Themed Walking Tours, London
Karl Marx (2 1/2 hrs)
Take a walk through the story of the life of the most influential thinker of modern times. Visit the places in and around Soho where Marx lived and worked. Your expert guide will unravel unravelling the complexities of Marx’s life and ideas, Friedrich Engels and their followers. The tour covers his early years, his studies, his revolutionary journalism, his hopes; dreams, ailments and tragedies, as well as reviewing his political and intellectual influence and impact.
The Abolition of Slavery
The ‘Clapham Sect’, including William Wilberforce made their homes around Clapham Common in the late 1700s and campaigned for many causes including the abolition of slavery. This green and suburban tour provides an insight into 18th century campaigning but also the arrival of West Indian immigrants on Empire Windrush in 1948, a women’s hospital and famous English writers including Grahame Greene and Noel Coward. Tours can be tailored to your needs.
Suffragettes: The Battling Belles of Bow
Follow in the footsteps of Sylvia Pankhurst who chose east London as the starting point for her campaign for women's suffrage and seeing the plight of the working women and mothers also established a creche, restaurant and model toy factory in the area. East End women were key to the success of the Suffragette movement and the route highlights their supporters and their workplaces including the famous Bryant & May Match Factory, site of the Match girls' strike of 1888. Walks can be tailored to your group.
Suffering to Salvation
This walk considers the spaces and places in which women lived, worked and campaigned. From Victorian prostitution and charitable missions to the daily life for women, this walk takes in a range of women's experiences in the East End and offers an alternative perspective on the area.
Belgravia is one of the most exclusive areas of London, but at the end of the 19th century it was also home to an army of domestic servants, most of them women and girls. The basement stairs and attic windows of the grand houses are a reminder of when those in service lived at the top but worked at the bottom. This tour gives centre stage to the work and lives of cooks, maids and tweenies.