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:

  1. The “Wyldes” of Hampstead: discovering Hampstead’s northern hillside

    The “Wyldes” of Hampstead: discovering Hampstead’s northern hillside

    Course Date: Sun 9 Jun 2019
    Location on this date: OS - Off Site
    Discover the rural north side of Hampstead by walking across the Heath Extension to the hamlet of Northend, learning about its famous residents, its hostelry and the 17th-century Wyldes farmhouse. We return via the enchanting Hill Garden and Golders Hill Park.

    Circular walk starts and ends outside the main entrance to Golders Green and involves walking across parts of the Heath.. Circular walk starts and ends outside the main entrance to Golders Green and involves walking across parts of the Heath.
    Full fee: £19.00
    Senior fee: £15.00
    Concession: £8.00

  2. Further village London

    Further village London

    Course Date: Wed 3 Jul 2019 (and 1 other date)
    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

  3. Art Deco London walk

    Course Date: Fri 12 Jul 2019 (and 1 other date)
    Location on this date: OS - Off Site
    Travel back to the 1930s to explore the Art Deco style that influenced a variety of designs, from radios and cutlery to places related to travel, entertainment and commerce. In addition to looking at the architecture of the period, your guide will tell stories of life in London from the time these buildings were being erected. Meeting outside St James’s Park tube station (Broadway exit) and finishing at the coach station.
    Full fee: £19.00
    Senior fee: £15.00
    Concession: £8.00

  4. 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

  5. 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

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

    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

  7. Constable's Hampstead

    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

  8. Discover Regent's Park: a guided walk

    Discover Regent's Park: a guided walk

    Course Date: Tue 30 Jul 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    With a background briefing at Build in the morning and a guided walk in Regent's Park in the afternoon,you will discover the history, exuberant planting, sculptures and design of this fabulous Royal Park dating from the early 19th century. Special trees will be highlighted.
    Full fee: £49.00
    Senior fee: £39.00
    Concession: £22.00

  9. Saxons, Vikings and Normans: London from AD 900-1200

    Course Date: Sat 15 Jun 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Look at the foundations of Lundenburh in c.886 and the impact of later Viking and Norman invasions. Includes an introductory lecture, a museum visit and a guided walk in the city.
    Full fee: £59.00
    Senior fee: £47.00
    Concession: £26.00

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