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Guided by Barry

Short read: The narrative of – and our connections to – Islamic civilisations through their art. 

Long read: Room 34. It's in a far-flung corner of the British Museum. To come upon it – far from the madding crowd – and work your way through it is to range nearly half way round the world, from Spain to China. It's a journey through the history, richness, complexity and diversity of the Islamic world. Welcome to one of the world's most important Islamic collections. To a single room that is, well, a magic carpet that illustrates the history and culture and zeitgeists (notice the plural) of the Islamic world from the time of Mohammed in the 7th century to the present day. Elegant Kufic script and calligraphy, astrolabes from Old Cairo, exquisite bronze metalwork and glass from the times of the Crusades, outstanding  Iznik tiles and ceramics from the Ottoman Empire... these are objects that aren't just beautiful, they pack a great deal of historical story power. One room, a couple of hundred works of art, 13 centuries – and it's say goodbye to the worldview that you crossed the threshold with two hours previously.  


The Art of Islam tour will take place at 10.45 am on Sunday, November 17. The meeting point for the Art of Islam tour is just outside Russell SquareTube. The walk ends at British Museum, which is very near several Tube stations (Russell Square, Holborn and Tottenham Court Road). 


"by far the most impressive series of walks that I have ever encountered are those offered by London Walks"  Travel and Enjoy

"the unfailingly fascinating London Walks... If you can't find one [of their tours] that captures your fancy, maybe you really are tired of life."  San Francisco Chronicle


If you can't make the scheduled, just-turn-up, public Art of Islam tour do think about booking one as a private tour. If you go private you can have the Art of Islam tour – or any other London Walk – on a day and at a time that suits your convenience. We'll tailor it to your requirements. 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 very special gift – be it a birthday or anniversary 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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