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9-10 June 2018

9-10 June 2018

Guided Walks

Saturday Sunday

Our guided walks help you to experience an area in all its guises, or pursue a particular theme or interest. Keep checking this page for more information as details of further walks are confirmed. Booking opens on 8 May at 12 noon.

All the walks listed on this page (with the exception of the Green Roof and the Cable Street walks) are led by experienced and qualified City of London, Westminster, Camden or Clerkenwell guides who specialise in taking themed tours of particular areas of London.

The Open Garden Squares Weekend team would like to thank all the guides who voluntarily plan and lead these walks for visitors.

Saturday

Discover the Clean Air Gardens around the Barbican Estate
10:00

Sarah Hudson & Beth Humphrey

Saturday 10:00–11:30

Join us for a wander through the Barbican Estate and discover some Clean Air gardens.

Further details + booking

Situated in the City’s Low Emission Neighbourhood, supported by the Mayor of London, the area around the Barbican Estate has seen installations of creative gardens by residents, schools, organisations, and the City of London Corporation, with the agenda to improve local air quality. Throughout the walk, learn about what plants make good air quality filters, the importance of greening in a City, and how we can take steps to improve our environment.

Booking

Canary Wharf - Gardens and Quaysides
11:00

Naomi Hemans

Saturday 11:00–12:30

Now fully booked

Discover the green spaces and surprisingly peaceful side of London’s newest financial district.

Further details

On this walk through Canary Wharf, we will explore its gardens, quaysides, squares, public artworks and spectacular riverside views.

Photo
'Growth Form 2012' by Hugh Chapman at Canary Wharf
Green Roof Walk
11:00

Dusty Gedge

Saturday 11:00–13:00

Now fully booked

This walk will include three rooftop green roofs as well as others that are more accessible to reach from street level.

Further details

On the way we will take in some unusual views of London and learn about the invertebrates and birdlife that make use of the rooftop spaces. This is a walk for the physically fit as a certain amount of ladder climbing is necessary to access the roofs and some distance between sites means that some brisk walking may be involved. The walk will end at a Thameside roof where refreshment will be available in the setting of the rooftop garden of the Nomura building.

I Giardini della City
11:00

Claudia Colia

Saturday 11:00–12:30

All’interno dello Square Mile ci sono circa 200 spazi verdi, la maggior parte con il proprio patrimonio.

Further details + booking

Si tratta di giardini storici, cimiteri, spazi aperti, tetti ‘viventi’, nuovi sviluppi eco compatibili, con piante bioindicatrici, sensibili agli agenti inquinanti. Una passeggiata alla scoperta di flora, clima e superfici, tra rovine, monumenti ed edifici contemporanei ed una varietà di piante autoctone, indigene o naturalizzate. A walk in Italian which highlights historic gardens, churchyards, open spaces and new environmental friendly developments in the City of London, including bioindicating plants, sensitive to polluting agents. Discover the variety of the urban flora and the complex mixture of climate and surfaces, which challenges the survival of native plants, indigenous or naturalised.

Booking

The Cable Street Community.
11:00

Ray Newton

Saturday 11:00–12:00

Join Ray Newton, local social historian on his walk to discover this fascinating area of East London.

Further details + booking

Starting at the wonderful community gardens of Cable Street we will also visit some historic buildings and consider their importance and heritage to the lives of the local people.

Booking

Un Paseo Por Los Jardines Londinenses Escondidos .
11:00

Hugh Dennis

Saturday 11:00–12:30

Hoy vamos a deleitarnos con dos de las joyas de Londres: sus rincones y sus espacios verdes escondidos.

Further details + booking

Vamos a tener la ocasión única de disfrutar de algunos de los lugares secretos del casco viejo que normalmente no están abiertos los fines de semana. A la vez aprenderemos mas sobre el origen de la ciudad de Londres cuya historia comenzó aquí.

Booking

Blooms, Bombsites and Burial Grounds
11:00

Linda Dalton

Saturday 11:00–12:30

Now fully booked

The most intriguing thing about the City of London is its secret gardens and hidden green corners.

