The thin veil of London

Aka #like48 from LIKE (the London Information & Knowledge Exchange) whom I follow to keep with IKM type stuff. This walking stuff turns up everywhere…

LIKE 48 (Eventbrite), even on my birthday (25 July) was described as a guided walk with a difference:

A mystical guided walk around Holborn & Bloomsbury. Our experienced guides, Rob Kingham and Rich Cochrane are promising “a journey into the silent corners of Holborn & Bloomsbury” and “into the worlds of Faery and science, madness and ecstasy”, as portrayed by the Welsh author and mystic, Arthur Machen . The event will be part-tour, part-theatre. Intrigued?

Comments on LinkedIn:

  • Our walk took us from the time of George III and Queen Charlotte up to the Olympic Opening Ceremony – an amazing walk – with music actors!
  • What a theatrical evening. From 10,000 year old flints to modern-day dustmen who didn’t realise they’d walked onto a stage. So nice to have a different format that keeps you gripped.
  • It was a fun and informative evening. I thought our 3 hosts did a marvellous job of bringing a bit of hidden London to life.
  • This was a really entertaining tour of an area close to my office with a fascinating and eclectic choice of locations and narratives. It was part tour, part theatre brilliantly led by Robert with occasional unexpected cameos from Will and Rich.

@RobertKingham and @cochranemusic, as Minimum Labyrinth (Facebook)  run the #thinveiloflondon as a series of regular walks, plus there’s an accompanying book…

There’s a #like48 Flickr set, all very summery, which reminds me that this is an annual LIKE event:

  • #like37 (2012) was the third LIKE summer walk, this time in the rain; Walking through the grey soul of London in Finsbury with Rob Kingham again, nice report from Matthew Rees
  • #like27 (2011) in Kings Cross with Rachel Kolsky (Go London Tours); “we explored the newly renovated station and with our tour guide, Rachel Kolsky, unlocked the secrets to the surrounding area’s history. Once London’s most notorious red light district this area has undergone a startling transformation. From the beautifully renovated St Pancras station and hotel, to the vibrant King’s Place. The walk was preceded by a tour of the Guardian’s offices courtesy of Richard Nelsson.”; report by Virginia Henry on blog (down)
  • #like16 (2010) the Square Mile – reports by Matthew Rees and David Pottinger
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