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.
From 19 to 27 June Islington Guided Walks are marking the return of guiding on the streets with a fantastic Festival of Guiding. You can explore the charms of Village Islington with its garden squares and Georgian houses or discover the Monastic Quarter in Clerkenwell with Islington’s official and highly skilled guides, people who love this part of London. Download the brochure here.
I have been looking at the touching story of the long relationship of trust and care that grew up between Dr Samuel Johnson, the first and wittiest lexicographer of the English language and a young man of colour who lived in his household and in the end was the main beneficiary of his will. Read about it here:-
A building in Cleveland Street now being refitted by the University College Hospital Charity has some moving historic and literary connections and an important place in the story of how medical services were brought to the poorest in society: