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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 14 February 2015 - Bethnal Green and Stepney Green Walk. Click here for details.

Sunday 14 March 2015 -  Upper Holloway, Whitehall Park and Archway Walk

Bethnal Green and Stepney Green Walk – Sunday 15 February 2015

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February's walk covers parts of the adjoining districts of Bethnal Green and Stepney Green. Historically Bethnal Green was an agrarian hamlet in the ancient parish of Stepney, Middlesex, but following population increases caused by the expansion of London during the 18th century, it was split off from Stepney as the parish of Bethnal Green in 1743. The first part of the walk explores the area close to Bethnal Green tube station, where the V&A Museum of Childhood is located, as well as St John's Church, designed by John Soane. The latter part of the walk centres on Stepney Green. This has not yet experienced the level of gentrification seen in other nearby areas, and over a third of the housing was destroyed in the Blitz, but some Georgian and Victorian era housing has survived. The walk finishes at the Half Mood pub on Mile End Road, not far from Stepney Green District line tube station.

Please meet at 1.30 p.m. outside Bethnal Green Central line tube station, Museum of Childhood exit.


For detailed directions of the walk click here.


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Updated: 28 January 2015