Further details

The origin of many are from the Great Fire of 1666 and the bombsites of the Blitz, along with the Burial Act of 1855. Discover some of these unique spaces within the square mile, always something lovely to look at with a bit of history and horticulture for good measure.

The Greening of Kings Cross
11:00

Peter Twist

Saturday 11:00–12:30

Now fully booked

The area has been transformed from an under-used industrial wasteland into a vibrant part of the city with a whole 26 acres of new parks, squares and open space, several by top garden designers.

Further details

Our walk will show a selection of these and reveal the innovative planting and remarkable collection of trees and gardens, blending historic and contemporary urban environments into a relaxing green environment.

Southwark's gardens and ‘hoppy’ past with added Dickens, Chaucer, Shakespeare and Keats.
11:00

David Morgan

Saturday 11:00–12:30

Now fully booked

Southwark today belies its colourful and influential past.

Further details

Before the advent of the railways it was a bustling place and played an important part in London’s daily life. The hop trade, stemming from the Garden of England (Kent), is just one example of past activity that shaped Southwark and along the way we’ll trace its decline and the recent rebirth of small scale brewing in the area. But our main aim is to explore the very varied green spaces of today, retrace their sometimes unusual pasts, and manage to weave Dickens, Chaucer, Shakespeare, Keats, and others into the story as we wend our way.

Nic’s Secret garden – a day in the life of a City Gardener.
11:00

Nic Guerra

Saturday 11:00–12:00

This walk and tour led by Nic Guerra, one of the most experienced City of London Corporation gardeners will start with the beautiful St Dunstans in the East - an intimate City garden created in the walls of the churchyard and then visitors will be taken on a tour of Nic’s Secret garden, a nearby unique space dedicated to tending for plants which have been rescued or donated - a true garden nursery.

Further details + booking

All the plants are brought on to good health by Nic and his small team of volunteers and they are then passed on to various community groups for replanting. Nic will talk about his role as an award winning City gardener within the Corporation and explain how he has introduced more biodiversity and wildlife into all of his gardens. This tour is the first of its kind offering a glimpse into a day in the life of a City gardener who is passionate and dedicated to plants and the local community. Visitors are encouraged to stay after the walk and tour to browse and chat to volunteers.

Booking

Photo
St Dunstan's in the East (© Sue Snell)
London in Suits: Spades (Gardens of the City of London)
11:00

Jack Yeomanson

Saturday 11:00–12:30

Now fully booked

Travel through the City of London on this playing card-themed guided walk for the Spades suit.

Further details

We’ll visit a number of gardens throughout the City in places including churches, ruins and other intriguing places to hear the stories about how they came into being. See a monument to some great civilian heroes, learn the difference between a Doctor and a Surgeon, visit the burial site of a warrior queen and see the church where one of the World’s best-known Christmas Carols was composed by the brothers who would later go on to found a new religious denomination. The final highlight of the walk will be a wonderful view over the Capital as we really do go up in the World!

Smithfield -- A walk on the wild side of the City of London
11:00

Lina Nicolli

Saturday 11:00–12:30

Now fully booked

The Smithfield area has been a fateful destination for many famous, and infamous, figures in history.

Further details

We will explore some of the locations where key events unfolded. And after sharing some stories of Smithfield’s long and tumultuous history, the walk will end in the restorative tranquillity of a wild garden in the brutalist landscape of the Barbican.

Markets, Martyrs and Monuments: a Walk through Smithfield
11:00

Julie Wright

Saturday 11:00–12:30

Now fully booked

A walk through one of the most historic areas of the City of London featuring markets that have existed here since the Middle Ages, the martyrs who have given their lives for their beliefs and the monuments a-plenty to the great and the not-so-good that have made Smithfield one of the most unique places in the world.

Further details

We will begin at Farringdon tube station and wind our way through some dark alleys , be amazed by old medieval churches and hospitals and be delighted by the wonderful Victorian market that still exists today . Past , present and a hint to the future on this 60-minute walking tour.

