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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 1.30 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 September 2014 - Finsbury Park to Highbury Fields Walk. Click here for details.

Sunday 12 October 2014 – An Autumn Walk in Eltham

Sunday 9 November 2014 - Upper Holloway, Whitehall Park and Archway Walk

Sunday 14 December 2014 - A walk from Angel Islington to Highbury & Islington via Arlington Square and Essex Road

Sunday 11 January 2014 - Mayfair Walk

Finsbury Park (Manor House) to Highbury Fields Walk – Sunday 14 September 2014

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This month's walk takes us to north London, starting at Finsbury Park and finishing at Highbury Fields. The part of London called Finsbury is in fact much further south, near the City, but the initiators of the park lived in Finsbury and thought it would be nice to be remembered in this roundabout manner. The park itself soon became a setting for important demonstrations such as pacifist rallies during the First World War, and much later a popular venue for open-air music events featuring amongst others Bob Dylan, the  Sex Pistols and Oasis. Further south is Highbury Square, once the home of Arsenal FC, and now a residential complex. The football club moved to the nearby Emirates Stadium in 2006.  Residential growth began in Highbury in the 1770s with the building of 39 houses in Highbury Place. The elegant houses which now surround the Fields are particularly good examples of Georgian and Victorian town houses. The walk ends here, not far from the J D Wetherspoon PH "The White Swan".   

Meet at 2.0 p.m. at the entrance to Finsbury Park near the junction of Green Lanes and Seven Sisters Road, just across the road from Manor House tube station (Piccadilly line).

For detailed directions of the walk click here.


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Updated: 20 August 2014