Next Walk (with tickets still available) : Sat 1 June Limehouse & Poplar - click on agency link for further info/availability)
After the success of the London's Lost Rivers walks I am doing some Derelict London guided tours of London in 2013. This will be to celebrate the 10th anniversary of the Derelict London website. No doubt the 2013 walks will end in a pub....
You will also find guided walks - Wapping on Sat 15 June & River Fleet on Sat 29 June, Sat 27 July & Sat 24 August & Hampstead's Lost Rivers (The Fleet, Tyburn and Westbourne) on Sat 20 July, Sat 27 July and Sat 24 July) at my other website: www.londonslostrivers.com On same Saturdays I do a Fleet walk at 11:00 and a Hampstead walk at 3:00 so its possible to attend both to see ends of the Fleet in one day! Although these are based around lost rivers/canals/docks I do shoehorn in some dereliction and general London trivia.
Limehouse & Poplar Derelict London 10th Anniversary Walking Tours with Author Paul Talling.
Good Friday 29 March at 1:00pm SOLD OUT Easter Monday 1 April at 1:00 pm SOLD OUT Sat 6 April at 1:00 pm SOLD OUT Sat 20 April at 1:00 pm SOLD OUT Sat 27 April at 1:00 pm SOLD OUT Sat 4 May at 1:00 pm SOLD OUT Sat 25 May at 1:00 pm SOLD OUT Sat 1 June at 11:00 am Tickets onsale - last few remaining Sat 8 June at 1:00 pm SOLD OUT Sat 22 June at 11:00 am Tickets onsale - last few remaining Sat 13 July at 1:00 pm Tickets onsale Sun 21 July at 1:00 pm Tickets onsale Sat 17 August at 1:00 pm Tickets onsale
Meeting outside the Railway Arms Tavern - 576 Commercial Road, Limehouse, London, E14 7JD Duration of walk: Approx 3 hours Bus route: 15,115,D3 & 395 Rail and DLR: Limehouse - The Railway Tavern is opposite the entrance to Limehouse (DLR + Network Rail C2C) Station ,Bekesbourne St
To celebrate the 10 year anniversary of the www.derelictlondon.com website, author & photographer Paul Talling is giving tours of his favourite derelict sites in East London.
This leisurely 3 hour tour views the exteriors of sites covered in the Derelict London website & book such as the decaying premises of sail makers Caird & Rayner & the art deco Poplar Baths. Other sites include the remains of St Saviours Church which survived the Blitz but not a recent fire & the Limehouse Accumulator tower built in 1869 for regulating one of the first hydraulic power systems. We pass some 1970s graffiti proclaiming that "George Davis is Innocent”, numerous derelict shops and industrial units, redundant pub & shop signs in odd places and stories of the mysterious Black Ditch which is featured in Paul's other book London's Lost Rivers.
Highlights along the way also include stories of London's original China Town, the 1951 Festival of Britain, visiting the first purpose built pedestrian shopping centre in the UK and even a short stroll along the Limehouse Cut.
This is a circular tour which ends up at Limehouse Station (unless of course you wish to join Paul for a pint in a good local pub). Dogs and children are welcome. The walking tour goes ahead regardless of the weather. No refunds due to inclement weather are given.
Tickets are £9:00 each and advance booking is essential via We Got Tickets:
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The River Fleet Guided Walking Tour with Paul Talling (author of London's Lost Rivers) Sat 18 May at 1pm (SOLD OUT), Sat 29 June at 1pm , Sat 27 July at 11:00 am & Sat 24 August at 11:00am Meeting outside The Blackfriar pub - 174 Queen Victoria Street, Blackfriars, London, EC4V 4EG Duration of Walk: Approx 2 ½ hours Bus route 45, 63, 100, 388 Rail & tube: Blackfriars
A guided (above ground) walking tour of the lower part of the lost River Fleet’s course. Starting off at an Art Nouveau Grade II listed pub which is decorated throughout with multi-coloured marble, mosaics, and bronze reliefs of monks. The pub stands on the site of a Dominican Monastery (and later a theatre owned by Shakespeare) which stood beside the River Fleet. The walk takes in (a partial) view of the outfall chamber into the Thames, the sites of the old prisons, bridges and wells that used to line the banks of the Fleet, the Holborn viaduct which spans the Fleet Valley, Smithfields Market (including a quick look at the derelict parts), Hockley In-the-Hole an ancient haunt of thieves and the site of bear baiting where you can now hear the sound of the Fleet flowing beneath a drain cover, finishing up at the St Pancras Old Church where people once bathed in the adjacent Fleet plus a look at a few of the interesting gravestones. Other interesting points along the route include the Clerkenwell courthouse where the Clash were kept in the cells, the derelict Lighthouse building in Kings Cross, the site on Farringdon Rd where the Labour Party was founded, the street where Charles Dickens located Fagin’s Den, the churchyard where the Beatles shot album sleeve photos and even the hotel where Tony Hadley from Spandau Ballet worked in his youth!
There is a new walk covering the sources of the Fleet, Tyburn and Westbourne - Hampstead's Lost Rivers - see www.londonslostrivers.com for more info on this walk.
It gave its name to a whole area of London - The Clerks' Well - On the banks of the River Fleet in Clerkenwell.
Advance booking essential
Ben Pedroche writes in his DO NOT ALIGHT HERE blog: "Paul Talling's latest book London’s Lost Rivers is a fascinating read that explores several buried rivers, and Paul has been running regular walks that follow the route of the most famous ones included in the book.
The walk I attended covered the River Fleet, which is the most famous buried river of all, with a long and colourful history along its full journey from Hampstead Heath to the Thames. Paul very kindly invited me along, as the route also passes by several sites included in Do Not Alight Here, in particular the area around Farringdon.
I’d walked much of the route from Blackfriars to St Pancras before, but Paul filled the journey with some incredible facts that were new to me, illustrated with archive photos. Highlights on the walk included the site of the old Bridewell Prison, the Clerk’s Well of Clerkenwell, and Holborn Viaduct. I was pleased to see that the route also passed by Smithfield Market, which allowed Paul to throw in some of the sites included in Derelict London.
Paul is extremely knowledgeable and passionate about his subject, and the walk was well organised, with a relaxed and casual atmosphere. We also ended up in the pub, where myself and other fans of Paul’s books got to chat to the man himself."