What we're about

Being inspired by Mr Portillo's wonderful railway journeys we acquired our own Bradshaw and have set up this group. We are a group of rail enthusiasts who are also devotees of Mr Maconies evocative guide to the delights of Middle England. Our group is arranging journeys on England’s most scenic railways, rides on the captivating preserved steam railways and tours of the many splendid historic towns within easy reach of London. We are also scheduling expeditions to national trust gardens; picnic walks on the North Downs; cycle rides through the Surrey & Sussex countryside inspired by HG Wells original guide Within London we plan themed walks, following Betjemans Metro- Land journey; seeking out Charles Holden’s wonderfully innovative stations, exploring the timeless legacy of Decimus Burton; finding the film locations for Poirot, Hitchcock and Crichton; discovering the art deco masterpieces hidden around London. We are also devising treasure hunts within stunning landscaped gardens; walks through vintage London quarters taking in the many independent bookshops, galleries & markets springing up. All walks will conclude at a stylish top tea shop where we can celebrate the day over tiffin. For all fans of Bradshaw, Betjeman, Brunel, Burton, Brooke and Bennett please join us for more adventures on the high teas.

Upcoming events (4+)

Wurlitzer and Silent Film at Musical Museum

The Musical Museum

We have another nostalgia afternoon at the Kew Musical Museum. This Autumn they have a season of Hollywood musicals plus a famous silent film showing: "Nosferatu".
Donald MacKenzie, the renowned organist from London’s Odeon Luxe Leicester Square, makes a welcome return to entertain the audience in a pre-Halloween event accompanying the silent film Nosferatu. The film directed by F.W. Murnau is approaching its 100th anniversary. Released in 1922, it is a classic retelling of Bram Stokers’ Dracula (81 mins). Not one to be missed.
Donald MacKenzie will be presenting the film from the Museum’s Mighty Wurlitzer with a specially improvised score.

Cost is £17.50 for tickets. Includes complimentary Bloody Mary from the bar. Venue is a short walk from Kew Bridge station, or from Gunnersbury ( District & Overground).

We are meeting in the tea room on the 1st floor from 2.30pm.Meet at table facing river, "Adventures on High Teas" book on table for identification. £2 fee for meet up costs. A good knowledge of English history required for event.

Autumn Colours of Richmond Park

Tide Tables Café (underneath Richmond Bridge)

An easy circular walk through Richmond Park and Wimbledon Common. Our route will take in the wooded parts of both parks to admire the autumn colours which should be at their best around this week. Walk starts with section along Thames Path then we cross the Terrace Gardens to climb to Turners viewpoint. In Wimbledon Common we will stop for lunch at the Windmill Tea Rooms. On way back option for riverside pub stop. Option to take short cut back from Richmond Park before Wimbledon section.

Refreshments - Café at start, tea shop for lunch,

Travel - Richmond is on District and main lines. Overground service may not be running due to planned engineering work.

Meet from 10.45am at the Tide Tables cafe , will be at table by river. £5 meet up fee on the day. A good knowledge of English history is required for event.

Hidden River Westbourne Walk

Little Venice

This 5 mile walk follows the route of the hidden Westbourne Brook from Little Venice to Chelsea. After coffee by the canal, we will visit the extended Paddington station and several preserved mews through Bayswater. We then cross Hyde Park taking in some of the art works along the way. We continue south through the quiet lanes of Knightsbridge with a coffee break within a hidden courtyard by the original Pantechnicon. After pausing at the last home of Judy we stroll through Belgravia; embassies and impressive churches on the way. Last leg is through Chelsea ending at the grand Baroque style Royal Chelsea Hospital designed by Wren in 1682.

Refreshments - Café Barge at start, lots of choice on the walk

Travel - Nearest stations to start: Paddington (mainline, Hammersmith and City, District, Circle), Warwick Avenue (Bakerloo). Nearest station to end: Sloane Square (District, Circle).

Start - 11:00am at Café Barge, Little Venice, Paddington, W2 6NE
£5 meet up fee on the day. A good knowledge of English history is required for event.

Gainsborough and Heritage Railway Festival

Station Road

We are spending the day in the Essex / Suffolk borders for an easy walk around the historic market town of Sudbury and a visit to the East Anglian Railway on the Gainsborough branch line. We will start at Chappel and Wakes Colne station which is also the location for the railway museum with extensive sidings for trips on heritage trains. Today is the Diesel Festival with trips on railbuses and several guest locomotives.
Our walk takes in the Suffolk countryside around Sudbury which inspired Gainsborough. We can visit the art gallery displaying many of his works. The walk will take in the Stour valley and the many Georgian buildings of the town which became wealthy from the silk trade. This branch railway also passes over the impressive Chappel viaduct, with 23 arches it is one of the finest brick built railway structures in the region.

Refreshments -Cafés at rail museum. Lots of choice in Sudbury.

Travel - 10:00am service from Liverpool Street arrives at Chappel and Wakes Colne at 11:00am. Get return to Sudbury.

Start - 11:10am at Chappel and Wakes Colne station, Wakes Colne, Essex, CO6 2DR. £5 fee for meet up costs. A good knowledge of English history is required to attend this event.

Past events (366)

Cycle Ride : Highpoint to Highbury

Hampstead Heath Railway Station

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