AWAY DAYS

The Away Days are jointly organised by Jim Sweeney [020 8340 9282], John Hajdu [020 8883 8114] and Sue Teller [020 8381 4480]. There are up to three visits per term and they are advertised in Newsletters or the Update mailings and here on this page. [Photograph above is of an Away Days visit to All Hallows by the Tower and the surrounding area.]
The distinctive difference of the Away Days is that they are open to ALL members. You need not register to be in a group. Just choose an outing that interests you and apply. But, as numbers are usually limited, you MUST apply. We look forward to seeing you but please post your applications promptly as demand often exceeds supply.
Any enquiries should first go to Sue Teller [020 8381 4480]
Click here for a blank application form
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Future (and recent) Away Days will be listed here (newest on top).

Away Days.(Organised by Jim Sweeney, John Hajdu and Sue Teller.)

Friday, 23rd March, 2018.
Covent Garden Walk

The area to the west of the City of London known as Convent or Covent Garden has a rich and tantalising history. Our walk explores the transformation of the area from its time as the Old Village or Aldwych to its time as a vegetable garden, then as a rich and sought after area following the Fire of London. Finally, we will look at its transformation to the heart of theatre land and the exciting tourist destination that it remains to this day.

Facilities. Cafes galore, most with toilets.
Times.10.50 am for 11.00 am outside entrance to Charing Cross Station Hotel. The circular walk will last around 90 minutes with a short break halfway.
Cost. £5 payable in advance.
Travel. Charing Cross tube station on the Northern Line.
Booking. (Essential. Early application advisable.) Please use adjacent booking form (or send a note with the required details) and your cheque.


Friday, 23 February 2018.
Angels Costumes, 1 Garrick Road, London, NW9 6AA

angelAngels Costumes is the multi Oscar and BAFTA winning, largest costume house in the world. We have arranged a tour at a special price in which we will be guided around all of Angels Costumes departments including Tailoring, Ladies Making, Alterations, Uniform, Badge Room and Warehouse. We will have first-hand accounts of working on the biggest productions such as Shakespeare in Love, The Lady in the Van, Downton Abbey, Wicked and Game of Thrones. And see clothes made or recreated for Benedict Cumberbatch, Judi Dench, Fred Astaire, Johnny Depp, Cate Blanchett and many more. We will also learn about the heritage of the business, see how costumes are made and journey through some of the 8.5 miles of hanging costumes. . Comfortable shoes are recommended, as we will be on our feet throughout. Please note that photography and videos are only permitted in certain areas which will be highlighted to us during the tour.

Facilities and access. Toilets but no onsite café. Probably some on the nearby Broadway.
Times. 10.50 am in the reception area for a prompt 11am start. The visit will last about 2 hours.
Cost. £9, payable in advance. (Normally £20)
Travel suggestions. From Kentish Town Overground station (about a minute walk from the tube station) take Thameslink for 3 stops to Hendon Station. Exit on to Station Rd, take slight right on to Wilberforce Rd, turn left on to Herbert Rd, turn right on to Russell Rd and turn left onto Garrick Rd (under 10 minutes walk.) Or drive and park in the Angels onsite car park. If you can offer or would like a lift, please say so with your application and we will try to match you up. There are also some relevant buses, such as 32, 142, 143, 324, 326.
Booking. (Essential. Early application advisable.) Please use adjacent booking form (or send a note with the required details) and your cheque.


Friday, 19th January, 2018.
 The Old Operating Theatre Museum and Herb Garret at St Thomas’s Church, 9a St Thomas’s Street London SE1 9RY

StThomsThis is the oldest operating theatre in Britain, dating from the early 19th century and restored about 10 years ago. It is to be found in the roof space of St. Thomas’s Church, which also served as a herb garret The reason for this odd location will be explained in the course of our group visit which will comprise a talk on the heroic days of surgery and a tour of the theatre, garret and museum.

Facilities and access.
There is a shop but no toilet facilities or café on site. Visitors are advised to use Guy’s Hospital, Borough Market or Southwark Cathedral refectory (all within walking distance). Access to the museum is restricted and involves climbing a winding staircase of 52 steps. Sorry, no lift.
Times. Meet at 10.50 for 11am by the entrance in St. Thomas’s Street, close to junction with Borough High Street. The visit will last about 1 hr. 30 mins.
Travel. London Bridge Underground and Bus Station are very close, in Borough High Street. Among the many buses are 17, 21, 43, 45, 48, 141 and 149.
Cost. £ 5 payable in advance, to include group entry and talk.
Booking. (Essential. Early application advisable.) Please use adjacent booking form (or send a note with the required details) and your cheque.


Friday, 24th November, 2017
Southwark Cathedral –  London Bridge, London, SE1 9DA

southwarkSouthwark Cathedral is the first Gothic church in London. The Lady Chapel and Chancel date from the 13-15C. It has many impressive monuments, including the John Harvard chapel and the Shakespeare window. Our Cathedral guide will give us an informative and entertaining history, including the Winchester, Shakespearian and early hospital connections and how the original monastic foundation survived the vicissitudes in English history, finally becoming a Cathedral only in 1905. We can also admire the beautiful stained glass and architecture, with remains from the original Norman church up to Sir Arthur Blomfield’s great Victorian Gothic nave. We are only a short, self-guided walk away from the remains of the Bishop of Winchester’s palace, the Clink Prison, the Globe Theatre and Borough Market, Mecca for food-lovers, and open from mid-day.

Facilities and access. Disabled access to all levels and to toilets is available.
Times.  10.50 am for 11.00 am at the South Entrance, furthest from the river and overlooking the churchyard or 10.30 am in the Cathedral refectory. The visit will last about 1 ½ hours
Cost. £7, payable in advance.This includes Cathedral group entry and guide.
Travel. London Bridge Underground and Bus Station is almost directly opposite, in Borough High Street. Among the many buses are 17, 21, 43, 45, 48, 141 and 149.
Booking. (Essential. Early application advisable.) Please use adjacent booking form (or send a note with the required details) and your cheque.


Friday, 20th October

Museum of Brands, Packaging and Advertising – 111-117 Lancaster Road, Notting Hill, London W11 1QT, 0207 243 9611

brandsA self guided meander through a treasure trove of retro design and memories, where every corner you turn leads you into a different decade. Rimmel cosmetics from the 1890s, First World War Oxo Cubes, Mars Bars, Rolos and KitKats from the 1930s, a 1970s Chopper Bike and around 12,000 other items that will open your eyes to the way we lived and shopped. It’s all here… the brands and packs, posters and ads, fads and fashions, toys and games. Evocative and inspiring, a kaleidoscope of images and iconic brands. (Ad speak gets infectious.) Do also read Leni Green’s excellent description in the April 2017 TNL, easily viewed online.

Time. 10.50 am for 11.00 am.
Cost. £5.00, payable in advance.
Travel. The museum is located just off Ladbroke Grove and the nearest tube station is Ladbroke Grove, a few minutes walk away. From the tube exit, go down Ladbroke Grove , away from Westway, and turn right in to Lancaster Road.
Facilities and Access. There is an award winning café and garden onsite (open from 10 am) where we can meet before we enter. There are also toilets and full access to all areas.
Booking. (Essential. Early application advisable.) Please use adjacent booking form (or send a note with the required details) and your cheque.


 

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