Exploring London's Streets: Westminster and Lambeth - 2 Night : Simon Gregor

WI Member: £445.00

Non Member: £485.00


Starts: Wednesday, 29 July 2020 at 4:00PM
Ends: Friday, 31 July 2020 at 1:00PM
Available spaces: 14

Tutor: Simon Gregor

Westminster and Lambeth sit just north and south of the Thames, separated only by that narrow band of water.  And yet their histories over the last few centuries seem very different, with Westminster the home of palaces, Parliament and politicians, and Lambeth the site of industry, poverty and more recently modern redevelopment.  On this course we will explore the contrasts of these two adjacent regions of London, their differing histories, and some of the famous (and notorious!) residents of each.  We will also examine some of the perhaps more surprising common strands in the history of these ostensibly very different communities.

Includes a trip up to London to explore parts of both areas. Starting near Vauxhall, we shall cross the river and walk along the Westminster embankment, passing the Tate Britain building and learning about its less prestigious predecessor.  We will head into the backstreets to discover some hidden oases of peace adjacent to the hubbub of Parliament, before breaking for lunch in Parliament Square.  In the afternoon we will cross back over the river and wander through Lambeth, passing Lambeth Palace for some edification, before hearing about the less salubrious activities of the Lambeth Poisoner!  We will end our walk at the site of the former Vauxhall Pleasure Gardens, before taking our coach back to Denman in time for dinner.

This course is aimed at anyone with an interest in the history of the UK in general, or of central London in particular.  The second day of the course does involve several miles of walking, albeit at a relaxed pace and mostly in quiet backstreets with one or two busier sections. Comfy walking shoes are essential!

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