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Takes place around the City of London, where you'll see and hear about:
- Dickens’ best beloved churchyard
- Samuel Pepys' church
- 'The Great Fire of London' and 'Great Plague'
- Leadenhall Market's connection to Dickens, Harry Potter and a Roman basilica
- The site of Scrooge’s Counting House
- A dozen atmospheric ancient courts and alleyways
- The peaceful churchyard from ‘Our Mutual Friend’
- London’s 1st coffee house - meeting place of slave traders
- The inn frequented by Dickens - Mr. Pickwick’s base and the meeting place of the notorious Hellfire Club.
- Alleyways which housed coffee houses that introduced tea to London and held wine auctions by the candle
- The church where ‘Amazing Grace’’s John Newton became rector in 1780
- The spot where Dickens gazed at the home of his first great love each night
- The building where the poor and hungry young Dickens stared longingly through the kitchen windows
Takes place around Dulwich Village, where you'll see and hear about:
- The College of God’s Gift, founded by the most successful Elizabethan actor Edward Alleyn - he was also Joint Master of the Royal Bears, Bulls and Mastiff Dogs, a post which made him an extremely wealthy man
- The Sir Charles Barry (Houses of Parliament) designed Old Grammar School, set up in 1842
- Sir John Soane’s Dulwich Picture Gallery, the oldest in London
- Dulwich Park, formed in 1890 from the fields of Dulwich Court Farm and its neighbours
- Edward Alleyn’s almshouses
- St Barnabas Church and its burial ground dating back to 1616 - final resting place of plague victims, the Queen of the Norwood Gypsies and the Dulwich hermit who was murdered in 1802
- The village’s original cottage shops
- Pond Cottages and the Mill Pond: once home to a tile kiln
- Grand mansion-scale houses, weatherboarded cottages and the finest Georgian house in the village, which dates from 1767
- The last - and still operating - tollgate in London
- Dulwich Common
Takes place around St. James's in Central London, where you'll see and hear about:
- St James's Palace, home to Queen Charlotte, where in Bridgerton Daphne is first noticed and Lady Whistledown begins writing about her
- Gentlemen's clubs featured in Sense & Sensibility and Bridgerton
- Where Anthony Bridgerton's girlfriend may have performed as an opera singer
- The oldest shopping arcade in Britain
- Location of society balls and marriage marts
- Galleries Jane visited to view portraits as inspiration for characters
- A hidden courtyard once home to notorious gambling 'hells' where wealthy men lost their millions, like Lord Featherington in Bridgerton
- Locations visited and lived in by the original dandy Beau Brummell and 'mad, bad and dangerous to know' Lord Byron
- Original shops frequented by Jane Austen, Lord Byron, the Prince Regent, Lord Nelson & Emma Hamilton and the Duke of Wellington
- Green Park, popular place to promenade and be seen in Regency times, next to which is Lancaster House, the filming location for Queen Charlotte's palace rooms in Bridgerton.
Starts at The Ritz on Piccadilly and ends at Groisvenor Square. You'll see and hear about:
- The square in which the Bridgertons and their neighbours the Featheringtons live.
- Jane Austen's publishers, John Murray, still there to this day, where Lord Byron's memoirs were also burned in the fireplace.
- Locations from Sense & Sensibility, Mansfield Park and Pride & Prejudice.
- The location of John Jackson's Gymnasium, inspiration for the boxing club in Bridgerton used by the Duke of Richmond, Anthony Bridgerton and the Duke's friend, Will Mondrich. Hear how a real-life black bare-knuckle boxer inspired this last character.
- Locations of hotels in which Jane Austen stayed in London.
- Numerous places lived in or visited by Jane Austen and Bridgerton's contemporaries, such as the poet Lord Byron, the dandy Beau Brummell, and the nation's hero, Lord Nelson.
- Location of Gunter's tea shop, which served exquisite ices and sorbets, in real life and in Bridgerton.
Starts on The Mall near Whitehall and ends on The Strand.
Learn the origins of these nursery rhymes:
- The Grand Old Duke of York; Georgie Porgie;
Baa Baa Black Sheep; Lucy Locket;
See-Saw Marjory Daw; London Bridge is Falling Down; As I Was Going to Charing Cross;
Higgledy, Piggledy, My Black Hen; What Are Little Boys Made Of?
