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8–9 June 2019

8–9 June 2019

Guided Walks

Saturday Sunday

Our guided walks help you to experience an area in all its guises, or pursue a particular theme or interest. Keep checking this page for more information as details of further walks are confirmed. Booking opens on 30th April at 12 noon.

All the walks listed on this page (with the exception of the Green Roof walks) are led by experienced and qualified City of London, Westminster, Camden or Clerkenwell guides who specialise in taking themed tours of particular areas of London.

The Open Garden Squares Weekend team would like to thank all the guides who voluntarily plan and lead these walks for visitors.

Saturday

Exploring City Green Roofs
10:00

Dusty Gedge

Saturday 10:00–12:00

Now fully booked

A physical demanding tour of three rooftop gardens revealing some unsual views of London.

Discover the Clean Air Gardens of the Low Emission neighbourhood around the Barbican Estate
10:30

Sarah Hudson & Beth Humphrey

Saturday 10:30–11:30

Find out which plants are the best pollution busters and visit the pop up gardens created by the Barbican Estate Community.

Booking

After the Fire: in the footsteps of Wren
10:30

Graham Saunders

Saturday 10:30–12:00

Discover Wren's architectural legacy after the Great Fire of London of 1666.

Booking

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From Milk and Honey to Gherkins and Cheese
10:30

Courtney Plank

Saturday 10:30–12:00

The names of the City's streets and buildings have many connections with food - find out about the origins of these names.

Booking

An Introduction to the City of London
10:30

Eamonn Mullally

Saturday 10:30–12:00

On this walk you will enjoy a high-level introduction to the City of London, from the Romans to the world's largest international financial centre, including a glimpse into the story of what happened along the way.

Booking

Surprising Southwark
11:00

Andy Catto

Saturday 11:00–12:00

A gentle meander through Southwark's history including 'geese', Dickens and 'misteries'.

Booking

Mainly Cubitt - a walk through Pimlico and Belgravia
11:00

Stephen Benton

Saturday 11:00–12:30

Now fully booked

See how Thomas Cubitt influenced Pimlico and Belgravia to give us the many beautiful squares it is known for today.

Greening of King's Cross
11:00

Peter Twist

Saturday 11:00–12:30

Now fully booked

Explore how King's Cross has changed from an industrial wasteland into a vibrant creative hub.

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Gasholder Park
Southwark Gardens and its 'hoppy' past with added Dickens, Chaucer, Shakespeare and Keats
11:00

David Morgan

Saturday 11:00–12:30

The varied green spaces of Southwark tell the story of its history and connections with Dickens, Chaucer, Shakespeare and Keats.

Booking

Alternative King's Cross: through the eyes of a bobby on the beat
11:00

Chris Foster

Saturday 11:00–12:30

An alternative history of the King's Cross area told through the memories of a bobby on the King's Cross beat in the 1970s and 1980s.

Booking

Las joyas verdes escondidas de la cuidad de Londres (the hidden green jewels of the City)
11:00

Hugh Dennis

Sábado 11:00–12:30

Hoy vamos a deleitarnos con dos de las joyas de Londres: sus rincones y sus espacios verdes escondidos.

Reserva

Lincoln's Inn and Lincoln's Inn Square
11:00

Tim Kidd

Saturday 11:00–12:00

Saved from the developers in the 17th Century, this hidden garden has been one of the centres of London's judicial profession and continues to delight. Please note that building works are in progress at Lincoln's Inn which may affect this walk and the state of the garden.

Booking

Bees and Honey
11:00

Ted Conlin

Saturday 11:00–12:30

Walk past two Wren Churches before climbing to the rooftop garden for a short talk on bees.

Booking

Between One Parish Church and Another… And Between the Lines
11:30

Brian Turner

Saturday 11:30–12:30

Two hidden Churches tell the story of how the 18th Century promised a new future for King's Cross.

Booking

Green Roof Walk
12:00

Charles Fentiman

Saturday 12:00–14:00

Now fully booked

A physical demanding tour of three rooftop gardens revealing some unsual views of London.

Now and Zen
12:00

Cathy Chivers & Sian Whittaker

Saturday 12:00–13:30

Lambeth contains some quirky alternative gardens including a peace gardens, orchard and guerilla gardens. Come along to find out more!

Booking

World War One - Walk of Remembrance
12:00

Emmanuel Lebaut, Charlie Forman & Mark Lubienski

Saturday 12:00–13:00

A walk through the heart of British Government where the global conflict and its human cost are remembered.

Booking

Discover the clean air gardens of the Low Emission Neighbourhood around the Barbican Estate
12:00

Sarah Hudson & Beth Humphrey

Saturday 12:00–13:00

Find out which plants are the best pollution busters and visit the pop up gardens created by the Barbican Estate Community.

Booking

The story of Regent's Park from King Henry VIII hunting to public pleasure park
14:00

Susie Fairfax Davies

Saturday 14:00–15:30

Discover the hidden gems of Regent's Park and its importance throughout history.

