Bloomsbury & the Museum Quarter What larks! What plunges!
Because this walk also explores “the other Bloomsbury” – the Bloomsbury the tourists don’t get to see. The problem – for them, not us – is the sheer gravitational “pull” of the British Museum and Virginia Woolf and co. “We take chairs and sit on our balcony after dinner… Really Gordon Square, with the lamps lit and the light on the green is a romantic place” (V. Woolf). And, sure, we explore that quarter. But we also go centrifugal – do undiscovered Bloomsbury. And you’ll be very glad we do because that marvelous old writ – “London specialises in hiding the best of itself” – applies here in spades. A taster? We flaneur London’s most literary street (no, it’s not in Virginia Woolf’s Gordon Square neighbourhood); take in a Sylvia Plath-Ted Hughes house; clock the “nodal point” where the most important moment in the 20th century occurred; savour London’s most beautiful square; squeeze into its tiniest street, etc. – and trust me, it’s a capacious, cup-runneth-over “etc.”. Bottom line: this is a joy of a jaunt, a very special walk. Guided by Brian or Andy R.
LITERARY LONDON WALKING TOUR– THE PRACTICALS
Literary London takes place every* Tuesday afternoon at 2 pm. And it also takes place as the Saturday morning Tour du Jour at 10.45 am on November 23.
The meeting point is just outside the main exit of HolbornTube. *Except Dec. 24