Forthcoming Walks and Tours

August 2019

Saturday 3 August 2pm

Art & 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 Gasworks Dock with the chance for refreshments before the a short walk to Star Lane DLR station. 2pm to 4pm

Booking through Eventbrite £12/£9

Guide Sue 

Sunday 4 August 2pm

Radical Women of the East End Retrace the steps of the most famous radical women associated with Bow, starting with the Bryant and May matchwomen.  Sylvia Pankhurst established the Suffragette East London Federation here, campaigning not only for the right of women to vote, but also to establish their social and economic freedom. Minnie Lansbury died here, after a heroic fight for justice for local residents. We will re-locate past struggles for social justice and take a look at the modern Bow on the way.  2pm to 4pm

Booking through Eventbrite £12/£9 

Guide: Oonagh 

Sunday 11 August 2pm

Art & 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 Gasworks Dock with the chance for refreshments before the a short walk to Star Lane DLR station. 2pm to 4pm

Booking through Eventbrite £12/£9

Guide Sue

Saturday 24 August 2pm

Ada Salter: Beautifying Bermondsey 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.  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.

Booking through Eventbrite £12/£9

Guide Sue 

Monday 26 August 2pm

Radical Women of the West End  Discover the radical women of Fitzrovia from Mary Wollstonecraft, author of “A Vindication of the Rights of woman’  to activist and writer Una Marson, the first Black broadcaster at the BBC.  French anarchist Louise Michel established an International school here. Suffragists Emmeline Pethick-Lawrence and Lily Montagu  pioneered community work with young women working in the rag trade; Marie Stopes opened the first birth control clinic and the Rossetti children published a journal endorsed by Kropotkin with contributions by George Bernard Shaw and Zola.

Booking through Eventbrite £12/£9

Guide Sue 

September 2019

Sunday 8 September 2pm

Radical Women of the East End Retrace the steps of the most famous radical women associated with Bow, starting with the Bryant and May matchwomen.  Sylvia Pankhurst established the Suffragette East London Federation here, campaigning not only for the right of women to vote, but also to establish their social and economic freedom. Minnie Lansbury died here, after a heroic fight for justice for local residents. We will re-locate past struggles for social justice and take a look at the modern Bow on the way.  2pm to 4pm

Booking through Eventbrite £12/£9 

Guide: Oonagh 

Friday 13 September 2pm

Canonbury Tower Come and 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. This is one of the regular tours offered by Islington Guided Walks

Booking through Eventbrite £15

Guide Sue 

October 2019

Saturday 5th October 2019 3pm

Dorothy L Sayers’ Bloomsbury, one of the “golden age” crime writers between the first and second world wars, Dorothy L Sayers 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.

Booking through Eventbrite £12/£9

Guide Sue 

Thursday 10th October 2019 3pm

Conrad’s The Secret Agent: Anarchism in Fitzrovia Conrad’s The Secret Agent cast a critical eye over London at the end of the nineteenth century when the capital was home to a series of revolutionary anarchist groups. They had come to police attention following royal pressure after the assassination of the Tsar of Russia. The Secret Agent, Verloc, in Conrad’s novel is a double agent, blackmailed to commit an outrage which ends in family tragedy. The death of Stevie, Verloc’s son in law, is closely based on a real anarchist explosion near the Greenwich Observatory in 1894. This walk visits real anarchist shops and clubs and explains the reality behind Conrad’s classic. 3-5pm

Booking through Eventbrite £12/£9

Guide: Oonagh 

Wednesday 16th October 2019 11am

Dorothy L Sayers’ Bloomsbury, one of the “golden age” crime writers between the first and second world wars, Dorothy L Sayers 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.

Booking through Eventbrite £12/£9

Guide Sue 

Wednesday 16th October 2019 3pm

Dodging the Blitz: Bloomsbury’s Second World War Novels 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. 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. 3-5pm

Booking through Eventbrite £12/£9

Guide: Oonagh 

Monday 21st October 2019 3pm

Dodging the Blitz: Bloomsbury’s Second World War Novels 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. 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. 3-5pm

Booking through Eventbrite £12/£9

Guide: Oonagh 

Friday 25th October 2019 3pm

Conrad’s The Secret Agent: Anarchism in Fitzrovia Conrad’s The Secret Agent cast a critical eye over London at the end of the nineteenth century when the capital was home to a series of revolutionary anarchist groups. They had come to police attention following royal pressure after the assassination of the Tsar of Russia. The Secret Agent, Verloc, in Conrad’s novel is a double agent, blackmailed to commit an outrage which ends in family tragedy. The death of Stevie, Verloc’s son in law, is closely based on a real anarchist explosion near the Greenwich Observatory in 1894. This walk visits real anarchist shops and clubs and explains the reality behind Conrad’s classic. 3-5pm

Booking through Eventbrite £12/£9

Guide: Oonagh 

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