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Free guided walks – December – March

Our walks are always free, informative, and tailored to all fitness levels. Many of them are at lunchtime so you can pop out from the office, or right after work, following with a pint in a landmark pub optional. There are four meeting points,

  1. Meet by our bright orange information kiosk outside Holborn tube station
  2. Find the red sculpture in the courtyard of Central Saint Giles
  3. From Chancery Lane tube station take the exit marked ‘Holborn Circus’ and meet by the junction of Holborn road and Brooke Street
  4. Our orange-uniformed guide will be waiting for you in Cowcross Street, in between the two station entrances/exits to Farringdon station.

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December

SUPER SLEUTH
Wednesday 4 December 1pm. Holborn Station KioskThe first of our four walks about Sherlock Holmes. We visit locations in Bloomsbury from the life of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle and places that were mentioned in his famous detective stories.
Duration: 45 minutes.

CHARLES DICKENS AND BARNABY RUDGE
Saturday 7 December 2pm. Holborn Station KioskBarnaby Rudge was set against the background of the Gordon Riots of 1780 – the most violent riots in London’s history. This walk takes us to locations in the Holborn area that featured in the book.
Duration: 90 minutes.

CHARLES DICKENS AND BLEAK HOUSE
Sunday 8 December 2pm. Chancery Lane StationBleak House is generally considered to be one of Charles Dickens’s finest novels. Today’s walk visits several sights in Holborn featured in this book. This is an extended version of our older Bleak House walk.
Duration: 90 minutes.

THE GAMES AFOOT
Wednesday 11 December 1pm. Holborn Station KioskThe second of our walks about Sherlock Holmes. Today we go to places in Holborn that featured in these famous detective stories. We also see locations from a recent Sherlock Holmes film and hear more about the life of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle.
Duration: 45 minutes.

UNLUCKY FOR SOME
Friday 13 December 1pm. Holborn Station KioskA special walk for Friday the 13th visiting sites connected to spells, superstition and prophecies.
Duration: 45 minutes.

CHRISTMAS CRACKERS
Wednesday 18 December 1pm. Holborn Station KioskA mixture of surprises – including the origin of a famous card game, one of the craziest forenames ever invented and the birthplace of a man who put his wife’s corpse on display!
Duration: 45 minutes.

CHARLES DICKENS AND OLIVER TWIST
Friday 20 December 12.30pm. Farringdon StationThis walk visits locations in the Farringdon area that featured in Charles Dickens’s famous novel Oliver Twist.
Please note the longer than normal length of this lunchtime walk.
Duration: 90 minutes.

CHRISTMAS STORY
Monday 23 December 1pm. Holborn Station KioskVisiting the place where the world’s first Christmas card was printed, an important site from the early history of British pantomime and a monument to the man who helped introduce the Christmas tree to our country.
Duration: 45 minutes.

WALKING INTO YOUR LIFE
Monday 30 December 11am. Central Saint GilesThe third walk in our series about Sherlock Holmes. We visit sites connected to six of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s famous detective stories, including The Hound of the Baskervilles, The Man With the Twisted Lip and The Missing Three Quarter. You don’t need to have read any of these because the stories will be explained.
Duration: 105 minutes.

SHERLOCK HOLMES AND THE BLUE CARBUNCLE
Tuesday 31 December 11am. Central Saint GilesThe mystery begins on Christmas morning when a man is robbed of his Christmas Dinner! This is the fourth of our walks about Sherlock Holmes, focusing on one of the short stories The Blue Carbuncle. Don’t worry if you haven’t read it because the story will be explained.
Duration: 90 minutes.

January

20/20 VISION (NEW)
Wednesday 8 and Friday 10 January 1pm. Holborn Station KioskOur first walk of 2020 is 20/20 Vision. We test our observation skills by finding some of the so-called ‘ghost signs’ or ‘fading signs’ which still remain long after the businesses they advertise have moved on.
Duration: 45 minutes.

WHAT’S IN A NAME (PART I)
Wednesday 15 January 1pm. Holborn Station KioskHow did local streets get their name? This tour looks at roads north of High Holborn.
Duration: 45 minutes.

WHAT’S IN A NAME (PART II)
Friday 17 January 1pm. Holborn Station KioskHow did local streets get their name? This tour looks at roads south of High Holborn.
Duration: 45 minutes.

SCREEN EIGHT (NEW)
Wednesday 22 and Friday 24 January 12.30pm. Farringdon StationThe eighth of our walks about film locations. This time we explore the Farringdon area to visit sites from five more films, including a James Bond movie and one of the most popular romantic comedies ever made.
Duration: 45 minutes.

GOING UNDERGROUND
Tuesday 28 January 1pm. Holborn Station KioskBelow Holborn there is a mile of tunnels unconnected to London Underground. This tour explores their purpose, history, and the various entrances that have until recently been largely unknown. Please note that this walk will be on the surface only and will not be going down any of the tunnels.
Duration: 45 minutes.

HOMES OF FAMOUS PEOPLE
Thursday 30 January 1pm. Holborn Station KioskThis tour visits some of the houses in Holborn formerly occupied by famous people, including the first British Prime Minister to be assassinated, and important dwellings from the history of literature and invention.
Duration: 45 minutes.

February

FETTER LANE (NEW)
Wednesday 5 and Friday 7 February 1pm. Chancery Lane StationRunning between Holborn and Fleet Street, Fetter Lane has a fascinating history. On the tour we hear about the road’s political and literary connections, as well as being the site of public executions.
Duration: 45 minutes.

