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 2 December.

monthly pub meet

Monthly Supper Evening

A London Historians Event – NEW

Monday 13 July, 6 to 9 pm
Haz Restaurant (next to St Paul’s Tube Station)

Inaugural Event.
New Supper Initiative: we are trying out a Supper / Drinks evening, which may develop, depending on popularity. Come along for a drink or meal, any time after 6 and before 9 p.m. LH Member Chris West will be our host and will be there at tables to the left as you go in. The place is huge, so it doesn’t matter if only a few or lots of people turn up.

Food: Varied menu- one course around £8, good 2 course inclusive £12.
Haz Restaurant.

Wandering in Woolwich

A London Historians Event

Saturday 11 July.
12:15 – 16:30, including break.

laurence woolwich

Led by LH Member, Laurence Scales.
Woolwich is perhaps London’s most underappreciated major heritage site, with some beautiful architecture and a riverside location. We explore the remains of the historic Royal Arsenal and the Royal Dockyard, as well as pausing at the old Royal Military Academy on the Common. Inventors are a special interest of Laurence’s and this tour features an array of colourful inventors who were drawn here. (He admits to being not so hot on football.) From the cannon to the atom bomb, much of Woolwich’s history is quite literally explosive and on this tour we hope the earth will move for you!

Max places: 20
LH Members: £12;50. non-Members £16

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History in the Pub: Inky Fingers, London and the Press

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A London Historians Event

The Sir Christopher Hatton, Holborn
Tuesday 21 July 2015, 19:00 – 21:00
Doors open 18:30

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


Our latest History in the Pub examines the story of newspapers in London. The titles, the characters, the relationship between the Press, the Government and the Law. The nature of news. The rise of Fleet Street. It’s a massive topic and we’ll romp through it as best we can with speakers who really know their stuff.

Speakers are Dr Matthew Green on 18C emerging press, Chris Moncrieff on the Westminster lobby in the late 20C. And press barons and the emergence of modern newspapers in the 19C. Speaker, TBA.

Our regular MC for the evening is Matt Brown, Editor at Large, Londonist, who’ll also run the pre-interval speed-quiz on London newspaper history. 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
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In association with LONDONIST

Tour of Armourers' and Brasiers' Hall


A London Historians Event

Friday 24 July, 11:00 – 12:30
Coleman Street, EC2R 5BJ

armourers and brasiers hall
The Armourers’ and Brasiers’ Company is the result of an amalgamation, under Charter from Queen Anne in 1708, of two medieval companies. The hall itself is believed to be the oldest extant livery hall in the City, having survived both the Fire and the Blitz.

The tour. Tea and coffee, followed by a personal tour led by the Clerk himself, covering all the main rooms of the magnificent building plus many of the arms, armour and other treasures therein.

LH Members £12;50. Guests, non-Members: a bit more.
Maximum places: 30
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Tour of Skinners' Hall

A London Historians Event

Monday 7 September, 11:00 – 12:30

The eighth hall in our 2015 programme of exploring The Livery. Our host is Beadle, Mervyn Bassett. We have 20 places.

The tour covers Skinners Hall and associated common rooms. During which we will cover a potted history of the Company, some of its more famous members, its role through the medieval period and how it gained its wealth. We discuss its role today and how it continues to sustain that.

Members: £9.00. Guests: £11.

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