Cosmopolitan Londoners and a multitude of visitors in 2015 bustle and jostle in their crowded, busy lives over multiple layers of historical foundations. London's roots are Roman, and many of the street patterns and names are medieval, despite the devastation of the City of London within its ancient walls in the Great Fire of 1666. London went through a major 'rebuild', including an inspirational new St Paul's Cathedral designed by Sir Christopher Wren. Queen Anne Churches, Georgian Squares, Victorian museums, and 20th-century commercial buildings have all contributed to the story of London. Fire once more devastated London in the Blitz of the 1940s, but London has again reinvented herself as a global magnet. Today, London even has its own iwi of ex-pat Kiwis - Ngāti Rānana. These four evening sessions will briefly revisit the unfolding history of this 'mother' city from earliest origins to the destruction of much of the medieval city in 1666, and focus on selected aspects of the history and culture of the 'rebuilt' city through to 2015.