When & Where

Quick Facts

  • Availability Late starts accepted
  • Tutor Caryle Webb-Ingall
  • Course Code W22HMSH02A
  • Suitable For 19 year olds and up are permitted on this course

What you will learn

Focusing on the everyday drinks of Londoners – Tea, Coffee, Beer, Gin and Water explore how social, political and economic changes impacted on London. These might include agriculture and population growth, the growth of the empire, the development of local government and the role of philanthropy.

Learning Outcomes

By the end of this course, you will be able to:

  • Describe how class and status affected diet
  • Appreciate how economic, social and political changes impacted on the population
  • Consider some relevant historical and contemporary documents


  • Full fee
  • Concession fee
  • Class format and activities

    Each session will involve information from the tutor and relevant documents with opportunities for student question and answers and reflections. Original documents may also be used to promote discussion and thinking about the period. Information about other current London topics can also be shared in the class. Students may also be asked to make their own presentations on a topic of their choosing.

    Entry requirements

    While this course will refer to previous courses no previous knowledge of London history is assumed and any background information will be available either as hard copy or on line. A booklist will be available and students may find background reading helpful, although not essential. A reasonable level of English comprehension is helpful.

    What you need to know before you enrol

    from time to time there may be optional outings. Please let the tutor know if you have any specific needs that will make your participation more comfortable – larger or different format handouts, particular seating or lighting or mobility concerns.

    What you need

    There will be weekly handouts but you may find it useful to make your own notes so bring a notebook – actual or digital.

    What you can do next

    There are many London courses and activities, and the tutor will be able to advise on courses relevant to your interests. Other students may also be offer suggestions.