Discover the Clean Air Gardens around the Barbican Estate
11:30

Sarah Hudson & Beth Humphrey

Saturday 11:30–13:00

Join us for a wander through the Barbican Estate and discover some Clean Air gardens.

Further details + booking

Situated in the City’s Low Emission Neighbourhood, supported by the Mayor of London, the area around the Barbican Estate has seen installations of creative gardens by residents, schools, organisations, and the City of London Corporation, with the agenda to improve local air quality. Throughout the walk, learn about what plants make good air quality filters, the importance of greening in a City, and how we can take steps to improve our environment.

Booking

Photo
Beech Gardens in the Barbican (© Faiqa Syed)
Green roof walk
12:00

Charles Fentiman

Saturday 12:00–14:00

Now fully booked

This walk will include three rooftop green roofs as well as others that are more accessible to reach from street level.

Further details

On the way we will take in some unusual views of London and learn about the invertebrates and birdlife that make use of the rooftop spaces. This is a walk for the physically fit as a certain amount of ladder climbing is necessary to access the roofs and some distance between sites means that some brisk walking may be involved. The walk will end at a Thameside roof where refreshment will be available in the setting of the rooftop garden of the Nomura building.

World War One - Walk of Remembrance
12:00

Emmanuel Lebaut Charlie Forman Mark Lubi

Saturday 12:00–13:30

A walk through Whitehall – the heart of British government where the Great War was born as a global conflict and the subsequent human cost is most poignantly remembered.

Further details + booking

This walk evokes the impact of WW1 on London, the events that marked its end as we approach the commemoration of the Armistice, and the monuments, institutions and gardens which preserve its memory.

Booking

Nic’s Secret garden – a day in the life of a City Gardener.
12:00

Nic Guerra

Saturday 12:00–13:00

This walk and tour led by Nic Guerra, one of the most experienced City of London Corporation gardeners will start with the beautiful St Dunstans in the East - an intimate City garden created in the walls of the churchyard and then visitors will be taken on a tour of Nic’s Secret garden, a nearby unique space dedicated to tending for plants which have been rescued or donated - a true garden nursery. Visitors are encouraged to stay after the walk and tour to browse and chat to volunteers.

Further details + booking

All the plants are brought on to good health by Nic and his small team of volunteers and they are then passed on to various community groups for replanting. Nic will talk about his role as an award winning City gardener within the Corporation and explain how he has introduced more biodiversity and wildlife into all of his gardens. This tour is the first of its kind offering a glimpse into a day in the life of a City gardener who is passionate and dedicated to plants and the local community. Visitors are encouraged to stay after the walk and tour to browse and chat to volunteers.

Booking

Southwark Park: A Guided Tour
14:00

Patrick Kingwell

Saturday 14:00–15:30

Find out about the key moments in the history of one London’s oldest parks.

Further details + booking

First opened to the public in 1869, Southwark Park has grown from former market gardens into a Grade 2 Listed and Green Flag amenity. The walk will look at the part played by local people in achieving the many improvements that the community enjoy today. Local historian Pat Kingwell will relate how changes came about over time, with special focus on major features such as the Oval, the lake, the art galleries, sports facilities, the bandstand, the Jabez West memorial and the Ada Salter Garden.

Booking

Old and new biodiversity in the Square Mile
14:00

Licia Sisalli

Saturday 14:00–15:30

Now fully booked

The walk will guide people through some of the 200 open spaces in the Square Mile, in the City of London.

Further details

We will be looking at some examples of how old and new biodiversity interact in City gardens, old church yards and monasteries, as well as ancient Roman ruins and beehives, contrasting with example of sustainable modern architecture like 1 New Change.

The story of Regent’s Park from King Henry VIII’s hunting ground to public pleasure park
14:00

Susie Fairfax Davies

Saturday 14:00–15:30

Now fully booked

Hear about the development of the park over the last 500 years, from its origin as Middlesex Forest to its place today as a popular central London pleasure park.

