Curiosities of London part 1: solemn sphinxes & more. London is like a free open-air museum and art gallery combined – when you know where to look. This talk is about the unusual, quirky, or even odd things you can find on the streets of London, showing where to see a nine-foot dragon, some Grocers camels, and a clock that once set time for the whole of Britain. In the words of Walter Beasant; “I've been walking about London for the last thirty years, and I find something fresh in it every day.”
- Duration: 60 mins
- Online Zoom event: Join from your computer, phone or tablet (no replay available)
- Join as an individual or book for private groups up to 300
Meet the Host, Andrew
Andrew Warde has more than 40 years experience as a London Blue Badge guide, with additional guide qualifications for the City of London and for Windsor & Eton. He presents illustrated talks and walks in and around London, telling all about historic buildings, curious survivals from times past, or special areas of London life and the Thames riverside. These talks reveal fascinating aspects of London’s past and the people who lived there.
Preparing for the Event
For the best experience, you will need to have Zoom downloaded onto your computer. Please ensure you're connected to broadband/wifi rather than using your mobile phone connection (3G/4G).
We also recommend that pets are either calmly sitting on your lap or in another room, and any refreshments you may require are within your reach!
This was a really interesting talk and I learned such a lot that I really now want to put into practice by visiting London. Really unusual examples were featured in the talk, things I would never have known about. Really great, thank you.
I worked on Fleet Street for twenty years when it was a newspaper district so I knew many of the locations featured. It was so good to see them although large parts of the area is just a shadow of it's former self just at the moment.
Our host yesterday did a marvellous job in bringing to life the wonderfully quirky nature of London in it’s many and varied ways. He was particularly good at showing and telling us just how many thousands of it’s inhabitants had succeeded, in over two millennia, in making their individual marks on the capital. More please!