- DURATION 1 hr 15 mins
The road called the Strand beside the River Thames is barely a mile long yet has so much to tell about the city. Let’s all go down the Strand. And let’s do it virtually with old photos, paintings, Google Earth street views, lots of stories and a few laughs on the way. You can even bring a banana.
It housed the riverside palaces of the Savoy, Somerset House and the Duke of Buckingham. There’s an Egyptian obelisk on the embankment built to house a huge sewer. Close by is Benjamin Franklin’s house, then there’s the bustle of Trafalgar square and the idyllic gardens of Temple where there’s a 900 year old Crusader church and close by, the Royal Courts of Justice.
We’ll learn some weird and curious things too … Like why were windows boarded up 250 years ago? Did Benjamin Franklin really want the turkey to be the bird symbol of the USA? Is there a streetlight powered by sewer smell? Or a pub split in half? How does a bridge clean itself? Why do the lions of Trafalgar Square have the paws of a cat? And then there’s Frank Sinatra singing to taxi drivers who told him to keep the day job.
And what’s all this about bananas? Intrigued? Join us for all this and more.
- Duration: 1 hr 15 mins
- Online Zoom event: Join from your computer, phone or tablet (no replay available)
Meet the Host, Loona
Loona Hazarika is a history geek who has been giving guided tours of his birthplace London for over 15 years. Trained by the British Museum (where he was an official tour guide) he co-founded London City Steps, a social enterprise that helps to train and give confidence to underprivileged youth via a love of local history.
He spent a year volunteering at the Genocide Memorial Centre in Rwanda where he recorded and set up their first audio guides system and has advised and appeared on TV history shows such as BBC TV’s The ‘Hairy Builder’, ‘the Repair Shop’ and SKY Atlantic’s ‘Urban Secrets’
He has a Master’s Degree in economics from the University of Cambridge.
Preparing for the Event
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