Further details

Back by popular demand, this walk iintroduces the gardens of Regent’s Park: Park Square, Park Crescent, Royal College of Physicians’ Medicinal Garden, Regent’s Park Allotment Garden, Queen Mary’s Rose Garden, St John’s Lodge ‘Secret Garden’. Hear how Henry VIII, Charles I, Oliver Cromwell and George IV have all played a part in the story and how the park was used during WW1 and WW2. Find out which Royal Societies were based here and which films, books and authors have featured Regent’s Park.

Photo
Park Square (© Sarah Jackson)
The Greening of Kings Cross
14:00

Peter Twist

Saturday 14:00–15:30

Now fully booked

The area has been transformed from an under-used industrial wasteland into a vibrant part of the city with a whole 26 acres of new parks, squares and open space, several by top garden designers.

Further details

Our walk will show a selection of these and reveal the innovative planting and remarkable collection of trees and gardens, blending historic and contemporary urban environments into a relaxing green environment.

Photo
Gasholder Park
Ada Salter - Beautifying Bermondsey
14:00

Sue McCarthy

Saturday 14:00–15:30

Ada Salter was a local politician, who believed ‘the cultivation of flowers and trees is a civic duty’. She and her husband, Dr Alfred Salter MP, made a significant difference to the lives of local people in the first half of the twentieth century.

Further details + booking

In densely populated, heavily industrialised Bermondsey, Ada’s Beautification Committee undertook extensive street tree planting, turned churchyards into playgrounds, planted bulbs and shrubs and acquired pockets of land to create green oases. She replaced overcrowded slums by cottage-style housing and encouraged local window box and garden competitions. The industry may have gone and riverside warehouses become residential apartments, but as we walk through the garden suburb she created, among trees she planted and pocket parks she fought to acquire, we see that Ada’s Beautiful Bermondsey lives on and meets its modern equivalent in new garden squares, floating gardens on houseboats and balconies above our heads.

Booking

Nic’s Secret garden – a day in the life of a City Gardener.
14:00

Nic Guerra

Saturday 14:00–15:00

Now fully booked

This walk and tour led by Nic Guerra, one of the most experienced City of London Corporation gardeners will start with the beautiful St Dunstans in the East - an intimate City garden created in the walls of the churchyard and then visitors will be taken on a tour of Nic’s Secret garden, a nearby unique space dedicated to tending for plants which have been rescued or donated - a true garden nursery.

Further details

All the plants are brought on to good health by Nic and his small team of volunteers and they are then passed on to various community groups for replanting. Nic will talk about his role as an award winning City gardener within the Corporation and explain how he has introduced more biodiversity and wildlife into all of his gardens. This tour is the first of its kind offering a glimpse into a day in the life of a City gardener who is passionate and dedicated to plants and the local community. Visitors are encouraged to stay after the walk and tour to browse and chat to volunteers.

Smithfield -- A walk on the wild side of the City of London
14:00

Lina Nicolli

Saturday 14:00–15:30

The Smithfield area has been a fateful destination for many famous, and infamous, figures in history.

Further details + booking

We will explore some of the locations where key events unfolded. And after sharing some stories of Smithfield’s long and tumultuous history, the walk will end in the restorative tranquillity of a wild garden in the brutalist landscape of the Barbican.

Booking

Around Limehouse
14:00

Laure Thomas

Saturday 14:00–15:30

Now fully booked

Discover the marina and the green spaces around Limehouse that retain retain the soul of the East End.

Further details

Hear all of its rich and infamous history, from the hustle and bustle of the port, the original Chinatown where Sherlock Holmes was a regular customer, and more. Discover how green and open spaces are today contributing to make it a valued and vibrant neighbourhood.The walk ends at the historic pub, The Grapes.

World War One - Walk of Remembrance
14:30

Emmanuel Lebaut Charlie Forman Mark Lubi

Saturday 14:30–16:00

A walk through Whitehall – the heart of British government where the Great War was born as a global conflict and the subsequent human cost is most poignantly remembered.

Further details + booking

This walk evokes the impact of WW1 on London, the events that marked its end as we approach the commemoration of the Armistice, and the monuments, institutions and gardens which preserve its memory.

