Bloomsbury & Holborn

Dorothy L Sayers Bloomsbury  


Dorothy L Sayers, one of the “golden age” of 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.  See places from which she took inspiration, for her detective fiction and find out more about her characters and about the woman who brought them all to life.

“Interesting couple of hours tracing the life & characters of Dorothy L Sayers around Holborn” 

Guide: Sue

The “New Woman”


Meet the independent ‘New Woman’ of the late Victorian period.  On this walk through east Bloomsbury’s quiet streets and squares we follow inthe footsteps of pioneers of women’s education, employment, and the fight for the vote.  See where the first women doctors trained,  discover the Rational Dress Society and why it was needed, and meet the advertising copywriter who became a famous detective writer.

Guide: Sue


 Pioneers, Poets & Pacifists


Stroll though Bloomsbury beautiful squares and meet ten of the lesser known women who played a significant role in science, medicine, politics, the arts. They include the distinguished scientist imprisoned as a conscientious objector, the first woman to gain a Master of Surgery degree, the novelist who championed education for disabled children but opposed women’s suffrage, and more…

Guide: Sue

The Garretts of Gower Street

2 Gower Street London

Seven extraordinary 19th & 20th century women: three sisters, two daughters, a cousin, a sister-in-law – all with ground-breaking careers and active in public life. Elizabeth was the first woman to qualify in England as a doctor, Millicent fought for women to get the vote, Agnes and Rhoda established a top interior design company, Fanny was a landscape gardener and Philippa a brilliant mathematician. See the places they lived and worked and the legacy they left behind.


Guide: Sue

Suffragette City 

London was at the centre of the suffragette protests just before the First World War, when the capital was rocked by arson attempts, hunger strikes and massive demonstrations. The walk will visit the church where Emily Wilding Davison’s funeral cortège began, and the headquarters of the Womens Political and Social Union, as well as the site of the Suffragette Hospital where all the staff, including surgeons, were women, dealing with soldiers straight from the trenches. Along the way we will explore vegetarian restaurants and the 1911 Census boycott.

Guide: Oonagh