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.
I’ll ‘fess up; I forgot to say that I was doing the Greenwich walk yesterday. However, I shall be leading it prett often over the next few months, as well as the Bermondsey walk, so I shall add those into Dates for Your Diary.
This Saturday 15th November it’s your once in six month chance to join me on the public Vauxhall tour, Viva Vauxhall!
Vauxhall is so much more than a transport hub and multi-lane pedestrian nightmare. Think Lily Savage, pleasure gardens, James Bond, community spirit, hymns ancient and modern. Throw in a garden designed with the help of Dan Pearson, mosaics hidden in railway arches, alpacas, and cake, yes lots of cake. Or Welsh rarebit and real tea served in cosy-covered teapots. Yum!
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.
Following on from the photo clues for last week’s walk, here are some for this Saturday’s, including some very yummy cake.
Can you join the dots? Continue reading “Viva Vauxhall! Guided Walk Saturday 1st February”
Next Saturday 6th April let’s hope for blue skies and sunshine for this walk around lovely Kennington.
We’ll meet outside Kennington Tube for 10.45am.
The cost is £9, £7 for over 65s and full-time students, and the walk lasts around two and a half hours.
Continue reading “Princes and Paupers, A Guided Walk Around Kennington”
A postcard collection of Eye photos.
It was only supposed to be a temporary attraction, but its popularity has meant that twelve years on it’s still a London fixture attracting more visitors each year than the Taj Mahal and the Great Pyramids of Giza.
There are thirty-two pods representing the thirty-two London boroughs, but they are numbered one to thirty-three; thirteen is missing. Don’t expect a fairground ride on the Eye, it travels at a very genteel speed, and a ride lasts about thirty minutes and on a clear day the views are stunning. I especially like the way that the bends of the Thames become clear, something that is hard to appreciate from the ground, and it’s fun as you rise to see more and more of London come into view; St James Park, the Wembley Arches, the Crystal Palace Mast. Continue reading “The London Eye in Pictures (And a Few Words)”