Guided London Walks

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HLSI Library

London Walks

Footprints of London is delighted to partner with HLSI to bring you a programme of Monday afternoon walks and tours.

We are a collective of independent, qualified and insured London tour guides. All our guides research and write their own walks and tours based on their own interests bringing unrivalled knowledge and enthusiasm to the stories they tell.

We are where Londoners walk. We look forward to meeting you and helping you to love London just a little bit more with our autumn programme outlined below.

All walks/tours commence at 2pm. Indicative location of the start point for each tour is shown below. The guide will send you precise details of the meeting point six days prior to the tour.

Tutor:                    Footprints of London

Time:                    Mondays 2pm – 4pm

Dates:                   Autumn term 2018: Sept 17 – Dec 10 (half term w/c Oct 22)
                               Spring term 2019:  Jan 7 – April 1 (half term w/c Feb 18)
                               Summer term 2019: April 29 – June 3 (to take into account May bank
                               holidays on 6th and 27th May)

Venue:                 various – see programme

Fees:                     £124 for a 12-week term

                              £41 for a 4-week summer term

17/09/2018         Il Quartiere – Tales from Italian Clerkenwell

Your Guide: Rob Smith

From 1820 Clerkenwell was home to Il Quartiere – The Italian Quarter where generations of intrepid Italian migrants settled looking for a better life. On this walk you will hear true stories of love, friendship, crime and bravery from this community.

The walk starts at Farringdon Station and finishes at St Peter’s Italian Church, Clerkenwell Road.

24/09/2018         An Artful History of EC1

Your Guide: Jen Pedler

Murals, mosaics, street art, sculpture, typography, poetry, painting, architecture. On this walk we’ll see how art, in many different forms, tells the story of the community in this area from the eighteenth century to the present day.

The walk starts and finishes at Old Street Station.

01/10/2018         Science and the Longitude problem

Your Guide: Neil Sinclair

Hear how a humble carpenter from Lincolnshire solved the problem of fixing longitude at sea and beat eminent scientists like Isaac Newton and experienced astronomers like Neville Maskelyne to the £20,000 (in 1714) longitude prize.

The walk starts and finishes at Cutty Sark for Greenwich DLR Station.

08/10/2018         Covent Garden off the beaten track

Your Guide: Joanna Moncrieff

This walk explores the lesser known streets and alleyways of Covent Garden from the site of a burial ground and workhouse to the site of a leper hospital and rookery. On our way we will look out for Mercers’ Maidens and ghost signs recalling a long forgotten trade. 

The walk starts at Charing Cross Station and finishes at Tottenham Court Road Underground Station.

15/10/2018         Reaching into the Abyss

Your Guide: David Charnick

An exploration of how Victorian philanthropists reached out to the dark eastern shadow of the City.

The walk starts at Aldgate Underground Station and finishes close to Liverpool Street Station.

22/10/2018         HALF TERM (No walk)

29/10/2018         Suffragette City

Your Guide: Oonagh Gay

London was at the centre of the suffragette protests just before the First World War, when the capital was rocked by arson attempts, hunger strikes and massive demonstrations. The walk will visit the church where Emily Wilding Davison’s funeral cortège began, and the headquarters of the Women’s Social and Political Union, and the site of the Suffragette Hospital where all the staff, including surgeons, were women, dealing with soldiers straight from the trenches. Along the way we will explore vegetarian restaurants and the 1911 Census boycott.

The walk starts and finishes at Holborn Underground Station.

05/11/2018         The Medieval Precinct of St Paul’s Cathedral

Your Guide: Jill Finch

The Cathedral destroyed by the Great Fire of London stood for nearly 500 years, a walled gated precinct within a walled and gated City. Discover the street plan of old St Paul’s and the ever present echoes of its history

The walk starts and finishes at St Paul’s Underground Station

12/11/2018         Circles, Squares and Triangles – Virginia Woolf and her Bloomsbury friends

Your Guide: Stephen Benton

At various times between 1905 and her death in 1941, Virginia Woolf had a home in Bloomsbury. In this walk, we will explore the connections she had with the area and see the locations of her four Bloomsbury homes plus the one she occupied in Fitzrovia. And we will hear about some of the other famous members of the Bloomsbury circle.

The walk starts at Warren Street Underground Station and finishes close to Russell Square Underground Station

19/11/2018         Modernism and public housing: Modernist Finsbury

Your Guide: Jiff Bayliss

In the middle of the 20th century, Finsbury’s Labour Council, based in Clerkenwell, embarked on an ambitious plan to replace poor housing and provide caring services. It recruited Berthold Lubetkin, the Bolshevik architect who ‘brought modern architecture to England’ with his practice, Tecton. Inspired politically by the Russian Revolution and professionally by Le Corbusier’s functional dictum “A house is a machine for living in”, Lubetkin believed “nothing is too good for ordinary people” and this walking tour will introduce four designs for the Council that exemplify this philosophy.

The walk starts and finishes at Angel Underground Station

26/11/2018         Wonders of the British Library

Your Guide: Anthony Davis

Anthony will lead a tour of the Treasures galleries at the British Library building. The tour will include an introduction to early book production – manuscripts, printing and binding – and you will hear about the history of the library from its beginnings in the sixteenth century. He will showcase a number of the wonderful exhibits in the displays in the Ritblat galleries. Anthony, who led the HLSI walking tours last year, is a well-known book historian and bibliographer, and an expert on early modern book bindings.

Meet your guide at the entrance to The British Library.

03/12/2018         Charles Dickens’ South London

Your Guide: Guy Rowston

Walking in the footsteps of the young Charles Dickens from his lodging off the Borough to his workplace and visiting his father in the Marshalsea prison. The site of the circus young Charles attended. The older Dickens returns on a night walk and visits the inmates of Bedlam and attends a notorious hanging. We hear of the Gordon Riots, Shakespeare performed on horseback, a dizzying visit to a belfry, the South London novel ‘Little Dorrit’ , where Mr. Pickwick met Sam Weller and Mr. Haddock’s 60 line song for Tiny Tim…..

The walk starts at Southwark Underground Station and finishes at London Bridge Station.

10/12/2018         Festivals of Light

Your Guide: Marilyn Greene

Over the centuries many religions have celebrated the significance of light, often for similar reasons, whether practical or metaphysical. Within the collections of the Victoria and Albert Museum there are many examples of lamps and candleholders made for religious purposes, as well as religious objects and images that are intended to convey light, both literally and spiritually. This festive and symbolic tour takes you across time, cultures and galleries and is led by a former member of staff specialising in inter-cultural connections.

Meet your guide at the Cromwell Road entrance to the V&A (nearest tube station South Kensington).