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Free guided walks – July – September

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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July

FOUNDING FATHER
Wednesday 3 July 5.30pm. Holborn Station KioskA special walk as we approach American Independence Day! In the 18th century one of the Founding Fathers of the United States, Benjamin Franklin, spent some time in London. We visit sites in Bloomsbury and Holborn connected to his stay here.
Duration: 90 minutes.
WALK IN THE SUN
Thursday 4 July 12.30pm. Farringdon StationToday we go to sites in Farringdon connected to the stay in London in the 18th century of Benjamin Franklin, one of the Founding Fathers of the United States of America. We hear about his arrival in this country and his famous experiments with electricity.
Duration: 45 minutes.

WALKING OUT!
Friday 5 July 1pm. Holborn Station KioskThe Pride in London Festival is taking place in London. 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.
LUNDENWIC CALLING
Tuesday 9 July 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.

CHARTERHOUSE SQUARE
Wednesday 10 July 12.30pm. Farringdon StationToday we take the short walk to Charterhouse Square to see the outside of the Charterhouse – originally a monastery in the 14th century we hear about the changing use of this site over the years. We also visit a film location from a popular television series and hear about two recordbreakers associated with the
square. Please note that we do not go inside the Charterhouse on this walk.
Duration: 45 minutes.
SKELETAL REMAINS (NEW)
Wednesday 17 and Friday 19 July 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.
THE BLOOMSBURY GROUP
Tuesday 23 July 5.30pm. Holborn Station KioskVisiting some of the many sites connected with the Bloomsbury Group of writers, artists and intellectuals.
Duration: 90 minutes.

A RING AROUND FARRINGDON (NEW)
Thursday 25 July 2pm. Farringdon Station
Join this guided walk to discover 1,000 years of history through the buildings and collections of five 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 film and TV programmes; 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 July. 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: 120 minutes.

ROUND ABOUT HOGARTH (NEW)
Saturday 27 July 11am and 2pm. Farringdon StationThe first of our two tours about
the 18th century English artist William Hogarth, famous for his paintings and satirical engravings. Today’s walk takes us to locations in Farringdon connected to his life and work. 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: 90 minutes.
DR FEELBAD
Tuesday 30 July 5.30pm. Holborn Station KioskToday we visit sites connected to
Dr Crippen – a notorious murderer from a century ago.
Duration: 105 minutes.
REAL CINDERELLA
Wednesday 31 July 1pm. Holborn Station KioskThe first walk in our series about the rags-to-royalty life of Nell Gwynn, one of the most interesting characters from Restoration 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.
Duration: 45 minutes.

August

MISTRESS OF THE KING
Friday 2 August 1pm. Holborn Station KioskThe second part in our series about Nell Gwynn, who became
the mistress of King Charles II. 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.
BAD TASTE OF THE TOWN (NEW)
Saturday 3 August 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.
THE PEASANTS ARE REVOLTING
Tuesday 6 August 5.30pm. Farringdon StationFor this tour we go back to 1381 and visit places in Farringdon and Clerkenwell from Wat Tyler’s Peasants’ Revolt.
Duration: 75 minutes.
Duration: 75 minutes.

A WIZARD WALKS BY
Wednesday 7 August 1pm. Holborn Station KioskThe first in our series of walks about the occult. Today’s walk goes to the northern part of Holborn to hear about séances and mediums and visits the location of the birthplace of ‘Ghost Hunter’ Harry Price. You don’t need to go on all four parts of this series because each walk is designed to be enjoyed either on its own or together with the others.
Duration: 45 minutes.
WANDERERS OF THE WASTES
Friday 9 August 1pm. Holborn Station KioskThe second in our series of walks about the occult. This tour visits locations in Bloomsbury to hear about Aleister Crowley and the Golden Dawn. You don’t need to go on all four parts of this series because each walk is designed to be enjoyed either on its own or together with the others.
Duration: 45 minutes.
A TASTE OF INDIA
Thursday 15 August 1pm. Holborn Station KioskA special walk for Indian Independence Day, going to sites near Holborn associated with Indian history and culture.
Duration: 45 minutes.

MUSEUM MILE LONDON: CHARLES DICKENS AND THE FOUNDLING HOSPITAL (NEW)
Friday 16 August 2pm. Chancery Lane
This tour visits the Charles Dickens Museum and Foundling Museum to hear about the famous Victorian novelist’s support of the Foundling Hospital, the first institution in the country to care for abandoned children.

PLEASE NOTE THE UNUSUAL STARTING POINT FOR THIS WALK

The tour will start by Chancery Lane Station at 2pm and end near Russell Square at 4pm.

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

FREE.

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

Booking commences online from 3 July. 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: 120 minutes.

ROUND ABOUT HOGARTH (NEW)
Saturday 17 August 11am and 2pm. Farringdon StationThe first of our two tours about the 18th century English artist William Hogarth, famous for his paintings and satirical engravings. Today’s walk takes us to locations in Farringdon connected to his life and work. 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: 90 minutes.

PENTAGONAL PERAMBULATIONS
Wednesday 21 August 1pm. Holborn Station KioskOur series of guided walks about the occult continues with our third tour. This time we visit more sites in Bloomsbury and Holborn and hear about Emanuel Swedenborg and William Blake. You don’t need to go on all four parts of this series because each walk is designed to be enjoyed either on its own or together with the others.
Duration: 45 minutes.

THINGS NEAR AND FAR
Friday 23 August 1pm. Holborn Station KioskOur series of walks about the occult concludes with our fourth tour. Today we visit the eastern part of the Holborn area to hear more about Aleister Crowley and the Golden Dawn. You don’t need to go on all four parts of this series because each walk is designed to be enjoyed either on its own or together with the others.
Duration: 45 minutes.

SMITHFIELD
Tuesday 27 August 12.30pm. Farringdon StationOur series of walks about the occult concludes with our fourth tour. Today we visit the eastern part of the Holborn area to hear more about Aleister Crowley and the Golden Dawn. You don’t need to go on all four parts of this series because each walk is designed to be enjoyed either on its own or together with the others.
Duration: 45 minutes.

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.