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.

We meet upstairs at the Bishops Finger, in Smithfield. NEW VENUE FROM APRIL 2019.
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 2019 are as follows: Wed 2 January; Wed 6 February; Wed 6 March; Wed 3 April; Wed 1 May; Wed 5 June; Wed 3 July; Wed 7 August; Wed 4 September; Wed 2 October; Wed 6 November; Wed 4 December.

Ragged School Museum and Novo Cemetery

A London Historians Event

Tues 22 October 2pm to 4.30pm
Mile End

We shine a light on the Victorian East End. This double event combines a visit to the Novo Jewish Cemetery within Queen Mary College at Mile End and a visit plus talk at the Ragged School Museum a short distance away.
LH Members: £12 + fee. Non-members: £15 + fee.
More information and booking

History in the Pub: More Favourite Historic Londoners


A London Historians Event

Thur 24 October 1830 – 2100h
Sir Christopher Hatton, Holborn

History in the Pub

Learn some great History and make new friends over a pint after work! Using our popular 8 × 8 format, eight speakers will talk for eight minutes each about a Londoner of Note whom we haven’t covered so far in our previous six HitP Londoners series.

Laurence Scales on Francis Baily; Rob Smith on Virginia Woolf; Joanna Moncrieff on Kate Meyrick; Daniella King on Moll King; Jen Pedler on Michael Arlen; Robert Kingham on Arthur Machen; Diana Burstein on E Nesbit; Marilyn Green on John Constable..

Our MC and master of the fiendish 10 question speed quiz is Matt Brown. PLUS PLUS the usual prize draw, open mic etc etc

For more information and to book.

The Changing Face of Brentford

A London Historians Event

Guided Walk, Brentford
Fri 25 October 1100h – 1300h

A West to East walk through the streets of this historic Middlesex town on the Western fringes of the capital and now swallowed up by the urban sprawl of Greater London. Our tour leader is the leading expert on Brentford’s story, Janet McNamara.

£8 Members, 12 non Members. Fees apply.

Booking and more info.

Tour of BT Archives

A London Historians Event

Fri 1 November. 1100 – 1230h.
BT Archives, Holborn.

This remarkable archive dates back to the earliest days of telecommunications, including as illustrated, a Royal Charter from Queen Victoria dating from the 1840s. The collection includes a huge array of documents, equipment, advertising, film, models and fascinating miscellaneous ephemera. Our tour will comprise a talk, some interesting film clips, a self-guided tour around the collection and a visit to the strong room.

12 places only.
London Historians Members only.
Please only book if you definitely can come.

“More info and booking.”:

London Artists: The Four Williams

A London Historians Event

Wed 13 November 18.30 – 21.00
Basement Bar, Sir Christopher Hatton, Holborn

Our final History in the Pub evening of talks for the year! This time our four speakers examine four London artists who made a huge impact on the English artistic tradition.
Waldemar Januszczak on William Dobson
Val Bott on William Hogarth
Catherine Parry-Winfield on JMW Turner
TBA on William Blake

Plus: Speed Quiz, prize draw, open mic.

For more information and to book.

Tour of Salters' Hall

A London Historians Event

Thurs 14 November, 14:00h
Salters’ Hall, Fore Street.

salters' hall

Re-opened in 2016 after extensive refurbishment, this is our second visit this modern Basil Spence-designed hall, containing much ancient treasure. The Salters are one of this Great Twelve livery companies having been licensed since 1394 and in receipt of their first Charter in 1559.

Our tour commences with tea, coffee, chat.

£7.50 + booking fee.
London Historians Members only.

More info and to book your place.

Tour of Down Street 'Ghost' Station

A London Historians Event


Mon 2 December 1600 -1730h
Meet near Green Park Station.

One of the Tube network’s most historic abandoned stations. No spoilers! Our tour is led by veteran Tube expert and author David Leboff.

Please note: stair climbing involved. No lifts.
*Only 10 places. London Historians Members only. *
Proceeds to Railway Children charity.
More information and to book.

Footprints of London Literary Festival 2019

literary footprints
The month of October by our friends at Footprints for London. This year thirteen LH members are leading walks in this festival. SPECIAL Note that LH Members get 15% discount on most of these tours. See September newsletter for the code!
Season ticket covering all walks is £49.
Programme and booking.

Black History Month 2019

Month of October. Bigger and better than ever.

Full listings for Greater London.

London Month of the Dead 2019

This fabulous annual festival of walks, talks, events, curated by LH Member Stephen Coates. They sell out fast: don’t miss out.

All here.

Lord Mayor's Show

Saturday 9 November, 11 am, City of London.

This centuries-old parade to welcome the new Lord Mayor of London into office is the best free street entertainment of the year. You’ll find London Historians members hanging out in front of Pret a Manger in Gresham Street from about 10.30 am.

General information from Londonist

Animals and the rise of the West End

Mon 11 November 18.00 – 20.30h
Spencer House, St James’s

A talk by LH Member Dr Tom Almeroth-Williams, author of City of Beasts. This lively and richly illustrated lecture will discuss the many ways in which animals shaped the West End’s dramatic expansion and daily life in the eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries, covering everything from art and architecture, to industry and crime prevention.

Includes glass of wine and opportunity to see the State Rooms.
Only £15 (discount for LH Members).

More information here

LH Members: Email us for special 15% discount code.

Abram Games: The Art of Persuasion

National Army Museum, Chelsea
6 April – 24 November 2019
abram games nam
This major exhibition explores the life and legacy of the iconic designer Abram Games, focusing on his time as ‘Official War Poster Artist’ during the Second World War. The exhibition includes posters from the National Army Museum’s collection alongside objects on loan from the family of Abram Games.

More Information.


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.
More information.

Two Last Nights! Show Business in Georgian Britain

The Foundling Museum
20 Sep 2019 – 5 Jan 2020

Enjoy a fascinating glimpse of behind-the-scenes roles, from theatre managers, set designers and scenery-painters, to the refreshment sellers and ticket collectors. Learn how leading artists of the day, including Hogarth, Hayman and Lambert, crossed over into the world of show business as set designers and scenery painters.

Entrance is free with admission.
More information.

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