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The class of 2017-18 celebrated with Councillor Jenny Headlam-Wells, Mayor of Camden who presented all successful students with their badges at a ceremony in the Mayor’s Parlour
Looking for something to do on a Saturday morning? Join us for a variety of scheduled walks – usually starting somewhere in Camden at 11am and with a duration between 90 minutes and 2 hours. Some have well-known topics others cover more unusual things. All walks will be led around somewhere in Camden by a qualified Camden Tour Guide. Check back here for regular updates
Saturday 19 January at 11:00 am
Behind the Walls
Starting in Pond Square, this walk is around Highgate, giving interesting titbits about known and unknown aspects of one of London’s iconic and oldest Villages. We end at Lauderdale House, one of the oldest dwellings in the Village.
Paid Walk — turn up and pay a fee
Saturday 26 January at 11:00 am
Charity walk in Hampstead
Hampstead in the twentieth century is well-known as a centre of intellectual life. Music-makers, both composers and performers, also made it their home, and we’ll visit some of them in this walk. Mostly classical, but with lighter interludes for Gracie Fields and a fascinatingly crazy house once lived in by Boy George. Pictured are three important composers, two great performers, our first internationally famous conductor and an arranger who influenced a generation of English music. Qualified Camden tour guides will take you to the places, well-known streets and hidden alleys where they lived.
We will collect donations to the Camden Music Trust, the chosen charity of the Mayor of Camden, Cllr Jenny Headlam-Wells, who will join us on the walk. Suggested donation £10 for waged people
Sunday 27 January at 2:00 pm
The Garretts of Gower Street
Guide: Sue McCarthy
Doctor, 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 3 February at 11:00 am
From Prejudice to Pride
Guide: Richard Cohen
This benefit for the Albert Kennedy Trust takes in the rich history of sexual diversity in Fitzrovia, Camden and King’s Cross – Bohemia, the Bloomsbury Group, the fightback against AIDS, cruising, the struggle against Section 28, polari and many other aspects of LGBT history are celebrated in this walk.
For information about the Albert Kennedy Trust click here
This walk is part of the programme for the 2019 Camden and Islington LGBT History month.
Sunday 3 February at 2:00 pm
Dorothy L Sayers Bloomsbury
Guide: Sue McCarthy
Follow in the footsteps of Golden Age crime writer Dorothy L Sayers and her alter ego Harriet Vane. Best known for her fiction, Dorothy L Sayers was a complex character: prize-winning linguist, translator, motorbike enthusiast and advertising copywriter. Discover some of the places and (sometimes surprising) events from her own life as an independent young woman in 1920’s London that inspired the novels.
Saturday 9 February at 10:30 am
Houses and Homes in Kentish Town
In aid of CARIS Camden Families. Please book (free) and we’ll collect donations on the day.
A walk about the history of housing in Kentish Town and Gospel Oak and the contrasts typical of this area of London. How it arose as a settlement, how it grew and changed. Its mix of rich and poor has been there for most of its existence, and we’ll see what help there was for the poorest. Problems with high rents are not just of our own generation, there is a plaque for the rent strikes in the early 60’s, so well known there is a song about it. We’ll see where ‘the most depressing poem ever written’ was published – and it was about London. We’ll pass the home of a photographic pioneer who accidentally supported children for a hundred years.
Saturday 16 February at 10:30am
Walk, Talk and Chalk
Guide: Denise Arnold
A walk in Chalk Farm and Kentish Town where buildings of all kinds illustrate the history and development of school-age educators in London. We will look at two of E.R? Robson’s wonderful Board schools, of the many once throughout London. The route embraces a ragged school, Eleanor Marx’s school, a ‘Nat school’ and an orphanage site that became a boarding school which is still operating today.
Meet at Chalk Farm tube station, Adelaide Road, NW3 2BP. Cost £10, free to under 18s. Pay on the day, no need to book.
Saturday 16 February at 11:00am
A Turn-Around Kings Cross
Kings Cross area is in a constant state of change; this 90 minute walk starts at the John Betjeman statue in St Pancras station and takes us round Kings Cross, with titbits of information and stories from what it was like before, now and perhaps to come!
Meet at the John Betjeman statue in St Pancras station at 11am. The 90 minute walk will take us round Kings Cross, highlighting some of the fascinating aspects of the area, what it was like before, some of the characters who lived here, what happened, and what is happening now. It ends at the German Gymnasium.
Cost £10/£8 concession
Booking your place on a walk:
*All walks must be booked in advance, please do not turn up unless you have booked a walk and received a confirmation. Click on the title of the walk to go to the booking link.
**If there is not a booking link, and instructions are to “turn up & pay”, please follow instructions per that walk.