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 and until further notice we are using upstairs at the Hand and Shears, 1 Middle Street, Cloth Fair EC1A 7JA. This historic pub was awarded Grade 1 listed status in February 2020, one of only two London pubs thus listed.

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.

Tour: Information Technologists' Hall

A London Historians Event

Wed 4 March, 1700 – 1800h

Our first livery hall tour of 2020. This time the Worshipful Company of Information Technologists, 100 in precedence in the City livery and owners of the newest hall in the square mile, once an extremely large pub. Our tour leader is Paul Jagger, a Court Assistant of the Company, author of The City of London Freeman’s Guide and also a Life Member of London Historians.

The tour is free, but attendees are asked to make a £2 (or more) donation at the door which will go to support WCIT and its charities. London Historians members only. Join London Historians.

London Historians monthly pub meet-up starts immediately after the tour at the Hand and Shears pub nearby!

For more information and to book.

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).

London Historians members only. Join London Historians.

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

Waiting list activated

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.

Candlelit Tour of Emery Walker's House

A London Historians Event

Wed 11 March, 18.30h – 20.00h SOLD OUT
Thur 12 March, 18.30 – 20.00h SORRY, NOW ALSO SOLD OUT
Waiting list open for both dates.

Emery Walker’s House, London W6

emery walker's house

The Arts and Crafts typographer and printer Emery Walker’s former home is remarkably preserved in the condition it was when he lived there.

£17.50 + fee.
Includes wine reception.

London Historians Members only. Very limited places.

More about this event and to book

Second date added! Thurs 12 March, same time. Book here

Regent's Canal 200 Quiz Night

Co-hosted by London Historians

London Canal Museum,
12-13 New Wharf Road, London N1 9RT
Fri 27 March 19.30h. Doors open 18.00h
Come early to swot up!

A brain-bending quiz to celebrate 200 years of the Regent’s Canal.
Quizmaster is Matt Brown, editor-at-large of, and author of
Everything You Know About London is Wrong.
Teams of up to five – pre-book as individual team members or as a group. If you don’t have a team, pre-book anyway, and we can find you one on the night.
£6 per person
Pay bar on site

Book your place here.

Tour: Hampstead Garden Suburb and St.Jude's

A London Historians Event

Fri 3 April 11.00h – 14.00h

The walk traces the early history and developments of Hampstead Garden Suburb and includes walking through part of the Hampstead Heath Extension, Central Square with its two Grade I Lutyens’ churches and the original quaint Artisans Quarter designed from 1907 by Parker and Unwin, aimed at bringing affordable rented housing, with fresh air and space, to the working classes. Reverend Alan Walker will be at St Jude’s Church specially to talk to our group about the murals painted in the 1920s and 30s. Our tour leader is Marilyn Greene, historian, archivist, qualified guide and London Historians member. She is also a lifetime resident of the Suburb.

£10 LH Members £12.50 non-Members

More information and to book.

Behind the Scenes at HMP Wandsworth

A London Historians Event
Saturday 4 April. 12:00h – 14:00h*

Sorry this if now fully booked – waiting list only.

A guided tour of historic Wandsworth Prison (1851) and the prison’s private museum led by the facility’s historian Stewart Mclauglin, a serving prison officer and London Historians Member. For security reasons, only 10 places. All attendees 18 or over. London Historians Members only.

  • end time is approximate.

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.

Cato Street Conspiracy 200 Anniversary Event

Sunday 23 February, Noon to 3pm
Cato Street, London W1.

Commemorating the foiled attempt to overthrow the government by means of mass assassination of the Prime Minister and Cabinet, this was the most sensational event of its kind since the Gunpower Plot over 200 years previously. On the exact 200th anniversary of the plot and arrest of the so-called Cato Street conspirators, led by Arthur Thislewood. This event will feature talks, walks, fancy-dress, horse-drawn omnibus rides. And more.
Further 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