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’.