WHAT’S IN A NAME (PART III)
Wednesday 12 February 1pm. Holborn Station KioskHow did local streets get their name? This tour looks at roads in Bloomsbury.
Duration: 45 minutes.

WHAT’S IN A NAME (PART IV)
Friday 14 February 1pm. Holborn Station KioskHow did local streets get their name? This tour looks at roads in St Giles.
Duration: 45 minutes.

20/20 VISION (NEW)
Wednesday 19 and Friday 21 February 1pm. Holborn Station KioskToday we test our observation skills by finding some of the so-called ‘ghost signs’ or ‘fading signs’ which still remain long after the businesses they advertise have moved on.
Duration: 45 minutes.

FARRINGDON STREETS AND THEIR STORY
Wednesday 26 February 12.30pm. Farringdon StationToday’s walk explores the origin of some of the street names in the Farringdon area.
Duration: 45 minutes.

CLERKENWELL CALLING
Friday 28 February 12.30pm. Farringdon StationToday’s walk explores the origin of some of the street names in the Clerkenwell area.
Duration: 45 minutes.

March

SCREEN EIGHT (NEW)
Wednesday 4 and Friday 6 March 12.30pm. Farringdon StationThe eighth of our walks about film locations. This time we explore the Farringdon area to visit sites from five more films, including a James Bond movie and one of the most popular romantic comedies ever made.
Duration: 45 minutes.

BLOOMSBURY PEOPLE
Tuesday 10 March 1pm. Holborn Station KioskWe visit the homes of some of Bloomsbury’s famous former residents, including personalities from the worlds of science, music, philosophy and religion.
Duration: 45 minutes.

SUFFRAGETTE CITY
Thursday 12 March 1pm. Holborn Station KioskWe visit several sites in Holborn and Bloomsbury linked to the struggle for votes for women.
Duration: 45 minutes.

MUSEUM MILE LONDON: CHINA (NEW)
Friday 13 March 2pm. Central Saint GilesA special China theme for today’s Museum Mile London walk. We start with a visit to the British Museum to view Chinese artefacts in the Sir Joseph Hotung Gallery, followed by a short walk to the Brunei Gallery to see the special exhibition: Ancient Vessels: A Visual and Material History of Food and Drink in China.

The tour will start by the red sculpture in the courtyard of Central Saint Giles at 2pm and end near Russell Square at 5pm.

Today’s walk visits two members of Museum Mile London, but our guide will also mention the other ten members to encourage people to visit them in the future.

Museum Mile London is the must-see home of 14 museums, spanning from Bloomsbury to the River Thames, where you can do everything from discovering Egyptian mummies to driving a Tube train. Together, we are one of the top cultural destinations in the world. Within the Mile, we have one of the greatest concentrations of museums in the UK. Did you know you’re never more than seven minutes’ walk from another museum?

#MuseumMileLDN
www.museum-mile.org.uk

FREE.

20 places only

Booking required and admission to the walk is by ticket only.

Booking commences online from 8 January. Please do not apply before this date because your application will not be accepted.

To book go to www.eventbrite.co.uk and search ‘Bee Midtown Museum Mile London walk.’.

Duration: 180 minutes.

BRAM STOKER’S THE JEWEL OF SEVEN STARS
Sunday 15 March 2pm. Central Saint GilesBram Stoker is famous for his novel Dracula. Today’s walk visits sites in Bloomsbury and Holborn from another of his books – The Jewel of Seven Stars. Instead of a vampire this time the horror is provided by an Ancient Egyptian mummy! Don’t worry if you haven’t read the book because the story will be explained.
Duration: 105 minutes.

FETTER LANE (NEW)
Wednesday 18 and Friday 20 March 1pm. Chancery Lane StationRunning between Holborn and Fleet Street, Fetter Lane has a fascinating history. On the tour we hear about the road’s political and literary connections, as well as being the site of public executions.
Duration: 45 minutes.

SINISTER ST GILES
Tuesday 24 March 1pm. Holborn Station KioskBordering some of London’s most fashionable districts, St Giles is today an area of exciting change with Crossrail and the Central Saint Giles development. This walk explores St Giles’s sinister past, including the sites of a workhouse and a plague burial pit.
Duration: 45 minutes.


A RING AROUND FARRINGDON
Thursday 26 March 2pm. Farringdon StationJoin this guided walk to discover 1,000 years of history through the buildings and collections of six of its cultural organisations. Experience Barts Hospital Museum, which exhibits the fascinating history of medical treatment at the Hospital; the church of St Barts the Great, London’s oldest church, and the setting for many films and TV programmes; the church of St Barts the Less; the museum and chapel of the Charterhouse, a thriving almshouse and stunning seven acre historic site dating back to the 14th century; the Museum of the Order of St John, charting the story of the religious military order from its origins in Jerusalem in the 11th century to its modern incarnation as St John Ambulance; and the Goldsmiths’ Centre, home to over a hundred craftspeople who continue the area’s tradition of passing skills on to future generations and host to a changing programme of contemporary jewellery and silversmithing exhibitions. The tour will finish at the Goldsmiths’ Centre’s excellent café, The Bench.

The tour will end near Farringdon Station at 5pm.

FREE.
20 places only.

Booking required and admission to the walk is by ticket only.

Booking commences online from 8 January.. Please do not apply before this date because your application will not be accepted.

To book go to www.eventbrite.co.uk and search ‘Bee Midtown A Ring Around Farringdon walk.’.

Duration: 180 minutes.

HEIST
Sunday 29 March 2pm. Holborn Station KioskThis walk visits sites in the Bloomsbury, Holborn and Farringdon areas that have featured in some of the infamous robberies in London’s recent history.
Duration: 120 minutes.