Look Up London is organising exclusive walks celebrating inspiring stories of the capital’s women.
There are four different walks, in Bankside, the City of London, St James’s and Bow uncovering amazing lives and unsung heroines.
Sunday 5 March, 2pm
The City of London – aka the Square Mile – has always been the centre of trade and finance for London.
Although a man in a suit may spring to mind first, on this walk you’ll be hearing about the inspiring women who have smashed the glass ceiling, fought for equal rights and challenge the status quo.
From Regency businesswomen to Victorian philanthropists and outspoken Medieval martyrs to modern day trailblazers, see the City through new eyes!
Friday 10 March, 2pm
This walk will reveal the exciting, inspiring and courageous women of Bankside.
Dig a little deeper to discover the stories of woman who lived and worked in Bankside, from social pioneers like Octavia Hill, to famous writers like Mary Wallstonecraft and Mary Shelley as well as shedding light on lesser known women like unsung heroines; Alice Ayres and Janet Johnson.
Wander the backstreets and beautiful hidden gardens of Bankside as you discover the street names, plaques and hidden details that reveal these incredible women.
Wednesday 8 March, 2pm
St James’s is synonymous with Gentlemen’s Clubs, private a privileged enclaves where women – until recently – were categorically not invited.
But scratch the surface and there’s plenty inspiring stories of women to be found…
From the actresses and courtesans who used their talent, wit and charm to captivate their audiences, to the brilliants minds of politicians, scientists and writers who blazed a trail for future generations.
This walks uncovers the Royals and the rebels who challenged the status quo and left their mark on history.
Sunday 12 March, 2pm
Meet the tough, intelligent and intrepid women of Bow, people like the Match Girls, Sylvia Pankhurst, Baroness Uddin and Minnie Lansbury.
Whether they were fighting for the vote or better living conditions, the inspiring women of the East End were tireless in their work to advance women. This fun, thought-provoking and uplifting walk will share their stories.
⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ “An absolute winner; her voice, stories and energy all make her an outstanding guide among other Blue Badgers! So much information, presented with great insight and in entertaining detail. We learned about talented professional women, brave and selfless women, and extroverted women parading around with zebras and getting arrested for impersonating firetrucks – from St Paul’s Cathedral to Aldgate.”“Square Mile Sisters 2022
⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ “I followed Katie’s Look up London Facebook page during lockdown and as I love history I decided to book the Bow Belles tour for myself and a group of friends that were born and bred in the East End. The tour was absolutely brilliant. Katie was knowledgeable, approachable and funny. She kept at a really good pace and took us to places we didn’t even know existed!”Bow Belles 2022
⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ “This was a special tour which shone a spotlight on East London suffragettes, activists and community leaders. Katie brought local buildings and history alive through careful research and storytelling. And I now know much more about this little corner of the East End and its former residents. “Bow Belles 2022