Guided London Walks & Tours with Discovering London

The club objectives are to enhance members' knowledge and appreciation of London; to share interests with like-minded people; to have enjoyable and entertaining events. We run guided walks and visit places not normally open to the public, or where expert guides are available for group bookings.

Programme of events for January - April 2017
This V&A Europe 1600-1800
These galleries were opened only last year and contain some of the most magnificent works held by the V&A. It is a feast for the eyes. Our tour will attempt to relate the objects to this dramatic period of European history. Highlights include Berniniís striking marble statue of Neptune, furniture by Andre Charles Boulle, a cabinet of curiosities, porcelain from China, Meissen and Sevres, and statues of Louis XIII, Napoleon and Josephine.
Friday 3 February

Tate Britain Highlights
In 2013 Tate Britain completed the £45 million restoration project, the centrepiece being the reopening of the building's Thames-facing entrance as well as a new spiral staircase beneath its rotunda. Susan and I will show you around the magnificent collection, covering British art from Tudor times to JMW Turner. We will explore masterpieces by Hogarth, Gainsborough, Reynolds, the Pre-Raphaelites, Stubbs, Whistler and Constable.

Thursday 16 February

Royal Institution
The RI collections include the original apparatus and papers of the scientists who have worked in this iconic 18C building. The highlight of the exhibition is Faraday's magnetic laboratory displayed as it was in the 1850s opposite a current state-of-the-art nanotechnology lab. We have a talk about the famous inventions by Humphry Davy (including the Davy Lamp for miners), Michael Faraday and others as well as a tour of the building.

Thursday 9 March

MOL Medieval London galleries The Museum of Londonís medieval collections give an insight into Londonís history from the collapse of the Roman Empire to Tudor times. Highlights include Viking axes from Saxon times, carvings from Merton Priory and Blackfriars Monastery, models and artefacts concerning Old London Bridge, Old St Paulís and Nonsuch Palace, pages from Chaucerís Canterbury Tales, and the gold cup presented by HVIII to the Barber Surgeons
Monday 20 March

Watermanís Hall
Built in 1780, Watermenís Hall remains the only original Georgian hall in the City. The Hallís elegance is characterized by 18th century domestic architecture. Watermen played an important part in Londonís history, providing the safest transport in earlier centuries. The Company was established by an Act of Parliament in 1555. We will hear about the history of the Watermen, view the splendid interiors and end with coffee and biscuits.

Monday 3 April

East End Treasures
On this short walk we will discover many remarkable places connected to the history and culture of the East End. Highlights include a visit to Christchurch Spitalfields, one of Hawksmoorís architectural masterpieces. We also see Toynbee Hall, Brick Lane Mosque (formerly a Huguenot and Jewish place of worship), Whitechapel Art Gallery and the Whitechapel Bell Foundry exhibition space. I will lead a guided tour of the area.
Tuesday 11 April

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