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Jimmy Hendrix, Rock Icon, Who Lived

Posted by Hazel Baker, Director of London Guided Walks on Monday, July 26, 2021, In : 20th century 

Jimmy Hendrix, rock icon, lived in Brook Street, Mayfair in the 1960s. It served a few purposes for him at the time in that it was a fairly commercial place, there were a lot of shops. It wasn't a particularly residential area meaning he could play music as loud as he wanted at night as he had no neighbours to disrupt. 

It was all happening in swinging sixties London. Carnaby Street was really hitting its mark and Brook Street isn't too far away from Carnaby Street at all. Brook Street was a g...


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Festival of Britain and its Art Legacy

Posted by Hazel Baker, Director of London Guided Walks on Friday, May 7, 2021, In : 20th century 

The Festival of Britain was one of the first occasions where many women artists and designers had opportunities to take part. The famous sculptor Barbara Hepworth received two important public commissions; Turning Forms which was a motorised abstract piece, made of reinforced concrete, painted white and 84 inches (just over 2m) in height was commissioned by the Festival of Britain authorities. In 1952 it was moved to Marlborough Science Academy, in St Albans and in October 2020 was moved to a...


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What is left of the Festival Britain in London?

Posted by Hazel Baker, Director of London Guided Walks on Friday, May 7, 2021, In : 20th century 

Much of what was built for the Festival of Britain was temporary and after the event was dismantled. In both Wales and Scotland, little remains. In London some remarkable examples have survived, which is what I will be sharing with you today...


The Southbank

One could argue that the greatest legacy of the Festival of Britain is the stretch of former industrial riverside near Waterloo we call the South Bank. Since then it has grown to embrace the London Eye, the BFI and the Tate Modern (the most...


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What was the Festival of Britain?

Posted by Hazel Baker, Director of London Guided Walks on Friday, May 7, 2021, In : 20th century 

3rd May 1951, King George VI declared The Festival Britain open with venues in London and across the country.


It was a national exhibition designed with the aim of promoting a feeling of recovery from both world wars. It was a large-scale demonstration of Britain’s contribution to civilisation; past, present and future in the arts, science and technology, industrial design and the viability of democracy.


Projecting and celebrating a sense of national identity was closely linked to Memory, rem...


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Festival of Britain 1951

Posted by Hazel Baker, Director of London Guided Walks on Friday, May 7, 2021, In : 20th century 

As the centenary of the Great Exhibition approached, politicians had begun to ask whether a celebration in the same vein might operate as a tonic to lift the nation’s spirits.


1951 Britain was very different from the context in which the Great Exhibition took place. Britain had lost its sense of purpose and place in the world. The Second World War had sounded the death knell for the days of the Empire, which had been in a phase of steep decline since 1918.


Where the Great Exhibition had been ...


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Woolwich Arsenal: Classical Splendour Meets Storage Space

Posted by Ian McDiarmid, City of London Tour Guide on Tuesday, April 14, 2020, In : 20th century 

The Grand Store at the Woolwich Arsenal was built between 1806 and 1813, by James and Lewis Wyatt, and as the name implies was used to house items for the Arsenal itself, and for bits of kit for the army and navy. The picture shows Building 46, which was the western wing. It is built in brick, with Purbeck limestone dressings. In the middle is a triangular pediment supported on four giant pilasters. The windows are recessed and those on the ground floor are arched. The building was not made c...


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Keep Calm and Carry on Worshipping

Posted by Susan Baker, London Tour Guide on Thursday, February 6, 2020, In : 20th century 

August this year will be the 80th anniversary of the start of the Blitz, that constant bombing in the Second World War which, second only to the Great Fire of London, changed the face of this great City.

A symbol of the Blitz spirit can be found inside a church in the City of London, only a stone’s throw from that great survivor of the bombing, St Paul’s Cathedral.  St Vedast in Foster Lane, rebuilt after the Great Fire of London, was not so fortunate.  On 30th December 1940 it wa...


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1930s novelty soap

Posted by Hazel Baker, Director of London Guided Walks on Wednesday, January 8, 2020, In : 20th century 

Today is National Bubble Bath Day. Yes, it’s a thing!

