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 2017 are as follows: Wed 4 January; Wed 1 February; Wed 1 March; Wed 5 April; Wed 3 May; Wed 7 June; Wed 5 July; Wed 2 August; Wed 6 September; Wed 4 October; Wed 1 November; Wed 6 December.

monthly pub meet

Strawberry Hill House and Horace Walpole

A London Historians Event

Tour. 23 October, 10.30 — 12.30h.

Born exactly 300 years ago, son of the first Prime Minister, Horace Walpole was a typical 18C man of affairs. Socialite, writer, collector, printer, man about town and man of taste. Writer of the first Gothic novel, The Castle of Otranto, he designed and decorated his own country house near Twickenham in neo-gothic style, invited friends and visitors to enjoy it using a visitors’ guide written and printed by himself. Strawberry Hill House was completely restored in 2012, winning awards and praise.

London Historians members and their guests only. £15 + fee.
More information and to book.

Candlelit Tour of Southwark Cathedral

A London Historians Event

25 October 18:30 – 19:30

Come and explore over 900 years of history on this candlelit tour of Southwark Cathedral.
Discover the stories of the priory of St Mary Overy and the famous London hospital founded on this site. Learn how the contemporaries of Shakespeare served the church and worked in the theatre. Uncover how the industrial age nearly caused the demolition of London’s oldest gothic building.

London Historians members or accompanying guests only. £11 + fee.
More info and book your place.

Tour of the Old Vic Theatre

A London Historians Event

Friday 8 December 10.30h – 21:00h

We anticipate the 200th anniversary (May 2018) of this venerable old lady of the stage. The original building on its original site, the home of Lilian Baylis, Edmund Kean, Donald Wolfit, Laurence Olivier and thousands of wonderful thesps great and small. We will tread in their footsteps, peer at their shadows and hear the echos of their voices.

London Historians members and their guests only, from £12.50.

More information and booking.

Tour of Goldsmiths' Hall

A London Historians Event
Mon 4 December. 12:00h 1 hour.

Goldsmiths’ Hall, an imposing neo-Classical building by Philip Hardwick and completed in 1835, dominates Foster Lane. It is the third of the Company’s halls on this site having survived a very near miss during the Blitz.
Our tour will be conducted by the Company’s Librarian, lasting about an hour.

LH Members and guests only: £8.
More info and booking.

London Month of the Dead - October 2017

London Month of the Dead 2017
Curated and organised by LH Member Stephen Coates of Salon for the City fame. A wonderful month-long festival of talks, walks, lectures and workshops.
More information and booking.

Footprints of London Literary Festival 2017

literary footprints
The month of October by our friends at Footprints for London.
Note that LH Members get 15% discount on most of these tours.
Season ticket covering all walks is £40.
Programme and booking.

Zeppelin 1917 - Camberwell Remembered

Burgess Park 7 – 18 October.
Commemorating the last Zeppelin bombs on London.
Full programme here.

Southwark Cathedral Events

Sunday 15 October 1.00pm – 3.00pm
Roman Southwark Walk
Uncover Southwark Cathedral’s Roman secrets and learn about the impact that the Romans had on Southwark.
£9.00 Booking

Saturday 4 November 1.30pm – 3.30pm
Southwark’s Lost Burial Grounds – Guided Walk
Join historian Caroline Swan (LH Member!) and discover Southwark’s fascinating lost burial grounds.
£10.00 Booking.

Further Stories of London

Sat 18 November, 2017. 10:00h – 17:00h
Southwark Cathedral
Futher Stories of London Southwark Cathedral

Day event comprising four lectures. Speakers include three LH Members: Caroline Shenton, George Goodwin, Julian Woodford, all excellent published historians and speakers.

At £10, outstanding value.

Full info and booking here.

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