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 Friday April 12th & Friday May 17th

Gold & Brutalism

The Assay Office followed by a Wander through the low and high

Walkways of The Barbican.

Have you ever wondered about Hall marking how it originated, how it is done and where? Now is your opportunity to find out all there is to know in this visit to The Goldsmith’s Company, where hallmarking began over 700 years ago.  The tour will take us through the magnificent hall and into the Assay Office. It is informative and fascinating explaining both the intricacies of this ancient process and the fakes and forgeries that are encountered. You will each come away with a goodie bag containing a guide book to the Hall.

After lunch I will guide you around the maze of Grade 2 listed brutalism architecture of The Barbican which will include Livery Company Halls (not included in previous Meanders), Remains of the Roman fort and wall, Lakes, Education and Drama institutions, Music and Shakespeare.  We will follow the Yellow ‘Brick’ road wherever possible.

Meet 10.50 prompt Goldsmiths Hall, Foster Lane, London EC2V 6BN. (St Paul’s Underground Central line nearest tube). Haz www.hazrestaurant.co.uk at St Paul's end of Foster Lane for coffee. Cloakrooms in Goldsmiths Hall for us to use and leave our coats and use the loos. Bags will be stored separately before we go into the Assay Office.

Finish: Moorgate (Northern, Circle, Hammersmith & City, Metropolitan) 4.00pm. approx.

Liverpool St. station very close (Central line) and buses to London Bridge.

Cost: £40.00 (includes £25.00 Assay office tour)


Book your Meander at:

e-mail: sarah@discoverlondon.org.uk

Tel: 07966202548














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Each month I lead an historical walk around a different area of London looking at both well known and less familiar buildings. The hidden streets, squares and houses behind the famous facades are intriguing especially when accompanied by tales of those who have lived and worked in them.