Darkest Victorian London: the dark side of the moon

Image for Darkest Victorian London walk with Sue JacksonElsewhere is always surprising. Especially when it’s the Victorian underside of 21st-century London. Here’s how we get there. We poke around in lost corners of the real London just over the river. Make some thrilling – and chilling – ‘finds’. Everything from archaeological fragments to the whole kit and caboodle. Stuff from the old, furtive, toil-worn, hard-scrabble, soon-to-be-passing, villainous past: a paupers’ burying ground, a ragged school, ‘model dwellings’, Little Dorrit’s prison, Octavia Hill’s cottages, etc. We see it. And hear the people. Really hear them. Because they speak through the guides: chimney sweeps, prostitutes, the soon-to-be-executed ‘Black Maria’, pickpockets, street sellers, the Body Snatching Borough Gang, etc. It’s history as a séance.

And if you want, afterward we get you half-price admission to The Old Operating Theatre!

I shall be leading this walk on Mondays 28th November and 5th December 2016, 30th January, 27th February, 27th March and 15th April 2017. Meet Monument tube station (District and Circle lines), Fish Street Hill exit, 10.45am.

Cost: £10 per adult, £8 concessions (seniors over 65, full-time students, Walkabout Card holders). Children under 15 go free if accompanied by their parent(s).

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