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

Walk Every Street in Fitzrovia

A London Historians Event

Saturday 30 July 10:00 – 17:30

every street in fitzrovia peter berthoud

… with London Historians Founder Member, Peter Berthoud.
During a truly unique near 10 mile walk you will discover all of Fitzrovia’s 110+ streets, mews, courts and other thoroughfares. Along the route you’ll hear dozens of stories that aren’t in the guidebooks, meet some locals and visit some hidden places well off the tourist trail. At the end of this walk you’ll be able to say that you really have “done” Fitzrovia.
We meet just after breakfast and finish in the early evening in a pub. Along the route we’ll be taking breaks for coffee, a pint or two and of course lunch.
The group size will be kept deliberately small, an absolute maximum of 10 people, to encourage a convivial and chatty atmosphere.
The walk is also not suitable for children, on account of the pub stops, so only adults over 18 can take part.
The route does contain many kerbs and narrow pavements and is not readily accessible to those with mobility impairments but please contact us to discuss possible adaptations.

Meals and drinks are not included.There is a special surprise souvenir at the end of the tour included.

Sorry, London Historians Members only.

For further info an to book your place.

History in the Pub: My Favourite Londoner

A London Historians Event

Tuesday 5 July 19:00 – 21:00
The Sir Christopher Hatton, Holborn

Battersea Power Station by Giles Gilbert Scott

12 London Historians will give a five minute talk on their favourite Londoner from history. These include William Caxton, Giles Gilbert Scott, John Wilkes, William Blake, Octavia Hill, Jane Cakebread, Lilian Baylis, W.S. Gilbert, Hugh Myddleton, Christopher Merrett, Henrietta Barnett, Sir John Lubbock.

MC for the evening is Matt Brown, Editor at Large of Londonist who will deliver a tricky speed quiz before the drinks break. Plus the usual prize draw, open mic, fun.
London Historians members: free.
All others: £5.

More information and booking.

Tour of Smithfield and St John's Gate

A London Historians Event

Thursday 11 August, 2016, 07:00 – 11:00

LH Member and City of London guide, Peter Twist, will conduct the first part of our event, leading us through the historic Smithfield meat market (arch: Sir Horace Jones) and other interesting local spots. Following breakfast (not included in price) at a local caff we’ll continue to St John’s Gate, a surviving feature of the ancient priory of the Knights of St John (Hospitallers), which has notable connections with William Hogarth, Samuel Johnson and others. We’ll also visit the Norman crypt of the nearby priory church.
15 places only. £20. London Historians Members only.
For further information and to book your place.

London Historians Annual Lecture 2016

A London Historians Event

Shakespeare in London
Professor Sheila Cavanagh

8 September 2016.
Gresham College, Barnard’s Inn Hall

gresham college

Wine reception and lecture.

Diary date. Likely to be LH Members only.
Further details and booking info soon!

2014: Adrian Tinniswood, OBE.
2015: Professor Caroline Barron.

Upriver to Hampton Court

A London Historians co-hosted event

Wednesday 28th September: 11 am

We board a historic launch at Tower Bridge Pier and cruise for approximately three hours upriver to Hampton Court.
We’ll have a buffet lunch along the way (included) and there will be a pay bar.
Christopher Winn, London Historians member and author of I Never Knew That About the Thames will regale us along the way with stories anecdotes and landmarks and it should prove to be fascinating trip.
£75 per person.
To book your place (£25 deposit) or to pay in full, please contact event organiser Nick Hawker at

City of London Police Museum Open Day

27 July 11 – 2
Guildhall Yard

In anticipation of The City of London Police Museum opening in the Guildhall Galleries complex, the museum is hosting an exciting open day in Guildhall Yard to illustrate the development of the City’s police service from the earliest days, through to modern policing methods.
More info.


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