Booking

Sunday

Guided Tree Walk of Green Park
10:00

Greg Packman

Sunday 10:00–11:30

Exploring the landscape and planted history of The Green Park.

Further details + booking

Exploring the landscape and planted history of The Green Park; the environmental and ecological importance of its trees as well as the cultural history.

Booking

Quirks and wonders of Bloomsbury
10:30

Susie Fairfax Davies & Jonathan Grun

Sunday 10:30–12:00

Now fully booked

Back by popular demand, this 90-minute walk start at Bedford Square and ends at Tavistock Square; meet the characters who lived in Bloomsbury.

Further details

The walk will include the iconic garden squares and architectural wonders of Bloomsbury; we will also meet individuals who shaped 19th and 20th centuries in literature, arts and education.

Ada Salter - Beautifying Bermondsey
10:30

Oonagh Gay

Sunday 10:30–12:00

Ada Salter was a local politician, who believed ‘the cultivation of flowers and trees is a civic duty’. She and her husband, Dr Alfred Salter MP, made a significant difference to the lives of local people in the first half of the twentieth century.

Further details + booking

In densely populated, heavily industrialised Bermondsey, Ada’s Beautification Committee undertook extensive street tree planting, turned churchyards into playgrounds, planted bulbs and shrubs and acquired pockets of land to create green oases. She replaced overcrowded slums by cottage-style housing and encouraged local window box and garden competitions. The industry may have gone and riverside warehouses become residential apartments, but as we walk through the garden suburb she created, among trees she planted and pocket parks she fought to acquire, we see that Ada’s Beautiful Bermondsey lives on and meets its modern equivalent in new garden squares, floating gardens on houseboats and balconies above our heads.

Booking

The Home Front: City Life in the Great War
10:30

Emmanuel Lebaut, Charlie Forman, Mark Lu

Sunday 10:30–12:00

Gardens may not be what you expect to find when you relive the Great War in the City of London. But between the steps on which the war was proclaimed and the steps leading to the service of thanksgiving at the Armistice, there are quiet spaces for reflection.

Further details + booking

Let’s not forget the battalion of volunteer stockbrokers, the citizens hounded out for having German ancestry, the wannabe journalist who disguised herself as a man to reach the front line, and not least - those who lost their lives saving others. Join your three guides for this 90-minute walk of remembrance.

Booking

Squares of Belgravia
10:30

Lou Cohen & Philippa Hanscombe

Sunday 10:30–12:00

Now fully booked

These squares in Belgravia remain some of the most desirable addresses in Westminster and have been lived in by dukes, prime ministers, ambassadors, actors, poets and authors. Find out about the history of the gardens and some of the famous and infamous residents who once lived in and around them.

Further details

The leading developer of the Regency and early Victorian era was Thomas Cubitt. In 1820 he began work on the Duke of Grosvenor’s estate, incorporating the marshy waste of Belgravia, using spoil from the excavation of St Katharine’s Dock to raise the land. Grand houses were built and garden squares designed and planted. Some of London’s wealthiest residents moved in making Robert Grosvenor, Duke of Westminster, the wealthiest of them all.

The Architecture of Power
10:30

Eric Large

Sunday 10:30–12:00

Have you ever wondered why buildings housing important functions look like they do? Are you impressed by them, even overawed? If so why?

Further details + booking

This walk will look around Whitehall, the heart of government for nearly a 1,000 years. We will see examples of buildings:

  • From all eras, mediaeval to the current day.
  • Built for kings & queens, the Navy, the professions, and of course for Parliament.
We will look at how power has shaped these buildings and the environment around them. We will also enjoy some memorable sights along the way!

Booking

Mainly Cubitt – the garden squares of Pimlico and Belgravia.
11:00

Stephen Benton

Sunday 11:00–12:30

Now fully booked

Home to some of the best known garden squares, Pimlico and Belgravia were developed in the first part of the 19th century on land mostly owned by the Duke of Westminster.

