Mosaic’s walking groups regularly get together to explore some of London’s better, and lesser, known areas.
The Sunday walks in London are proving quite popular, with a handful of Mosaic members taking to the streets of the capital. The current programme of walks is based on the book ‘Walking Literary London’, and each walk features literary quotes and concludes with lunch or afternoon tea.
The April’16 walk in fashionable Islington led us pass the house where Salman Rushdie was living when Ayatollah Khoneimi issued his fatwah, and the house where Joe Orton was killed by his lover, Kenneth Halliwell. The walk in June’16 told the great story of the love affair between Robert Browning and Elizabeth Barrett, and we saw where H. G. Wells played his radio much too loudly. The July’16 walk in Piccadilly, St. James’ and Mayfair took us past two of the most sharply contrasting bookshops, each with its own literary history. Covent Garden is certainly one of the most pleasant areas in which to linger, and the walk in March’17 included the haunts of many literary figures, as well as the club that regularly dips it hands into a pot of honey provided by one of its most famous members. *
* A. A. Milne bequeathed part of his estate to the Garrick Club where he was a member: “That’s a goloptious full-up pot of honey”, said Pooh in ‘Piglet Meets a Heffalump’.
Tuesday May 30
Our next walk on Tuesday 30th May, will meet at Pinner Station at 10.00 am. This is a circular walk, mostly on pavements and paths. We will walk through Pinner High Street, past Ronnie Barker’s house, and head for Headstone
Manor. We will then pass by Yeading Brook, walk through Pinner Village Gardens, and then back to Pinner Station. Coffee will be in Pinner at the end of the walk.
Sunday June 04
Highgate exists in a kind of splendid isolation, squeezed between Hampstead Heath on the one side and Archway Road on the other. The walk passes the houses of Samuel Taylor Coleridge and A. E. Houseman, and we will see where T. S. Eliot briefly taught the young John Betjeman.
Please note that this walk will include refreshments in Waterlow Park and an optional visit to Highgate Cemetery East at your leisure (admission £4). Numbers are limited for this walk, so please contact John Ashmele or e-mail email@example.com for further information as soon as possible. There is no fee for this walk, but a suggested donation of £5 to a Synagogue charity would be appreciated.