• Bare-breasted on Westminster Bridge
    Bare-breasted on Westminster Bridge
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      Jen Pedler tells the story of the statue of Boadicea on Westminster Bridge. Find out more on Jen’s walk Three Bridges, Two Palaces and One River – part of our River Walks Festival In 1964, in what became known as ‘The topless ladies case’, three young women were found guilty of indecency for wearing…

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  • A wander along the Wandle in Merton – and the Abbey that never was
    A wander along the Wandle in Merton – and the Abbey that never was
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      Stephen Benton talks about his new walk A Wander along the Wandle in Merton. You can join him on 30 April or 3 May. This guided walk follows the River Wandle in Merton and explores the hidden history and rich industrial heritage hereabouts. The Roman road from London to Chichester crossed the river Wandle…

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  • Queen Mary’s Steps – a remnant of London’s lost riverside
    Queen Mary’s Steps – a remnant of London’s lost riverside
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    Jen Pedler talks about Queen Mary’s Steps – find out more on her walk River in Chains on Friday 24th April Queen Mary’s steps, tucked away in the corner of in the Ministry of Defence gardens are one of the reminders that the Thames used to be much wider than it is now. During the…

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  • Richmond and Twickenham Riverside
    Richmond and Twickenham Riverside
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    Chris Firmin describes the highlights of his Richmond and Twickenham Riverside walk which you can enjoy with him on 22nd and 28th April Richmond Upon Thames is the only London borough that straddles the River Thames and this walk takes in the riparian delights of both Richmond itself (on the Surrey bank) and Twickenham (on…

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  • Dive in at the Prospect
    Dive in at the Prospect
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    Neil Sinclair previews the talk by Caitlin Davies that opens our River Walks Festival  on Thursday 16th April You don’t have to swim in the Thames to see the historic riverside pub Prospect of Whitby at Wapping Wall. But plenty of people have, including writer, broadcaster, columnist and former Tory MP Matthew Parris. His risky night-time…

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  • Watery London
    Watery London
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    If you are interested in our River Walks Festival you will probably enjoy a new course being held at Morley College. Entitled Watery London: a social history of the Thames and hidden waterways, the course involves using primary and secondary sources such as maps, photos and documents to analyse changes in the physical and social…

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  • Walking the hidden Tyburn river
    Walking the hidden Tyburn river
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    Jenni Bowley talks about her new walk along the Tyburn River – part of our River Walks Festival What does the name Tyburn mean to you – probably either a hidden river or a hanging tree!  Trees on the banks of the river were places of execution in the Middle Ages, and the name was…

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  • So Where is Shakespeare’s Brother?
    So Where is Shakespeare’s Brother?
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      Neil Sinclair looks at the burial place of William Shakespeare’s brother. Find out more on our day of Shakespeare walks on April 23rd – part of out River Walks Festival If only William Shakespeare’s brother Edmond had been buried under a car park like King Richard III; or the German mercenary soldier at Waterloo; we…

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  • Our Top 10 Underground London Places
    Our Top 10 Underground London Places
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    Londoners are pretty used to being underground – with millions travelling by tube each day, miles of underpasses and acres of basement office space. So its not surprising that there are lots of interesting things to see underneath London. The Footprints of London team have picked ten of their favourites, most of which are open…

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