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Guildhall Library hosts a series of free afternoon talks on London history and related topics as well as monthly evening events from 6-8pm. Evening events are typically followed by a wine reception and a book signing by the author. There is usually a charge for these events, which entitles you to a complimentary glass of wine.

All events held at Guildhall Library are booked via Eventbrite. If you have any questions about booking, or are not able to book online, please contact or 020 7332 1869. 

Refunds for events will only be given if places are cancelled up to 24 hours prior to an event (minus the booking fee) or if an event is cancelled by Guildhall Library.

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  1. Fields of Battle, Lands of Peace 2018/05/01 Fields of Battle, Lands of Peace and Reconciliation 1914-18
    6-8pm: Photographer Mike St Maur Sheil will be explaining some of the stories behind his Fields of Battle, Lands of Peace exhibition which will be on show in the Guildhall Yard in May.
  2. London in Four Suits: Diamonds 2018/05/17 London in Four Suits: Diamonds
    2-3pm: Pete Smith will be raising a glass to London luxury – from Hatton Garden to Saville Row, and from understated elegance to downright vulgarity. Expect to encounter more than a few ostentatious and eccentric big spenders.
  3. Security Experiments: Re-viewing London's Ring of Steel 2018/05/17 Security Experiments: Re-viewing London's Ring of Steel
    6-8pm: This talk by Dr George Legg explores the technologies that made this system so advanced, while also examining the ways such security apparatuses have been represented and critiqued in visual art.
  4. History and Treasures Tour 2018/05/24 History and Treasures of Guildhall Library
    2-3.30pm: Join our librarians to learn about the history of Guildhall Library, tour the building (including behind the scenes) and view some of the library’s treasures.
  5. The Heraldry of Women Parliamentarians 2018/06/06 Arms and the Woman: The Heraldry of Women Parliamentarians
    2-3pm: This illustrated presentation by Dr Duncan Sutherland will mark the sixtieth anniversary of women’s admission to the House of Lords by examining coats of arms granted to notable women peers and MPs.
  6. A History of London Through Beer Goggles 2018/06/12 A History of London Through Beer Goggles
    6-8pm: Discover stories and parts of London that you may not have known. All of this done whilst visiting some of London’s oldest pubs. Join author Cyril O’Brien to learn more.
  7. Alternative Maps of London 2018/07/17 Alternative Maps of London
    6-8pm: Much of London's history is enshrined in books and journals; words and pictures. But maps can tell a story in a uniquely powerful and succinct way. Join Matt Brown to learn more.
  8. Electronic Resources 2018/08/27 Electronic Resources
    2-3pm: This session is aimed at people who would like to learn about our biographical, family history and London digital resources.
  9. Two Cockney Poet 2018/08/30 Two Cockney Poets
    2-3pm: Although born within four years and a mile of one another, John Keats and Thomas Hood, two Cockney poets, had very different lives and careers. Join Pete Smith to learn more.
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