LAMAS Lates Programme 2018 - 2019

Introducing a new events series from LAMAS, the LAMAS Lates, a programme of walks and visits given by LAMAS members. Please do check back regularly on this page, our Facebook or Twitter for further upcoming events.

The LAMAS Lates events are free to LAMAS members, £5 for non-members (or join here!), unless otherwise stated. 25 places available per event, and booking can be done by contacting Jane Sidell at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or via Twitter @InspectorSidell. Where fees are mentioned, these are going to the organisation, and will support their work and staff.



2 May 2018 - 5.30 - 7.00pm

A walking tour of the northern corner of the Roman Fort and London Wall

This walk, led by Jane Sidell, will take in surviving portions of the fort wall, fort gate, the late bastions, 14, 13 and 12, and also the mysterious stretch of wall in Bay 2. The walk will finish at St Alphage garden, where the wall has recently been conserved and incorporated into a new landscaping scheme.

Meet outside the front door of the Museum of London at 5.30pm. This walk is free.

6 June 2018 - 6.00pm

Bishops, bollards, bears and houses of ill repute! A walk led by Chris Constable (former archaeologist for Southwark), from the west of London Bridge and ending up at a suitably interesting hostelry. Whilst we are not charging for this walk Chris is riding the first stage of the Tour de France to raise money for the Prostate Cancer Charity. You can bring a little donation on the night or donate here:

Meet by Evans Cycles on Duke Street Hill, opposite London Bridge Station at 6.00pm.

3 July 2018 - 5.30pm

Walking tour of Inner and Middle Temple

This walk will be led by City of London Guide, Marion Blair, and take in the history and development of the Inner and Middle Temple, hopefully including entry to Middle Temple Hall (this cannot be confirmed as yet, since it depends on their events programme). £10 for members, £12.50 for non-members.

Meet outside Middle Temple Hall at 5.30pm. 

8 August 2018 - 3.50pm for 4pm

Scaffold visit to view the conservation at the Painted Hall, Old Royal Naval Collage, Greenwich

The project will be nearly complete, allowing close-up access to the conserved ceiling, with a tour led by Old Royal Naval College guides, explaining the history and the symbolism of the paintings. Note the earlier than usual start: it is the last tour of the day. £10 for members, £12.50 for non-members (please note you can book your own tour for £10, but we are on a recruitment drive!). Meet at 3.50pm prompt in the King William Block colonnade, outside the Painted Hall entrance.

23 August 2018 - 6.30pm

Cannon Street area foreshore walk, led by Eliott Wragg of the Thames Discovery Programme

This walk will explore the history and features of the foreshore adjacent to Cannon Street and, whilst visitors without a PLA licence should not pick things up to take away, they can point out things of interest and ask Eliott about them. £10 for members, £12.50 for non-members.

Meet at Cousin Lane Stairs, close to the Banker public house, adjacent to Cannon Street railway station, at 6.30pm.



7 September 2016 - 6pm

North Southwark Walk 

Dr Chris Constable (former Senior Archaeology Officer for the London Borough of Southwark)

This walk will explore some of the remains of the various London bridges which are scattered around the area and the medieval and post medieval hospital heritage. Meet at 6pm in Cathedral Square, the square on the river front north of Southwark Cathedral, to the west of Glaziers' Hall.

19th October 2016 - 6pm

Meet the Author, with Gillian Tindall

Gillian Tindall will discuss her new book "The Tunnel through Time", followed by a Q&A session about her life as an author.

Wine and book signing to follow!

Tickets are £7.50 for members, and £12 for non-members. Book via Eventbrite or email Jane Sidell at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

31 October 2016 - 5.30pm

Spitalfield Medieval Charnel House Tour

A halloween special - Dr Jane Sidell, Inspector of Ancient Monuments will lead a short tour of the Spitalfield medieval Charnel House, a rare chance to gain access to the monument. Meet 5.30pm outside the Carluccio's restaurant on the corner of Spital Square (the street).


30 May 2017, 6.00pm.

Walking tour of the Walbrook.

The walk will be led by Stephen Mysers, a professional water engineer, who has recently successfully completed a doctorate in archaeology on 'The Walbrook and Roman London'. The walk will begin at the Angel, Islington where the fascinating origins, history and disappearane of he hitherto unkonwn western stream of the Walbrook, found in the course of the research, will be described. Perhaps taking a bus along Cty Road, depending on weather and legs, the walk will continue froom Moorgate to the Thames at Cannon Street, highlighting the river's impact on the life of Roman London. Meet outside the Angel tube station, for 6.00pm, and please wear comfortable footwear.

4 July 2017, 6.00pm.

Visit and tour of the spectacular Gothic Revival Fitzrovia Chapel, with General Manager Sarah Boud.

July is the 200th anniversary of the birth of architect John Loughborough Pearson, who created this spectacular space, originally part of the former Middlesex Hospital and recently reopened after restoration following years of neglect. Pearson is himself rather neglected given his outstanding work on other magnificent buildings, including Bristol and Truro Cathedral. Fee of £5 to members. £7.50 for non-members. Meet outside the chapel, for 6.00pm prompt. Fitzroy Place, 2 Pearson Square, London W1 3BF.

Nearest tube station: Goodge Street.

21 July 2017, 6.00pm.

Walking tour of the City Foreshore.

Nathalie Cohen, leader of the Thames Discovery Programme, will take us on a tour of the foreshore from Trig Lane along to Queenhithe, describing the structures and archaeology. New regulations mean that anyone without a Port of London Authority licence will not be able to retrieve finds. but may of course ask for things they see to be identified. £10 for members, £12.50 for non-members. Meet at 6.00pm, at the north end of the Millennium/Wobbly Bridge. Wear sensible footwear, although wellies are not normally needed here. Nearest tube stations are Blackfriars, St. Paul's and Mansion House.

24 August 2017, 5.00pm.

Scaffold tour of the conservation project at the Painted Hall, Royal Naval College, Greenwich.

This is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to view a major conservation project. The Painted Hall is the greatest decorative interior in the UK, painted by Sit James Thornhill, between 1707 and 1729, and is one of the highlights of the Maritime Greenwich World Heritage Site, the finest baroque complex in Britain. This year it is being cleaned and conserved and a scaffold has been designed specifically to permit public access. £10 to members, £12.50 to non-members. Meet at 4.45pm prompt by the decorative hoarding outside King William Block in the Old Royal Naval College, Greenwich. Nearest stations are Greenwich or Maze Hill railway stations, or Cutty Sark DLR station. There is a staircase on the scaffold, which is several storeys high, and sensible shoes should be worn.

31 October 2017 - 5.30 - 7pm

Spitalfield Medieval Charnel House Tour

A halloween special - the Spitalfields Charnel House will be open for Drop-in visits on Halloween! No need to book, just come for a spooky visit between 5.30 and 7pm to this freshly conserved fourteenth century bone store! 

15 November 2017 - 6pm

Private viewing of Dr Johnson's House

November 15th, at 6pm, a private view of Dr Johnson’s House. We will be given a tour of the museum by the curator, and will have the chance to ask questions and wander around at leisure and enjoy the fabulously preserved home of the literary legend that is Dr Johnson of the Dictionary and much quoted phrase, When a man is tired of London, he is tired of life’. Price, £10 for LAMAS members, £12.50 for non-members. Book with jane.sidell@btinternet, or by writing to Jane Sidell, 113 Lion Lane, Haslemere, Surrey GU27 1JL with cheques payable to LAMAS.

Meet at 5.50pm, at Dr Johnson’s House, 17 Gough Square, London EC4A 3DE  See for more details.