Sunday 31 August 2014

Nairn's London by Routemaster: tour details

"The way to come on St Paul's is along Fleet Street, and the way to go along Fleet Street is on top of a bus."  
                                                                                  - Ian Nairn 

Nairn's London by Routemaster 

    Sunday  30 November  2014   

A Routemaster bus tour followed by a gathering to mark the reissue of Nairn's London and celebrate the life and work of Ian Nairn (1930-1983), Britain's greatest topographical writer.

We'll be travelling around the East End and the City on the very same Routemaster bus (CUV 217C) featured on the original cover of Nairn's London (Penguin Books, 1966) with the author pictured at the wheel. 

       Tickets will be available from 1st October 

Adults £30 
Family (2 adults + 2 children) £80
Concessions £20 

Ticket price includes all admissions, perambulations and access to events at the final venue. 

Assemble at Foxcroft & Ginger, 68 Mile End Road from 10 am (refreshments available). Bus leaves at 11 am. 

The route will include:

The Whitechapel Bell Foundry         The Barbican and Golden Square    
Bevis Marks synagogue                       Leadenhall Market & Lloyds building
Hill & Evans vinegar warehouse        Postman's Park
Cloth Fair and West Smithfield      Bart's Hospital
Holborn Viaduct      Chancery Lane
Fleet Street                                          Ludgate Hill                                          
St Paul's Cathedral                              Cheapside                                 
Bank of England                                   Royal Exchange
St Ethelburga's church                       Christ Church, Spitalfields 
King's Cross and environs                  Surprise final destination!

The tour will end at around 4:30pm in a wonderful central London location and will feature:

* Professor Gavin Stamp, the distinguished architectural historian, who will talk about the author and his work.

* Gillian Darley and David McKie, co-authors of Ian Nairn: Words in Place (Five Leaves Press, 2013) 

* Travis Elborough, author of The Bus We Loved: London's Affair With the Routemaster (Granta Books, 2005) 

* Simon Okotie will be reading from Whatever Happened to Harold Absalon? (Salt Publishing, 2013), an existential whodunnit set entirely on a bus.

Finally Ian Nairn himself will appear on screen in one of his BBC broadcasts from the 1970s.

Nairn's London (with a new introduction by Gavin Stamp) and other books by our speakers will be on sale. 

Ends 6pm or later.


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