Saturday 5th August
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; find out more about Sayers’ characters and about the woman who brought them all to life. Start at Holborn and finish close to Russell Square. 2pm to 4pm.
Meet outside Holborn station on Kingsway. Booking through Eventbrite £10/£8
Sunday 6th August
The Garretts of Gower Street follows the lives of seven extraordinary 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. Walk with me and see the places they lived and worked and the legacy they left behind. We start at Goodge Street and finish close to Euston. 2pm to 4pm.
We meet outside Goodge Street Station. Booking through Eventbrite £10/£8
Saturday 9th September
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
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 from Festival Information Kiosk at the corner of Tanner Street SE1 £5 pay on the day
Sunday 24th September
Radical Women of the East End A chance to retrace the footsteps of the Matchwomen of Bryant and May, and see the streets where Sylvia Pankhurst’s East London Federation of Suffragettes operated. We will also learn about Minnie Lansbury’s struggle to improve conditions for working women and also visit a lovely Georgian square on the way back to Bow Road. 2pm to 4pm
Booking available through Footprints of London Eventbrite £12/£9
Sunday 19 November
Newington’s Radicals This walk introduces you to radicals who made Newington Green and Canonbury their home. After 1660, dissenting ministers were forced to live five miles from their former parishes, so many congregated around the Unitarian church on the Green. Mary Wollstonecraft’s connections with the area are well known, but did you know that Lenin once attended a conference in Southgate Road, and that conscientious objectors were attacked there during the First World War? Dalston Synagogue in Poet’s Road was home to a thriving Jewish community, and George Orwell wrote his masterpiece 1984 in Canonbury. Find out much more on this entertaining 90 minute walk. 11.30am to 1pm
Booking available through Eventbrite £10
Friday 8th December
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. 2pm to 3:30pm
Booking available through Clerkenwell & Islington Guides £15