Course overview

Part of the WEA Art and About Festival 2024! A wonderful walking tour of central London. In central London there is a plethora of art which is visible in the streets. There are self-standing statues, statues carved on many buildings, ornamentations on buildings in every style – Gothic, classical, Baroque. Starting from Trafalgar Square we will enjoy the buildings starting with the National Gallery and Saint Martin-in-the-Field. From the square itself the route is down Whitehall, past many government buildings, to the sculptures in Parliament Square, Westminster Abbey, Saint Margaret’s, the Palace of Westminster. The tour will finish on Westminster bridge, enjoying the splendid views of old and new buildings. On the tour you will learn about architectural styles and many famous people. Meet 2.00 pm on Friday 14 June 2024 on the pavement by the main entrance to the National Gallery Trafalgar Square London WC2N 5DN

Course description

The tour will incorporate the following buildings, features and statues

· Sainsbury Wing of National Gallery which was opened in 1991.

· Trafalgar Square 1844: Nelson’s column, the various sculptures the ever-changing 4th plinth.

· St Martin-in-the-Fields: An English Anglican church dedicated to Saint Martin of Tours

· Grand Trunk Railway Building

· Admiralty Arch: Completed in 1912. It was commissioned by King Edward VII in memory of his mother, Queen Victoria.

· Horse Guards Parade: The ceremonial parade ground in St James's Park

· Banqueting House 1625

· Statues: Prince George, Duke of Cambridge (1819-1904), Duke of Devonshire (1911), Field Marshal Douglas

· Three 20th Century WW2 British Military Leaders on Raleigh Green in Whitehall:

· Women Of World War Two. The Monument to the Women of World War II is a British national war memorial near the Cenotaph

· Downing Street. Prime Minister Harold Wilson was photographed as a young boy in front of no. 10 – but the heavy gates we now see were installed after the 1979 assassination of Lord Mountbatten.

· The Cenotaph · Ministry Of Defence Building

· Church Of Saint Margaret

· Statues In Parliament Square

· 20th Century Martyrs in front of Westminster Abbey

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