Most of our London Days focus on a particular and sometimes arcane theme, and usually they provide access to the inaccessible and show you little-visited gems. ‘Top Ten’ takes the opposite tack in that it leads you to London’s most famous tourist sights.
What justifies this apparent volte-face in the MRT repertoire? The lecturer’s discourse. You will hear information and explanation rarely imparted by ordinary guides and guidebooks and hear analyses and interpretations, often reflecting new scholarship, which go beyond the expectations of the majority of tourists.
Monuments that have been familiar since childhood become difficult to appraise with one’s usual sensory and critical faculties; this tour aims to lift the veil and enable you to see and feel their deeper significance and beauty. By locating the sights in a broader architectural and historical context, and by placing them in the history of London and in the history of the nation, the lecturers will change the way you see these world-famous places.
We’ve misled you slightly: each edition of the Day will include only eight or nine places, selected by the lecturer for that day from this list of ten: Tower of London, Tower Bridge, the Shard (from a distance), St Paul’s Cathedral (entered), Trafalgar Square, Westminster Abbey (entered), Houses of Parliament, Piccadilly Circus, Downing Street, Buckingham Palace – enhanced of course by our leader’s commentary.
Martin RandallMartin Randall obtained a BA Hons in the History of Art at the Courtauld Institute of Art, London University, and subsequently undertook postgraduate work in Aesthetics in the philosophy department of the University of York. His earliest art-historical passion was English architecture; this continued, even while his interests wandered over mainland Europe, and in recent years has again become his main focus.
Dr Steven Brindle
Read History at Oxford and worked for English Heritage for 27 years. He was also involved in the post-fire restoration of Windsor Castle, 1993–7. Publications include Brunel, the Man who built the World. His history of Windsor Castle for the Royal Collection is due to be published next year.
A travel writer since 1991, Sophie has written for the Telegraph, Times, Guardian and Condé Nast Traveller among many others. She also lectures on travel writing and is a London Blue Badge Tourist Guide. Her book on the traditional events of the summer, The Season: A Summer Whirl Through the English Social Season was published in 2013.
9.15am, Tower Hill Underground Station.
c. 5.15pm Green Park Underground Station.
£205. This includes morning and afternoon refreshments, lunch, two admission charges and transport.
The day involves two short journeys by Underground and one by bus but is otherwise spent on foot. There is a considerable amount of walking throughout the day, up to half a mile at a time. A good level of fitness is recommended please don’t attempt it unless you are able to walk at about 3 mph for at least an hour at a time.
Maximum 18 participants.
We will return the full amount if you notify us 22 or more days before the event. We will retain 50% if cancellation is made within three weeks and 100% if within three days. Please put your cancellation in writing to firstname.lastname@example.org. We advise taking out insurance in case of cancellation and recommend that overseas clients are also covered for possible medical and repatriation costs.
Combine the May day with: The South Bank Walk, 14 May 2019.
A most interesting and extensive tour of London’s top ten sites of architectural and historic interest.
The lecturer was a mine of valuable and interestingly comparative historical information.