How London Metropolitan came to be

Our history

London Metropolitan University has a rich history with strong educational roots dating back to 1848.

The University as it is today was created in 2002 with the merging  of London Guildhall University and the University of North London, the first merger between two universities in the UK. Its roots however, lie firmly in the nineteenth century with the establishment of the Metropolitan Evening Classes for Young Men, in 1848.

Read more about the events which shaped our history.

Moorgate and Aldgate campuses

Studying at our campuses in the City of London, you will be surrounded by the rich history of the area.

In 1848 the then Bishop of London called upon the clergy to set up evening classes to improve the ‘moral, intellectual and spiritual condition of young men in the metropolis’. The Metropolitan Evening Classes for Young Men was thus born and later became the City of London College and then the City of London Polytechnic. In 1992 it was awarded university status and adopted the name London Guildhall University.

Holloway campus

In the past 100 years, our north London campus has developed into a modern, progressive centre with a strong reputation for widening access into education.

This campus began life in 1896 as the Northern Polytechnic Institute. By 1900, student numbers had doubled and later the Institute's evening degrees were recognised by the University of London. In 1992 the Polytechnic of North London won the right to the title of University and the ability to award its own degrees.