• Back to Britpop: A Camden Audio Walk

    Caffe 43

    Take a walk back in time to the epicentre of Britpop, circa 1995. This nostalgia-fuelled jaunt takes you on a stroll from the club-turned-pub that was the birthplace of Britpop, and through the neighbourhoods where the likes of Oasis and Blur found their inspiration. This voice-guided GPS audio walk was created by Miranda Diboll, an audio producer and geocacher who lived right here where our story unfolds during the height of Britpop. This audio walk is connected to Sound Walk Sunday (http://www.museumofwalking.org.uk/events/sound-walk-sunday/), a fantastic new initiative to globally celebrate outdoor audio, geo-located, immersive performances and sound walks. Sound Walk Sunday will be inaugurated at the Made of Walking International Festival at La Romieu, in Southwest France, and walking pieces will be held in cities around the world. We’ll set off at 11am from outside Caffe 43 in Pratt Street, five minutes' walk from Camden Town tube station, and have a break about midway at Pembroke Castle Pub (https://www.facebook.com/PembrokeCastle/), the scene of an incident in our story. Our final stop is the Dublin Castle Pub (https://www.facebook.com/thedublincastle/), which is the perfect spot to soak up some Britpop atmosphere over a well-deserved drink. VoiceMap is an audio tour app that plays stories about your surroundings while you walk. The iOS and Android apps use your smartphone’s GPS device to pinpoint your exact location, and play audio automatically. You’ll need: a smartphone (Android or iPhone) with VoiceMap installed (and battery life), and a pair of headphones. Download the tour on WiFi before you leave home using the instructions below. 1) Install VoiceMap for iPhone or Android 2) Sign up with email or Facebook, then look for “Britpop Camden” in the London menu 3) Tap on the download button. The audio walk costs £2.99. You can pay using your iTunes or Google Wallet accounts. Allow ALL the files to finish downloading before you close the app. 4) When the download is finished, you'll see a green "Start" button. You're ready to go! 5) VoiceMap works offline and doesn’t require any data.

  • Discover Dickens' London on an Audio Walk with his Great Gra­nddaughter

    Chancery Lane Tube Exit Two

    Let yourself be transported back in time to the London of Charles Dickens. You'll hear tales from his great great great granddaughter about historic London streets - many of which inspired Dickens' famous novels. You'll discover what made him such a passionate writer, and how strongly his work was shaped by his childhood. This audio walk - created and narrated by Dickens' descendant and acclaimed author Lucinda Dickens Hawksley - ends at the only remaining house of Charles Dickens in London, The Charles Dickens Museum. There will be time to visit the museum after the walk (with discounted admission), and an opportunity to meet Lucinda Hawksley. We'll meet at 11am at the audio walk's starting point: Chancery Lane station, at the junction of Gray's Inn Road and High Holborn (north side). If arriving by tube, leave the station via exit 2. The walk itself takes around an hour, depending on how often you stop for photos, and we'll reconvene in the museum afterwards. ____________________________________________________________________ VoiceMap is an audio tour app that plays stories about your surroundings while you walk. The iOS and Android apps use your smartphone’s GPS device to pinpoint your exact location, and play audio automatically. You’ll need: a smartphone (Android or iPhone) with VoiceMap's app installed (and battery life), and a pair of headphones. ___________________________________________________________________ To experience the Charles Dickens from Furnival's Inn to Doughty Street audio tour, follow these simple steps: 1. Install VoiceMap for iPhone or Android 2. Sign up with email or Facebook. Look for “Charles Dickens from Furnival's Inn to Doughty Street” in the London menu. 3. Tap on the red download button. The audio walk costs £3.99. You can pay using your iTunes and Google Wallet accounts. Allow all the files to finish downloading before you close the app. 4. When the download is finished, the download button will change from red to green, and instead of seeing the price, you'll see the word "Start". 5. VoiceMap works offline and doesn’t require any data Share the event or invite your friends via Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/events/1788682394685563/

  • VoiceMap Group Walk: Theatreland Audio Tour with Ian McKellen

    Join us as we play the starring role in a tour of London’s historic West End with the help of British acting icon Ian McKellen. Taking you from theatre to theatre on a route from Leicester Square through to Covent Garden, Embankment and The Strand, Ian will whisper secrets of the stage and tell the story of some of the capital’s most fascinating buildings. You’ll also learn the stories of the actors, architects and managers who shaped this unique part of London, turning it from one of the city’s most disreputable slums to the glittering heart of British theatre. Ian will also recount fascinating stories from his illustrious career on the stage as you walk – his favourite venues, his least favourite performances and where he made his professional acting debut. You'll need a smartphone (Android or iPhone) and a pair of earphones. Our voice-guided walk will last just over an hour. VoiceMap uses your smartphone’s GPS device to play audio at specific locations. After downloading the audio walk using the instructions below, you can put your phone in your pocket and start walking. 1) Install VoiceMap in the Google Play Store (bit.ly/getvoicemap) or App Store (bit.ly/voicemap) 2) Sign in or create an account 3) Select London from the list of locations 4) Then select " Theatreland Tour with Ian McKellen" 5) Tap on the red download button. The audio walk is free. Allow ALL the files to finish downloading before you close the app. 6) When the download is finished, the download button will change from red to green, and instead of seeing the price, you'll see the word "Start". You're ready to go! Take a look at what's in store, before or after downloading the audio walk in-app: https://voicemap.me/tour/london/theatreland-tour-with-ian-mckellen