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  1. That's entertainment
    Course start date:  Wed 22 Feb 2023

    Location on this date:  Off Site

    Tutors:  Rachel Kolsky
    This series of walks profiles entertainment in London, past and present. Discover the theatrical and musical heritage of Soho, Covent Garden, Camden and Marylebone together with London landmarks used as popular film locations.

    22nd February : Beatles London - inside Marylebone Station near the tube entrance

    1st March : Theatreland - outside Covent Garden tube, on Long Acre on corner of Neal Street

    8th March: Musical Soho - outside Dominion Tottenham Court Road

    15th March: London on Film - outside Barbican tube.
    Full fee £89.00 Senior fee £71.00 Concession £45.00
  2. Two levels of South London: Dulwich and Crystal Palace
    Course start date:  Tue 9 May 2023

    Location on this date:  Off Site

    Tutors:  Richard Watkins
    Through 4 walking tours explore the development of 2 south London areas: Dulwich and Crystal Palace.

    First meeting place: The College Old Gates, the intersection of Dulwich Village, Gallery Road, College Road. West Dulwich and North Dulwich stations nearby also served with local buses.
    Full fee £89.00 Senior fee £71.00 Concession £45.00
  3. Introduction to the Wallace Collection
    Course start date:  Fri 20 Jan 2023

    Location on this date:  Off Site

    Tutors:  Julie Barlow
    Each week, we'll explore a different aspect of the Wallace Collection looking at its fine and decorative art objects, including paintings, furniture, porcelain and even arms and armour. #wallacecollection #arthistory.
    Full fee £99.00 Senior fee £79.00 Concession £64.00
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