London Metropolitan may have officially entered the educational world in 2002 but its roots date back more than 150 years before the entry. Back in 1848, the Metropolitan Evening Classes for Young Men was created in response to the Bishop of London, Charles James Blomfield, making a request to help build the character of men through education and religion.
Language, art, mathematics and history were most of the subjects taught early on but by 1861, a name change to the City of London College was made. An 1891 merger with two other colleges created City Polytechnic, but lasted only 15 years.
Reverting back to the City of London name, the school continued educating students. In late 1940, the school’s main building was effectively destroyed during a German blitzkrieg during World War II.
In 1970, the City of London of Polytechnic was created from a merger with St. John Cass College. That was followed by elevation to university status in 1992. Presently, there are two campuses that make up London Metropolitan: within the city itself and in the borough of Islington.