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London's Riverside - A Guided Architectural Treasure Hunt

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Near Westminster Bridge

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SW1A 2JR

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One of three walks on London's boundaries by Anthony Davis

Come on a lively guided walk beside London's Riverside boundary, the River Thames, to trace the remnants of palaces and mansions of the rich and famous and their literary associations. Our ‘Treasure Map’ is a printed scene of riverside Westminster dated 1720, and we find buildings and monuments left from that time, and other grand homes which have been erected since then, exploring their connections with literary figures and the changing architecture and developing use of London’s riverside over five centuries. We admire Queen Mary’s steps and the Archbishop of York’s gateway and (if we are lucky as it is often inaccessible) peer into a ‘Roman’ bathroom and William Waldorf Astor’s windows. There is a poem by Jonathan Swift, a statue to a translator of the Bible who met a sticky end and another to a great pioneer of childrens' literacy as well as a very personal connection with diarist Samuel Pepys. We hear about the ‘Great Stink’ and the transformational embankment project of Sir Joseph Bazalgette and the Victorians. We see where one King lost his head and another lost his art collection. The walk is led by Anthony Davis who is a graduate of Oxford and London universities and a qualified Westminster guide with a special interest in eighteenth century architecture.


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