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Literary Series - A Short History of London

The Creation of a World Capital

Monday 03 February, 18.30pm, in the Lotos Room


'I have watched this city evolving all my life and struggled to understand what moves it. This book is a record of that struggle…' Simon Jenkins

As part of our ongoing Literary Series, The Beaumont invites you for an evening in conversation with the author, newspaper columnist and editor Sir Simon David Jenkins.

Discover the forces governing the evolution of the city's buildings, its streets, squares and monuments, and the fierce battles between conservation and property development over the past half century.

Jenkins is not just an eye-witness to London's history - he has been a participant: he's served on the boards of British Rail, Transport for London, Museum of London, South Bank, Old Vic, Somerset House, Paddington Housing, English Heritage, National Trust, Save Britain's Heritage, and the Twentieth Century Society, and played a key role in campaigns to preserve historic sites from insensitive planners

Prior to the reading and discussion, guests are invited to enjoy a drinks reception with canapés. Each guest will also receive a copy of A Short History of London: The Creation of a World Capital included in the ticket price.

'Jenkins is a blessing to the nation' - Claire Tomalin

The Creation of a World Capital

A Short History of London differs from previous histories in detailing the key events, individuals and trends in London's history to create an unforgettable portrait of the Capital.

18.30 Drinks and canapés

19.00 In-Conversation with Simon Jenkins, followed by Q&A

Tickets: £35 (inc. a copy of the book)

* Please note that a limited number of tickets is available and that photographs will be taken throughout the evening.

The Author

Simon Jenkins is the author of the bestselling books A Short History of England, England's Thousand Best Churches and England's Thousand Best Houses. He is the former editor of the Evening Standard and The Times, and a columnist for the Guardian and Evening Standard.