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 4 December.

monthly pub meet

Tour of Cutlers' Hall

A London Historians Event

Tuesday 26 February. 11:15 – 13.15
Cutlers’ Hall, Warwick Lane, London EC4M 7BR.

cutlers hall

  • An introduction to the work of the Cutler.
  • The history of the Livery Hall and conducted tour of its architecture
  • An overview of the governance of the City of London and Livery Companies.
  • A close up view of some treasures from the Company’s vaults.
  • A tour of the Company’s collection of historical sworts and cutlery from Roman times onwards.
  • Re-enactment of Company ceremonies and celebrations.

The tour is conducted by the Beadle himself and his staff.
Coffee and tea provided on arrival plus free information booklet on the Cutlers’ Company.

LH Members: £17.50, guests: £19.50, non-Members: £25.00
Book Tickets

The Georgian Dining Academy

georgian dining academy

Thursday 26 February 2015. 19:00 – 22:30.
Simpson’s Tavern chop house in Cornhill, City of London

Following on from the great success of the inaugural GDA last November. 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. Email us to arrange.

History in the Pub: Sport in London

A London Historians Event

The Sir Christopher Hatton, Spitalfields
Tuesday 3 March 2015, 19:00 – 21:30
Doors open 18:30

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

Doggetts Coat and Badge


Our first History in the Pub of 2015 examines the history of sport in the capital. It’s a vast topic, of course, but we’ve cherry-picked some superb speakers for you.
Clive Bettington, chairman of the Jewish East End Celebration Society will talk about the Jewish East End boxing tradition. .
Simon Inglis will tell us about his book, the magisterial /Played In London/, which was published in 2014. An immense opus, it was deservedly cited Book of the Year by both London Historians and Londonist.
Our regular MC for the evening is Matt Brown, Editor at Large, Londonist, who’ll also run the pre-interval speed-quiz on London sporting matters. PLUS the usual prize draws and plenty of fun and friendship.
Q&A and open-mic to finish off.
A matter of minutes from Chancery Lane tube station. Doors open at 18:30 for a 19:00 start, downstairs. We’ll wrap at around 21:00 with continued socialising and mingling afterwards, as usual.

London Historians Members: Free. Others: £5.00
Book your tickets

Tour of Whitechapel Bell Foundry

You can purchase tickets to visit the foundry on selected Saturdays through the year.

A London Historians Event

Saturday 20 June, 2015. 13:00 – 14:45.
32/34 Whitechapel Road, E1 1DY.

whitechapel bell foundry

Whitechapel Bell Foundry is the oldest business in England. Even the owners are unsure of the factory’s foundation date but it goes back at least to the early 15th Century. This factory not only manufactured Big Ben and Philadelphia’s Liberty Bell, but has supplied thousands of churches in Britain and throughout the anglophone world.

This 90 minute tour will tell you the history of the business and take you through the production process of creating moulds through to finished products, monster church bells to teeny hand bells alike. How are bells tuned? You’ll find out! It’s all a most exacting process every step of the way.

We have 15 places only which are limited to London Historians Members and their guests. £17.

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London Historians tour in 2012.

London and the First World War

20-21 March 2015

Senate House, University of London and IWM London

Registration is now open for this two-day conference, organised by IWM (Imperial War Museums) in partnership with the Centre for Metropolitan History, which will explore the ways in which London and its inhabitants were affected by, and involved with the 1914-18 conflict. Keynote speakers are: Adrian Gregory (Pembroke College, Oxford) and Jerry White (Birkbeck, University of London). Panel sessions include: ‘Daily life and institutions’, ‘Enemy aliens’, ‘Communications and transport’, ‘Empire view’, ‘Dissent’, ‘Air war’, and ‘Leisure’.
For the full programme and booking information

Women in West London's History

The 35th West London History Conference
Saturday 28 March, 2015, University of West London
09:30 – 17:00
women in west london

Talks include:
Women of the Gunnersbury Estate; Emma Hamilton, George Eliot, Charlotte Despard; Kitty Godfrey, sporting champion; A Woman’s Life (readings); Hounslow’s Home Front; Women Nursery Gardeners.

Sponsored by nine local history societies of West London.

Free morning coffee and afternoon tea. Paid catering for lunch available. Tickets: £15
Send a cheque made out to ‘West London History Conference’ and SAE to Janet McNamara, 31b Brook Road South, Brentford, TW8 0NN.

Goodbye Piccadilly - from Home Front to Western Front

Exhibition, London Transport Museum
16 May 2014 – 8 March 2015
goodbye piccadilly
This major exhibition will reveal the untold story of London’s Home Front during the First World War; how drivers took their buses to the Front to support the war effort, how women advanced into the transport workforce for the first time and how Londoners came under deadly attack from the air as total war came to the Capital. Goodbye Piccadilly will commemorate and explore the contribution of London’s motor buses and their drivers to the First World War and the upheaval for Londoners on what became for the first time the ‘Home Front’.
More info.
There are also talks and other associated events, including Kate Adie, Prof Jerry White and David Bownes.