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. In the footsteps of Fred Uhlman: art and refugees in Hampstead

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sun 6 Oct 2019
    Location on this date: OS - Off Site
    Fred Uhlman was a refugee lawyer turned artist who settled with his English wife, Diana, in Hampstead in 1938. Here they formed the artist refugee committee to rescue artists trapped in Czechoslovakia and their house became a refuge for artists. We discover the organisations that he was involved in; visit sites he was known to frequent; and consider other refugees who settled in Hampstead in the advent to the Second World War.

    It starts at Hampstead Tube Station and ends near Belsize Park tube station.

    London guide: Marilyn Greene. It starts at Hampstead Tube Station and ends near Belsize Park tube station.

    London guide: Marilyne Greene.
    Full fee: £19.00
    Senior fee: £15.00
    Concession: £10.00

  2. Crime and punishment in Hampstead from the 17th century to the present day

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sun 20 Oct 2019
    Location on this date: OS - Off Site
    Over the centuries Hampstead and Hampstead Heath have witnessed many dramatic and horrifying events. From highway men and hangings, to murders, executions and fatal accidents, this walk explores some of the stories of people involved in horrible happenings in Hampstead as well as some of the places set up for policing law and order. We start at Hampstead Tube Station and finish by Hampstead Heath Over-ground Station.

    London guide: Marilyne Greene. We start at Hampstead Tube Station and finish by Hampstead Heath Over-ground Station.

    London guide: Marilyne Greene.
    Full fee: £19.00
    Senior fee: £15.00
    Concession: £10.00

  3. London society and space: from World War One to Brexit

    Evening
    Course Date: Tue 29 Oct 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Examining London’s social history and built environment, from the upheavals of the ‘Great War’ to our present-day attempts to (re)define ourselves, as exit from the European Union looms.

    There will be a field-walk in the East End of London, lasting approximately 2 hours. We will meet at 11am at Liverpool Street Station on Saturday 16 November.
    Full fee: £139.00
    Senior fee: £139.00
    Concession: £61.00

  4. Londinium: a tale of two cities (Roman London 47-457 CE)

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sat 23 Nov 2019
    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: £69.00
    Senior fee: £55.00
    Concession: £30.00

  5. Dickens' London

    Dickens' London

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sat 23 Nov 2019
    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: £59.00
    Senior fee: £47.00
    Concession: £26.00

  6. Transports of delight: London's railway stations

    Course Date: Tue 7 Jan 2020
    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 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 8 Jan 2020 (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.

    London guide: Paul Sinclair. 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.

    London guide:Paul Sinclair.
    Full fee: £159.00
    Senior fee: £127.00
    Concession: £70.00

  8. City of words: further adventures

    Course Date: Thu 9 Jan 2020
    Location on this date: OS - Off Site
    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.

    London guide: Eleanor Jackson. First meeting point (10/1/19) at Green Park tube station, street level, Piccadilly South side.

    London guide: Eleanor Jackson.
    Full fee: £129.00
    Senior fee: £103.00
    Concession: £57.00

  9. London's quartiers

    London's quartiers

    Course Date: Fri 10 Jan 2020
    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.

    London guide: Sue Jackson In. Initail lecture at the Build.

    London guide: Sue Jackson.
    Full fee: £149.00
    Senior fee: £119.00
    Concession: £66.00

  10. Archaeology of London

    Archaeology of London

    Course Date: Mon 13 Jan 2020
    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.

    Tutor: Jill Hummerstone. Tutor :Jill Hummerstone.
    Full fee: £199.00
    Senior fee: £159.00
    Concession: £88.00

  11. London: the late 1960s and 1970s

    Course Date: Tue 14 Jan 2020
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Explore the effervescent and tempestuous decades of the 1960s and 1970s, when the hopes and

    aspirations of the post war generation ran up against the harsh realities of London’s declining status as an imperial

    metropole.
    Full fee: £179.00
    Senior fee: £143.00
    Concession: £79.00

  12. Unreal city: the history of London through literature from 1800 to today

    Course Date: Tue 14 Jan 2020
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Fiction writers are often the first to identify and analyse a social phenomenon. We will examine two centuries of London history through the eyes of novelists and poets, from William Blake to Zadie Smith.
    Full fee: £119.00
    Senior fee: £95.00
    Concession: £52.00

  13. Early London: an introduction to the primary sources

    Evening
    Course Date: Wed 15 Jan 2020
    Location on this date: International House
    How do we study London’s past? This course will introduce the methods and tools of historical analysis: what different types of primary source exist, and what research skills are required to make sense of them?
    Full fee: £159.00
    Senior fee: £159.00
    Concession: £70.00

  14. Plagues of London: 1348-1665

    Course Date: Fri 17 Jan 2020
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Explore the impact of plague on London during the years 1348-1665. By the seventeenth century we can read eye-

    witness accounts but medicine was no nearer to a cure.
    Full fee: £199.00
    Senior fee: £159.00
    Concession: £88.00

  15. Riverside London

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sat 18 Jan 2020
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Explore some contrasting riverside districts from East To West. Former docks, industrial archaeology, beautiful 18th century terraces of houses, rowing clubs, breathtaking views, historic pubs and churches, luxury penthouses, parks and gardens all feature. Places visited include Richmond, Putney, Wapping, Limehouse, Barnes, Chiswick, Lambeth, The City and Battersea.

    London guide: Diane Burstein. There will be an initial classroom lecture followed by a series of walking tours.

    London guide: Diane Burstein.
    Full fee: £179.00
    Senior fee: £143.00
    Concession: £90.00

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