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Adventures Online: London, the Story of a City

Journey through 2,000 years of history as our experts lead you on a live, virtual exploration of London! From the Romans to modern day, learn how this city has changed through the ages.
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Program No. 24194RJ
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5 days
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Online Program

Adventures Online: London, the Story of a City

Journey through 2,000 years of history as our experts lead you on a live, virtual exploration of London! From the Romans to modern day, learn how this city has changed through the ages.
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Welcome to London, one of the most fascinating cities in the world! With our experts, trace more than 2,000 years of history during this live, online adventure that introduces you to the cultures and events that have shaped the city. Through virtual field trips led by your instructor, explore London’s Roman, Saxon and Medieval remains, hear stories of King Henry VIII, learn about London’s Great Fire, trace the influence of Victorian culture and much more. Learn how the River Thames has shaped the industry of the city, and get a sense of modern London during an online field trip to the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park. Throughout your online adventures, you’ll take in insightful lectures and Q&A sessions with your expert instructors and enjoy an opportunity to get to know your fellow Road Scholars.

Best of all, you’ll…

  • Discover how the River Thames shaped London into the largest port in the world.
  • Join museum experts for a look into modern London’s cultural offerings and enjoy a virtual visit to the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park.
  • Meet award-winning expert Ruth Polling who will share stories of London’s 2,000 year-old history during virtual walks through some of the city’s most historic neighborhoods.

General Notes

You’ll enjoy 2-3 hours of daily instruction, discussion and/or field trips, which includes sufficient breaks throughout the program. This online program is through Zoom, an easy-to-use web video service that includes closed captioning. All you need is an Internet connection and your computer. We’ll provide a how-to guide to make sure you’ll have a hassle-free experience. This session is offered live only and will not be available on demand. Please review the daily itinerary for start and end times to ensure you won’t miss a minute of this live experience. All times are listed in the EASTERN time zone. If you live in a different time zone, please adjust your schedule accordingly.
Visit the Road Scholar Bookshop
You can find many of the books we recommend at the Road Scholar store on bookshop.org, a website that supports local bookstores.
London The Biography
by Peter Ackroyd
Ackroyd’s description of London as a body – a living organism whose past continues to affect the lives of its residents. Covering everything from the history of silence, to drink and London childhoods.
The Making of Modern London
by Gavin Weightman and Steve Humphries
History of London from 1815 to the modern day. The overarching narrative is supplemented with personal accounts by Londoners over the past 200 years which bring the story alive.
The English Reformation,1530-1570
by W. J. Sheils
Good short summary of the English Reformation designed for students.
Citizens of London: The Americans Who Stood with Britain in Its Darkest, Finest Hour
by Lynne Olson
Although focused on three famous Americans who lived and worked in London during World War Two this brilliantly readable account provides great insights into life for ordinary Londoners during the war.
http://blogs.casa.ucl.ac.uk/2014/05/07/london-in-time-a-londons-evolution-animation-3/
by Polly Hudson/Bartlett Centre for Advanced Spatial Analysis (UCL)
7 minute animation which shows the development of London by mapping the road network and preserved buildings from each different era of London’s history – fascinating to watch.
https://www.theguardian.com/travel/gallery/2014/aug/28/london-maps-a-unique-view-of-the-capital-through-classic-cartography
by
Great collection of maps from 17th to the 20th Centuries which taken together give a good indication of the geography and spread of the city in each century.
Greater London: The Story of the Suburbs
by Nick Barratt
Hugely detailed but very readable account of the development of London from the Roman’s one square mile to over 600 square miles today.
London Stories
by Jerry White (Editor)
Collection of 26 stories capturing the essence of London through time. Includes work by Charles Dickens, Arthur Conan Doyle, Muriel Spark and a host of famous and lesser known authors.
A Child of the Jago
by Arthur Morrison
Powerful 19th Century fiction telling the story of a child growing up in the Old Jago – one of the worst slums in 19th Century London.
London: The Illustrated History
by Cathy Ross and John Clark
Great one volume introduction to London’s history from the Thames Valley area before London’s foundation to plans for 2012 Olympic Games. Good for historic images, maps and infographics
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Five stars. Ruth Polling is a wonderful lecturer. I already had studied London history and have been to London many times, but I learned a lot from taking this program.