See and hear about this lot:
- King Charles I's place of public execution on Whitehall; London's first pavements; a secret World War 2 bunker; the site of Dickens' childhood job at a boot-blacking factory; remains of Henry VIII’s Whitehall Palace; London's last remaining ancient Thames watergate; houses once lived in by Samuel Pepys, J.M. Barrie, Herman Melville, John Galsworthy and Rudyard Kipling; Oliver Cromwell; 'Mad' King George III; Lord Nelson & Emma Hamilton; King William & Queen Mary; Cardinal Thomas Wolsey; Sir Walter Raleigh; Daphne Du Maurier and Thomas Hardy.
Starts at Blackfriars and ends at Charterhouse Square near Barbican Station.
Learn the origins of these nursery rhymes:
- Old Mother Hubbard; Goosie, Goosie Gander; Oranges and Lemons; I Had a Little Nut Tree;
Little Jack Horner; Little Miss Muffet;
Sing a Song of Sixpence;
Mary, Mary, Quite Contrary ; Ring-a-Ring o' Roses; Three Blind Mice; The Lion and the Unicorn
See and hear about this lot:
- Scene of Henry VIII's & Catherine of Aragon's divorce proceedings; where 'Bloody' Mary I burned protestants at the stake; Anne Boleyn, Elizabeth I, Lady Jane Grey, Mary Queen of Scots, Cardinal Thomas Wolsey & Thomas Cromwell; William Shakespeare, the Playhouse Theatre and the church Shakespeare worshipped at; Blackfriars & Greyfriars Monasteries; Henry VIII's Bridewell Palace which later became Bridewell Prison; The King's Wardrobe; Newgate Prison - the site of public executions; an 'Oranges & Lemons' church; where the Great Fire of London burnt out in 1666; London's largest plague pit; London's last gate to the City.
Starts at Bow Road Station and ends on Old Ford Road. You'll see and hear about:
- Bow Road Police Station, where Sylvia Pankhurst was arrested and held for smashing windows
- The former 'Bryant & May' factory, famous for the matchgirls' strike of 1888.
- Where Sylvia broke windows with bricks in 1913
- The East London branch of the WSPU, where Sylvia painted ‘Votes for Women’ in gold letters
- Roman Road Market, where Sylvia’s newspaper ‘The Women’s Dreadnought’ was sold.
- Public baths and meeting rooms where suffragette meetings were broken up by the police and Sylvia was helped to evade police
- The home of 'Mrs Hughes', one of six suffragettes selected for the ELFS visit to Downing Street
- The home of Jessie Payne, where Sylvia recuperated after a hunger and thirst strike
- Sylvia's 'The Mothers Arms', a creche, milk depot and infant welfare centre for local mothers
- The later ELFS headquarters where Sylvia also opened a cost-price restaurant and milk depot
- The shop which once printed Sylvia's newspaper, ‘The Women’s Dreadnought’.
- Sylvia's nursery and toy factory where women could earn a living wage making good-quality toys
- A memorial to a suffragette who died after being imprisoned in Holloway Prison.
Starts in Charterhouse Square near Barbican and ends near Farrington Station. You'll see and hear about:
- The former Carthusian Monastery of The Charterhouse, dating from 1348
- The then-filthy and dangerous market Oliver Twist visits with Bill Sikes
- The street once home to Fagin's den
- The long, dark alleyway known as 'Pissing Alley'
- The court from which the Artful Dodger, Oliver Twist and Charley Bates entered Clerkenwell Green to pickpocket Mr Brownlow
- The 1504 gatehouse of the Priory of St John, used as an office by Samuel Johnson, writer of the first dictionary, and later known to Dickens as The Old Jerusalem Tavern.
