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.

Upstairs at the Hand and Shears, 1 Middle Street, Cloth Fair EC1A 7JA. This historic pub was Grade II listed in February 2020 in recognition of the original state of its Victorian interior.

We have up to 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 2022 are as follows: Wed 5 January; Wed 2 February; Wed 2 March; Wed 6 April; Wed 4 May; Wed 1 June; Thur 6 July; Wed 3 August; Wed 7 September; Wed 5 October; Wed 2 November; Wed 7 December.

Mortlake: Archbishops and Asparagus

A London Historians Event

Wed. 17 August, 2 – 4 pm. Mortlake Station.

Join Caroline Swan, London tour guide and author of the Flickering Lamps blog, for a tour through Mortlake’s ancient alleyways and graveyards, its historic buildings and the sites of modern-day battles to preserve the area’s character. We will explore what remains of Mortlake’s grand houses and historic churches, as well as its industrial heritage, charming old cottages and beautiful churchyards.

For more info and to book your place.

London Historians members only.

London Historians Annual Picnic

A London Historians Event

Sat 20 August 13.00 onwards, Fulham Palace.

London Historians members and their families are invited to our Inaugural Summer Picnic. Fulham Palace have graciously agreed to host us in their spectacular grounds where we’ll enjoy an afternoon of shocking culinary indulgence and, most importantly: friendship. Free scotch eggs from Fortum and Mason!

Tickets: £5 to the upkeep of Fulham Palace. Children free.

More information and to book your place.

Raving Upon Thames

A London Historians Event

Mon 22 August, 7pm. Online talk via Zoom.

A place that launched the career of the Rolling Stones… that was the home to a bohemian jazz and R&B club on an island in the Thames that later turned into Europe’s biggest hippie commune… that launched UK music festival culture from the grounds of the Royal Horse Show… that had London’s first dedicated drug squad… We’re talking Richmond upon Thames. Author Andrew Humphreys will be telling the overlooked story of how this bucolic bit of London played an essential role in the history of British counterculture in the 1960s.

More information and to book your place

Open to all.

History in the Pub: Streetscape

A London Historians Event

Wed 31 August, 7pm. Sir Christopher Hatton, Holborn

Learn a bit more London history at the pub after work! The return of History in the Pub!
Four short talks and a speed quiz. Our host for the evening is author, writer and London obsessive Matt Brown from Londonist.
Jane Parker on coal holes
Matt Brown on telephone boxes
Reg Brown on firemarks
Cathy Ross on City bollards

For more information and to book.

Somers Town's Unique History and Heritage: A Guided Walk

A London Historians Event

Thurs 15 September, 11 am to 1.30pm, nr Euston Station

Sandwiched between Euston and King’s Cross stations, the district of Somers Town is rich in social history and interesting personalities: radical thinkers, social reformers and political exiles all made this hidden corner of London their home. A two hour expedition around this fascinating corner of the capital ending with a visit to the brand new museum which celebrates the area.

For more information and to book your place.
London Historians members only.

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