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Free guided walks – September – December

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. Cowcross Street, between the two Farringdon station entrances/exits

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September

WRITING FOR BREAD
Monday 9 September 1pm. Holborn Station KioskToday’s walk is the first in our series about Aphra Behn who became the first woman in this country to become a professional writer back in the 17th century. This walk is designed to be enjoyed either on its own or together with the second part.
Duration: 45 minutes.

SHADY LADY
Wednesday 11 September 1pm. Holborn Station KioskThe second in our series of walks about Aphra Behn. We conclude the story of this 17th century figure who became England’s first female professional writer. This walk is designed to be enjoyed either on its own or together with the first part.
Duration: 45 minutes.

BAD TASTE OF THE TOWN (NEW)
Saturday 14 September 11am and 2pm. Chancery Lane StationThe second of our walks about the 18th century English artist William Hogarth. Today we visit sites connected to his life and work in the Holborn and St Giles areas. You don’t need to go on both parts of this series because each walk is designed to be enjoyed either on its own or together with the other tour.
Duration: 120 minutes.

PLAGUE AND FIRE
Wednesday 18 September 12.30pm. Farringdon StationThis tour focuses on two devastating events – the Black Death of the 14th century and the Great Fire of London of 1666.
Duration: 45 minutes.
LUNDENWIC CALLING
Friday 20 September 1pm. Holborn Station KioskThe first of two walks about the ancient town of Lundenwic. Today we hear about the early years of this settlement and visit sites in Holborn and St Giles where evidence of Saxon life has been discovered. You don’t need to go on both parts of this series because each walk is designed to be enjoyed either on its own or together with the other.
Duration: 45 minutes.
SKELETAL REMAINS (NEW)
Wednesday 25 and Friday 27 September 1pm. Holborn Station KioskThe second of our walks about the Saxon town of Lundenwic. This time we visit sites in the Holborn and Covent Garden areas where evidence of Saxon habitation has been found and hear about the final years of this ancient settlement. You don’t need to go on both parts of this series because each walk is designed to be enjoyed either on its own or together with the other tour.
Duration: 45 minutes.

October

WHO ATE ALL THE PIES?
Wednesday 2 October 1pm. Holborn Station KioskToday we hear about the story of the 18th century serial killer Sweeney Todd. This walk visits the site of his barber shop and the place where his victims were made into meat pies.
Duration: 45 minutes.

SUFFRAGETTE CITY
Friday 4 October 1pm. Holborn Station KioskWe visit several sites in Holborn and Bloomsbury linked to the struggle for votes for women.
Duration: 45 minutes.

FARRINGDON STREETS AND THEIR STORY
Wednesday 9 October 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 11 October 12.30pm. Farringdon StationToday’s walk explores the origin of some of the street names in the Clerkenwell area.
Duration: 45 minutes.

OPERA: ACT I (NEW)
Tuesday 15 and Thursday 17 October 1pm. Holborn Station KioskThe first in our series of two about opera. Today we visit sites connected to the early history of opera in England. You don’t need to go on both parts of this series because each walk is designed to be enjoyed either on its own or together with the other tour.
Duration: 45 minutes.

OPERA: ACT II (NEW)
Tuesday 22 and Thursday 24 October 1pm. Holborn Station KioskThe second in our series about opera. Today we continue the story by visiting different sites, this time connected to the history of opera in the 20th century. You don’t need to go on both parts of this series because each walk is designed to be enjoyed either on its own or together with the other tour.
Duration: 45 minutes.

HAUNTED HOLBORN
Thursday 31 October 1pm. Holborn Station KioskToday it’s Halloween and we start a week-long series of ghost walks. We begin with a tour visiting locations in Holborn, including the haunting of a local pub, the ghost of an Egyptian mummy, and the haunting of one of Holborn’s oldest buildings.
Duration: 45 minutes.

November

MORE SPOOKY STORIES
Friday 1 November 1pm. Holborn Station KioskToday we visit more spooky sites, including the place haunted by Lord Nelson’s ghost, and a theatre where something fishy is going on.
Duration: 45 minutes.

AN ICY ONE FOR EC1 (NEW)
Saturday 2 and Sunday 3 November 11am and 2pm. Farringdon StationThis walk takes us to some of the spooky sites in the Farringdon and Clerkenwell area, including the ghosts of prisoners, plague casualties and victims of the bloody conflicts of the Reformation.
Duration: 90 minutes.

SCARY ST. GILES AND BLOOMSBURY
Monday 4 November 1pm. Holborn Station KioskContinuing our series of ghost walks, we go to supernatural sites in the Bloomsbury and St Giles area, including a haunted theatre and church.
Duration: 45 minutes.

THE COCK LANE GHOST
Tuesday 5 November 12.30pm. Farringdon StationPart one of our series about the 18th century Cock Lane Ghost, one of London’s most famous hauntings. Today we begin the story by visiting sites in the Farringdon area. You don’t need to go on both parts of this series, because each walk is designed to be enjoyed either by itself or together with the other part.
Duration: 45 minutes.

SCRATCHING SOUNDS
Wednesday 6 November 12.30pm. Farringdon StationPart two of our series about the Cock Lane Ghost. Today we conclude the story by visiting locations in Clerkenwell and hear about the cultural significance of this 18th century phenomenon. You don’t need to go on both parts of this series, because each walk is designed to be enjoyed either by itself or together with the other part.
Duration: 45 minutes.


MUSEUM MILE LONDON: UCL (NEW)
Friday 8 November 2pm. Central Saint GilesThis tour visits University College London’s three museums which are together members of the Museum Mile London –
the Petrie Museum of Egyptian Archaeology, the Grant Museum of Zoology and the UCL Art Museum.

The tour will start by the red sculpture in the courtyard of Central Saint Giles at 2pm and end near Goodge Street Station 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. For a full list of all members of Museum Mile London visit www.museum-mile.org.uk

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.

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

Booking commences online from 2 October. 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.


A RING AROUND FARRINGDON
Thursday 14 November 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 2 October. 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.

OPERA: ACT I (NEW)
Wednesday 20 and Friday 22 November 1pm. Holborn Station KioskThe first in our series of two about opera. Today we visit sites connected to the early history of opera in England. You don’t need to go on both parts of this series because each walk is designed to be enjoyed either on its own or together with the other tour.
Duration: 45 minutes.

OPERA: ACT II (NEW)
Tuesday 26 and Thursday 28 November 1pm. Holborn Station KioskThe second in our series about opera. Today we continue the story by visiting different sites, this time connected to the history of opera in the 20th century. You don’t need to go on both parts of this series because each walk is designed to be enjoyed either on its own or together with the other tour.
Duration: 45 minutes.

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.