- The Sessions House attended by unpleasant workhouse manager Mr Bumble
- The site of 'Little Hell': one of the worst slums, or rookeries in London
- The actual 'Clerk's Well' of Clerkenwell
- Locations from 'About a Boy' and 'About Time'
- Where Lenin worked while in exile and the pub where Lenin first met Stalin
- The church linked to Pocahontas and Dick Turpin
- The dreaded Clerkenwell House of Detention
Starts at Borough Station near Barbican and ends at The Globe Theatre. You'll see and hear about:
- Stand in numerous medieval courtyards and alleyways along Borough High Street immortalised by Chaucer, Shakespeare and Dickens
- A half timbered house from the 15th century and the last 17th century galleried inn in the area
- The original wall of The Marshalsea Prison - where Charles Dickens' family were imprisoned when he was a child
- The still-standing house that was the birthplace of the founder of Harvard University
- Crossbones Graveyard, the final resting place of 15,000 prostitutes and paupers
- Borough Market
- Locations from Harry Potter films
- The site of the original Globe playhouse, the Rose theatre and the infamous bear-baiting pit popular with Henry VIII and Elizabeth I
- Southwark Cathedral (resting place of Shakespeare's brother), The Golden Hinde and the sinister Clink Prison Museum
- Winchester Palace and its connection to the brothels and stews of Bankside
- The tavern where Samuel Pepys once watched the Great Fire of London burn - and a favourite of Dr Samuel Johnson, writer of the dictionary
Starts at Islington Green and ends near Angel Station. You'll see and hear about:
- Vladimyr Lenin's residence in London... and the block of flats where his bust was once buried
- The house in which playwright Joe Orton lived, and was murdered by his lover Kenneth Halliwell
- The building at Islington Green which once housed Collins Music Hall
- Comedienne Gracie Fields' house.
- Sadlers Wells Theatre and its origins as a pleasure gardens visited by royals
- The building was once a Lyons Corner House and the site of the old Angel Inn.
- Victorian caricaturist George Cruickshank's home
- Atmospheric Camden Passage
- Where the New River - man-made in 1606 - once ended at Islington, and the old waterworks there
- Modernist and Expressionist housing estates
- Squares with some of the most desirable houses in London
Starts at Haggerston Station and ends at Kingsland Basin. You'll see and hear about:
- Street where Ronnie and Reggie Kray were born
- Rows of original Georgian houses once home to the wealthy
- 17th century Balmes House, later known as Whitmore House, a notorious mad-house, where inhabitants were treated cruelly
- Kingsland Basin on the Regent's Canal, once home to dozens of busy wharves... and where the body parts of an Eastenders actress were found
- The house of the notorious 'Mole Man of Hackney', who for decades dug out tunnels underneath his house causing the road to collapse
- Samuel Pepys' childhood connection to the area where he lived as a boy
- The famous De Beauvoir Estate, used for its distinctive brutalist design in film and television
- Beautiful De Beauvoir Square - one square of many which were planned but never completely saw the light of day
Starts at All Saints DLR Station and ends at Blackwll DLR station. You'll see and hear about:
- The actual 'Nonnatus House', where Jennifer Worth, the nuns and nurses lived
- The parish hall used for antenatal classes
- The street where Chummy learned to ride a bike and knocked over her future policeman husband
- Chrisp Street Market, where the twins with the same husband have a fruit & veg stall, where 'Frank the Fish' has a fresh fish stall and where Sister Monica Joan steals a bracelet
- All Saint's Church, where Tom is curate. This is also where Tom & Barbara, Chummy & Sergeant Noakes and Dr Turner and Shelagh get married
- The site of Poplar Workhouse
- 'Stinkhouse Bridge' and the Limehouse 'Cuts', where poor Mary slept and met Zakir
- The Mission to Seamen's Institute, where Sister Monica Joan's TV is sent!
- The remains of East India Docks, where the Swedish captain's daughter gives birth on the ship
Starts at Blackfriars and ends at the Aldwych end of Fleet Street. You'll see and hear about:
- Remains of the infamous 'Bridewell Prison' & Henry VIII’s 'Bridewell Palace', where he lived with Catherine of Aragon, and which was the scene of their divorce proceedings before Henry VIII married Anne Boleyn
- 'Hanging Sword Alley', site of criminal’s drinking den 'Blood Bowl House', which Hogarth featured in 'The Idle Apprentice'
- Remains of 13th century Whitefriars Monastery
- St. Bride's Church - inspiration for the wedding cake, and with a sinister connection to the founding of Virginia in America
- Ancient alleyways once part of the notorious ‘Alsatia’, a violent no-go area
- The ancient Inner Temple and Middle Temple courts and passages, and the 12th century Temple Church of the Knights Templar - atmospheric and otherworldly locations for Charles Dickens' 'Great Expectations', 'Harry Potter', 'The Da Vinci Code', 'Harlots', 'Sherlock Holmes' and many more.
