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.

monthly pub meet

London Historians Big Quiz 2019

A London Historians Event

Wed 29 May, 2019. 6.30pm
Sir Christopher Hatton, Holborn

Third fantastic year. Pit your knowledge against fellow Londoners and win our handsome trophy and other prizes. Quizmaster: Matt Brown.

Teams of up to four.

More information and book your place.

Brompton Cemetery Tour

A London Historians Event

Brompton Cemetery, 4 June, 18.00h

Brompton Cemetery, which opened in 1840 and covers 40 acres (16H), is one of the so-called Magnificent Seven Cemeteries of London. It contains over 206,000 burials and is listed Grade I in the Historic England’s Register of Parks and Gardens. It has recently benefitted from a £6.2 million HLF-funded refurbishment, completed last year. Our tour, which includes the catacomb, will be led by Robert Stevenson, the leading London cemetery expert and qualified City of London Guide.

More information and to book.

Holden Goes West

A London Historians Event

18 June, 13.30 – 16.00, Sudbury Town Tube Station

Acton Town Tube Station

A tour on the Uxbridge branch of the Piccadilly, exploring some classic Charles Holden Stations, with LTM volunteers David Burnell and Steve Leppert.
Starts Sudbury Town station; ends Acton Town Station.
Proceeds to Friends of London Transport Museum.
Maximum 10 attendees. Strictly London Historians members only.
More information and booking.

London Transport Museum Poster and Art Collection

A London Historians Event

Tues 25 June 1:30pm
London Transport Museum Acton Depot

An opportunity to visit the renowned London Transport Poster and Art Collection which is stored at the London Transport Museum’s ‘Depot’ at Acton. The guided tour will look at the history of the Underground poster, the commercial strategies behind them, the artists who created them, and the way the posters often take a side-ways glance at London’s economic, social and cultural history. A visit to the art store will give the chance to see the original art work by several famous British artists not all of which ended up on the Tube.

London Historians and their guests only.

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History in the Pub: The London Book Industry

A London Historians Event

Wed 26 June, 18.30 – 21.00h
Sir Christopher Hatton Pub, Holborn.


Learn about London history over a pint with friends after work!

Our next in the History in the Pub series will examine the book trade in London from its earliest beginnings in and around Old St Paul’s Churchyard to some of the big brand names of the 20th Century. We’ll find out how the book retail business was transformed during the 19th Century. We’ll have four speakers, a speed quiz, and the usual fun and prizes.

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In the Pipeline...

Look out for these going live soon… diary items in the meantime.

5 September.
The London Historians Annual Lecture 2019.

Abram Games: The Art of Persuasion

National Army Museum, Chelsea
6 April – 24 November 2019
abram games nam
This major exhibition explores the life and legacy of the iconic designer Abram Games, focusing on his time as ‘Official War Poster Artist’ during the Second World War. The exhibition includes posters from the National Army Museum’s collection alongside objects on loan from the family of Abram Games.

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