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.

On the Beat in Hatton Garden

A London Historians Event

Mon 10 October, 10 am till noon, Hatton Garden area.

Our tour leader Chris Foster was once a Bobby on the Beat based at Holborn Police Station some fifty years ago. We will follow in his footsteps through some of the back streets around Hatton Garden, which was once a fixed patrol owing to the high crime rate and extreme riches. This will be a light-hearted two hour amble around this area, with a mix of history plus stories and memories from the past.

Tickets from £10.50 + fee.

For more info and to book.

History in the Pub: London Manufacturing

A London Historians Event

Wed 19 October, 19.00 – 21:00 Doors open 18.30
Sir Christopher Hatton pub, Holborn

Learn about London history with friends over a pint (other beverages available) after work!
Four speakers and a speed quiz.
MC: Matt Brown
Topics include: glass manufacturing, Coade stone, aircraft production, Bermondsey biscuits!
For more information and to book.

Bedford Park: Healthiest Place in the World

Friday 21 October, 14:00 – 16:00h
Guided Walk. Meet at Turhham Green Station, Chiswick

Smart redbrick houses, leafy streets and white painted fences. Bedford Park was the original garden suburb that attracted artists, actors and middle-classes families. We’ll wander up its roads, groves and crescents and encounter one of Ireland’s greatest sons, a pioneering aviator, a Russian revolutionary and the murder of a matinée idol. The two-hour walk will be led by Guy Fairbank, London Blue Badge Guide, Chiswick resident and London Historians member.
Tickets: £12.
London Historians Members only. Join London Historians.

For more information and to book.

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


Saturday 8 October 2022

This annual festival of history walks around the capital is provided free by all the major London guiding groups. But in most cases, important to book. For more information.
City of London Guides: Making their mark on the City
City of Westminster Guides: Monarchs, Mansions and Mistresses
Camden Guides: From Plague Pits to Pop Hits
Clerkenwell and Islington Guides: Clerkenwell Connections
Lambeth Guides: Doing the Waterloo Walk. Oi!
Ealing and West London Guides: Hammersmith Beyond the Flyover

London Month of the Dead 2022

This fabulous annual festival of walks, talks, events, curated by LH Member Stephen Coates. They sell out fast: don’t miss out.

All here.

Black History Month 2022

Selected History items here.