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Guided by Isobel

Southwark's unsung, world-changing women is the fare for this Tour du Jour. Here's Guide Isobel's say: "I love this walk. I created it several years ago for Southwark Council to celebrate International Women's Day. It's a walk that corrects the balance. The stars wear petticoats, not pantaloons. Women may not appear as often as men in the history books, but that doesn't mean they've been sitting at home twiddling their thumbs. Far from it. Knitting up a storm more like. From princesses to prostitutes, they have made their mark and shaped the world we live in today. Some have relied on their looks, others their wit. We'll trace the steps of the famous, the infamous, and the virtually unknown Fair Maids, Feminists and Philanthropists in this corner of Southwark. And don't get me wrong. It's as much about the place as it is the people. Southwark's very central but socially it's on the margin, on the edge. With a dizzying mix of urban building blocks: railway station, market, famous old theatre, gentrification, council blocks, time-honoured old London terraces, the works. It's honest London, roll-up-the-sleeves-and-get-on-with-it-London, warts and all London, desperate London – makes for quite a buzz. No wonder it's been the forcing house for all those fair maids and philanthropists." N.B. the walk takes about two hours and ends in Borough High Street, one minute from London Bridge Tube and five minutes to London Bridge Railway Station.


The meeting point for the Fair Maids, Feminists & Philanthropists walk is just outside the exit of SouthwarkTube. The Fair Maids, Feminists & Philanthropists walk takes place at 10.45 am on Saturday, June 15.


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If you can't make one of the regularly scheduled, just-turn-up, public Fair Maids, Feminists & Philanthropists walks do think about booking one as a private tour. If you go private you can have the Fair Maids, Feminists & Philanthropists walk – or any other London Walk – on a day and at a time that suits your convenience. We'll tailor it to your requirements. And – always with private London Walks and tours – we go to great lengths to make sure the guide-walker(s) "fit" is well-nigh perfect. Ring Fiona or Noel or Mary on 020 7624 3978 or email us at and we'll set it up and make it happen for you. A private London Walk – they're good value for an individual or couple and sensational value for a group – makes an ideal group or educational or birthday party or office (team-building) or club outing.


A private London Walk makes a fab present – be it a birthday or anniversary or get-to-know-your-new neighbourhood gift or Christmas present or whatever. Merchandise schmerchandise (gift wrapped or not) – but giving someone an experience, now that's special. Memories make us rich.


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