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 2016 are as follows: Wed 6 January; Wed 3 February; Wed 2 March; Wed 6 April; Wed 4 May; Wed 1 June; Wed 6 July; Wed 3 August; Wed 7 September; Wed 5 October; Wed 2 November; Wed 7 December.

monthly pub meet

Canonbury: The Tower and the Tour

A London Historians Event

Friday 28 October. 11:00 – 15:00

This two part event comprises 1) a guided tour of the medieval Canonbury Tower, only recently opened to the public. 2) a guided walk of the local area, historic Canonbury with much to absorb and enjoy. Both elements are led by qualified guides who are also London Historians Members. We’ll break for lunch in the middle (not incl. in price).

£25 + fee.
Only 12 places.
London Historians members only
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Guided Tour of the Queen's House, Greenwich

A London Historians Event

Wed 2 November 2016, 14:00
Queen’s House Greenwich.

Our tour is a matter of weeks after re-opening following extensive refurbishment. This is the 400th anniversary of the commissioning of the Queen’s House, Britain’s first Classical building and Inigo Jones’s masterpiece. Today it’s an art gallery housing a breathtaking collection. Our guide is Pieter van der Merwe, historian and author of The Queen’s House (2012). As a bonus we’ll also see the new exhibition on Emma Hamilton, value £14 but included in the price. Beat that!

£15. London Historians Members only.

More info and booking.

City of London Police Museum

A London Historians Event

Tues 29 November, 17:30 – 19:00.

A reception and private view of London’s newest museum, or to be strictly accurate the new home of the museum formerly housed at Wood Street Police Station with quite limited access. Wine will be served.

London HIstorians members and guests.
£8 + fee.

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Tour of Fishmongers' Hall

A London Historians Event

9 January 2017, 14:00h

fishmongers hall

The Fishmongers’ Company is one of the “Great Twelve” Livery Companies, which has been in existence for over 700 years. As well as a unique history and rich architectural heritage, the Fishmongers’ Company is home to many valuable artefacts and paintings, including the dagger which it was once believed William Walworth used to kill Wat Tyler. You can also see Pietro Annigoni’s famous 1955 portrait of Her Majesty the Queen. One of the Company’s greatest assets is the Grade I listed Hall on the north bank of the Thames at London Bridge. Destroyed in the Great Fire and horribly damaged during the Blitz, today the hall is in magnificent shape and an unmistakable landmark on the bank of the Thames.
Tea, coffee and biscuits included.

LH Members: £15.

More information and to book your place.

London Month of the Dead

October 2016.

Organised by LH Member Stephen Coates from Antique Beat with other Members also participating. A series of talks and walks on the theme of death. Percentage of proceeds are in support of Brompton and Kensal Green cemeteries.

Full programme.

Living History 2016 with City Cruises

Several London Historians Members are presenting themed history talks aboard City Cruises boats during September and October as follows
Tina Baxter and Kitty Pridden on Georgian Thames
Mark Rowland on From Great Fire to Great Rebuilding
Christopher Winn on Bridges & Landmarks
Wed 14/09/2016 From Great Fire to Great Rebuilding
Fri 16/09/2016 Georgian Thames
Thu 22/09/2016 Bridges & Landmarks
Wed 28/09/2016 From Great Fire to Great Rebuilding
Thu 29/09/2016 Bridges & Landmarks
Fri 30/09/2016 Georgian Thames
Wed 12/10/2016 From Great Fire to Great Rebuilding
Thu 13/10/2016 Bridges & Landmark
Fri 14/10/2016 Georgian Thames
Wed 26/10/2016 From Great Fire to Great Rebuilding
Thu 27/10/2016 Bridges & Landmark
Fri 28/10/2016 Georgian Thames

Book your place with early bird discount (to 5 Sept) here
London Historians members, look out for your promo code in September Members’ newsletter.

The Georgian Dining Academy

georgian dining academy


Thursday 1 December 2016. 19:00 – 22:30.
Historic Simpson’s Tavern in Cornhill, City of London

The latest date of this increasingly popular event, which goes from strength to strength. 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).

GDA is £68 to include welcome punch cocktail and glass of wine with your meal. Book tickets.
London Historians Member special: £55. Also avoids booking fee, so over £17 saving. Email Miss B direct to arrange. (she knows who the Members are!)


Guildhall Art Gallery
20 Feb–20 Nov 2016

visscher redrawn

Claes Jansz. Visscher’s 1616 panorama is the image many would say best fits their idea of how London looked in medieval times. It is one of the few visual records of one of the world’s greatest cities before so much of it was swept away in the Great Fire of 1666.

Four hundred years on, artist Robin Reynolds (London Historians Member) repeats the exercise. His version of modern London, arranged to fit the fantastic Visscher landscape will be unveiled at Guildhall Art Gallery and displayed alongside Visscher’s original image.

William Shakespeare died in the year that Visscher’s print was published. In the new drawing there are references to thirty-seven plays, three major poetic works, and the sonnets – visit the Guildhall Gallery to see how many you can spot.

Free and Affordable Lectures

Several institutions host wonderful history lectures which are either free or cost very little.
The National Archives, a short walk from Kew Gardens Station, have free talks on most Thursday afternoons. They also have other low cost ticket events. Detail
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