Tower Hill Underground Station, London (meet by the Tower Hill Tram coffee stand, just outside the Citizen M Hotel))
Guided by Kevin
|29 February 2024
A strange amazing day – and walk – that comes only once every four years. For the rest of the time it does not “exist.” A day – and walk – of temporal tune-up. A day – and walk – of unlocked potential. A day – and a walk – of unlocked London.
The Leap Year Almanac of the Past Pub Walk
Thursday, 29 February 2024, 6 pm
We explore London, the Leap Year and 29th February through history.
As the Sun, Moon and Seasons have different cycles and don’t fit into a set number of days, Londoners have had to cope with fixes to their calendars to align the cosmos with everyday life. As we walk through the streets of the ancient City of London, we explore how Londoners organised and celebrated their year throughout history
One of the most popular forms of publication in London was the Almanac. It was full of seasonal advice, prophecy, traditional wisdom, and important events past and future. We will look at Almanacs and Diaries to find out how Londoners spent their Leap Year.
We start with the Romans at the City Wall, near the Tower of London, and walk through history until we reach a historic pub to celebrate the New Year.
The tour is led by Kevin Flude, a lecturer, curator and former archaeologist at the Museum of London. Join him to explore London’s History through its celebrations, festivals, calendars and almanacs.