(5)

I tried to take “London: the Story of a City” 3 times as an actual, on-site program (in Sept. 2020 and April and Sept. 2021), but it was cancelled (the first time due to a “scheduling conflict” and the last 2 times due to the Covid pandemic). So I’m glad I had the opportunity to take it as a virtual program with the same instructor who would have given the actual program, the inimitable Ruth Polling. Ruth is a “walking encyclopedia” about London and figuratively speaking, has “written the book” about London. So does this virtual program diminish my desire to take the actual program, “London: the Story of a City.” No, quite the contrary — it makes me want to take it even more where one has a full 10 days with Ruth in London. Hope that Road Scholar offers the actual program if not in late 2022, then in 2023 for sure.

(5)

One of the best trips ever -- online or in person!

(5)

This was an amazing online tour. Ruth is a outstanding presenter. She had a mix of lectures, virtual field trips, and Q&A. Alyce was a great group leader, also very knowledgeable. She made us very comfortable with the online format. If you are considering an online trip, this one will not disappoint you.

(5)

Website: easy to navigate. One frustration: to get to anything, on iPad i had to sign in at least twice.

(5)

Fantastic week that tells the story of London in a way that makes you think and provides a wonderful basis for a trip to London or facilitates further individual study of areas of interest. Plus it is done in a manner that is serious when appropriate and fun when appropriate. Plus everyone involved made sure all attendees could ask their questions or provide personal perspectives. Plus the schedule was honored. Thank so much for a worthwhile and fun week!

(5)

This is a fabulous on line virtual trip to London. I learned so much about its history, the instructor was outstanding and overall is was so well done. I highly recommend it and I will be doing other virtual trips with RoadScholar.

(5)

I was hesitant to take an on-line RS class: would the cost be worth it? I was pleasantly surprised that this class closely matched my in-person experiences with RS. I not only learned a great deal, but felt like I got to know my "fellow travelers." The leaders, Ruth and Alice, were amazing! I will be signing up for more on-line classes with RS.

(5)

This program was wonderful! There was such a wide variety of topics that it was continually fresh. I learned so much even though I have been to London several times. Ruth Polling is an excellent presenter with both lectures and field trips and had relevant and interesting slides.

(5)

This was definitely the next-best thing to being there! Perhaps I learned even more about the history of London, and less tiring than actually walking the distance (especially in the rain, which it often is for me).

(5)

The on-line virtual London tour was almost as good as being there in person. By not having to battle traffic and walking, we were able to see and discuss as much as one could in a 10 day trip.

(5)

Although we've done several on site programs, this was our first virtual program. The content, presenters and format were first class. During Covid it enriched our lives for five days and enticed us to explore London with RS in the future in person.

(5)

If you've never been to London, or if you've been there often, this program will give you insights and information that will make any future visits even more meaningful.

(5)

This is my 6th virtual adventure and it was OUTSTANDING! I have never been much of an anglophile, however this adventure is changing my mind. The amount of information and the ability to ask questions was great. Everyone's questions were answered. Alice's moderating skills were great. You can tell Ruth loves her

(5)

Really excellent and informative exploration of the history of London. Full of fascinating little-known stories and facts about Britain’s capitol and first city. 2000 years of history in 5 days - amazing! A really good value.

(5)

Since travel will be a challenge in the next year, Road Scholar's on line programs keep one from getting too depressed about feeling immobile!

(5)

Excellent!

(5)

I did not really know what to expect when I signed up beyond the fact that I loved London. Sign up for this program! It was fantastic; very educational, very engaging and lost of fun. I enjoyed it very much and will definitely sign up for other virtual RS programs. The key was the guide - Ruth Polling. She is a real gem.

(5)

There is so much to see and learn about London, and Ruth Polling does an amazing job of exploring a diversity of places and subjects in a way that is interesting to absorb. She is very personable, and in the Road Scholar tradition, makes you feel cared about and interested in our comments. A very good program, no matter if you have been to London often or just have an interest in learning something about it.

(5)

While I have been to London a few times and enjoy British television, movies, and literature, I often find myself wondering at the larger context. From this class, I was hoping for an overview of London that would provide me a broader perspective. This class turned out to be perfect for me. Ruth is an amazing teacher. She is very knowledgeable, well organized, a wonderful speaker and story-teller and has a warm personality. The subjects were broad-ranging, from key historic events to underlying social concerns. We “traveled” from Roman London, the Reformation, Great Fire of London, port development and empire, the Victorian era, WW 2, and into the future, where the Olympic Park is being developed. The presentations deepened my understanding of these time periods, including some of the serious problems that occurred. Watching the opening ceremonies of the 2012 Olympics on our own before the last class was great fun. It pulled together a lot of what we learned, and led to an interesting discussion. I don’t think I’d have appreciated the opening ceremonies near as much without this class! In sum, the class was really enjoyable and I learned a lot!






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