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Free guided walks – April – June

DUE TO CURRENT GOVERNMENT ADVICE RELATING TO THE COVID 19 VIRUS, MIDTOWN BID HAVE SUSPENDED ALL OUR GUIDED WALKS AS CURRENTLY ADVERTISED, UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE.

WE HOPE TO BE ABLE TO REACTIVATE OUR WALKS PROGRAMME AT THE EARLIEST OPPORTUNITY AND WILL UPDATE ACCORDINGLY BOTH THROUGH OUR WEBSITE AND SOCIAL CHANNELS AS SOON AS WE ARE IN A POSITION TO DO SO.


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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April

GREAT PLAGUE
Friday 3 April 1pm. Holborn Station KioskVisit the area where the Great Plague of 1665 started, and hear about these terrible times.
Duration: 45 minutes.

HOMES OF FAMOUS PEOPLE
Monday 6 April 1pm. Holborn Station Kiosk. This 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.

HANGING ACRE
Friday 17 April 1pm. Chancery Lane StationThis walk explores the gruesome history of the area bordered by Gray’s Inn Road, Clerkenwell Road and Leather Lane. We visit locations connected to murderers, executioners and go to the site of the ‘Thieves Kitchen’ and ‘Hanging Acre.’
Duration: 45 minutes.

OLD ST GILES
Tuesday 21 April 1pm. Holborn Station KioskToday we go to the site of the notorious St Giles Rookery and hear about its history.
Duration: 45 minutes.

ST GEORGE
Thursday 23 April 1pm. Holborn Station Kiosk A patriotic theme for St George’s Day. This walk takes us to the place where our national anthem was first sung publicly. We also visit a former home and the final resting place of the composer of Rule Britannia.
Duration: 45 minutes.

WHO ATE ALL THE PIES?
Monday 27 April 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.

May

HORRIBLE HOLBORN
Friday 1 May 1pm. Holborn Station KioskThe pleasantness of present-day Holborn hides a dark and sinister past. This tour uncovers it. Please note that this walk includes graphic descriptions of executions that some people might find upsetting!
Duration: 45 minutes.

HOLBORN AT WAR
Monday 4 May 1pm. Holborn Station KioskThis week marks the 75th anniversary of VE Day. To commemorate the event we begin our series about the Second World War with a walk visiting sites in Holborn connected with the
Battle of Britain.
Duration: 45 minutes.

THE BLITZ
Tuesday 12 May 1pm. Holborn Station KioskHolborn was badly damaged during the Blitz. Today’s walk continues our commemoration of VE Day by visiting several locations that were bombed and explains how the Holborn we know today was shaped by these terrible events.
Duration: 45 minutes.

DOODLEBUG!
Friday 15 May 1pm. Holborn Station KioskIn 1944 Hitler unleashed his V1 ‘Doodlebug’ flying bomb and V2 rocket on Britain. This walk continues our commemoration of VE Day by visiting four places in the Holborn area hit by these weapons.
Duration: 45 minutes.

FARRINGDON AND WORLD WAR II
Wednesday 20 May 12.30pm. Farringdon StationFarringdon was badly bombed during the Second World War. This walk concludes our series commemorating VE Day by visiting some of the bomb sites in the area.
Duration: 45 minutes.

WALK ON THE WILDE SIDE (NEW)
Sunday 24 May 11am and 2pm. Farringdon StationPart one of a special series of three walks to commemorate the 125th anniversary of the trial of the poet and playwright Oscar Wilde. We visit several locations in the Farringdon and eastern Holborn areas connected to the life of this literary giant and focus on the libel action he took at the Old Bailey. You don’t need to go on all three parts of this series because each walk is designed to be enjoyed either separately or together with the others. Parts two and three will take place later in the year.
Duration: 135 minutes.

SUFFRAGETTE CITY
Tuesday 26 May 1pm. Holborn Station KioskWe visit several sites in Holborn and Bloomsbury linked to the struggle for votes for women.
Duration: 45 minutes.

JUNE

HIP TO BE SQUARE
Friday 5 June 1pm. Holborn Station KioskToday we go to Queen Square and round off our walk with a visit to see the contemporary art of the October Gallery and their special exhibition of works by Rachid Koraïchi. For Koraïchi, art represents an ancient pathway into the unknown. Signs and symbols from civilisation’s oldest languages are deconstructed and abstracted in the artist’s work to elaborate a personal visual vocabulary.
Duration: 45 minutes.

