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 regeneration: history, politics and architecture

    Course Date: Sat 17 Mar 2018
    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: £49.00
    Senior fee: £39.00
    Concession: £25.00

  2. Early London: an introduction to the primary sources

    Course Date: Tue 10 Apr 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    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: £189.00
    Senior fee: £151.00
    Concession: £83.00

  3. A history of London: 1880-1914

    Course Date: Tue 10 Apr 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    London- capital of empire- was a city of contrasts. Great wealth and poverty led to fine buildings and slums while a rising standard of living for many impacted little on those in need.
    Full fee: £189.00
    Senior fee: £151.00
    Concession: £83.00

  4. From the 1880s to the 1930s: how the new East End was born

    Course Date: Tue 10 Apr 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    In an area branded 'the hell of poverty', libraries, theatres, art galleries and social housing were established. Workers went on strike and activists campaigned for better lives. Walk through six tumultuous decades of change.

    The course will begin with an initial lecture at Build followed by six walks.

    The last session held at Build.
    Full fee: £139.00
    Senior fee: £111.00
    Concession: £61.00

  5. Village London

    Course Date: Wed 11 Apr 2018 (and 1 other date)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    London is made up of a series of villages, each with its own individual characteristics. Explore Shoreditch, Mayfair, Bermondsey, Notting Hill, Clerkenwell, Islington, Harrow on the Hill and Wapping, in one initial lecture at Build and eight walks.
    Full fee: £149.00
    Senior fee: £119.00
    Concession: £66.00

  6. Hogarth’s London 1697-1764

    Course Date: Thu 12 Apr 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Explore the high and low life of eighteenth-century London through the drawings and paintings of William Hogarth. There will be a visit to either the Sir John Soame Museum or the National Gallery.
    Full fee: £189.00
    Senior fee: £151.00
    Concession: £83.00

  7. Stories of London

    Course Date: Thu 12 Apr 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Walk 2,000 years of London’s history. Explore the lanes and alleyways of the city of London and learn about the lives of its people, both rich and poor. Initial lecture at Build followed by six walks.
    Full fee: £119.00
    Senior fee: £95.00
    Concession: £52.00

  8. Discovering Victorian London: empire, enterprise and education

    Course Date: Tue 17 Apr 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Victorian London has shaped today's city. Discover the lasting legacy of the Victorian age, uncover its secrets, and meet some of the characters who created one of the world's greatest cities. NB. Initial lecture at the Build.
    Full fee: £139.00
    Senior fee: £111.00
    Concession: £61.00

  9. The lost town of Lundenwic: mid-Saxon London 600-900 CE

    Course Date: Sat 21 Apr 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Look at the least known episode in London's history, mid-Saxon town Lundenwic (AD 600-900). Includes an introductory lecture, a museum visit and a guided walk around Covent Garden.
    Full fee: £59.00
    Senior fee: £47.00
    Concession: £30.00

  10. Unlock London's boroughs: Lambeth lives

    Course Date: Tue 8 May 2018
    Location on this date: OS - Off Site
    Discover Lambeth - long, narrow and south of the River. Four walking tours explore Clapham Common's south side, Vauxhall, home of the Oval, buzzy Brixton and north Lambeth home to the Lambeth Walk. The first Lambeth tour is in Clapham Common Southside. Meeting place is: Outside Clapham South tube station.
    Full fee: £79.00
    Senior fee: £63.00
    Concession: £35.00

  11. Constable's Hampstead

    Course Date: Sun 13 May 2018
    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 and ends outside Hampstead tube (High Street entrance). It included some walking on the Heath 2 hours. Starts and ends outside Hampstead tube (High Street entrance). It included some walking on the Heath.
    Full fee: £19.00
    Senior fee: £15.00
    Concession: £8.00

  12. London and the Reformation

    Course Date: Sat 2 Jun 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    The Reformation had a profound effect on the landscape of sixteenth-century London as church buildings were transformed into stables, private houses, a wine tavern and biscuit factory!

    Nearly 50 martyrs were burnt or died in prison in London.
    Full fee: £49.00
    Senior fee: £39.00
    Concession: £25.00

  13. Trains, drains and remains

    Course Date: Sun 10 Jun 2018
    Location on this date: OS - Off Site
    Considering the history of the City which is largely under our feet, we will discuss the tube and post office tunnels, water conduits, hidden rivers, and archaeological remains from burials and buildings found in the City. .Starts Blackfriars tube Station, ends near Monument station.
    Full fee: £19.00
    Senior fee: £15.00
    Concession: £8.00

  14. Saxons, Vikings and Normans: London from 900-1200 CE

    Course Date: Sat 16 Jun 2018
    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: £30.00

  15. The City of London: the Square Mile

    Course Date: Wed 21 Feb 2018
    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: £99.00
    Senior fee: £79.00
    Concession: £44.00

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