London history and 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. Women's London

    Course Date: Thu 27 Sep 2018
    Location on this date: OS - Off Site
    Visiting such diverse areas as Bow, Belgravia, Hampstead Garden Suburb, Westminster and Whitechapel, this series of walking tours gives centre stage to women whose experiences have left their mark on London. First meeting outside Whitechapel tube.
    Full fee: £99.00
    Senior fee: £79.00
    Concession: £44.00

  2. Cosmopolitan Notting Hill

    Course Date: Sun 30 Sep 2018
    Location on this date: OS - Off Site
    Everyone associates Notting Hill with the Caribbean carnival but past residents have come from a wide variety of places. We look at the area’s Serbian, Spanish, Portuguese, Moroccan, Indian, Jewish and Caribbean connections.

    Meeting place will be outside Notting Hill Gate Station (north exit) by Royal Bank of Scotland.. Meeting place will be outside Notting Hill Gate Station (north exit) by Royal Bank of Scotland.
    Full fee: £19.00
    Senior fee: £15.00
    Concession: £8.00

  3. Modernist Hampstead

    Course Date: Sun 7 Oct 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Discover the revolutionary Modernist homes and idealistic architecture built in Hampstead in the 1930s. Passing some more recent examples, this walk will finish at the iconic Isokon flats in Belsize Park.

    Walk starts at Hampstead tube (outside high street entrance) and finishes at the Isokon flats near Belsize Park. Walk starts at Hampstead tube (outside high street entrance) and finishes at the Isokon flats near Belsize Park.
    Full fee: £19.00
    Senior fee: £15.00
    Concession: £8.00

  4. Dickens' London

    Dickens' London

    Course Date: Sat 24 Nov 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    'It was the best of times, it was the worst of times.' Enjoy this introduction to Dickens' work and the London of his time. Morning lecture at Build followed by a walk in the area of the city connected to his work.
    Full fee: £49.00
    Senior fee: £39.00
    Concession: £22.00

  5. Londinium: a tale of two cities (Roman London AD 47-457). Photo: Adam Bishop

    Londinium: a tale of two cities (Roman London AD 47-457)

    Course Date: Sat 24 Nov 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    A look at the spectacular rise and fall of Londinium from c. AD 47 to its abandonment in c. AD 457. Includes an introductory lecture, a museum visit and a guided city walk.
    Full fee: £59.00
    Senior fee: £47.00
    Concession: £26.00

  6. Transports of delight: London's railway stations

    Course Date: Tue 8 Jan 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    London's stations see over 1 billion journeys annually, but the buildings themselves are often ignored. Explore a different station and environs each week, discovering the architecture, history, stories and future of these lifelines of London. The course starts with an initial classroom lecture at the Build followed by a series of walking tours .
    Full fee: £159.00
    Senior fee: £127.00
    Concession: £70.00

  7. The City of London: the Square Mile

    Course Date: Wed 9 Jan 2019 (and 1 other date)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Explore the City of London after the Great Fire of 1666. Discover how London recovered from one of the great disasters and became a centre of commerce and the heart of a great empire. We follow in the steps of some of its best known characters like Doctor Johnson and Samuel Pepys and some lesser known including William Lilley and Thomas Chatterton. The course follows on from the HLW06 The City of London; the square mile, but new students are welcome.

    The first meeting point will be Chancery Lane tube, outside number 150 High Holborn.
    Full fee: £159.00
    Senior fee: £127.00
    Concession: £70.00

  8. City of Words: further adventures

    Course Date: Thu 10 Jan 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    London luxuriates in literary references. We follow the footsteps of the authors, poets and playwrights, and some of

    their creations, as we walk a brand new neighbourhood each week, exploring the literary connections. First meeting point (11/1/18) at Green Park tube station, street level, Piccadilly South side.
    Full fee: £129.00
    Senior fee: £103.00
    Concession: £57.00

  9. London's quartiers

    London's quartiers

    Course Date: Fri 11 Jan 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Through one introductory session and seven walks, explore some of London’s quartiers – Soho, Mayfair, Covent Garden, Spitalfields, Clerkenwell, St James and Bloomsbury and understand how their very distinct characters were formed. Entrance fees not included. Initial lecture held at Build.
    Full fee: £139.00
    Senior fee: £111.00
    Concession: £61.00

  10. History to Hipsters

    Course Date: Sat 12 Jan 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. There will be an initial classroom lecture followed by a series of walking tours.
    Full fee: £169.00
    Senior fee: £135.00
    Concession: £74.00

  11. Archaeology of London

    Archaeology of London

    Course Date: Mon 14 Jan 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Explore the archaeology and history of London through its cultural monuments, topography and material remains to more fully appreciate the rich archaeological evidence of the capital.
    Full fee: £199.00
    Senior fee: £159.00
    Concession: £88.00

  12. London 1919-1939

    Course Date: Tue 15 Jan 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Explore in this interactive lecture course how did the 'Roaring 20s' and the Great Depression impact on London? What was the social and economic experience of Londoners as suburbs grew and modern buildings arrived, along with political and financial uncertainty?
    Full fee: £169.00
    Senior fee: £135.00
    Concession: £74.00

  13. Anglo-Saxon and Norman London

    Course Date: Thu 17 Jan 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Using archaeological and written evidence we will explore the development of Saxon London and the changes wrought by the Norman Conquest.
    Full fee: £199.00
    Senior fee: £159.00
    Concession: £88.00

  14. London regeneration: history, politics and architecture

    Course Date: Sat 16 Mar 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Explore the reconstruction of London after WWII, the decline of its infrastructure, population and economy in the 1960s and 1970s and the emergence of a truly global city by the end of the century.
    Full fee: £99.00
    Senior fee: £79.00
    Concession: £50.00

  15. Bricks to Brutalism, Metroland to Moderne: London’s housing

    Course Date: Thu 21 Mar 2019
    Location on this date: OS - Off Site
    Through 4 walks explore an array of London’s residential styles from housing the East End poor and the modernist style of 1930s Hampstead to brutalist blocks of flats by Lubetkin and Lasdun in post-war Bethnal Grreen and suburban Metroland.

    FIRST MEETING POINT - OUTSIDE WHITECHAPEL TUBE. FIRST MEETING POINT - OUTSIDE WHITECHAPEL TUBE.
    Full fee: £79.00
    Senior fee: £63.00
    Concession: £35.00

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