Sunday, 29 March 2015

Walk of the Week: Literary Bloomsbury

Every Sunday we’ll pluck just one walk from the vast London Walks repertoire and put it centre stage.

You can check out the full schedule at

But if you only take one walking tour this week, why not make it…

In keeping with this month's Literary London theme here on The DC…


There's no need to book. A London Walk takes about two hours and costs £9 or £7 for concs. Kids under 15 accompanied by their parent[s] go free.

Tuesdays at 2:30p.m from Holborn Tube

What larks! What plunges! Because this walk also explores "the other Bloomsbury" - the Bloomsbury the tourists don't get to see. The problem - for them, not us - is the sheer gravitational "pull" of the British Museum and Virginia Woolf and co. "We take chairs and sit on our balcony after dinner... Really Gordon Square, with the lamps lit and the light on the green is a romantic place" (V. Woolf). And, sure, we'll "do" that quarter. But we also "go" centrifugal - "do" undiscovered Bloomsbury. And you'll be very glad we do because that marvelous old writ - "London specialises in hiding the best of itself" - applies here in spades. Okay, time for a taster. Amongst much else, we'll see London's tiniest street, its most literary street (no, it's not in Virginia Woolf's Gordon Square neighbourhood), a Sylvia Plath-Ted Hughes house, the "nodal point" where the most important moment in the 20th century occurred, London's most beautiful square, etc. - and trust me, it's a capacious, cup-runneth-over "etc.". Bottom line: this is a very special walk! Guided by Tom, Brian or Andy R.

A London Walk costs £9 – £7 concession. To join a London Walk, simply meet your guide at the designated tube station at the appointed time. Details of all London Walks can be found at

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