Thanks to Nizan Shaked and the students from CSULB who joined me for a sunny walk about women today. Continue reading “Fair Maids and Men”
I needed a break from paperwork as well as a visit to the local studies library and so took myself out on a walk in the cold air.
I was delighted to see the scaffolding had been removed from Borough Road Library and the building open. it’s not been used as a library for many years. LSBU either owns it or leases it from Southwark Council. It’s a building I talk about on my Elephant and Castle walk, so I took the opportunity to look inside. Most of the building is for the sole use of the LSBU, for their apprenticeships, but there’s a light, bright café and friendly staff.
They weren’t terribly busy and kindly took the time to talk to me.
Inside the entrance I had seen this:
Who was he? I wanted to know, and why had John Passmore Edwards presented his likeness to the library over forty years after his death? Continue reading “William Molesworth”
Only a stone’s throw from central London, Camberwell and Denmark Hill is a delight. A neighbourhood of contrasts, with one of the best parks in south London (in all London?) gracious terraces of the late Georgian period and a secret wild garden. Add a plethora of great pubs, a great Greek bakery, a sublime chapel, and more than one art destination and you have a winner. Continue reading “Lovely Camberwell in Autumn”
My walk around the Elephant and Castle this Sunday morning* coincides with London Open House weekend. Much has changed in the neighbourhood since I first started leading walking tours around the Elephant some fifteen years ago, and the tours have changed too.
Hey ho, it’s back to school they go. Meaning London is quieter as well as cooler. The crowds in the museums and galleries are thinning out and there are hints of autumn in the air.
For a Keatsian moment visit the British Museum. You could contact me to arrange a private tour, or come on a public tour. I’ll be there this afternoon, 22nd August, meeting outside Russell Square tube at 2.15, and again next Monday,27th August, at 2.30.
The City is endlessly fascinating. Such a small area packs an impressive punch. I am always happy to lead bespoke tours around the Square Mile on a variety of subjects and themes.
Just two public walks this week.
The first is on Thursday 21st, Bermondsey: London’s Hidden Village meeting for 10.30am at Bermondsey tube station, finishing near London Bridge and Borough Market.
I am pleased to again be taking part in the Camberwell ArtsFest. This year the festival theme is All’s Well which fits perfectly with Camberwell’s early reputation as a healthy spot, a spa, a place with its own healing waters.
Continue reading “Camberwell Arts Fest 2018”
The sun is shining, the skies are blue, it’s not too hot – perfect for getting out and about and exploring.
These public walks are ones where you just turn up at the start point, pay £10 (cash only) and join the tour. There is no need to prebook. I’ll be wearing my Blue Badge, the badge only qualified, professional guides are awarded.
Monday 4th June:
Greenwich, meet 10.15 outside Tower Hill tube, opposite the tram coffee stop. The tour finishes in Greenwich at 1pm. We take the boat to Greenwich so there is an additional charge of £6.50 for this tour.
British Museum, meet 2.30 outside Russell Square tube opposite where Barry sells freshly squeezed orange juice and other refreshments. Continue reading “This week’s public walks, 4th-9th June inclusive”
As well as leading walk for families, companies and individuals, I lead a number of tours where members of the public can join me and pay an individual fee. Today, Saturday, I was working in the Palace of Westminster, aka the Houses of Parliament; a prestigious establishment and one that happily kept me out of the rain.
If the weather forecast is correct, I should remain dry tomorrow too, as the rain is due to die away as I begin C the City at 10.45 outside St Paul’s tube station, exit 2. Continue reading “The week’s public walks, from 13th May 2018”