BRANCHING OUT (NEW)
Saturday 6 and Sunday 7 June 11am and 1pm. Meeting outside Conway Hall, Red Lion SquareToday’s walk is an official part of Bloomsbury’s Open Gardens festival supported by the Friends of Red Lion Square Gardens. We meet outside the main entrance to Conway Hall before going into the central part of Red Lion Square to look at eight varieties of trees, including London Plane, Tree of Heaven and Handkerchief trees.
Please note. The unusual starting point for this walk which is immediately outside the main entrance to Conway Hall in Red Lion Square by the junction with Lambs Conduit Passage.
Duration: 45 minutes.

THE BLOOMSBURY GROUP
Tuesday 9 June 5.30pm. Holborn Station KioskVisiting some of the many sites connected with the Bloomsbury Group of writers, artists and intellectuals.
Duration: 45 minutes.

MUSEUM MILE LONDON: WELLCOME COLLECTION (NEW)
Friday 12 June 2pm. Central Saint GilesThis tour visits Wellcome Collection to explore two of its special exhibitions about Happiness. Joy explores states of euphoria, and social experiences of collective joy, whilst Tranquillity will consider calmer more solitary feelings of reverie, serenity and awe.

Wellcome Collection is the free museum and library for the incurably curious. Inspired by the medical objects and curiosities collected by Henry Wellcome, it connects science, medicine, life and art. Through its exhibitions, live programming, and digital and publishing activity, it makes thought provoking content which aims to challenge how we think and feel about health.

The tour will start at 2pm and end near Euston at 5pm.

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


#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 3 April. 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.

LITTLE ITALY AND THE RISORGIMENTO
Sunday 14 June 2pm. Holborn Station KioskOn this walk we go to streets and buildings that were part of Little Italy – the heart of London’s Italian community in the 19th and 20th centuries. We also visit sites connected to the revolutionary nationalists Mazzini and Garibaldi and hear about the Risorgimento – the struggle for a united and independent Italy.
Duration: 135 minutes.

PEPYS SHOW
Wednesday 17 June 5.30pm. Holborn Station KioskSamuel Pepys’ famous diary provides a fascinating record of life in London in the 1660s, covering the restoration of the monarchy and the Great Plague. On the walk we see sites in the Holborn area referred to by Pepys in his diary.
Duration: 90 minutes.

CORRIDORS OF POWER (NEW)
Saturday 20 and Sunday 21 June 10am and 2pm. Farringdon StationMidtown BID presents a special walk which is an official part of the London Festival of Architecture 2020. Supporting the LFA 2020’s theme of ‘power’, we visit the outside of 13 buildings in Farringdon, Holborn, and Bloomsbury which were constructed to serve important and influential organisations. The tour will consider how organisations such as businesses, the legal profession, museums and trades unions, have left their mark on our area through the construction of buildings designed to demonstrate the influence or ‘power’ of commerce, culture and beliefs. We will hear about the design of the buildings, the occupants they were made for, as well as the past and present uses of these buildings which have helped shape the local environment.

Duration: 180 minutes.

The London Festival of Architecture runs from 1 – 30 June 2020. For details of the LFA 2020 and their schedule of events please see londonfestivalofarchitecture.org


A RING AROUND FARRINGDON
Thursday 25 June 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 3 April. 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.

WALKING OUT!
Friday 26 June 1pm. Holborn Station KioskThe Pride London Festival is taking place in London tomorrow. To celebrate the event we walk to sites in Bloomsbury and Holborn associated with lesbian and gay history, including the venue of the first Gay Liberation Front meeting in Britain.
Duration: 45 minutes.

WALK ON THE WILDE SIDE (NEW)
Sunday 28 June 11am and 2pm. Farringdon StationPart one of a special series of three walks to commemorate the 125th anniversary of the trial of the poet and playwright Oscar Wilde. We visit several locations in the Farringdon and eastern Holborn areas connected to the life of this literary giant and focus on the libel action he took at the Old Bailey. You don’t need to go on all three parts of this series because each walk is designed to be enjoyed either separately or together with the others. Parts two and three will take place later in the year.
Duration: 135 minutes.