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Sunday 20 May, 1.30pm
Saturday 26 May, 1.30pm

Festival Walk - Handel's West End

King's Theatre, Haymarket
Handel House Museum © Matthew Hollow

Handel made London his home from 1712 until his death in 1759, a period during which the West End became the fashionable enclave it remains to this day.

Our Festival Walk, led by a Blue Badge Guide, will begin in Haymarket at the site of the composer's early operatic triumphs and wend its way though St. James's and Mayfair to his home in Brook Street, which we shall visit.

The walk and tour of Handel House Museum will take approximately 100 minutes.


Walks begin at the entrance to Her Majesty's Theatre, Haymarket, SW1Y 4QL. The nearest underground station to the theatre is Piccadilly Circus.

Tickets: £12 from St. John's, Smith Square Box Office (see booking information for details). The ticket price includes entrance to Handel House Museum.

Please note: tickets cannot be bought on the day.

Please bring your ticket and hand it in to the guide.

Maximum number per walk: 25

 


Saturday 26 May, 11.00am

Festival Tour - Baroque Greenwich

Queen's House © Bill Bertram
The Painted Hall, Greenwich

Our Festival Tour visits a World Heritage Site described by UNESCO as the 'finest and most dramatically sited architectural and landscape ensemble in the British Isles'. Greenwich Park features the work of, among others, three great Englishmen: architects Inigo Jones and Sir Christopher Wren, and painter Sir James Thornhill.

Starting from Greenwich Pier, the tour, led by a Blue Badge Guide, will include Inigo Jones's exquisite Queen's House, the grand design of Sir Christopher Wren's Royal Hospital for Seamen, and Sir James Thornhill's majestic Painted Hall within the Hospital.

The tour will take approximately 100 minutes.


The tour begins by the statue of Sir Walter Raleigh at the entrance to 'Discover Greenwich', close to Greenwich Pier, SE10 9HT.

Tickets: £12 from St. John's, Smith Square Box Office (see booking information for details). The ticket price includes entrance to the Painted Hall.

Please note: tickets cannot be bought on the day.

Please bring your ticket and hand it in to the guide.

Maximum number: 50

The most enjoyable way to travel to Greenwich from Westminster is by boat, so we recommend taking the Thames Clipper, whose regular service from Embankment Pier to Greenwich Pier takes 27 minutes. Thames Clippers are part of Transport for London and are eligible for Oyster Card users. Timetables and fare information can be obtained from the Transport for London website. Greenwich Pier can also be reached easily by foot from DLR Cutty Sark and Greenwich Overground station.