Further details

Much of the design including a number of the squares was down to one developer Thomas Cubitt and in this walk we will see six garden squares in which he had a hand and one which he did not. Along the way we will also get to hear about some of the many famous and infamous people who have lived in these parts.

Photo
Eccleston Square (© Diana Jarvis)
Lincoln’s Inn and Lincoln’s Inn Square
11:00

Tim Kidd

Sunday 11:00–12:30

Lincoln’s Inn has been afflicted by major building works, so the gardens will not be at their best but it would be a shame to miss this well-hidden part of London.

Further details + booking

After that we will go into Lincoln’s Inn Fields, which was in danger of being buried under houses in the 17th century but was rescued for our enjoyment by the nearby lawyers.

Booking

Copse and Robbers
11:00

Sian Whittaker & Cathy Chivers

Sunday 11:00–12:30

Join us on a journey through London’s edgelands taken over by nature – a secret secluded wood, an orchard growing in a cattle market opened by Prince Albert – Remember the Tolpuddle martyrs and pass by a famous prison.

Further details + booking

Explore gardens designed for the well-off and hear stories about local characters from a diverse community.

Booking

Photo
A secret secluded wood in the edgelands of North London (© Celia Lowe)
London in Suits: Diamonds (A Walk Through Hatton Garden)
11:00

Jack Yeomanson

Sunday 11:00–12:30

Travel through Clerkenwell and Islington on this playing card-themed guided walk for the Diamonds suit.

Further details + booking

Hatton Garden is London’s famed jewellery quarter but is also home to a number of other famed residents and stories. As we travel through streets we’ll meet the Italians who still call the area home, discover why some of the street names indicate a ‘meaty’ past and pass a number of jewellers. Eventually we will finish at a small part of Cambridge in London famed for its strawberries and one of London’s few remaining 13th Century buildings. At one of Dickens’ favoured locations we’ll encounter the Artful Dodger and the great anti-hero Fagin as we travel.

Booking

Creating Kensington: How country allotments were transformed into Albertopolis and des res abodes
11:00

Janet Perham

Sunday 11:00–12:30

Now fully booked

Until the early 19th century, South Kensington was a hive of horticultural industry, largely a landscape of fields, market gardens and nurseries, such as those of George London and Henry Wise, gardeners to Queen Anne. And if you’d travelled just a short distance north you would have strayed into pig country.

Further details

Find out how this largely rural area became the place to live, create and consume culture in the aftermath of the 1851 Great Exhibition. Learn about the new Victorian residents – the brewers, the builders, the artists and writers – who migrated west of Westminster. Meet brewer Edward Charrington and prolific local builder CJ Freake, find out where sculptor Edwin Landseer worked and where William Thackeray lived, and where early women’s suffrage campaigners began their struggle for justice. NB Sunday’s walk includes Queen’s Gate Gardens and Hereford Square – they are not open on Saturday, but are both quite small, so we should be able to at least peer into them!

Queenhithe – Rise and fall of a medieval port
11:00

Tina Baxter

Sunday 11:00–12:30

Now fully booked

A riverside walk to include the 30-metre-long mosaic celebrating Queenhithe Dock.

Further details

You will discover the history of one of the smallest of the City’s Wards and the dock which was so important to Medieval London, its rise to greatness its swift decline and eventual demise in the 1970s. *Ideal for visiting Nomura/St Dunstan in the East / South Bank gardens

Photo
Part of the Queenhithe mosaic
Trains and Boats and Planes
11:00

Lulu Martyn-David

Sunday 11:00–12:30

A transport-inspired walk with stories of escape, rescue and adventure. as we stroll through a quiet square, a French inspired garden and two open garden squares.

Further details + booking

There is also some great architecture along the way!

Booking

From Red Light to Green Space
11:00

Daniel Hausherr

Sunday 11:00–12:30

Now fully booked

This is a guided walk around King’s Cross and including much of the redevelopment project.

