Kennington Walk, Princes and Paupers, Saturday 29th March

What a wonderful way to spend a spring morning. Kennington Park will feature strongly on this walk, and although its history has not always been happy, it remains a draw for people from all around. Some sit and read, others walk their dogs, others play sport, or relax over a coffee or an ice cream in the café. Its a pretty perfect spot. No wonder I enjoy this walk.
You’ll hear about Rural Economy, Chartism, philanthropic young men who founded what is today the Childen’s Society, see an art gallery housed in a Victorian public lavatory, the library where Charlie Chaplin borrowed books, and the location of a royal palace. And that’s just for starters.

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Walking the Elephant Saturday 22nd March

All being well, I shall be leading Terra Incognita this Saturday morning at 10.45. It’s a walk around the Elephant and Castle that I devised some years ago. Uou may drive through th Elephant and shudder, but there is far more to it than meets the eye. The Heygate state, now being demolished has probably had more media exposure in the last few months than in the rest of its comparatively short life. Love it or hate it, Strata can be seen from across London. Away from the roundabouts, things are quieter; neighbourly. And as for Latin London, the Elephant is its heart.

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The Vikings Exhibition at the British Museum

The Vikings opens tomorrow. I have been lucky enough to go already, and I urge every London resident and visitor to go to. It is wonderful. The audioguide is excellent. I went round once without it, stopping at the things that caught me attention. Then I started again with the audioguide. It led me to some of the same things and some that were different. I came away inspired. This is a fabulous, must see exhibition. Continue reading