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.

We have no private room access to our usual pub until March. On Wed 8 January and 5 February we shall be upstairs at the Hand and Shears, 1 Middle Street, Cloth Fair EC1A 7JA.
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 2020 are as follows: Wed 8 January; Wed 5 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.

Goodbye to Broadway

A London Historians Event


Mon 20 January 2020, 1 pm – 2.30 pm
55 Broadway, SW1

The last opportunity to visit this Grade 1 Art Deco office building before Transport for London hands it over to be converted to an hotel. Charles Holden’s 1929 masterpiece, this will be our 6th and definitely last tour of this magnificent building.

£17.50 + fee

Strictly London Historians members only.
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Visit to the House of St Barnabas

A London Historians Event

The House of St Barnabas, 1 Greek Street, London W1D 4NQ
Friday, 21 February 2020, 2pm

st barnabas

Originally a grand Georgian town house, the building became the property of the London Commissioners of Sewers in 1811. It therefore, inevitably, became the office of Sir Joseph Bazalgette in the 1850s. In the 1860s, the building passed to a House of Charity for the homeless. A chapel was built and the House of St Barnabas has been involved in community social work to this day.

London Historians Members only. Join London Historians.
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London at the Tate

A London Historians Event

Thursday 5 March. 11.00h – 13.00h & 12.30h – 13.30h
Tate Britian, Millbank, SW1

Tate Britain holds a fantastic collection of British art but how many of them are paintings of London? This tour of Tate Britain’s collection led by Footprints of London guide Rob Smith focuses on twelve paintings of London. All of them are very different and span a period from 1700 to the 1960’s but all have London as a common theme. Tours are approximately 1 hour each (see below).

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Owing to restriction on numbers, we are running two tours, back to back.
Book 11.00h tour.
Book 12.30h tour.

Tour: Ealing, Queen of Suburbs

A London Historians Event

Guided Tour, starting Ealing Broadway Station
Friday 6 March, 11 am – 1 pm

The first of our planned voyages of discovery this year. Includes Ealing Studios and its famous film industry connections; the recently renovated Pitzhanger Manor (pictured), Sir John Soane’s elegant country home. You will also hear about a club that changed the face of rock and roll, dark events in Ealing’s history and about television’s most famous time-travelling Doctor.

Tour Leader: Alan Fortune from Footprints of London.

More information and to book your place.

Turner and the Thames: Five Paintings

10 January to 29 March 2020.
Sandycombe Lodge, 40 Sandycoombe Road, St Margarets, Twickenham TW1 2LR.

Pic: Sunset on the River, 1805. ©Tate

The first ever exhibition of original Turner paintings at his meticulously restored former home in Twickenham, a building conceived and built by the artist himself.

Entry price is free with house admission: £8 adults.

More on this exhibition.


11 Sep 2019 – 2 Feb 2020.
Tate Britain

william blake

William Blake (1757 – 1828), poet, painter, printmaker, mystic, was nothing if not a Londoner. This exhibition features over 300 of his original works, including his watercolours, paintings and prints, this is the largest show of Blake’s work for almost 20 years. It will rediscover him as a visual artist for the 21st century.
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Free and Affordable Lectures

Several institutions host wonderful history lectures which are either free or cost very little.
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