Hawksmoor’s greatest achievement remains the six London churches built in accordance with the 1711 Act of Parliament: this day visits them all.
The journey by coach takes in St George’s Bloomsbury, St Mary Woolnoth, Christ Church Spitalfields, St George-in-the-East Stepney, St Anne’s Limehouse and St Alfege Greenwich. Thomas Archer’s contemporaneous St Paul’s Deptford is also included.
Led by architectural historian, Professor Gavin Stamp.
The focus is the twentieth century, with a little spillage into adjacent decades at both ends. Henry Moore, Barbara Hepworth, Jacob Epstein, Eric Gill, Elizabeth Frink, Charles Sargeant Jagger and Fernando Botero are among the sculptors whose works are studied.
Most are on display in public places but one, a Reclining Woman by Henry Moore, is accessible only by special arrangement.
The south side of the river between Westminster Bridge and Tower Bridge now plays host to some of London’s most prominent art museums, concert halls and theatres.
Much of the walk’s fascination lies in what has been untouched by this gentrification a few hundred yards inland, where there remain enthralling vistas of Victorian warehousing and industry, intersecting viaducts, strangely well-preserved Georgian terraces.
There are lively markets and the last of the great coaching inns, and a couple of the most famous of contemporary buildings, City Hall and The Shard, western Europe’s tallest.
Both history and art history, this day studies Wellington’s achievements, his personality and his life and times.
It is led by Josephine Oxley, curator of Apsley House, the London home of the first Duke and his successors to the present. With its spectacular art collection, it remains the finest private house in the city. The day begins with a special out-of-hours visit here.
Nearby are two memorial statues and the Wellington Arch, location of an English Heritage exhibition on Waterloo.