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The Historic Houses, Gardens, and Walks Gay Group


Pictures courtesy of London-GB.com

The group aims to bring together gay people who are interested in the history and architecture of London and the Home Counties. It has been operating for over a decade. The programme consists mainly of walks in the various districts of London, though there may also be occasional visits to historic properties, museums and gardens.

There is no membership fee nor any charge for the walks. Also, there is no need to book in advance The emphasis is on informality. In summer the walks usually begin at about 2.00 p.m. and in winter at 1.30 p.m. They normally last about a couple of hours, or so, usually finishing at a convenient pub. (The pub attendance is not compulsory!) Typically 30 plus people attend these walks.

Walks normally start and finish near an Underground, Overground, DLR, or Rail station, though very occasionally a short bus journey may be involved. A provisional programme for much of 2016 is given below but this programme may be subject to change in the weeks preceding each monthly walk, so please regularly check the website for updates.



Sunday 11 September 2016 - Tower Bridge to Surrey Quays:  Click here for details

Sunday 9 October 2016 – Dulwich Walk

Sunday 13 November 2016 - Westminster to Holborn

Sunday 11 December 2016 - Westminster Abbey to Westminster Cathedral via Millbank

Sunday 8 January 2017 – Peckham Rye to Surrey Quays


Tower Bridge to Surrey Quays Walk - Sunday 11 September 2016

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September’s walk explores a stretch of the Thames starting at Tower Hill and extending to Rotherhithe before turning inland to finish at Surrey Quays. Shad Thames at the start of the walk was once an area bustling with shipping and warehouse activity but is now a trendy area with restaurants and apartments.  Rotherhithe too has changed since the demise of the London docks but still retains a village character. It was here that the Mayflower set sail for America in 1620. Surrey Docks once comprised nine docks, six timber ponds, and a canal, but much of the area was drained in the 1970s. The only surviving areas of open water were Greenland Dock, South Dock, remnants of Canada Dock (renamed Canada Water), and a basin renamed Surrey Water. British Land is now working with Southwark Council to bring forward a mixed use development for the Canada Water Masterplan, as part of a new town centre for the area.

Please meet at 2.0 p.m. at the entrance to Tower Hill tube station on Trinity Square.

For directions of walk click here


Transport for London Journey Planner

To be added to the circulation list for regular updates email: info@outandabout-london.org

Tel: 020 8989 5295 or 07785773917


Updated:  19 August 2016