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.

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 2019 are as follows: Wed 2 January; Wed 6 February; Wed 6 March; Wed 3 April; Wed 1 May; Wed 5 June; Wed 3 July; Wed 7 August; Wed 4 September; Wed 2 October; Wed 6 November; Wed 4 December.

monthly pub meet

Commemorating London: The Best and Worst

The London Society and London Historians present.
Tue 26 February. 18:30 – 21:00
Sir Christopher Hatton pub, 4 Leather Lane, EC1N 7RA

Join us in the pub to discuss the London sculptures that should never have been erected – and the commemorations that are long overdue.The London Society and ourselves have been running a poll to find the public artwork that is the capital’s least popular, and the ‘winner’ will be announced this evening.
Tickets: £10. LH and LonSoc Members: £5.
More information and to book.

Stephens House and Gardens

A London Historians Event

11 March, 11.00 – 12.30h
17 East End Road, Finchley

Beyond the Ink Blot
Discover the home and life of the ink magnate Henry “Inky” Stephens with a tour of the downstairs rooms and Tower Room of Avenue House, a stroll around the grounds and a private view of the Stephens collection
Please Note there are 3 flights of stairs on the tour.
Tea and biscuits included!
More on Stephens House & Gardens.

£7.50. London Historians members only.
Book your place.

Tour of Watermen's Hall

A London Historians Event

Monday 18 March, 10:30 – c12:00
Watermen’s Hall, St Mary-at-Hill.

thames watermen

The Company of Watermen and Lightermen in its original form was established by Act of Parliament in 1555, but its roots and functions date back much further. It has been responsible for the traffic of people and cargo all over the London Thames for centuries – long before the river was embanked, and long before it had just the one bridge.

The current Watermen’s Hall was completed in 1780, the only original Georgian hall in the city. It was designed by London architect William Blackburn. Our tour will be led by the Deputy Clerk, Carol Ratcliffe. Tea and coffee will be served at the end.

LH Members: £16.00
Guests / Non-Members: £17.50
For more information and to book your tickets via Eventbrite.
Small fee applies

Bazalgette 200 Tour

A London Historians Event

28 March 2019, 09.30 – 16.30h.
All-day tour through London West to East.

joseph bazalgette

28 March 1819. The birthday of London’s greatest civil engineer: Sir Joseph Bazalgette. He built roads and bridges, embanked the Thames and most importantly, built the sewer which eradicated cholera outbreaks and is still serving us today.
On his bicentenary, we celebrate his life and work.
This all day event starts with a river trip from Putney to Westminster and ends at Abbey Mills pumping station, taking in many of the sites, buildings, structures and institutions touched by Bazalgette.
Our guide for the day is London Historians member Rob Smith.
LH Members: £22.+ fee.
More information and booking.

Fortnum & Mason Archivist's Talk

A London Historians Event
1 April 2019, 18.00 – 19.00h
Fortnum & Mason, 181 Piccadilly.

Fortnum & Mason. Founded 1707.
The 312-year history of Fortnum & Mason will be explored through a selection of items from the archive in the historic 5th Floor boardroom. From the Scotched Egg to Everest – all (well, some) will be revealed. Talk by Andrea Tanner, Company Archivist and LH Member.

£12.50 + fee
LH Members only.
Book your place.

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