11.00 meet in the cafe of the Methodist Central Hall opposite Westminster Abbey.
The tour will start at 11.30 and we'll break for refreshments/lunch from 1.30 to 2.30 in the Lord Moon pub at the top of Whitehall (popular prices) before continuing during the afternoon until around 4 or as members wish. There is plenty of material! We can then take further refreshment.....
Finish near Trafalgar Square.
From Roman times, one of the foremost cities of England was Winchester although there was often no capital in the modern sense.
In the mid 11th century, Edward the Confessor decided to build a church at Westminster and to move his court there. William the Conqueror then treated both London and Winchester as capitals but the latter declined in importance over time leaving London ever since as the centre of government of England and latterly of the remainder of the United Kingdom and of the British Empire while it existed.
Our tour will begin with the precincts (free entry) of the church which Edward established on an existing religious site.
We'll then move up Whitehall being able to only scratch the surface of such an extraordinary story of triumph and tragedy as the last thousand years of our history. We'll be talking about some of the kings and queens who lived here and about some of the ancient and modern political personalities of Whitehall who enjoyed their moment having 'climbed the greasy pole' - as one of them cynically put it.
We'll also be looking at many of the buildings and some clues they carry which often pass unnoticed.
Question to gain your interest! Why did Henry VIII marry in mid air?
Meetup Fee £5 -