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A Six-Week History of London Course with Dr Matthew Green image

Learn how London cracked out of its medieval shell, sprawled into the suburbs and blossomed into the biggest metropolis on the face of the earth by the Victorian age on this groundbreaking six-week course in the gorgeous, red-brick church of St James the Less, Pimlico.

With servings of medieval wine, luxury Baroque hot chocolate and 18th-century style coffee.

  • Historian and broadcaster Dr Matthew Green has a PhD from Oxford University in the history of London and is the author of the acclaimed London: A Travel Guide Through Time (Penguin), which the Londonist has described as 'easily the most engaging social history of London for a decade'.

Join us on an immersive whirlwind tour through 1,000 years of London's history from the Middle Ages to the present day, visiting emblematic sites from Shakespearean bear pits to Georgian chocolate houses, Victorian music halls to Brutalist high-rise estates, and meeting an extraordinary cast of characters along the way, from Chaucer to the Elephant Man, Samuel Pepys to Mary Quant.

Unlike traditional lectures on London's history, we will eschew dry lectures on civic administration and Whitehall intrigues in favour of the theatre of everyday life, as explored through the places and spaces in which Londoners lived, worked, played, dreamed and died.

Using a plethora of maps, illustrations, photographs and vivid anecdotes, each two-hour session will take the form of a tour through London at a key stage in its overall development, giving you vivid insight into the social, cultural and economic history of the time. Accessible to both novices and those well-versed in London's history, the course will bring the city's history to life in an unforgettable way, allowing you to see London in a new light, and teaching you where to discover some of its best-kept historical secrets.

You will also have the opportunity to meet fellow London enthusiasts over wine.

Course Structure

Week 1, Tuesday 9 Apr, 6.30pm - 8.30pm – MEDIEVAL LONDON

Week 2, Tuesday 16 Apr, 6.30pm - 8.30pm – SHAKESPEAREAN LONDON

Week 3, Tuesday 23 Apr, 6.30pm - 8.30pm – PLAGUE-STRUCK LONDON

Week 4, Tuesday 30 Apr, 6.30pm - 8.30pm – GEORGIAN LONDON

Week 5, Tuesday 7 May, 6.30pm - 8.30pm – VICTORIAN LONDON

Week 6, Tuesday 14 May, 1940s & 1950s LONDON

See the Unreal City Audio website for recommendations and testimonials.

More about your teacher…

Dr Matthew Green is the author of the acclaimed book London: A Travel Guide Through Time, which has been described by William Hague as 'an excellent and vivid work of history' and Liza Picard as 'a must for anyone interested in London's history'. Matthew also writes historical features for the Guardian, Telegraph and Financial Times among others, and has featured in many TV and Radio documentaries. He's the founder of Unreal City Audio, which produces immersive, critically acclaimed tours of historic London.

- "Dr Matthew Green has a knack for revealing the most unexpected details of London's multifaceted past in fascinating and accessible detail" - Daily Telegraph

- "Green's vivacious delivery and trickling of trivia really quenches your thirst for knowledge" - The Londonist