Walking Tour - In Vincent's Footsteps: from Covent Garden to Stockwell

Walking Tour - In Vincent's Footsteps: from Covent Garden to Stockwell

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Covent Garden station

James Street



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Vincent Van Gogh lived in Stockwell for a year from August 1873. We follow his likely walk home from work and learn a bit about 1870s London

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Vincent Van Gogh lived at 87 Hackford Road in Stockwell for a year between August 1873 and 1874. He fell in love with British culture and was inspired by the art he saw in the UK. He was working at Goupil and Company, an Art Dealers in Covent Garden, and he walked to and from work.

The first part of this tour follows Vincent's footsteps in a 3½ mile (5½ km) walk between his workplace and his lodgings, exploring what London would have been like in the early 1870s. The walk goes by the river Thames along what was then the newly built Victoria Embankment and crosses Westminster Bridge which Van Gogh sketched on some Goupil and Co headed note paper. Then after walking through Kennington we get to the house in Hackford Road, where we have a 45 minute exclusive interior tour (Normally £12 on its own but included in the price of this tour).

Visitors will have a chance to learn about the Hackford Road house and its most famous tenant. The tour is an opportunity to gain insight into the house's future as a site for artist residencies and to view artefacts uncovered during the recent renovation and conservation of the house, providing a glimpse into the stories hidden within its walls.

Please note the house at Hackford Road dates from the 1820s and has small rooms on three floors with a steep narrow staircase. Because of this, it may be difficult for people with mobility issues - in particular it is not possible to accommodate wheelchairs.


Tripadviser 5* review in May 2021 from Tapyeno

Informative and enjoyable walk

My daughter and myself went on the Van Gogh walk with Stephen Benton yesterday. We both found it very interesting and enjoyable.


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