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. London at war

    Course Date: Tue 11 Sep 2018
    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. First session will be a lecture at the Build.
    Full fee: £159.00
    Senior fee: £127.00
    Concession: £70.00

  2. In the footsteps of London's rebels

    Course Date: Tue 11 Sep 2018
    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: £199.00
    Senior fee: £159.00
    Concession: £88.00

  3. The City of London: the square mile

    Course Date: Wed 12 Sep 2018 (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. Initial lecture at Build. Entrance fees not included.
    Full fee: £199.00
    Senior fee: £159.00
    Concession: £88.00

  4. City of words: London's literary landscape

    Course Date: Thu 13 Sep 2018
    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

  5. New studies in London Archaeolology

    Course Date: Wed 19 Sep 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    These six interactive lectures will summarise new research in the archaeology of London, ranging from the Roman, Saxon and later medieval periods to more modern issues, providing a wider and deeper perspective of the city.
    Full fee: £109.00
    Senior fee: £109.00
    Concession: £48.00

  6. Roman London. Photo: Adam Bishop

    Roman London

    Course Date: Thu 20 Sep 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Using archaeological and written evidence, we will explore what life was like in London during the Roman occupation

    between c.50 and 450 CE. We will also visit the Roman gallery in the Museum of London.
    Full fee: £199.00
    Senior fee: £159.00
    Concession: £88.00

  7. 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

  8. 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

  9. 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

  10. Trains, drains and remains (city tour)

    Course Date: Sat 20 Oct 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Considering the history of the city which is lying largely under our feet, we will discuss trains entering the City, the tube and post office tunnels, water conduits, hidden rivers, and archaeological remains from burials and buildings found in the city.

    Starts at Blackfriars tube station, ends near Monument station. Starts at Blackfriars tube station, ends near Monument station.
    Full fee: £19.00
    Senior fee: £15.00
    Concession: £8.00

  11. 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

  12. 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

  13. 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

  14. 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

  15. 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

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