Are you looking for something different to do on the last Sunday before Christmas to help you escape from all the commercialism? Well I might just be able to help you. I am leading the last of a series of walks called Follow the Yellow Brick Road. We meet at 1.30 pm in the downstairs concourse of Tottenham Court Road station on Sunday 19 December and we will walk through Covent Garden, Lincoln’s Inn Fields, Fleet Street and some of the hidden alleys and backstreets of the City of London. There are so many fascinating stories to tell and ancient and modern buildings to take in! It is a great way to appreciate the wonderful variety of buildings and streets our great city offers. The walk is free but booking on Eventbrite is essential:- https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/follow-the-yellow-brick-road-tottenham-court-road-to-bank-junction-tickets-180993334937
I have written another article for the City Guide magazine. This is on the background to an extraordinary building on New Fetter Lane in the City of London. I wonder how much the students of King’s College London who use this amazing building as their main library know about the long and varied history of this huge building:-
This is a virtual tour in which we follow a route through the western edges of the City of London. Our virtual journey starts at Holborn and ends near St Paul’s and gives us a chance to look closely at some of the great institutional buildings of the law like the great Rolls Building and some of the ancient inns of Chancery and the Old Bailey itself as well as the magnificent Twentieth Century press headquarters of Fleet Street. It is sponsored by the Temple Bar Trust which is an organisation dedicated to the built environment and calls itself the Architectural Gateway of the City of London. Click here to book a place through Eventbrite.
Have a listen to this podcast about a recent tour I did for the Bloomsbury Festival on the theme of the Art of Bloomsbury.
It was recorded by Bloomsbury Radio
Link here for the podcast.
Camden Guides are running a fantastic series of free walks to celebrate the West End Project and the beautiful new road crossings that have enhanced and brightened the area. Book the walks through Eventbrite using this link:-
Read about a recent fascinating visit I went on to Britain’s biggest cemetery at Brookwood. An interesting day was had by all!
Starting at Warren Street station I will lead you around the immediate environs of University College Hospital. We will pass the gracious calm of Fitzroy Square, one of London’s most beautiful city squares, to contrast the sites of some older medical facilities there with state of the art modern provision at UCH, including the Proton Beam Therapy Centre and the pathbreaking Macmillan Cancer Centre. We will hear stories of some of the great figures who have lived and worked in the area including Bernard Shaw, Virginia Woolf and Marie Stopes. This walk is part of a series celebrating the return of open air street guiding organised by Camden Tour Guides throughout the week of June 21 – 25.
From Mollies to Pride
Our guest speaker is Richard Cohen who is a fully qualified guide for Clerkenwell and Islington, the City of Westminster and Camden.
This virtual tour will give you a snapshot view of London’s deep history of sexual diversity.
Areas explored will be within Westminster from Charing Cross, through Covent Garden and Soho and then up to Cleveland Street before ending in Fitzrovia.
This is a fascinating talk and well worth joining. Encourage your friends to join as well. Read From Mollies to Pride to find our more about the talk.
Join me for a virtual tour of Kilburn on Sunday June 6 at 6.00 pm
From the comfort of your armchair Richard Cohen I will take you on a virtual tour through the interweaving stories of Kilburn. There are plenty of stories to tell of ancient roadways, medieval nunneries, highwaymen, health-giving spas, gorgeous Victorian pubs, early cinemas, Art Deco shops and the great Kiln theatre. We will look at the explosive growth of London and some famous local housing schemes and see how this area played an important role in welcoming refugees from Hitler’s Europe. There is much to interest Labour Party members and their progressive supporters and friends.
Please pay £5.00 to attend this virtual tour. There is no upper limit to your contributions. Please give generously. Book your tickets here.