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The Historic Houses, Gardens, and Walks Gay Group


Pictures courtesy of London-GB.com

The group aims to bring together gay people who are interested in the history and architecture of London and the Home Counties. It has been operating for over a decade. The programme consists mainly of walks in the various districts of London, though there may also be occasional visits to historic properties, museums and gardens.

There is no membership fee nor any charge for the walks. Also, there is no need to book in advance The emphasis is on informality. In summer the walks usually begin at about 2.00 p.m. and in winter at 1.15 p.m. They normally last about a couple of hours, or so, usually finishing at a convenient pub. (The pub attendance is not compulsory!) Typically 30 plus people attend these walks.

Walks normally start and finish near an Underground, Overground, DLR, or Rail station, though very occasionally a short bus journey may be involved.



Sunday 15 March 2015 -  Whitehall Park and Holloway Road. Click here for details.

Sunday 12 April 2015 - Regent's Canal Walk: Haggerston to Mile End/Stepney

Sunday 10 May 2015 - Riverside London Walk: St Paul's to Tower Hill

Sunday 14 June 2015 - Highgate to Hampstead Heath and Kenwood House

Sunday 12 July 2015 - East London Canal Walk: Bow Church to Limehouse Basin

Sunday 9 August 2015 - Richmond to Kew Bridge via Old Isleworth and Syon Park

Sunday 13 September 2015 - Chipping Barnet and Monken Hadley

Sunday 11 October 2015 - Victoria Street: Westminster Abbey to Westminster Cathedral

Sunday 8 November 2015 - Kensal Green Cemetery

Sunday 13 December 2015 - London's East End: Shadwell to Old Street


Whitehall Park and Holloway Road Walk – Sunday 15 March 2015

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The Whitehall Park Conservation Area lies immediately below the Highgate-Hornsey Ridge (along which runs Hornsey Lane) and slopes considerably, falling from north to south. The streets south of Hornsey Lane were laid out as a late Victorian residential estate and

tend to fan out slightly, following the contour pattern of the slope. The area includes a variety of residential properties with differing architectural qualities and styles. Whitehall Park contains the grandest houses with the best views, mainly large 3-storey, late Victorian, red brick terrace properties with Westmoreland slated mansard roofs, cast iron decorative railings and gabled dormer windows and, on

the end houses, significant turrets. Gladsmuir and Harberton Roads consist of similar, but less grand houses than Whitehall Park. The properties on these three streets are of exceptional architectural merit. Fitzwarren Gardens and some Hornsey Lane houses contain good examples of

high quality 1920’s semi-detached family dwellings some with strong influence of Lutyens and Voysey.  This is therefore a particularly desirable residential area, in close proximity to Highgate to the north and Highbury & Islington to the south.

Holloway Road - the A1- on the other hand is one of the busiest roads in London.  However it has a variety of interesting architecture, as well as cultural links ranging from John Betjeman, Edward Lear and Mr Pooter to Joe Meek, a pioneering record producer.

The walk starts near Archway tube station (Northern line) and finishes near Holloway Road tube station (Piccadilly line), not far from the Coronet pub.

Please meet at 2.0 p.m. outside Archway station, at the foot of Archway Tower, on the corner of Junction Road and Holloway Road.


For detailed directions of the walk click here.


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Updated: 20 February 2015