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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. A Pheonix Reborn 2017/05/09 - A Phoenix Reborn
    2-3pm: The Monument commemorates London’s heroic achievement in recovering from the Great Fire of 1666, but what really happened? Pete Smith attempts to provide some answers.
  2. Beyond the Anglo-Irish Paradigm 2017/05/10 - Beyond the Anglo-Irish Paradigm: Writers, Risings and Referendums
    6-8pm: It is necessary to look beyond the Anglo-Irish paradigm and consider the bonds between the Celtic nations, particularly the place of independence, equality and commemoration in their respective literatures.
  3. Armada to the Abdication 2017/05/11 - From the Armada to the Abdication
    2-3pm: Moments in history illustrated by documents from a private collection and presented by Judith Grant.
  4. Mansion House 2017/05/11 - The Making of the Mansion House
    6-8pm: This talk by Sally Jeffery will tell the story of the creation of the Mansion House, the home and workplace of the Lord Mayor of the City of London.
  5. Victorian London 2017/05/18 - Victorian London: A Whirlwind Tour of Wonder and Depravity
    6-8pm: Victorian London was the biggest city in the world, and also the most exciting. Join Dr Matthew Green to discover how it blossomed into 'a human awful wonder of God' and 'the necropolis of the world' in the 19th century.
  6. Wreck of SS London 2017/05/23 - Wreck of the SS London
    2-3pm: Author Simon Wills investigated this notorious shipping disaster for ten years before completing his well-received book. Both England and Australia went into shock when the luxury liner SS London sank beneath the waves, with hundreds dead and only three passengers surviving to tell their appalling tale.
  7. Death Diary 2017/05/25 - Death Diary
    6-8pm: Death Diary examines the most interesting, bizarre and audacious crimes to blight England’s first city.
  8. Regency Ball at Guildhall Livery Hall 2017/06/17 - Guildhall Library presents: 'First Impressions' a Regency Ball at The Livery Hall
    7.30-10.30pm: A literary ball commemorating 200 years since Jane Austen’s death in 1817. Discover for yourself what it might have been like to attend a Regency ball in a historical setting with expert dance tuition from Mrs Bennet’s Ballroom.
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