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.

Behind the Scenes at HMP Wandsworth

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

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.

History in the Pub: London and Food.

A London Historians Event

Tues 21 April 1830 – 2100h. POSTPONED
Sir Christopher Hatton Pub, Holborn
billingsgate by hicks

Learn about the History of London over a pint after work! This is the first or our History in the Pub series for 2020. This time we examine the diet of Londoners and how it changed over the centuries. We’ll look at the staples and also our favourite treats. There will be at least four speakers who’ll talk for about 15 minutes each. They include so far: Peter Ross, Principal Librarian from Guildhall Library, Andrea Tanner, Archivist at Fortnum and Mason. MC for the evening is Matt Brown who will also deliver the 10 question themed speed quiz.
Prize draw, open mic (time permitting) fun and friendship.
Free entry for London Historians members!
Doors open at 6.30pm for 7pm start.

More information and to book.

Archive Evening 2020 - A Day in the Life of the Stationers' Company

Monday 20 April 2020, 5.30 – 9.30 pm CANCELLED, POSSIBLE RE-SCHEDULE
Stationers’ Hall
In 1673, members of the Stationers’ Company moved into their new hall on Ave Maria Lane. The Stationers’ archives contain a treasure trove, not only concerning the new publications that were registered at the hall, but also the life of the members of the Company and the staff. The focus for the 2020 archive evening is how the Stationers’ Company operated on a day to day basis, looking particularly at the 17th century. The evening includes the exhibition, a presentation, drinks reception and buffet. Tickets £28. Booking deadline: 13 April.

For more details and to book.

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