T. S. Eliot – The Waste Land Tour

(2 customer reviews)

Blackfriars underground station, London

Guided by Rick Jones

Please note

You must reserve your place online for this walk. Select your date and time on the table below.

Walk Times

Day Walk Type Start Time End Time
Wednesday Weekly 11 am 1 pm Summer Reserve Online

This walk takes place at 11 am every Wednesday in the Summer programme (ends Oct. 31). Meeting point is Blackfriars Tube.

T. S. Eliot’s The Waste Land. The most influential poetic work of the 20th century. Because its centenary is at hand, Rick Jones, a poet and musician* himself, has put together this tour of locations in the poem. Up Queen Victoria Street to where St Mary Woolnoth kept the hours, down King William Street to St Magnus the Martyr. And of course London Bridge and “a public bar in Lower Thames Street.”

*”a poet and musician” hardly goes far enough. Rick guides his virtual tours in blank verse, he was the chief music critic for the Evening Standard for a decade, and he’s a top-flight Blue Badge guide.

The pic was taken at the Athenaeum Club. It hangs outside the gentlemen’s lavatory.

2 reviews for T. S. Eliot – The Waste Land Tour

  1. Owen Fortunato Brakspear

    What a truly wonderful day myself and Sienna had being shown around Eliot’s old London haunts, hollows and hallows (among them the key loci of The Wasteland), learning of the myriad interconnections between man, poem, and city, from such a wonderful tour guide in the form of Rick, our very own Tiresias remembering and foreseeing all, and who we cannot recommend enough.
    Thank you Rick, we hope to see you again soon (with Eliot-avid grandparents and friends in tow) 🙂

  2. Alex

    This was an excellent tour from a top notch guide. I was only somewhat familiar with the Waste Land poem, having only recently read it in anticipation of this tour that I was attending with my son who is an has studied the poem at Uni and loves it. It’s a credit to Rick that both of us were fascinated and thoroughly enjoyed the tour.
    Rick brings the poem to life, and weaves the history of the City of London into his discussion of the poem as well sharing his deep knowledge of London and its history. The tour takes place the in City and it is fascinating to learn about TS Eliot’s career there as well as to learn about the rich history of this financial heart of London. Whether you are a TS Eliot fan, or know little of him and his poems, this a great tour.

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