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.
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  1. The City of London: the square mile

    Course Date: Wed 13 Sep 2017 (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.
    Full fee: £189.00
    Senior fee: £151.00
    Concession: £83.00

  2. Tudor London

    Course Date: Thu 21 Sep 2017
    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: £189.00
    Senior fee: £151.00
    Concession: £83.00

  3. London's markets

    Course Date: Sun 1 Oct 2017
    Location on this date: OS - Off Site
    Discover the history of contrasting East End markets in Petticoat Lane, Spitalfields, Brick Lane, Columbia Road and Goldsmiths Row. A full day with stops for shopping, clothes, flowers, food and books. Meet inside Old Street tube ticket hall.
    Full fee: £39.00
    Senior fee: £31.00
    Concession: £17.00

  4. Hampstead in the First World War

    Course Date: Sun 8 Oct 2017
    Location on this date: OS - Off Site
    A walk looking at life in Hampstead during the First World War: the shops and services, military hospitals, how soldiers were cared for and where they did military training. We will also view the impressive War memorial.. This 2 hour walk starts and ends at Hampstead Tube Station

    It includes some walking on the Heath.
    Full fee: £19.00
    Senior fee: £15.00
    Concession: £8.00

  5. Pioneers of modern art (Hampstead walk)

    Course Date: Sun 15 Oct 2017
    Location on this date: OS - Off Site
    In the early 20th century Hampstead was home to some of the era's most pioneering artists. We will walk in the footsteps of the Slade School artists who socialised in Downshire Hill and the Modernists working in Belsize Park. Starts Hampstead Tube station, Ends Isokon Gallery, Lawn Road, near Belsize Park. The tutor can take people back to the Station. There is also an option to spend time in the Isokon gallery afterwards.
    Full fee: £19.00
    Senior fee: £15.00
    Concession: £8.00

  6. Dickens' London

    Course Date: Sat 18 Nov 2017
    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

  7. Urban well-being in modern London from a human evolutionary perspective

    Course Date: Sat 9 Dec 2017
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Discover ways in which we can adapt life-styles and even town plans to better match our ancient ‘Palaeolithic Genome’, and thus contain the otherwise inevitable rise is the often fatal 'Diseases of Civilisation'.
    Full fee: £49.00
    Senior fee: £39.00
    Concession: £25.00

  8. Archaeology of London

    Course Date: Mon 8 Jan 2018
    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: £179.00
    Senior fee: £143.00
    Concession: £79.00

  9. Transports of delight: London's railway stations

    Course Date: Tue 9 Jan 2018
    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

  10. Exploring London's museums: dinosaurs, mummies and Greek ruins

    Course Date: Tue 9 Jan 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    With the focus on London museums explore the history of museums, from Renaissance collectors to 21st century palaces of knowledge, looking at Egyptology, natural history, archaeological remains and much more. This is a classroom-based course with visits to London museums.
    Full fee: £179.00
    Senior fee: £143.00
    Concession: £79.00

  11. A history of London: 1845-1880

    Course Date: Tue 9 Jan 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    You will explore High Victorian London- its people, its outward growth and the growth of its economy. How did Londoners experience life in the centre and in the new suburbs.
    Full fee: £179.00
    Senior fee: £143.00
    Concession: £79.00

  12. City of Words: further adventures

    Course Date: Thu 11 Jan 2018
    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

  13. Plagues in London: 1348-1665

    Course Date: Thu 11 Jan 2018
    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: £179.00
    Senior fee: £143.00
    Concession: £79.00

  14. London's quartiers

    Course Date: Fri 12 Jan 2018
    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: £149.00
    Senior fee: £119.00
    Concession: £66.00

  15. London personalities

    Course Date: Sat 13 Jan 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Walks discovering locations where Charlie Chaplin, Virginia Woolf, Oscar Wilde, Octavia Hill, Emma Cons, Lilian Baylis, Charles Dickens, Samuel Pepys , William Hogarth, Gilbert and Sullivan, Shakespeare and Mary Wollstonecraft lived, worked, influenced and socialised. There will be an initial classroom lecture followed by a series of walking tours.
    Full fee: £179.00
    Senior fee: £143.00
    Concession: £79.00

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