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Explore the eccentric and eclectic Borough of Camden by joining a walking tour. Below you will find a list of our current tours available. Some you can book in advance, others you can just turn up on the day. Variety is the spice of life — Camden offers this to no end!

“Camden Saturday” – Are you looking for something to do on a Saturday morning? Join us for a variety of scheduled walks – from well-known topics to the quirky and unusual. There is something for everyone. 


2019

LONDON POSTAL MUSEUM WALKING TOURS

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London Postmen – leaving King Edward Building on delivery. A group of postmen, carrying bags over their shoulders, leave King Edward Building to begin their deliveries.

Join an accredited guide for walking tours through 350 years of London Postal History. Tours take place in the City of London, Islington and Camden and trace the major developments in Post Office history – from transport innovations like the Mail Coach, the Railway, and the Mail Rail service; to key reformers such as John Palmer, Sir Rowland Hill, and Anthony Trollope. Discover why pillar boxes are coloured red, why the post is called the ‘post’ and the mail is called the ‘mail’, and why the floors of all telephone boxes slope.

All walking tours are led by trained and accredited guides for Camden, Clerkenwell and Islington, and the City of London.

There are three tours, each running once a month / 11.00am – 13.00pm £10.00 per person, £8.00 for concessions (60+), £6.00 for The Postal Museum Members, Free for accompanied children under age 12. No need to book — simply arrive at the meeting point a few minutes before 11am and pay your guide.

Tour 1: From Pillar to Post – 24 March, 27 April, 19 May, 22 June, 21 July, 24 August, 22 September, 26 October, 24 November

An extraordinary look at the history of the mail, in conjunction with the busy financial history of the City of London.

MEETING POINT: On the steps of the Royal Exchange at Bank Junction – near to Bank Underground Station


Tour 2: From Mail to Rail — 11 May, 13 July, 14 September, 9 November

This walk looks at the major changes in the Post Office history – from transport innovations like the Mail Coach, the Railway, and the Mail Rail service; and key reformers such as John Palmer, Sir Rowland Hill, and Anthony Trollope.

MEETING POINT: Next to the Robert Stephenson statue in front of Euston Station


Tour 3: From Tudors to Telegraphy —  13 April, 8 June, 10 August, 12 October, 14 December

Take a walk through 350 years of London postal history. Meet key reformers, discover why pillar  boxes are red, why the post is called the post and the mail is called the mail… and why Charles Dickens had his own post box. 

MEETING POINT: By Exit 1 of Chancery Lane Underground Station, on the North side of High Holborn

 
 
 

 

FINDING FITROVIA

 

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“Camden Saturday”

FItzrovia has only been appearing as a named area on Ordnance Survey maps since 1994 but it has been firmly on the map for artists, writers, showmen and innovators since the 18th century. Join Jo to meet the stellar cast of characters who have lived, worked and drunk here, including Charles Dickens, Bob Dylan, Virginia Woolf and Marie Stopes. With its fascinating past and ever changing present, enjoy stories of bad behaviour, inspiring developments in medicine and science, and maybe even find a pub or two!
 
Saturday 16 March – 11:00am Guided by Jo Wilkinson
 
 
 
 

THE GARRETTS OF GOWER STREET

Garretts of Gower Street 1Doctor, decorator, prisoner, politician, militant suffragette and mathematical genius. Join Sue in Bloomsbury to explore the life and legacy of the extraordinary women of the Garrett family. 
 
Sunday 17 March – 2:00pam Guided by Sue McCarthy
 

 

 


A TURN-AROUND KINGS CROSS

john_betjeman,_london,_england,_gb,_img_4991_editStarting at the John Betjeman statue in St Pancras, we take a turn round the Kings Cross area, finding hidden corners and extraordinary stories about a district which has changed beyond recognition in the last 15 years and is still changing.
 

Turn up and pay a fee of £10/£8 concessions

 

 

Sunday 24 March – 2:00pm Guided by Judy Dixey and Cathy Chivers

 


DOROTHY L SAYERS BLOOMSBURY

IMG_6263Discover some of the places and (sometimes surprising) events from DL Sayers life as an independent young woman in 1920’s London that inspired her detective novels.
 
Saturday 30 March – 2:00pm Guided by Sue McCarthy
 
 
 
 
 

A BIT OF INDIA IN CAMDEN

 
A Bit of India in Camden

“Camden Saturday”

This is Stan’s take on Camden’s connections with the Indian sub continent.  Statues and plaques, buildings and stories,, this walk winds its way from Euston through the Bloomsbury squares and ends at a temple near Tottenham Court Road.  Poets, politicians and philosophers mix with a great British architect.
 
Meet Euston Square Station (north side of Euston Road) outside VQ cafe, NW1 2LU
 
 
 
Saturday 30 March – 10:00am guided by Stan Harris

 


WOMEN AND CHILDREN FIRST

Women and Children's Firsts

“Camden Saturday”

In Victorian Britain a woman’s place was considered to be in the home and children 
were treated as “expendable”. The movement for women’s suffrage began in the 1860s with organised campaigns for votes for women but it was not until the early 1900s that the more militant suffragette movement began. At the outbreak of war in 1914 the suffrage movement scaled down and many of those involved devoted their energies to the war effort. On this walk through some of Bloomsbury’s squares we hear about some of those women, about the first ever hospital specifically for children; a hospital founded thanks to the efforts of sisters seeking care for their grandmother and meet some the women pioneers of medicine and science.
 
Saturday 6 April – 11:00am Guided by Stella Geddes
 

HAMPSTEAD: FOR RICHER, FOR POORER

Hampstead for richer, for poorer

“Camden Saturday

 

Hampstead, home of the rich and famous. Or is it? Join us on a journey around hilly Hampstead, where we tell you about the rich and famous, but also about the poor and little-known who have made this village home. Hear about the spa that brought in the masses, see the quirky houses that the rich built, visit the most beautiful street in Hampstead and learn about the former workhouse.
 
Paid walk – either use the link to book via Eventbrite or meet at Hampstead Tube Station NW3 1QG and pay £12.00 before start of walk.
 
Saturday 6 April – 11:00am Guided by Daniel Hausherr
 

DOROTHY L SAYERS BLOOMSBURY

IMG_6263Discover some of the places and (sometimes surprising) events from DL Sayers life as an independent young woman in 1920’s London that inspired her detective novels.
 
 
 
 
 
 
Friday 19 April – 2:00pm Guided by Sue McCarthy
 
 

A TURN-AROUND KINGS CROSS

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“Camden Saturday”

Starting at the John Betjeman statue in St Pancras, we take a turn round the Kings Cross area, finding hidden corners and extraordinary stories about a district which has changed beyond recognition in the last 15 years and is still changing.  
 
Turn up and pay a fee of £10/£8 concessions

 

 

 

Saturday 11 May: 11:00am Guided by Judy Dixey and Cathy Chivers

 

 


KENTISH TOWN A TO B (ASYLUM TO BREWERY)

 
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“Camden Saturday”

Explore with Camden Guides the industrial past of Kentish Town and, specifically, the area known as the Crimea. Discover how local industries contributed to London’s economy. See where paint was produced for Pissarro, a piano was made for the Pope, and how a home of gentle Victorian retirement was itself retired.  
 

 

Saturday 1 June: 11:00am Guided by Daniel Hausherr

 


Booking your place on a walk: *Click on the title of the walk to go to the booking link. If there is no booking link, and instructions are to “turn up & pay”, please follow instructions for that walk.

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