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

London Historians Annual Lecture 2016

A London Historians Event

Shakespeare in London
Professor Sheila Cavanagh

8 September 2016, 18:30h.
Gresham College, Barnard’s Inn Hall

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Wine reception and lecture.
Prof. Cavanagh will examine the London theatre scene of Shakespeare’s time in the round: the theatrical landscape as a whole, not just the aspect we know most about through accidents of history. Who were the patrons, who ran the business, where did Shakespeare and his company fit in? Where were the late 16C theatres and why did a majority of the London population visit them every week?

£6.50 (LH Members) to £12. excludes booking fee.
More info and booking.

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

Charles Holden and 55 Broadway: The Tour

Repeat by popular demand

A London Historians Event

Tuesday 20 September. 17:30 – 19:00 approx

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Led by Edmund Bird, architectural historian and author.

Tour of 55 Broadway, St James’s Park – headquarters of London Transport for over 80 years, though soon to be relinquished following the granting of planning permission for its conversion to residential, this 1920s landmark was the tallest commercial building in the capital when it was completed in 1929. Now Grade I listed by virtue of its outstanding architectural importance as London’s first office skyscraper, rich use of materials, exceptional inter-war sculpture by the leading artists of the day including Jacob Epstein, Eric Gill and Henry Moore, and its extraordinary degree of intactness, it is one of the finest works by the noted 20th century architect Charles Holden. The tour will include an appraisal of its exterior, the principal interiors and views across the city from the upper terrace.

This event is in support of Railway Children, the charity for homeless children living on India’s railway system.

LH Members Only £12:50 + booking fee.

Book your place.

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

The Georgian Dining Academy

georgian dining academy

Thursday 1 September 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