Become A London Buff With A Short Course From City Lit

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Become A London Buff With A Short Course From City Lit

This is a sponsored article on behalf of City Lit.

Now, we might be going out on a bit of a limb here, but we reckon you're a big fan of London.

As are we, of course. And if you're anything like us, you're always eager to discover more about the city you call home.

That's why we think you'll love this London-based line-up of short courses from the masterminds over at City Lit. Their huge range of courses, expert tutors, and convenient Covent Garden-based location makes learning a doddle — whether you're looking to expand your knowledge of London, or something else entirely.

Art

Late at Tate and National Gallery

Enjoy the evening ambience at two of London's renowned art galleries, the Tate Modern and the National Gallery, discussing key works from each. No special knowledge is required to take part, and you'll leave with a better understanding of different styles, techniques, and the roles of each museum.

Duration: 10 sessions over 10 weeks. Click here to find out more.

London's Hidden Architecture

Get out of the classroom and explore some of the city's hidden art and architecture, with each session focusing on a different area. The course covers a diverse range of topics, from postmodernism to the impact of immigration, and visits some lesser-known galleries and locations too.

Duration: 10 sessions over 10 weeks. Click here to find out more.

Victorian Architecture in London

We might think of it as a whole, but Victorian architecture actually encompasses a variety of different styles. On this course, you'll learn more about the materials, techniques, and social context that shaped London's 19th century architectural practices.

Duration: 1 session. Click here to find out more.

Browse City Lit's full range of art history courses here.

Drawings and Paintings

Drawing and Sketching in London's Gardens

Aren't they pretty? Discover — and be inspired by — some of London's most interesting gardens on this course covering basic drawing techniques and materials.

Duration: 5 sessions over 5 weeks. Click here to find out more.  

Painting London's Hidden Gems: Charterhouse

Practice basic colour mixing and textural techniques before heading out to The London Charterhouse complex. It's historic interiors and ornate setting makes it the ideal candidate for watercolour pieces and sketches.

Duration: 4 sessions over 4 weeks. Click here to find out more.

Browse City Lit's full range of Drawing and Painting courses here

History and Walks

Unlock London's Boroughs: Lambeth

Discover Lambeth's fascinating history over four separate tours through four very different south London neighbourhoods. You'll see first hand the different personalities, open spaces and architecture of each area.

Duration: 4 sessions over 4 weeks. Click here to find out more.

Discovering Victorian London

This wide-ranging course turns back the clock and takes you on a journey through the various districts of Victorian London, including the East End's notorious slums and Kensington's glitzy museums.

Duration: 8 sessions over 8 weeks. Click here to find out more.

Stories of London

All cities have a story. Learn how and why the City of London has changed over the last 2000 years, from its Roman origins right up to present day, on this series of guided walks and discussion.

Duration: 7 sessions over 7 weeks. Click here to find out more.

Browse City Lit's full range of History and Walks courses here.

Photography

Photographing London's Bridges

Many bridges span the Thames, and each of them has something special to capture. Get down to the river with your camera and discover the history of some of London's most famous river crossings, and learn the secrets to successful architectural photography.

Duration: 5 sessions over 5 weeks. Click here to find out more.

Evening Photography Walks

The familiar London sights are even more spectacular by night. Join an expert photographer on routes around five different areas of the city, each walk focusing on a different photographic technique.

Duration: 3 sessions over 3 weeks. Click here to find out more.

Photographing London's Gardens

Explore the photographic potential of some of London's hidden urban gardens, while brushing up on your photography skills — including the composition, colour and drama of your images.

Duration: 5 sessions over 5 weeks. Click here to find out more.

Browse City Lit's full range of Photography courses here.

Science

Wild London: Spring in the City

Birdsong, wildflowers, butterflies and bees... these are just some of the things you can expect to find as London turns to Spring. This engaging course includes four field-trips within London.

Duration: 6 sessions over 6 weeks. Click here to find out more.

Geology and London

Think below your feet, and discover how the geology below London has shaped its landscapes, infrastructure, and built environment. There's more to this city than meets the eye.

Duration: 1 session. Click here to find out more.

Discover the South London Botanical Institute

Ever been to the Botanical Institute in Tulse Hill? Your visit to this 100-year-old institution will cover the unique herbarium of dried plants, hands-on use of microscopes and exploration of the garden and library treasures.

Duration: 1 session. Click here to find out more.

Browse City Lit's full range of Science courses here.


Fancy giving something a try? City Lit Open Days take place on Friday 6 April and Saturday 7 April, with a range of taster courses, workshops, tours, exhibitions, performances, open studios and pop-up shops on offer.

Last Updated 12 March 2018