Time: 11:00 - 13:00
Location: Off Site
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.
Course Code: HLW240
Duration: 4 sessions (over 4 weeks)
What is the course about?
This new series of tours profiles entertainment in London, past and present. You will discover the theatrical and musical heritage of Soho, Covent Garden, Camden and Marylebone together with London landmarks used as popular film locations.
What will we cover?
The areas visited each offer a chance to explore different elements of popular entertainment in London. From the classic Theatreland in and around Covent Garden to the early 1960s Marylebone of the Beatles, from Soho with its jazz and members' clubs to Camden Town where recent new music crazes take root the series ends with a stroll from Smithfield to Borough Market for some of London's best loved landmarks which are used as popular film locations.
What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...
Understand and explain London's legacy of popular entertainment (music, theatre, jazz clubs and the film industry).
What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?
The level of the course requires no previous knowledge and the only skill required is an inquisitive mind keen to learn and discover. The ability to participate in a 2 hour moderately paced, guided walk.
How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?
The course is held totally outside the classroom via themed walking tours, each one concentrating on a specific area of London.
Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?
There are no additional costs. There is no need to bring anything over and above comfortable walking shoes and suitable clothing for the weather.
When I've finished, what course can I do next?
Other London Walks. Please see the City Lit website.
Engaging, knowledgeable and entertaining, Rachel Kolsky is a popular prize-winning London Blue Badge Tourist Guide. Focussing on the 'human stories behind the buildings', Rachel's tours are fun and informative, filled with anecdotes past and present. From off-the-beaten-track London and famous personalities to cinemas and shopping, memories of all aspects of London's rich and varied social history come flooding back. Before embarking on her career as Guide and Lecturer, Rachel, a qualified librarian, worked as an information professional in the financial services industry for over 25 years. She was recognised at industry level with the Information Professional of the Year award in 2006. Her professional organisation, SLA, awarded her the Membership Achievement Award in 2008. When not working or guiding she supports her local independent cinema, The Phoenix, East Finchley, where she was a Trustee for over 20 years. Rachel has published four books, Jewish London (2012), Whitechapel in 50 Buildings (2016), Secret Whitechapel (2017) and Women’s London (2018) and she is thrilled to have been a guest lecturer on cruises since 2009.
Please note: We reserve the right to change our tutors from those advertised. This happens rarely, but if it does, we are unable to refund fees due to this. Our tutors may have different teaching styles; however we guarantee a consistent quality of teaching in all our courses.