treat – for some – will undoubtedly be the famous Gent’s loos, all original Thomas Crapper fixtures.
Approximate tour time is 1.5 hours.

LH Members: £6
More info and booking.

Tour of Fishmongers' Hall

A London Historians Event

9 January 2017, 14:00h

fishmongers hall

The Fishmongers’ Company is one of the “Great Twelve” Livery Companies, which has been in existence for over 700 years. As well as a unique history and rich architectural heritage, the Fishmongers’ Company is home to many valuable artefacts and paintings, including the dagger which it was once believed William Walworth used to kill Wat Tyler. You can also see Pietro Annigoni’s famous 1955 portrait of Her Majesty the Queen. One of the Company’s greatest assets is the Grade I listed Hall on the north bank of the Thames at London Bridge. Destroyed in the Great Fire and horribly damaged during the Blitz, today the hall is in magnificent shape and an unmistakable landmark on the bank of the Thames.
Tea, coffee and biscuits included.

LH Members: £15.

More information and to book your place.

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