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 St Paul’s end of Foster Lane for coffee. There will be 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) each.

June Thursday 13th & Saturday 15th  BLOOMSBURY
From The British Museum to The British Library

A walk through the squares of this literary enclave - home to many writers including Dickens ,Thackeray & Virginia Woolf, a member of the infamous bohemian ‘Bloomsbury set’ who ‘lived in squares, wrote in circles and loved in triangles!’  The Senate House of London University where George Orwell worked subsequently portrayed as ‘the Ministry of Truth’ in his novel 1984 is just one of the art deco buildings we will see on this walk. Walk through one of the largest squares in London by the beautiful terracotta hotel of Russell Square. The walk begins in the first square to be so called. We will emerge from dreamy Bloomsbury into the busy Euston Rd and The British Library. After lunch I will do a tour of the building and you can then enjoy the many exhibits.
Meet: Cafe Le Cordon Bleu situated in a delightful hidden courtyard with outside seating if weather is good. Pied Bull Yard, 15 Bloomsbury Square, London, WC1A 2LS.
Nearest tube Tottenham Court Rd. (Central & Northern lines). Russell Square (Piccadilly line)
Finish: British Library 15.00 hrs. (approx.) Kings Cross/St Pancras (Piccadilly, Northern, Circle, Metropolitan, Mainline).
Cost: £20.00

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