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"The way to come on St Paul's is along Fleet Street, and the way to go along Fleet Street is on top of a bus."
- Ian Nairn
A Routemaster bus tour followed by a gathering to mark the reissue of Nairn's London and celebrate the life and work of Ian Nairn (1930-1983), Britain's greatest topographical writer.
We'll be travelling around the East End and the City on the very same Routemaster bus (CUV 217C) featured on the original cover of Nairn's London (Penguin Books, 1966) with the author pictured at the wheel.
Tickets will be available from 1st October
Adults £30 Family (2 adults + 2 children) £80
Ticket price includes all admissions, perambulations and access to events at the final venue.
Assemble at Foxcroft & Ginger, 68 Mile End Road from
10 am (refreshments available). Bus leaves at 11 am.
The route will include:
The Whitechapel Bell Foundry The Barbican and Golden Square
Bevis Marks synagogue Leadenhall Market & Lloyds building
Hill & Evans vinegar warehouse Postman's Park
Cloth Fair and West Smithfield Bart's Hospital
Holborn Viaduct Chancery Lane
Fleet Street Ludgate Hill
St Paul's Cathedral Cheapside
Bank of England Royal Exchange
St Ethelburga's church Christ Church, Spitalfields
King's Cross and environs Surprise final destination!
The tour will end at around 4:30pm in a wonderful central London location and will feature:
* Professor Gavin Stamp, the distinguished architectural historian, who will talk about the author and his work.
* Gillian Darley and David McKie, co-authors of Ian Nairn: Words in Place (Five Leaves Publications, 2013)
* Travis Elborough, author of The Bus We Loved: London's Affair With the Routemaster (Granta Books, 2005)
* Simon Okotie will be reading from Whatever Happened to Harold Absalon? (Salt Publishing, 2013), an existential whodunnit set entirely on a bus.
Finally Ian Nairn himself will appear on screen in one of his BBC broadcasts from the 1970s.
Nairn's London (with a new introduction by Gavin Stamp) and other books by our speakers will be on sale.
Ends 6pm or later.