Celebrate LGBT History Month 2021 by joining my virtual tour From Prejudice to Pride. It is an exploration of Camden’s deep and rich heritage of sexual diversity. Learn about the extraordinary range of people and places that are part of Camden’s LGBT heritage. Hear about the Molly Houses, the Victorian cross-dressers and the notorious and much policed watering holes of the Bohemian demimonde of the 1920s and 30s. Learn about the theatre which was the vanguard of lesbian and gay drama and London’s only LGBT bookshop. Meet the Bloomsbury Set who challenged Victorian codes of behaviour lived and the great genius of polari Kenneth Williams. Hear about how the LGBT community rallied together to respond to the HIV/AIDS crisis in the 1980s. Witness the struggle against the hated Section 28 and the joyous celebrations of the first Same Sex weddings at Camden Town Hall.
This virtual tour is a fundraiser for All Out, an international LGBT charity combatting homophobia around the world. Pay £5.00 to access the virtual tour but there is no upper limit to donations. Please give generously.
Register here on Eventbrite.
Thursday October 22 at 6.00 pm
This year the theme of the Bloomsbury Festival is VISION. To that end I am giving a free online virtual tour in the form of a presentation on THE ART OF BLOOMSBURY. Come and pass an agreeable hour with me in the comfort of your own home or wherever you happen to be and hear about the wonderful artists who have lived and worked in Bloomsbury. We will look at works by Duncan Grant, Roger Fry, Dora Carrington and Vanessa Bell as well as Rex Whistler, Paula Rego and Jacob Epstein. We will look at the influence of the great Slade School of Art at University College and marvel at the fabulous designs of the Omega Workshop. There is much to enjoy.
Booking by Eventbrite:- https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/the-art-of-bloomsbury-tickets-122233940005
This virtual walk led by Richard Cohen, Holborn and St Pancras CLP member and London Guide, takes in the political heart of the nation. The aim of the tour is to reinterpret what the monuments and buildings around Westminster tell us about the attitudes and values of the past. We will also hear about the great medical pioneers honoured at St Thomas’s Hospital. We will pass monuments to the brilliant women who campaigned tirelessly for political rights. Our cybertour ends at Parliament Square where we can take a look at the outside of the Palace of Westminster and hear about some of the great political leaders and champions of democracy and human rights who are honoured there.
Sunday 4 October at 6:00 pm.
I am raising money to support the important legal support work that Amnesty International does all round the world and its ongoing campaign against the death penalty. I am running a virtual tour of Albertopolis.
Read all about it and book your ticket for the tour which will be delivered on Zoom by following this link:-
One of the core themes of this year’s Open City Festivals is Pubs
London has an incredibly rich tapestry of pubs of all eras from grand gin palaces to cosy taverns. We don’t normally include pubs in Open House but this year it feels right to celebrate the institution of the humble London pub, which has been much missed by many and faces a tricky road to recovery ahead. We’re inviting pubs across the city to take part in Open House festival this year with pub tours, special events and, of course, pub quizzes!
To this end I am putting on a Virtual Tour at 6.00 pm on Thursday 24 September of the Historic Pubs of Fleet Street.
Here is the link to the Open City programme:-
and here is the direct link to the Eventbrite booking site:-
Sunday 14 June at 6:30 pm Virtual Tour on Zoom
Explore the political heart of Britain with me and raise money at the same time for the vital legal work that Amnesty does all over the world on behalf of prisoners of conscience and campaigners for human rights. Help fund Amnesty’s world-wide campaign against the death penalty and its vital legal and support networks.
To join this walk book through Eventbrite using this link:-
We will see Westminster Bridge (Earth has not anything to show more fair!). We will hear about the great medical pioneers who worked at St Thomas’s Hospital. We will pass Lambeth Palace and pause at St Mary’s Lambeth before crossing back over the river so that we can explore some of the wonderful streets of old Westminster. Our cybertour ends at Parliament Square where we can take a look at the outside of the Palace of Westminster and Westminster Abbey and hear about some of the great political leaders and champions of democracy and human rights who are honoured there.
We had a great time today on a City of London River Walk from Tower Hill to Blackfriars. This was part of Silver Sunday, a nation-wide day of activities for older people. The walk gives a fantastic insight into London’s development as a great trading city and offers some wonderful views of some of the greatest building in London.
The theme of this year’s festival which is one of the biggest community festivals in Europe is Small Steps and Giant Leaps. This is to mark the 50th anniversary of the first moon landing in 1969. Many exciting lunar events are planned including the wonderful Museum of the Moon in Holy Cross Church in Cromer Street & much more. The festival is full of wonderful events to feed the imagination and excite the senses. To launch the festival there is a fabulous Street Party in Store Street on Friday 11 October “Moonlight on Store Street” and the finale is what promises to be a memorable party called Hello Moon! A 1969 Tea Dance. In between there are talks, circus acts, family events, story telling, dramatic presentations and much else besides. Most events are free but it is best to pre-book on line for events. Don’t forget my walk Small Steps around St Giles on Sunday 13 October at 11.00 am or alternatively on Saturday 19 October at 2.00 pm @ St Giles in the Fields
To find out more go to http://bloomsburyfestival.org.uk/ or #bloomsburyfest2019
Two fantastic opportunities to support the work of Amnesty International.
River Walk from Blackfriars to Westminster Sunday 29 September 2:00 pm.
We begin our exploration of London’s magnificent riverbanks by taking a walk along the north bank of the Thames. This affords views of some of the most magnificent architecture in London including the Houses of Parliament, the National Theatre, Somerset House and Middle and Inner Temple. We will have the chance to enjoy the cool and shady delights of the different Embankment Gardens. We will hear the stories of the many great men and women who are honoured with memorials along the way. This is a truly monumental walk in which we follow a route linking the great centre of business in the City of London to the centre of political power in Westminster. It should be lovely in the rusty colours of late September.
The takings from this walk will be go to Amnesty International. To join this walk click here
City of London River Walk: Tower Hill to Blackfriars Sunday 27 October 2:00 pm
This walk will take you to the scene of some of the bloodiest executions in English history on Tower Hill. We will touch on London’s great maritime heritage as we pass Customs House, Billingsgate and Queenhithe, London’s first harbour. Our walk along the Thames as it flows past the City of London affords views of some of the greatest buildings in our city. We hear the story of the great bridges that span the river and we end our walk for refreshments at one of London’s most extraordinary pubs dedicated to the Blackfriars or Dominican brothers who gave their name to a whole area of the City.
This is a fundraiser for Amnesty International. To join this walk click here
The historical area of Fitzrovia, London, has a rich medical past and fascinating stories attached to its former hospitals and workhouse.
This walk starts outside Warren Street Underground Station. It explores the medical associations of the Fitzrovia area, including the first private hospital in London, a number of smaller hospitals that occupied grand houses in Fitzroy Square, the story of the birth of family planning, a major nurses home established by the famous Astor family, a Georgian workhouse known by Charles Dickens, and ending with a short tour inside the beautiful Fitzrovia Chapel which was part of the famous Middlesex Hospital.
The walk is presented by Camden Tour Guides together with the Fitzrovia Chapel. Your guide will be Richard Cohen. He will be wearing a Camden Tour Guides Association badge.
To sign up for this walk follow this link:- https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/medical-walk-of-fitzrovia-tickets-61527253672