Further details

In the latter half of the twentieth century the 63-acre site to the north of Kings Cross and St Pancras Stations had been mainly left fallow. Developers Argent are working their way through an ambitious plan of shops, residences, offices and public spaces. We’ll see how they are getting on and consider the variety and number of new green spaces open to the public. The walk will take in new sites including The Francis Crick Institute, Granary Square and Lewis Cubitt Park as well as older green spaces such as St Pancras Old Church and the Regent’s Canal. The tour will be led by Daniel Hausherr, who is a newly-qualified Camden tour guide. Daniel is a former employee of the Garden Museum and was recently involved in his tenth exhibition of trees at the Chelsea Flower Show.

Photo
The churchard of St Pancras Old Church
Smithfield past and present
11:30

Jane Samsworth

Sunday 11:30–13:00

Through Cloth Fair to Smithfield, you will hear tales of hauntings, executions, fairs and the meat market.

Further details + booking

We will walk through the market’s aptly named Grand Avenue to Cowcross Street and on to Bleeding Heart Yard with another gory story. Visit the cherry tree under which Elizabeth I danced with her favourite, Sir Christopher Hatton and the historic church where Henry VIII celebrated his marriage to Katherine of Aragon.

Booking

In the Steps of the Rich and Famous – it can only be Hampstead!
12:00

Malcolm Dick & Andrea Charman

Sunday 12:00–13:30

‘Hilly’ Hampstead has attracted many well-known and remembered folk.

Further details + booking

On this walk we discover where they lived, and something of what they did. This light-hearted walk will climb to the top of the hill, and back down again, even popping into the churchyard.

Booking

Squares of Belgravia
13:30

Lou Cohen and Philippa Hanscombe

Sunday 13:30–15:00

Now fully booked

These squares in Belgravia remain some of the most desirable addresses in Westminster and have been lived in by dukes, prime ministers, ambassadors, actors, poets and authors. Find out about the history of the gardens and some of the famous and infamous residents who once lived in and around them.

Further details

The leading developer of the Regency and early Victorian era was Thomas Cubitt. In 1820 he began work on the Duke of Grosvenor’s estate, incorporating the marshy waste of Belgravia, using spoil from the excavation of St Katharine’s Dock to raise the land. Grand houses were built and garden squares designed and planted. Some of London’s wealthiest residents moved in making Robert Grosvenor, Duke of Westminster, the wealthiest of them all.

Primrose Hill - the best view in London
14:00

Richard Cohen & Jo Wilkinson

Sunday 14:00–15:30

Now fully booked

Primrose Hill is a London village with a distinct character with a mixed literary, political and industrial heritage and an extremely affluent modern character.

Further details

It offers by far the most inspiring view of London. It has a beautiful high street in Regent’s Park Road with many lovely, independent shops. Its canalside is shaded by willow trees. The Roundhouse near where we start is London’s most impressive example of Victorian industrial architecture and the area also has associations with some great films, including Amy, the Lady in the Van and 101 Dalmatians. We will also visit a churchyard with an unusual and exotic tree and some very international botany.

Photo
The view from Primrose Hill
Sunday afternoon in London’s Bohemia
14:00

Charles Wenz

Sunday 14:00–15:30

Now fully booked

For much of the twentieth century, the district around here, Fitzrovia, was the haunt of artists, writers, eccentrics and colourful hangers-on.

Further details

This walk from Fitzroy Square Gardens visits the spiritual centre of London’s Bohemia. We take in part of North Soho – now a hub for film and TV companies, screening rooms and advertising agencies – and head for Bloomsbury. The Bloomsbury Group, Virginia Woolf and her friends, ‘lived in squares, painted in circles and loved in triangles’. We’ll concentrate on the squares and their gardens today, but along the way we’ll see some reminders of old Fitzrovia, and walk down the oldest surviving residential walkway in London.

Photo
Fitzroy Square (© Lynne Eva)
From Red Light to Green Space
14:00

Daniel Hausherr

Sunday 14:00–15:30

This is a guided walk around King’s Cross and including much of the redevelopment project. In the latter half of the twentieth century the 63-acre site to the north of King’s Cross and St Pancras Stations had been mainly left fallow.

