Hackney

Exploring London

This group is led by Ann Hunte and normally meets once a month to visit a place of interest in London.

From the start of the Pandemic until April, these meetings took place over Zoom and one of our own members, John Finn who is a City Guide, has been delivering very interesting talks about the history of London. You can read more about this on pages 8 and 9 in Lockdown Newsletter 2.
Also for a list of Exploring London activities during the Pandemic, check out Exploring London - Past Events.

We have now resumed group visits and have started with outdoor venues.

On 29th April, the group made their first outdoor visit to Abney Park Cemetery, where we explored and looked for graves of famous and interesting people in groups of six.

For details of the next Exploring London Zoom meeting or outing, please check Events or see below.

We may not always find free visits every month, but we try to choose places with low entrance charges. The day of the week varies to enable more members to attend.

The last 2 Exploring London outings prior to the Pandemic were to the National Portrait Gallery in January 2020 when we visited the Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Prize 2019 exhibition and to the Fo Guang Shan Temple in Fitzrovia in February 2020.

In 2019 we visited:

  • The Royal London Hospital Museum
  • Whitechapel Art Gallery
  • The Royal Institution
  • The Migration Museum's "Room to Breathe" exhibition
  • Fulham Palace and Gardens
  • Fashion and Textile Museum
  • Thames Barrier Information Centre
  • London Museum of Water and Steam
  • London Mithraeum

Our numbers vary. In 2015-16, the lowest number was 7 when we visited Fenton House in Hampstead to see the garden and collection of antique keyboard instruments. Afterwards we asked where there was a good local cafe and were directed to 18th century Burgh House, which we found not only had delicious lunch snacks but also housed an art gallery and Hampstead local museum, What an unexpected bonus!

The highest number was 27 for the Epping to Ongar Steam Railway trip when the sun shone as we ambled though a cornfield to the Saxon church for our picnic.

If you like to be added to the group mailing list or have any queries or suggestion, please contact the Group Leader Anne Hunte by pressing on the link at the top right.
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Photos from our visit to Victoria Park in May 2021. Just click on the photo to see it in full screen mode and find more information on the visit.

Queen Victoria Monument

Group admiring Queen Victoria monument

Sculpture on the Lake

Victoria Park 26 April 2021 Group Photo

The Orbit in the distance

Another photo of the monument

And photos from our visit to Abney Park in April 2021.
Abney Park visit 29 April 2021
Abney Park visit 29 April 2021
Abney Park visit 29 April 2021
Abney Park visit 29 April 2021
Abney Park visit 29 April 2021
Abney Park visit 29 April 2021

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Below are some photos from our outings pre Pandemic times.

Migration Museum, April 2019
Fulham Palace and Gardens - May 2019
Fulham Palace and Gardens - May 2019
Thames Barrier in July 2019

Click on a picture below to see it full-size with more details.

More Group Pages
Art Badminton Bird Watching Bridge
Current Affairs Discussion Exploring London French Films and Conversation Italian Films
Long Walks Philosophy Pilates Poetry Reading
Tai chi Ukulele
More Group Pages
Art Badminton
Bird Watching Bridge
Current Affairs Discussion Exploring London
French Films and Conversation Italian Films
Long Walks Philosophy
Pilates Poetry Reading
Tai chi Ukulele