- The location where Elizabeth I had the Earl of Essex arrested before his execution
- 17th century pub 'Ye Olde Cheshire Cheese', local of Dickens, Mark Twain & Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
- Dictionary inventor Dr. Johnson's house
- Where 'Sweeney Todd' kept his barber shop
Starts outside The Vestry House Museum and ends at The William Morris Gallery. You'll see and hear about:
Starts outside St. James’s Park tube station and ends at Green Park tube station. You'll see and hear about:
- London’s most haunted house at Berkeley Square
- Charming narrow streets and alleys on the site of the ‘May Fair’ that gave the area its name
- The statue of Queen Anne which reputedly climbs down from the pedestal each year
- The headless woman of St. James’s Park's lake
- Clarence House, where Queen Victoria’s dead son roams
- Buckingham Palace and its monk who died in a punishment cell when the site was a monastery… and the King’s private secretary who blew out his brains with a revolver
- Green Park, with stories of a leper’s hospital burial ground and the ‘Tree of Death’
- Henry VIII’s St James’s Palace, with the ghost of a murdered valet
- Angel Court, where a ghost is regularly glimpsed in the alley’s pub
- The concealed courtyard where the apparition of a dying woman’s sister came to call her away
- “The finest terrace house in London” with the ghost of a well-dressed Georgian aristocrat
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Starts at Abney Park Cemetery and ends at the Dalston end of Stoke Newington High Street. You'll see and hear about:
- Stoke Newington’s six lost cinemas?
- The building where 160 people lost their lives during the Blitz
- The pub which got its name from a King's visit
- The remains of the mansion where ‘Black Beauty’ author Anna Sewell lived
- A beautiful plot of Victorian housing used in an Amy Winehouse video and the Krays film 'Legend'
- 17th century buildings which once housed the ‘London Female Penitentiary’ and an ‘Orphan Asylum’?
- Where T-Rex's Marc Bolan grew up and went to Primary School
- The venue that once hosted early gigs by The Jam, Dire Straits and The Police
Starts at St Mary's Old Church and ends at Abney Park Cemetery. You'll see and hear about:
- The site of Stoke Newington’s Manor House and its remnant
- Where Daniel Defoe lived and wrote ‘Robinson Crusoe’
- Where Edgar Allan Poe went to school
- The link to Church Street and Shakespeare
- The lost mansions of Church Street
- The house visited by Charles Dickens, Wilkie Collins & William Thackeray
- A Banksy mural
- Anj alley once known as Cut Throat Lane
- Sites were visited by Elizabeth I and James I?
- The grave of Joseph Jackson Lister, microscope pioneer and father of the inventor of antiseptic
- The grave of James Stephen, slave abolitionst and Virginia Woolf's grandfather
Starts at the top of Lower Clapton Road and ends at Clapton Square. You'll see and hear about:
- Margaret Douglas, Countess of Lennox, niece of Henry VIII, grandmother of James I and subject of stories of intrigue and plotting against Elizabeth I
- Elizabeth De Vere, Countess of Oxford, maid of honour to Elizabeth I
- Lady Arbella Stuart, considered a possible successor to Elizabeth I
- Anne Vaux, involved in the Gunpowder Plot
- Sara Williams, victim of a 17th century exorcism
- Catherine Booth, Salvation Army founder
- Barbara Windsor, acting legend
- Maie Ash, music hall and pantomime star
- Elizabeth Chivers, a servant who was hanged for drowning her baby at Clapton Pond
- Doll Hainsby, Hackney tailoress, who discovered the man she’d married during WW2 was a bigamist
- Mary Howitt, prolific author, poet and translator
- Elsie Hooper, a pioneering pharmacist
- Fenella Fielding,‘Carry On’ actress
- Mary Dering, musical prodigy
- Katherine Phillips, writer of female erotic poems
- Louisa Courtauld, silversmith and member of the Courtauld dynasty
- Grace Aguilar, forgotten Jewish writer and poet
- Mary Hays, advocate of women's education and friend of Mary Wollstonecraft.