Further details + booking

Developers Argent are working their way through an ambitious plan of shops, residences, offices and public spaces. We’ll see how they are getting on and consider the variety and number of new green spaces open to the public. The walk will take in new sites including The Francis Crick Institute, Granary Square and Lewis Cubitt Park as well as older green spaces such as St Pancras Old Church and the Regent’s Canal. The tour will be led by Daniel Hausherr who is a newly-qualified Camden tour guide. Daniel is a former employee of the Garden Museum and was recently involved in his tenth exhibition of trees at the Chelsea Flower Show

Booking

Trains and Boats and Planes
14:00

Lulu Martyn -David

Sunday 14:00–15:30

A transport-inspired walk with stories of escape, rescue and adventure. as we stroll through a quiet square, a French-inspired garden and two open garden squares.

Further details + booking

There is also some great architecture along the way! distance 2.25 miles

Booking

Quirks and wonders of Bloomsbury
14:00

Emmanuel Lebaut Sheldon Goodman

Sunday 14:00–15:30

Now fully booked

Back by popular demand this 90-minute walks start at Bedford Square and finish on Euston Square.

Further details

The walk takes in the iconic gardens and architectural wonders of Bloomsbury, and conjures up the buoyant and scandalous times of the Bloomsbury set.

Creating Kensington: How country allotments were transformed into Albertopolis and des res abodes
14:00

Janet Perham

Sunday 14:00–15:30

Now fully booked

Until the early 19th century, South Kensington was a hive of horticultural industry, largely a landscape of fields, market gardens and nurseries, such as those of George London and Henry Wise, gardeners to Queen Anne. And if you’d travelled just a short distance north you would have strayed into pig country.

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Find out how this largely rural area became the place to live, create and consume culture in the aftermath of the 1851 Great Exhibition. Learn about the new Victorian residents – the brewers, the builders, the artists and writers – who migrated west of Westminster. Meet brewer Edward Charrington and prolific local builder CJ Freake, find out where sculptor Edwin Landseer worked and where William Thackeray lived, and where early women’s suffrage campaigners began their struggle for justice. NB Sunday’s walk includes Queen’s Gate Gardens and Hereford Square

Trees in the Square Mile.
14:00

Jake Tibbets

Sunday 14:00–15:30

Join Jake Tibbetts, the City Gardens Manager for a guided tree walk around some of the City’s unique gardens.

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The talk will cover the history of some of the gardens with the focus being on the trees that inhabit them, both old and new. Learn about the history of the trees and the challenges that face them and those that manage them. We will visit a number of sites including St Paul's Garden, West Smithfield Rotunda and Postman’s Park.

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The City green spaces from St Paul’s to the Museum of London
14:00

Laure Thomas

Sunday 14:00–15:00

This trail will introduce the gardens and green spaces open to the public in the City – we will see how former churchyards and bombed sites were returned to life and now offer a respite to the many office workers’ and visitors’ busy lives.

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The walk starts at St Paul’s and finishes at the Museum of London. We will visit the gardens of the City livery companies and consider their roles in long-lasting traditions.

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Fanny Wilkinson – Landscape Gardener
14:00

Sue McCarthy

Sunday 14:00–15:30

This walk from Tottenham Court Road through St Giles and Bloomsbury, celebrates the life and work of the Victorian horticulturalist Fanny Wilkinson – the first woman qualified in landscape design and architecture. Find out more about her life and legacy and look at some of her work.

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Find out more about her life and legacy and look at some of her work.

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Mainly Cubitt – the garden squares of Pimlico and Belgravia.
14:30

Stephen Benton

Sunday 14:30–16:00

Now fully booked

Home to some of the best known garden squares, Pimlico and Belgravia were developed in the first part of the 19th century on land mostly owned by the Duke of Westminster.

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Much of the design including a number of the squares was down to one developer Thomas Cubitt and in this walk we will see six garden squares in which he had a hand and one which he did not. Along the way we will also get to hear about some of the many famous and infamous people who have lived in these parts.