I am launching a new venture in September 2021, Artistic Walks that look at London’s artistic and literary connections. I hope this will be the start of an occasional series of face-to-face events over the coming year. Several people have asked me if it would be possible to organise some live tours as I have guided walks for the Oscar Wilde Society and the Victorian Society previously. So, this is your chance to be guided around some of London’s most beautiful areas, perhaps to come together with friends and to chat with each other in person. Covid has not gone away but outdoors events are supposed to provide less opportunity for transmission of the virus.
Artistic London: from Sloane Square to Harrods
Thursday 23rd September, 2021, starting at 11.00am
Join me on this walk which will take us from John Dando Sedding’s magnificent Holy Trinity Church, Sloane Street, known as the ‘Cathedral of the Arts and Crafts’ thanks to its rich fittings by Henry Wilson and stained glass by Morris & Co. and Christopher Whall, to Harrod’s Food Hall, an Art Nouveau masterpiece.
On the way we will pass through the heart of Victorian ‘Queen Anne style’ London, the name given to a new style of architecture devised by Richard Norman Shaw and JJ Stevenson. Cadogan Square and Pont Street boast the finest examples. The area is rich in artistic and literary associations. Mortimer Menpes, the godfather of Wilde’s second child Vyvyen, created an extraordinary studio-house, filled with Japanese objets d’art at 25 Cadogan Gardens.
The Cadogan Hotel, which stands on the corner of Pont Street and Sloane Street, absorbed Lillie Langtry’s townhouse. This was also where Oscar Wilde was arrested, in Room 118. As we near the end of the walk, a slight detour to Hans Street takes us past an early project by the famed Arts and Crafts architect C F A Voysey. The walk ends, in of all places, in Harrod’s Food Hall to view the Doulton tiles devised by William James Neatby, surely the finest Art Nouveau ensemble in England.
Please note the houses can only be viewed from the outside. The walk will take approximately an hour and a half.
How to book and Organisation
The Walk is priced at £15 per person (to include a donation to Trinity Church).
Please book in advance as the number of attendees will be capped at 25.
People who have booked should arrive at the starting location at the Venus Fountain in the paved area in the middle of Sloane Square (opposite end to the War Memorial) close to the Sloane Square Underground Station for the start of the tour at 11.00am.
To book, please email Susan Branfield at firstname.lastname@example.org
You can pay by cheque or BACS (details will be supplied). Cheques should be made payable to Anne Anderson.
Once you register and pay, you will be sent a separate email with your booking confirmation.
Please wear suitable clothing and footwear as much of the tour is outside.