Current Walks

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May 2022

Dorothy L Sayers’ Bloomsbury

Saturday 14 May at 2pm – Guide: Sue McCarthy

Dorothy L Sayers, one of the “golden age” crime writers between the first and second world wars, lived and worked in Holborn and Bloomsbury  – as did her alter ego, Harriet Vane and other familiar characters from the novels and short stories.  

 See places from which she took inspiration for her detective fiction; find out more about Sayers’ characters and about the woman who brought them all to life.

 Meet Holborn Station and finish close to Russell Square.

Street Haunting: the Female Flâneur

Sunday 22 May at 2pm – Guide: Sue McCarthy

In the late 19th and early 20th centuries Charlotte Mew, Dorothy Richardson and Virginia Woolf all drew inspiration from walking alone in London; observing and enjoying street life. Woolf called it “street haunting”. The sights and sounds of London run through their novels, stories, essays and poetry. On this two hour walk through the streets and squares of Bloomsbury we see where they lived and walked and how walks influenced their writing.

Ada Salter: Beautifying Bermondsey

Sunday 29 May at 2pm – Guide: Sue McCarthy

Ada Salter was the first female mayor in London and the first Labour woman mayor in the British Isles. With her husband, local doctor and MP Dr Alfred Salter, she made a significant impact on health, housing, employment and labour relations, helping to make Bermondsey world famous for its flowers and its Garden City estate, still occupied today.  Find out about the legacy of Ada on this charming riverside walk, which tells her story from the Bermondsey Uprising of women jam factory workers in 1911, to her years as a pacifist in the First World War, and her radical policies as Bermondsey Councillor.

June 2022

Dodging the Blitz: Bloomsbury Second World War Novels

Friday 3 June 2pm – Guide Oonagh Gay

Graham Greene’s End of the Affair and the Ministry of Fear are directly taken from his wartime experiences and love affairs in Bloomsbury as an air raid warden. Elizabeth Bowen and Muriel Spark are other writers who transposed war time events into their literary output. Pat Barker and Sarah Waters have used the period and location brilliantly in recent novels to emphasise the female experience of war. This walk highlights important events which formed the basis of these novels, and looks at some of the main landmarks of the Blitz in Bloomsbury.

Fanny Wilkinson’s Green Lungs for London

Sunday 12 June at 4pm – Guide – Sue McCarthy

This walk from Tottenham Court Road through St Giles and Bloomsbury celebrates the life and work of Fanny Wilkinson, the first professional female landscape gardener: champion of tree planting for clean air and responsible for many of London’s parks and green spaces. Find out more about her life and legacy and see some of her work.

This walk is part of London Open Garden Squares Weekend

Discovering the Salters in Bermondsey

Saturday 25 June at 2pm – Guide – Oonagh Gay

Ada Salter was the first female mayor in London and the first Labour woman mayor in the British Isles. With her husband, local doctor and MP Dr Alfred Salter, she made a significant impact on health, housing, employment and labour relations, helping to make Bermondsey world famous for its flowers and its Garden City estate, still occupied today. Her daughter Joyce, pictured above, lived and died with Ada. Find out about the legacy of the Salters on this charming riverside walk, which tells their story from the Bermondsey Uprising of women jam factory workers in 1911, to their years as pacifists in the First World War, and radical policies on public health.  

July 2022

Street Haunting: the female flâneur

Saturday 9 July at 2pm – Guide – Sue McCarthy

In the late 19th and early 20th centuries Charlotte Mew, Dorothy Richardson and Virginia Woolf all drew inspiration from walking alone in London; observing and enjoying street life. Woolf called it “street haunting”. The sights and sounds of London run through their novels, stories, essays and poetry. On this two hour walk through the streets and squares of Bloomsbury we see where they lived and walked and how walks influenced their writing.

Ada Salter: Beautifying Bermondsey

Sunday 10 July at 2pm – Guide – Sue McCarthy

Ada Salter was the first female mayor in London and the first Labour woman mayor in the British Isles. With her husband, local doctor and MP Dr Alfred Salter, she made a significant impact on health, housing, employment and labour relations, helping to make Bermondsey world famous for its flowers and its Garden City estate, still occupied today.  Find out about the legacy of Ada on this charming riverside walk, which tells her story from the Bermondsey Uprising of women jam factory workers in 1911, to her years as a pacifist in the First World War, and her radical policies as Bermondsey Councillor.

Barking- End of the Line

Sunday 24 July 2pm – Guide – Sue McCarthy

This circular walk around Barking takes us past landmarks associated with its medieval abbey, its once huge fishing fleet, the noxious industries and civic pride of the 19th and 20th centuries, right up to today’s riverside regeneration.

Along the way we learn where Capt. Cook was married and where a local suffragette entertained Mrs Pankhurst. We find out what links prison reformer Elizabeth Fry to Barking’s stunning Sikh temple and why there is a memorial to the victims of asbestosis.

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