Join some of Britain’s leading historians at Kensington Central Library in November as the London History Festival returns for the eigth year from 14-24 November.

With an excellent variety of subjects ranging from World War I to the Peasant’s Revolt and the Silk Road, each talk will offer fresh perspectives and perhaps a few surprises.

Tickets for each event are £5 (£3 concessions) and are on sale at all Kensington and Chelsea libraries.

For a full schedule, including interviews with authors and information on other library events, please download the London History Festival programme [pdf]. Highlights include:

Game of Queens – Tuesday, 15 November, 7pm: Kensington Central Library

The sixteenth century was an Age of Queens, when powerful women ruled huge swathes of Europe. Sarah Gristwood, author of Game of Queens, discusses queens regent and regnant from Castille to England and asks what the challenges they faced have to teach us about the present day.

Heroes and Villains – Thursday, 17 November, 7pm: Kensington Central Library

Dan Snow talks about his favourite heroes and villains from history, including Richard I, General Wolfe, Napoleon and Wellington. Dan will also take questions about his adventures, television programmes and podcasts.

The Somme – Monday, 21 November, 7pm: Kensington Central Library

Bestselling historian Hugh Sebag-Montefiore talks about one of history’s most iconic battles and how the Somme encapsulated the tragedy and stoicism of the Western Front.

Further details can be found at For any questions regarding the festival please contact the Royal Borough’s libraries at