- Dr Elizabeth Wilks, suffrage campaigner
Starts at Hackney Church and ends at Hackney Town Hall. You'll see and hear about:
- Mary Wollstonecraft, mother of feminism and Mary Shelley (author of Frankenstein)’s mother
- Elizabeth Stuart, daughter of James I, sister of Charles I, grandmother of George I
- Hannah Wolley, a 17th century domestic goddes
- Helen Sadler, the modest first mistress of 16th century Sutton House
- 19th and 20th century Music Hall stars including the ‘Queen of the Music Hall’ Marie Lloyd, African-American singer and dancer Belle Davis and ‘The King of Male Impersonators’ Hetty King and burlesque artiste Nelly Power
- Laura Ormiston Chant, suffragist and social reformer who provoked Winston Churchill to riot
Lady Lucy Somerset, Lady in Waiting to two of Henry VIII’s wives, and ancestor of Angela Burdett Coutts… and the Queen
- Margaretta Beaufoy, 18th century mathematician
- Margaret Graham, Victorian hot air balloon aeronaut who once took off from Mare Street
- Susanna Perwich, musical child prodigy
- Jane Daniell, blackmailer of Queen Elizabeth I’s favourite member of court
- Rebecca Jarrett, who worked in and against the sex trade
- Maureen Colquhoun, first openly lesbian MP
Starts at St. Thomas's Square and ends at Broadway Market, London Fields end. You'll see and hear about:
- Catherine Booth, Salvation Army co-founder
- Sarah Wesker, a militant union organiser
- Celia Fiennes, one of the first travel writers to describe England
- Mary Hennell, a writer and reformer who wrote a history of co-operative communities
- Elizabeth Fry, prison reformer who appeared on the £5 note and set up a refuge on Mare Street
- Minnie Green, a young Indian nanny, or ayah, who successfully brought a case against the violent employers who had withheld her wages
- Beatrice Hastings, writer and poet who was muse to Modigliani and May Ray and lover of Katherine Mansfield, and Pablo Picasso
- Anna Trapnel, a Puritan prophet who was prosecuted as a witch
- The Founding Nuns of St Joseph’s Hospice and Dame Cecily Saunders, who played a large role in the hospice movement
- Eileen Hiscock, runner who was one of the UK's first female Olympians
- Helen Chadwick, one of contemporary art’s 'most provocative and profound figures'
- Eliza (Sharples) Carlile, early women's rights campaigner and owner of a radical coffee house in Hackney
Starts near Hackney Wick station and ends in Victoria Park Village. You'll see and hear about:
- Syrie Maugham, Dr Barnardo’s daughter and interior designer, twice unhappily married - to Henry Wellcome and W. Somerset Maugham
- Florence Fenwick-Miller, suffragist, journalist and social reformer
- Margareta Beaufoy, 18th century mathematician
- Mary Ann Plummer, hatmaker who married a radical and signed the very first suffrage petition
- Hypathia Bonner, feminist and founder of the Rationalist Peace Society
- Alexandra Carlisle, actress and suffragist
- Beatrice Hastings, writer and poet, and muse to Modigliani and Man Ray
- Kit Crowley, Windrush Briton who worked as a railway porter during WW2
- Maria Dickin, social reformer and animal welfare campaigner who founded the PDSA
- Mary Hennell, writer and reformer
- Theodora Lisle Prankerd, lecturer and botanist
Starts at top of Lower Clapton Road and ends at Hackney Church. You'll see and hear about:
- The Clapton house lived in by numerous Tudors and Staurts, where Henry VIII reconciled with his daughter, ‘Bloody’ Mary
- The Mothers' Hospital
- The building which played a part in a World War II plot designed by James Bond writer Ian Fleming
- Hackney’s first synagogue
- The history of Clapton Pond, its almshouses and a house built by a swindler
- Clapton’s lost cinemas
- Places which gave Lower Clapton Road the monike 'Murder Mile' in the 2000s
- Clapton’s long-lost mansions
- The resident who ‘invented’ soda water and the rubber and discovered numerous elements including oxygen
- The London Orphan Asylum, later the Salvation Army citadel
- Plaques for playwrights, scientists, prison reformers and philanthropists
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