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Saturday 14 May, 2.30pm
Saturday 21 May, 2.30pm

Festival Walk - St James's Park

St James's Park

St. James's Park was laid out formally by King James I in 1603, then further transformed and opened to the public by Charles II during the Restoration. It soon became a notorious and enticing pleasure ground.

Remodelled by subsequent monarchs, the Park is now one of the most popular and enchanting of London's green spaces.

Our Festival Walk, led by a Blue Badge Guide, explores the Park and its history, starting with a look at one of the best-preserved and most beautiful 18th-century London streets, Queen Anne's Gate. The walk will last about 75 minutes.


Walks begin at St James's Tube Station (Petty France Exit). Guides will leave punctually, so don't be late!
Tickets: £6 from St. John's, Smith Square Box Office.
Please note: tickets cannot be bought on the day.

Booking

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


Saturday 21 May, 9.00am

Festival 'Hawksmoor' Tour

St George's Bloomsbury
Nicholas Hawksmoor
Christ Church Spitalfelds

2011 marks the 350th anniversary of the birth of Nicholas Hawksmoor, arguably England's greatest Baroque architect, described as 'more assured in his command of the classical vocabulary than the untrained Vanbrugh, more imaginative in his vision than the intellectual Wren'.

Many of Hawksmoor's best buildings are to be found in London and our tour will look at two of them in detail: Christ Church Spitalfields and St. George's Bloomsbury.

Departing by coach from Westminster, our tour will take us on a route that includes Westminster Abbey, St. Mary Woolnoth, St. George-in-the-East, St. Anne's Limehouse and St. Luke's Old Street, all buildings either designed or contributed to by Hawskmoor.

The tour will last about three-and-a-half-hours, with a pick-up in Tothill Street and a drop-off close to St. George's Bloomsbury. There will be complimentary tea, coffee and biscuits served at Christ Church Spitalfields.


Please meet the guide by the West Door of Westminster Abbey, underneath the towers.  The coach will leave punctually, so don't be late!
Tickets: £17 from St. John's, Smith Square Box Office.
Please note: tickets cannot be bought on the day.

Booking

Please bring your ticket and hand it in to the guide.
Maximum number: 50

Hawksmoor bust photograph: Lucinda Douglas-Menzies for the Friends of Christ Church Spitalfields