£40 An area which receives its name from links to Charles II and Barbara Villiers, has been home to artists, writers and creatives – including John Constable, Gwen John and George
An area which receives its name from links to Charles II and Barbara Villiers, has been home to artists, writers and creatives – including John Constable, Gwen John and George Bernard Shaw – for centuries, and the buzzy, contemporary atmosphere continues today along Charlotte Street. We will discuss pub crawls, and visits from Bob Dylan and Dylan Thomas, some inspiration for Oliver Twist in the Cleveland Street workhouse, as well as the Manor of “Tottenham Court”.
We will move onto architectural themes with the innovations of John Nash, and juxtapositions between All Souls, Langham Place, All Saint’s, Margaret Street, and the Fitzroy Chapel. We will delve into the birth of the BBC, see a landmark site for the arrival of the British film industry, and forums for communist clubs and Chartist meetings.
The area is also home to the Cartoon Museum and the Toy Museum, and we will also give a nod to Thomas Paine’s Rights of Man, whilst not forgetting the iconic BT Tower.
The Walk will be led by Meg Ryder, a Londoner who hails from Pimlico and now lives in Camberwell. Meg is a qualified solicitor who left the law to establish bespoke walking tours in London to follow her passion for all things historical, artistic and architectural. Meg has a Masters in History from Edinburgh University, and studied History of Art and Architectural History in Rome.
This event is for members and their guests. Refreshments will be served at 6 Fitzroy Square after the walk.
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