Would you like having a bath only once a week, in your kitchen, using only carbolic soap, in a hip tin bath like this? No? We don’t blame you, but this is what many Victorian families. Brrrrr. Washing body parts separately, such as arms, hands and faces were executed regularly but full-body baths were a different beast all together.

History of Soap

Ancient Babylonians are credited for inventing soap. Evidence for this has bee...


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BBC Filming in Clerkenwell

Posted by London Guided Walks on Wednesday, May 10, 2017, In : 20th century 


Whilst out with a lovely group on my Georgian London tour in North Clerkenwell we were lucky enough to come across the BBC filming. When I asked the crew, and after being told they were filming Jeremy Kyle the movie I was informed they were filming a new miniseries of Howards End. 

Back in February 2017 the BBC announced an all-star cast for Kenneth Lonergan's adaption of Howards End for BBC One. This is to be Academy Award® nominated screenwriter and playwright Lonergan's first TV screen ad...


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The personal touch, Covent Garden

Posted by London Walks on Sunday, May 15, 2016, In : 20th century 





Covent Garden's Apple Market is a popular market under the glass roof of Covent Garden market providing an antiques market every Monday. For the other days a vibrant market filled with individuals selling unique products for ever-demanding visitors.


Lavinia has had a popular stall The T-Shirt Club Covent Garden's Apple Market for the last six years; making and selling hand made T-shirts with a London theme. All T-shirts host hand-painted designs by Lavinia herself and are machine washable at 4...


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Mothering Sunday or Mother's Day?

Posted by Guided walks in London on Monday, February 22, 2016, In : 20th century 


The British tradition of Mothering Sunday is rather muddled. Mothering Sunday has been celebrated in the UK on the fourth Sunday in Lent since at least the C16th. 

In the early twentieth century Mothering Sunday underwent a revival thanks to Constance Penswick Smith (1878-1938). It was in 1913 where she was inspired after reading a newspaper report of Anna Jarvis’s campaign for Mother's Day in America.

What is the connection between Laetare Sunday and Mother's Day? 
Laetare Sunday g...


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The Crime Museum Uncovered

Posted by London Guided Walks on Tuesday, February 16, 2016, In : 20th century 
Have you ever wondered how the London's Metropolitan Police catch the bad guys? Now is your chance to find out.

The Museum of London are hosting a sobering exhibition: The Crime Museum Uncovered. This is a collection which has never been seen publicly before as it is part of the Crime Museum within New Scotland Yard which is accessible to members of the Met police or other police forces which are involved in crime.

The exhibition highlights the tools and techniques the police used to catch crim...
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Royal Artillery Memorial, Hyde Park Corner

Posted by Guided walks in London on Thursday, March 12, 2015, In : 20th century 

The Royal Artillery Memorial at Hyde Park Corner has continued to be the subject of much critical discussion with Lord Curzon being quoted as describing the howitzer as "a toad squatting, which is about to spit fire out of its mouth...nothing more hideous could ever be conceived". 


What is the objective of having a war memorial? 

To remember the dead? To bask in the glory of sacrifice for King and country? Ex-servicemen were quoted by the Manchester Guardian as reminiscing about the war as they...


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Music Halls and Cinemas of Holloway Road

Posted by London Guided Walks on Tuesday, October 7, 2014, In : 20th century 

Corker Walk, Islington             

The area also played a pivotal role in the genesis of British film making, a combination of Television and homes that people didn't mind spending time in brought all this to an end.Only one of these cinemas still shows films,the majority were demolished but some of the buildings still survive.


Most people think of the Seven Sisters and Holloway Roads as two nondescript traffic choked roads with nothing to detain them on their way in and out of town. Nothing c...


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John Betjeman in Highbury

Posted by London Guided Walks on Thursday, August 28, 2014, In : 20th century 

St Saviour's Church, Aberdeen Park

Aberdeen Park is an unexpected expansive leafy haven in inner London with public access. The residents are responsible for most aspects of Aberdeen Park's upkeep and is reflected in its relaxing ambience. Why aren't more places like this?


There are 341 address in Aberdeen park, predominantly domestic architecture covering 150 years.


There are four storey Victorian villas on the South and East perimeter with iconic Italianate towers built in 1850's for prosperou...


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