Forthcoming Walks and Tours

May 2018

Monday 7th May

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 4pm

Booking through Eventbrite £10/£8

Guide: Sue

Friday 11th May

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 3pm

Booking through Clerkenwell & Islington Guides  £15

Guide: Sue

Saturday 19th May

The Garretts of Gower Street This year marks the centenary of (some) women getting the vote.  This Bloomsbury walk introduces seven extraordinary women of the Garrett family; all active suffragists. Three sisters, two daughters, a cousin, a sister-in-law – all with ground-breaking careers and active in public life. Elizabeth (Garrett Anderson) was the first woman to qualify in England as a doctor, Millicent (Garrett Fawcett) 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 and see the places they lived and worked and the legacy they left behind.  2pm to 4pm

Booking through Eventbrite £10/£8

Guide: Sue

Monday 28th May

Art and Industry in East London  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 Cody Dock with the chance for refreshments before the a short walk to Star Lane DLR station.  2pm to 4pm

Booking through Eventbrite £10/£8

Guide: Sue

June 2018

Saturday and Sunday 9th and 10th  June –  London Open Garden Squares Weekend

Oonagh and Sue are leading a 90 minute version of our Ada Salter: Beautifying Bermondsey walk at 2pm on Saturday 9th June and at 10:30 am on Sunday 10th June.

Sue is also leading walk from Tottenham Court Road, through St Giles and Bloomsbury highlighting the life and work of Fanny Wilkinson – the first female professional landscape gardener at 2pm on Sunday 10th June.

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Saturday 16th June

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 her characters and about the woman who brought them all to life.  2pm to 4pm.

Booking available through Eventbrite £10/£8

Guide: Sue

July 2018

Saturday 7 July 

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.  2pm to 4pm

Booking through Eventbrite £12/£9

Guide: Oonagh