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London Guided Walk - Literary Bloomsbury
Holborn Underground Station, London
Saturday 24 Sep 2022
The annual London guided walk is always a popular event with members of the Eastbournian Society. This year's walk, led by an expert guide from the London Walks Company, takes us around the streets of Bloomsbury. We meet our guide at 11.00am at Holborn underground station (main exit on to Kingsway).
Hidden in plain sight off the beaten track awaits Bloomsbury. Meander through tree-lined squares and streets built after The Great Fire of London and expect the unexpected at every turn. Cromwell’s ‘ghost’, Nelson’s funeral Director, Longitude, King George III and Peter Pan. Water conduits that once ran with wine, centuries-old canopied houses, the birthplace of the Arts & Crafts movement and the most famous children’s hospital in the world. And writers. Here was aristocratic detective Lord Peter Wimsey, here were Dickens’ child chimney sweeps, here was where poets Ted Hughes and Sylvia Plath married and George Orwell introduced us to Big Brother. And this was Virginia Woolf’s neighbourhood too, close to The British Museum, founded with Chelsea resident Hans Sloane’s collection. ‘London specialises in hiding the best of itself.’ Nowhere more so than in Bloomsbury. As for après walk, perhaps drop in on the British Museum or have a drink at a traditional old pub, many with outside seating.
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