London History Courses & Guided Walks

From its Bronze Age beginnings to capital status, London has witnessed growth and destruction throughout its long history. Join us for lively classroom discussions and popular walks around the city and discover who and what has left their mark on the city.

Watch Build tutor Eleanor Jackson explore some of London's secret spaces:

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  1. Further village London

    Further village London

    Course Date: Wed 3 Jul 2019 (and 3 other dates)
    Location on this date: OS - Off Site
    A further four walks around London's former villages - Hampstead, Highgate, Fitzrovia and Soho. Why did

    these areas grow up as villages and how did they become swallowed up by the city of London?
    Full fee: £79.00
    Senior fee: £63.00
    Concession: £35.00

  2. Chaucer's London talk and walk

    Chaucer's London talk and walk

    Course Date: Tue 16 Jul 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Spend a morning looking at life in fourteenth century London followed by a walk and talk around the medieval City.
    Full fee: £49.00
    Senior fee: £39.00
    Concession: £22.00

  3. Cesspools, latrines and drains: sanitation in London 1400-1650

    Course Date: Wed 17 Jul 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    How did Londoners access clean water and dispose of waste? How many public toilets were there before 1500? Explore the history of drains, sewage and latrines in pre-modern London.
    Full fee: £39.00
    Senior fee: £31.00
    Concession: £17.00

  4. The Old Father-River: the poetry of the Thames from 1500 to the present day

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sat 20 Jul 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Beginning with an idealised, semi-pastoral Thames, the course progresses via satirical 18th. Century evocations to the complex responses of Romantic and Modern poets, concluding with a meditation commissioned for the inauguration of the Millennium Bridge.
    Full fee: £49.00
    Senior fee: £39.00
    Concession: £22.00

  5. Constable's Hampstead

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sun 28 Jul 2019
    Location on this date: OS - Off Site
    Discover where Constable lived, the houses and landscapes he painted, as well as his family tomb. This talk is illustrated with pictures and quotes from his letters about his art and feelings for Hampstead.

    Starts outside Hampstead tube (High Street entrance) and ends in Hampstead Churchyard (a short distance from the tube). It includes a short amount of walking on the Heath. Starts outside Hampstead tube (High Street entrance) and ends in Hampstead Churchyard (a short distance from the tube). The course will include a short amount of walking on the Heath.
    Full fee: £19.00
    Senior fee: £15.00
    Concession: £8.00

  6. History to Hipsters

    New
    Course Date: Mon 9 Sep 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Discover the history and changing fortunes of these areas now considered to be trendy London hotspots. Shoreditch, Dalston, Bermondsey, Peckham, Brixton, Walthamstow, Stoke Newington, Deptford and Hackney all feature.

    London guuide: Diane Burstein. The initial lecture will be held at the Build.

    London guide: Diane Burstein.
    Full fee: £179.00
    Senior fee: £143.00
    Concession: £79.00

  7. In the footsteps of London's rebels

    New
    Course Date: Tue 10 Sep 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Explore London's places of protest and discover the stories of radicals, agitators and campaigners who fought for social justice, equal rights and better lives for all from the 1830s to the 1930s. The initial lecture will be held at Build followed by 10 walks. The final session will be held at Build.
    Full fee: £209.00
    Senior fee: £167.00
    Concession: £92.00

  8. London at war

    New
    Course Date: Tue 10 Sep 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street


    London has been shaped by war, conflict and unrest. It's buildings, monuments and even street names reflect our embattled past. These walks examine London's wartime legacy from mediaeval fortifications to the War on Terror.

    London guide: Eleanor Jackson. First session will be a lecture at the Build.

    London guide: Eleanor Jackson.
    Full fee: £159.00
    Senior fee: £127.00
    Concession: £70.00

  9. The City of London: the square mile

    New
    Course Date: Wed 11 Sep 2019 (and 1 other date)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Explore the City’s development from Roman and medieval times through to the Tudors and Stuarts. Initial lecture at Build. Entrance fees not included.

    London guide: Paul Sinclair. Initial lecture at Build. Entrance fees not included

    London guide: Paul Sinclair.
    Full fee: £209.00
    Senior fee: £167.00
    Concession: £92.00

  10. City of words: London's literary landscape

    New
    Course Date: Thu 12 Sep 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    London has been muse, magnet and mecca to writers for 400 years, home to Shakespeare's successes, Dickens' dramas and Wilde's witticisms. After an introductory lecture we walk a different London neighbourhood each week exploring its literary connections. Initial lecture is at the at Build. This is followed by 8 walks.
    Full fee: £159.00
    Senior fee: £127.00
    Concession: £70.00

  11. The men who built London

    New
    Course Date: Thu 12 Sep 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    London was shaped by its architects, engineers, bricklayers, navies etc. Our lecture and walks examine London’s buildings and the men (and women) who worked throughout history to create this eclectic and wonderful city.

    London guide: Eleanor Jackson. First session at Build, Keeley Street.

    London guide: Eleanor Jackson.
    Full fee: £159.00
    Senior fee: £127.00
    Concession: £70.00

  12. London: 1945-1965

    New
    Course Date: Tue 17 Sep 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Explore the rebuilding of post war London through and the impact the creation of the Welfare State had on Londoners.
    Full fee: £179.00
    Senior fee: £143.00
    Concession: £79.00

  13. London society and space : from the Gordon Riots to fin de siecle

    New Evening
    Course Date: Tue 17 Sep 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Examining London’s social history and built environment, from the destruction and chaos of the 1780 Gordon Riots to the dark, dangerous glamour and political turbulence of the 1890s.

    There will be one field-walk lasting approximately 2 hours on Saturday 12 October, meeting at 11am in Lower Regent Street (under the Duke of York column, Waterloo Place).
    Full fee: £139.00
    Senior fee: £139.00
    Concession: £61.00

  14. Tudor London

    Tudor London

    New
    Course Date: Fri 20 Sep 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Between 1500 and 1600, London was transformed from a medieval city to an international trading centre. The population quadrupled resulting in overcrowding, poor sanitation, disease and crime. There will be a London walk around Southwark.
    Full fee: £219.00
    Senior fee: £175.00
    Concession: £96.00

  15. Unlocking London's boroughs: inside Islington

    New
    Course Date: Thu 3 Oct 2019
    Location on this date: OS - Off Site
    Behind the busy road and river arteries of Islington lie a series of squares and quiet backstreets. This series of four walking tours will uncover the secrets of Highbury Fields complete with its inky and football links, the watery and entertainment background of The Angel, artistic and literary Canonbury and the tranquil and graceful squares of Barnsbury

    First meeting 3 Oct 2019 - Angel - Meet outside Angel tube

    London guide: Rachel Kolsky. First meeting 3 Oct 2019 - Angel - Meet outside Angel tube

    London guide: Rachel Kolsky.
    Full fee: £79.00
    Senior fee: £63.00
    Concession: £35.00

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