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I will confirm whether this walk can go ahead nearer the time. The City of London has been 'plagued' by disaster for Centuries, from the sacking by Queen Boudicca, to the bombings of two world wars. However, through all this adversity, London has gone from strength to strength. This tour takes us from Pudding Lane, where the Great Fire of London started, to Pye Corner, where it ended. Along the way you'll encounter mass graveyards from the plague, bomb damage from the blitz, execution sites from medieval times and ancient Roman ruins. Our expert guide will take you around the old city, amusing and entertaining you every step of the way. The walk is run by Free London Walking Tours. RSVP on Michelle's meetup group at: https://www.meetup.com/CapitalFriendsMU We will find somewhere to have a drink (or two) afterwards.
Pass through the doors of 60 Great Queen Street and you’re walking into history. Freemasons have met on this site since the late 18th century. The current Freemasons’ Hall is one of the few Art Deco buildings in London still used for its original purpose. 15:00 - 16:00 - Guided Hall tour: The tour starts in the museum’s galleries before moving through the rest of the building. Our guide will reveal the significance of the symbols you encounter. Along the grand corridors and through the richly decorated ceremonial areas and, finally, beyond the huge bronze doors and into the Grand Temple itself. We leave the Hall by 17:00 and find somewhere for a drink. COST: £2 meetup fee. Meet at Holborn tube station at 14:15
The Swedish organisation Fotografiska will open a new photography gallery in Whitechapel. It was supposed to open in Nov 2018 but this has been put back several times, first to the vague 'spring 2019' and now further: to November 2019. We will have to be patient! I will double check again nearer the time. I think the issue may have to do with the building construction. As of Aug 2019 there are no new news articles nor anything in the Journal of Photography. The website of Fotografiska London still says: "Opening to be announced". I found a Facebook group that intriguingly shows some photos featuring the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge aka Will and Kate. Could this be an opening ceremony? It doesn't say. Maybe there will be more info on the FB group soon: https://www.facebook.com/fotografiskaldn/ The photos on the Fotografiska.com website look fantastic, I can't wait to see what they open their new location with! Fotografiska started in Stockholm and (will) also have a gallery in New York. This new London building was announced to house up to seven exhibitions at any one time and you get to see all of them for the one entrance ticket. The website doesn't say yet how much they'll charge. I will check on that too. There will also be a cafe, let's meet there. More info here: https://www.fotografiska.com/london/ www.bjp-online.com/2017/08/fotografiska-to-open-a-london-museum-of-photography/
[I moved this again, to March 2021. I very much hope we will be able to go then. I will need to double-check the entrance fee and all details nearer the time.] Let's go visit Bletchley Park! During the second world war, Bletchley Park pulled together mathematicians, statisticians, typists, office workers, motorbike dispatch riders and everybody else who helped break the Enigma codes and enabled the free world win the war. You can also call it the birth place of modern information technology. Fascinating! I have long wanted to see the place I heard so much about. I have seen films and visited exhibitions. I promised myself that I would go to the place itself one day. Please wrap up warm, the tin huts themselves do not have heating and we will spend some time outside looking around. We must make sure to go before it gets too cold, I am told that a winter visit is only something for hardy souls. I would rather enjoy this in reasonable weather. Fingers crossed! Advanced booked entry tickets are £19 adults, £16.60 concessions (or £20/£17.50 on the day). I can't garantee these prices, please double-check the website (link below). They are open until 5pm. If we get a small group together we can book train tickets in advance at lower mini group prices. An individual ticket costs £20.20, I believe a group save ticket is £13.35pp if at least 3 people go. We can discuss travel arrangements closer to the time, I may put this as a second 'event' with payment for the train ticket. Trains go from Lond Euston. You can also go by coach at around £10 and meet us there, a coach may take three times as long though. You still need to take the Bletchley Park ticket into account, please double check their website: https://bletchleypark.org.uk/visit-us Did you know... The official name for the site was 'Government Code and Cypher School' or GC&CS for short - but to avoid drawing attention to this code breaking centre, the powers that be decided to call Bletchley Park: 'Government Communcations Headquarter' instead. You could see this as the official mail address on an envelope displayed at the recent 'Ciphers to Cyber Security' exhibition at the Science Museum. This is obviously abbreviated GCHQ - so that's where that comes from. Apparently the place was referred to as B.P. by those who worked there, it was also knows as 'Station X' (X for the Roman numberal for 10), and even 'London Signals Intelligence Centre' (I bet that wasn't on any envelope the dispatch riders were biking in and out of there every day). The postal address that staff had to use was "Room 47, Foreign Office" Here's the Wikipedia entry: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bletchley_Park