Booking

Old and New Biodiversity in the Square Mile
14:00

Licia Sisalli

Saturday 14:00–15:30

Experience some of the 200 open spaces in the Square Mile and how the old and the new interact.

Booking

Mainly Cubitt - a walk through Pimlico and Belgravia
14:00

Stephen Benton

Saturday 14:00–15:30

Now fully booked

See how Thomas Cubitt influenced Pimlico and Belgravia to give us the many beautiful squares it is known for today.

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Warwick Square
Greening of King's Cross
14:00

Peter Twist

Saturday 14:00–15:30

Now fully booked

Explore how King's Cross has changed from an industrial wasteland into a vibrant creative hub.

The Head Gardener, the Victorian Housewife, The Queen and her Consort: The Great Exhibition of 1851
14:00

Hania Lubienska & Rachel Anthony

Saturday 14:00–15:30

Now fully booked

Stroll through Kensington Gardens and Hyde Park to discover the story of the Great Exhibition of 1851.

Sunday

From the Rails to the Waze
10:00

Jonathan Cohen

Sunday 10:00–11:00

Trace the history of the capital through its transport - road, underground, canals and train and take a glimpse into the future.

Booking

Quirks and Wonders of Bloomsbury
10:30

Susie Fairfax Davies and Jonathan Grun

Sunday 10:30–11:30

A tour through the iconic gardens and architectural wonders of Bloomsbury.

Booking

The Home Front: City Life in the Great War
10:30

Emmanuel Lebaut, Charlie Forman & Mark Lubienski

Sunday 10:30–12:00

Starting at the Troops Memorial experience both the quiet reflective spaces and the larger spaces which tell the story of WW1 in the City.

Booking

City Churches Then and Now
10:30

Kim Lovell

Sunday 10:30–11:30

The City contains churches dating from the Saxon times to today - this tour will show how London has adapted over the centuries to the vibrant place it is today.

Booking

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I Giardini della City
11:00

Claudia Colla

Domenica 11:00–12:30

Una passeggiata alla scoperta di flora, clima e superfici, tra rovine, monumenti ed edifici contemporanei ed una varietà di piante autoctone, indigene o naturalizzate.

Più informazioni

All'interno della Square Mile ci sono circa 200 spazi verdi, la maggior parte con il proprio patrimonio. Si tratta de giardini storici, cimiteri, spazi aperti, tetti 'viventi', nuovi sviluppi eco compatibili, con piante bioindicatrici, sensibili agli agenti inquinanti.

Prenota

From Red Light to Green Space
11:00

Daniel Hausherr

Sunday 11:00–12:00

Travel between the newly developed parts of King's Cross to the older green spaces such as Regent's Canal and Camley Street Natural Park.

Booking

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Camley Street Natural Park
Blooms, Bombsites and Burial Grounds
11:00

Linda Dalton

Sunday 11:00–12:30

Now fully booked

Discover how the Great Fire of London, the Blitz and the Burial Act (1855) influenced the green spaces of the City of London.

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Cleary Garden
Alternative King's Cross: through the eyes of a bobby on the beat
11:00

Chris Foster

Sunday 11:00–12:30

An alternative history of the King's Cross area told through the memories of a bobby on the King's Cross beat in the 1970s and 1980s.

Booking

The Head Gardener, the Victorian Housewife, The Queen and her Consort: The Great Exhibition of 1851
11:30

Hania Lubienska & Rachel Anthony

Sunday 11:30–13:00

Now fully booked

Stroll through Kensington Gardens and Hyde Park to discover the story of the Great Exhibition of 1851.

Between One Parish Church and Another… And Between the Lines
11:30

Brian Turner

Sunday 11:30–12:30

Two hidden churches tell the story of how the 18th Century promised a new future for King's Cross.

Booking

In the Steps of the Rich and Famous… It can only be Hampstead
13:30

Malcolm Dick & Andrea Charman

Sunday 13:30–15:00

Now fully booked

A light hearted walk that will climb to the top of Hampstead Hill revealing the many colourful characters that have lived here.

From Red Light to Green Space
14:00

Daniel Hausherr

Sunday 14:00–15:00

Travel between the newly developed parts of King's Cross to the older green spaces such as Regent's Canal and Camley Street Natural Park.

Booking

Fanny Wilkinson - Landscape Gardener
14:00

Sue McCathy

Sunday 14:00–15:30

Fanny Wilkinson was the first female landscape designer - learn about her extraordinary career that Londoners still benefit from today.

Booking

The Head Gardener, the Victorian Housewife, The Queen and her Consort: The Great Exhibition of 1851
15:00

Hania Lubienska & Rachel Anthony

Sunday 15:00–16:30

Now fully booked

Stroll through Kensington Gardens and Hyde Park to discover the story of the Great Exhibition of 1851.