Current Walks

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Walking Tour – Ada Salter: Beautifying Bermondsey

Saturday 25 September 14:00 – 16:00 BST

GUIDED WALK: Capital Ring Section 13: Stoke Newington to Hackney Wick

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 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.  We start at and finish close to Bermondsey Station. Further details on booking.

Guide: Oonagh Gay

Walking Tour: Art and Industry in East London

Wednesday 29 September 2021 11:00 – 13:00 BST

Roughly following the line of the Greenwich Meridian from the Bow Back Rivers at Pudding Mill Lane , this east London walk traces the industrial heritage of lower Lea Valley from fine porcelain in the 18th century, through gasworks, gin, cosmetics and explosives to film studios. As we go we follow part of The Line, London’s first dedicated modern and contemporary art walk.   We finish at the now green oasis of Gasworks Dock with the chance for refreshments before the a short walk to Star Lane DLR station.

Guide: Sue McCarthy

Walking Tour: Dorothy L Sayers’ Bloomsbury

Sunday 3 October 14:00 – 16:00 BST

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.

Guide: Sue McCarthy

Walking Tour: Conrad’s Secret Agent and Anarchism in Fitzrovia

Secret Agent

Tuesday 5 and 12 October 14:00 – 16:00 BST

Successive waves of exiles from France, Germany and Russia had made a home in Fitzrovia and Soho, close to the British Museum where Marx and Lenin studied, yet in an area where foreigners ran the bookstores and shops. Conrad drew closely on real life in his London novel The Secret Agent. On this walk we will find the street housing Verloc’s pornographic bookshop and revisit the site of the Autonomie anarchist club, raided by police after the Greenwich bomb. We will also learn more about the actions of Chief Inspector Melville, who was the model for Chief Inspector Heat.

Guide: Oonagh Gay

Walking Tour: Dodging the Blitz; Bloomsbury Second World War Novels

Sunday 10 October 11:00 – 13:00 BST

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.

Guide: Oonagh Gay

Walking Tour: Street Haunting – the female flaneur

Friday 15 October 14:00 – 16:00 BST

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.

Guide: Sue McCarthy

Walking Tour: Dorothy L Sayers’ Bloomsbury

Friday 22 October 11:00 – 13:00 BST

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.

Guide: Sue McCarthy

Walking Tour: Street Haunting – the female flaneur

Sunday 24 October 14:00 – 16:00 BST

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.

Guide: Sue McCarthy