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 Bishops Finger, in Smithfield. NEW VENUE FROM APRIL 2019.
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.

Spencer House Tour


Thurs 16 January 2pm,
Spencer House, St James’s

Spencer House is one of the last surviving great eighteenth-century town-houses in London. It was built by the young John (later 1st Earl) Spencer and his wife Georgiana between 1756 and 1766. They employed the finest designers and craftspeople of their day to create the spectacular State Rooms which represent some of the earliest and most beautiful neo-classical interiors in Europe.

More info and to book.

Goodbye to Broadway

Mon 20 January 2020, 1 pm – 2.30 pm
55 Broadway, SW1

The last opportunity to visit this Grade 1 Art Deco office building before Transport for London hands it over to be converted to an hotel. Charles Holden’s 1929 masterpiece, this will be our 6th and definitely last tour of this magnificent building.

£17.50 + fee

Strictly London Historians members only.
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11 Sep 2019 – 2 Feb 2020.
Tate Britain

william blake

William Blake (1757 – 1828), poet, painter, printmaker, mystic, was nothing if not a Londoner. This exhibition features over 300 of his original works, including his watercolours, paintings and prints, this is the largest show of Blake’s work for almost 20 years. It will rediscover him as a visual artist for the 21st century.
More information.

Two Last Nights! Show Business in Georgian Britain

The Foundling Museum
20 Sep 2019 – 5 Jan 2020

Enjoy a fascinating glimpse of behind-the-scenes roles, from theatre managers, set designers and scenery-painters, to the refreshment sellers and ticket collectors. Learn how leading artists of the day, including Hogarth, Hayman and Lambert, crossed over into the world of show business as set designers and scenery painters.

Entrance is free with admission.
More information.

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