We met at London Bridge station. It was just before ten. We had cameras, binoculars, lots of excited smiles and four complimentary tickets to go up the Shard. There are advantages to living in Southwark.
Tomorrow morning, at 10.45, I’ll be leading a guided walk around Denmark Hill and Camberwell. It’s a public walk, so everyone is welcome to come along. It costs £9 per adult, £7 for over 65s and full-time students. Meet me outside Denmark Hill Station. I’ll have a clutch of London Walks leaflets with me.
The station is a wonderful piece of Victorian architecture when the railways were changing life in England with improved communications and increased urban populations.
Denmark Hill Station
Tomorrow I am a lucky bunny. Two inside jobs. Strictly legal of course.
In the afternoon I am leading the public highlights of the British Museum tour for London Walks. We meet outside Holborn tube for 2.15. You give me money, £9 or £7 in you are a full-time student or over 65. You retreat to the shelter of the station. I stand out in the cold until it is time to head off and you follow me like lambs. Couldn’t be easier.
Then we spend two hours or so in one of the best museums in the world, dry and warm, up close and personal with more objects of desire than you could imagine in your wildest dreams. There’s even time afterwards for coffee and cake in one of the museum’s cafés, or some shopping, then you can head to a local hostelry for something stronger, or some fish and chips.
What could be nicer?
The winner of the last photo quiz, This Is Walworth, requested a tricky picture for the next challenge. I hope I’ve found one hard enough for her tastes.
It’s instantly recognisable, a British icon. One of those things at the start of a fim to tell you where you are. One of them, not this one had a starring rôle in that most gently funny film, Local Hero.
Red Telephone Box
But what links it to another British icon, the Palace of Westminster? Continue reading
Well done This Is Walworth for identifying this building.
It is a place that has a central position on the Walworth Road, and here is a bit more of it to any of you still stumped. Continue reading
Tomorrow I am leading a walk in the City called Amazing Grace. It’s subject is the Abolition of the Slave Trade in the British Empire.
The history of the Slave Trade is hardly the most glorious in human history. Some twelve million Africans were loaded onto ships, transported in horrifying conditions to lives of slavery in North America and the West Indies.
It was a massive commercial operation bringing misery and wealth in equal measure.
The UK’s part in the Slave Trade is well known. Although slaves were not brought here, the money they earned those involved in the trade affected every level of society. Continue reading
Just one picture, and you have a week to identify where it is in SE17.
Here it is:
A week ago, I posted a small photo quiz; five pictures of Westminster, taken in and around Parliament Square. You can see it here.
Four out of five pictures were quickly and correctly identified, but this one caused problems.
So here is a photo of the complete statue. Continue reading
I’m leading the British Museum highlights tour for London Walks tomorrow afternoon. Can’t wait to share some of my new info culled from this wonderful book of a wonderful series on Radio4.