Forthcoming Walks and Tours

June

Friday 9th June

Fitzrovia: a diverse community  Discover how migrants past and present made Fitzrovia the diverse and vibrant community it is today. Hear about the people and their stories.

I’m delighted to be offering this walk again this year as part of Fitzfest. 11am to 12.30pm

Meet at the Fitzrovia Centre, 2 Foley Street, London W1W 6DL map Free

Sunday 11th June

Dorothy L Sayers Bloomsbury  Explore “golden age” crime writer D L Sayers’ Bloomsbury connections in fact and fiction. This is a new walk for 2017. 2pm to 4pm

Meet at Holborn Station. Booking through Eventbrite £10/£8

Saturday 17th June  Now Fully Booked

Ada Salter: Beautifying Bermondsey  Ada was a local politician, who believed that ‘the cultivation of flowers and trees is a civic duty’. In densely populated, heavily industrialised Bermondsey, Ada’s Beautification Committee undertook extensive street tree planting, turned churchyards into playgrounds, planted bulbs and shrubs and acquired pockets of land to create green oases. She replaced overcrowded slums by cottage-style housing and encouraged local window box and garden competitions. 2pm to 3pm

Part of  Open Garden Squares Weekend 2017 book in advance through their website  £3

Wednesday 28th June 

Tour of Canonbury Tower  A rare chance to  explore the inside and outside of one of Islington’s historic jewels – the Canonbury Tower. Originally built in the early 1500s by Prior Bolton of St Bartholomew’s Priory as a summer retreat, the Tower has a fascinating history, and was owned by Thomas Cromwell (of Wolf Hall fame) and at one time occupied by novelist Oliver Goldsmith.  10am to 11:30am

Booking now available through Clerkenwell & Islington Guides  £15

July

Saturday 22nd July

Art and Industry in East London Roughly following the line of the Greenwich Meridian from the Bow Back Rivers at Pudding Mill Lane, we trace 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 the former Gasworks Dock with the chance for refreshments before the short walk to Star Lane DLR station. 1pm to 4pm

Meet at Pudding Mill Lane Station.  Booking through Eventbrite £10/£8

September

Saturday 16th September 

Ada Salter: Beautifying Bermondsey A  shorter circular version of this walk especially designed for the 2017 Bermondsey Street Festival  12pm and 4pm each walk lasts about 90 mins.

Starting  Tanner Street SE1 (final details to follow) £5 pay on the day