Vauxhall Tube, exit 2 | Map
Guided by Isobel
Short version: Hidden Gardens, James Bond, Pottery & Pleasure Gardens, Thames & Tea.
Long version: That's where we're taking you on this Tour du Jour, what this walk is about. "Yea, right, Vauxhall," you say. Okay, let's answer the implied question: why go on the walk? Because there's something very solid and inspiring going on in Vauxhall, that's why. It is of course known for its historic pleasure gardens, for giving its name to a car, for being home to Jeffrey Archer and MI6, but probably most of all to the many people who drive through it or see it from the windows of trains, for a fearsome traffic junction. Which is to say, it's really not known at all. This is central London that's well and truly undiscovered London. But it's worth uncovering – worth discovering. Because away from the slash and gash of the multi-lanes and railway lines, this neighbourhood is full of character and interest. It's anything but non-descript. As guide Isobel puts it, "the more I researched the walk, the more I got the sense of overlapping strong communities; of individuals and groups who have created important local projects with little cash and a lot of what the business community likes to call blue sky thinking. Blue sky and yet very earthed."
The Viva Vauxhall walk takes place at at 10.45 am on Sunday, October 6. The meeting point for the Viva Vauxhall walk is just outside exit 2 of VauxhallTube.
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If you can't make one of the regularly scheduled, just-turn-up, public Viva Vauxhall! walks do think about booking one as a private tour. If you go private you can have the Viva Vauxhall! walk – or any other London Walk – on a day and at a time that suits your convenience. We'll tailor it to your requirements. A Ring Fiona or Noel or Mary on 020 7624 3978 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
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