Sorting the Slums of Victorian London

Victoria Tube, the Cardinal Place exit on Victoria Street

Guided by Charlie

Walk Times

Day Walk Type Start Time End Time
13 June 2020 Tour du Jour 10.45 am 12.45 pm Summer

Some of Victorian London’s worst slums developed in the heart of Westminster. As Charles Dickens put it, ‘the blackest tide of moral turpitude that flows in the capital rolls its filthy wavelets up to the very walls of Westminster Abbey.’ Immersed in the area that was known as ‘The Devil’s Acre’ we explore the ways in which charities and public and private authorities faced up to these appalling conditions and attempted to provide some education for the children growing up in grinding poverty. Many of their solutions are still there to be seen today. So, ready? Let’s go slumming* with Charlie.

*Victorian slumming, that is. And Victorian before and after. And Victorian now. And Victorian getting things done, rolling up their sleeves and getting on with it. Victorian setting the world to rights. Victorian “I’m mad as hell and I’m not going to take this anymore.”

In short, Victorian sorting.


Sorting the Slums of Victorian London takes place at 10.45 am on Saturday, June 13. Meet Charlie just outside Victoria Tube (the Cardinal Place exit on Victoria Street).


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