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The Historic Houses, Gardens, and Walks Gay Group

WALKS THROUGH THE HISTORIC DISTRICTS OF LONDON

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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.

 

PROVISIONAL PROGRAMME 2014

Sunday 12 October 2014Mayfair Walk. Click here for details.

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 2015 - Chelsea and Battersea Park Walk

Sunday 14 February 2015 - Bethnal Green and Stepney Green Walk

Mayfair Walk – Sunday 12 October 2014

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This walk starts near Bond Street tube station and finishes at the Tyburn pub near Marble Arch, exploring the district of Mayfair. This, and the neighbouring district of Belgravia, came into the ownership of the Grosvenor family in 1677 when Sir Thomas Grosvenor married Mary Davies, heiress to part of the ancient manor of Ebury. The northern part of the manor takes its name from the fortnight-long May Fair, held annually until well into the 1700s. In 1720 Sir Richard Grosvenor, the eldest son of Sir Thomas and Mary Davies, started developing the area, beginning with Grosvenor Square. Throughout the 18th, 19th and 20th centuries Mayfair, with the finest residential architecture in London, was the centre of Society. While much this fine architecture remains to be seen in Mayfair, almost all the original houses of Grosvenor Square itself were demolished during the 20th century, and replaced by blocks of flats in a neo-Georgian style, by hotels and by embassies. The very obvious security measures surrounding the US embassy, which are a further blot on what was once one of London’s finest residential squares, will in due course disappear with the move of the embassy to Seven Elms.

Famous past residents of this area have included the present monarch Queen Elizabeth II, John Adams, 2nd American president (1735-1826), Dwight David Eisenhower, 34th American president (1890-1969), Elizabeth Garrett Anderson, surgeon and mayor (1836-1917), Elizabeth Barrett Browning, poet (1806-1861), Robert Clive, soldier & administrator (1725-1774), Earl Benjamin Disraeli, prime minister (1804-1881), Sir Robert Peel, prime minister (1788-1850), Sir Henry Pelham, prime minister (1695-1754), Charles James Fox, British statesman (1749-1806), Jimi Hendrix, guitarist & songwriter (1942-1970), William Somerset Maugham, novelist (1874-1965), and Richard Brinsley Sheridan, dramatist (1751-1816).

Meet at 2.0 p.m. outside 53 Davies Street, just down the road from Bond Street tube station.

For detailed directions of the walk click here.

 

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Updated: 15 September 2014