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. The next visit will be to in the morning of Thursday 30th September and will be to the Walthamstow Pumphouse Museum. For details of this outing, please check Events or contact the Group Leader via the contact form in the top right on this page.

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.

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

Dates for your Diary
Thu Sep 30th Exploring London visit to Walthamstow Pump and Transport Museum (10 South Access rd, E17 8AX) on Thursday 30th September, meeting at the museum at 10. 45 for 11am. Details have been emailed to members of the group but are also below.

The Museum is housed in and around a Grade II listed former Victorian waste water pumping station. It is devoted to the technology, transport and industrial history of Walthamstow and the Lea Valley.
At Markfield Park we learned how Tottenham solved its sewage problems. This visit across the Lea will show us what happened in Walthamstow including their pumping equipment.
In addition we can see how fire was tackled from the ex-fireman curator who cares for historic fire-engines and fire fighting equipment.
There are various other historic vehicles on the site as this was an area where engineering flourished along with many craftsmen in leather, glass, rubber, metals and early plastics. These skills all contributed to the development and manufacture of early motor-buses from 1906-26 and of carriages for the Victoria Line, the first fully automated underground train.
Those skills were employed for the making of toys including Britain's lead soldiers, farm animals,and Webb's tin and clockwork cars and trains..
The museum has a model railway layout roughly depicting the Chingford to Liverpool Street line at various points from the steam era. When completed, it will offer an exciting and interactive way to learn how railways operated in the past.
This is a FREE visit but there will be a charge for refreshments.
Getting there:-
Overground train from Hackney Downs or Clapton to St James St. then walk via Station Rd to end, turn right down Markhouse Avenue into Access Rd The museum is just beyond Barn Croft School.
Victoria Line to Walthamstow Central then bus W19 from the Bus Station to Argyll Avenue, get off at Barn Croft School.
Bus 55 from Hoxton, Mare St,. Lea Bridge Rd., to Walthamstow Central. Then catch W19
Also bus 158 passes Blackhorse Rd station, St James Station, alight at Markhouse Avenue stop. Walk or W19 down Markhouse Avenue to Barn Croft School

Please let the group leader know if you would like to come on this visit. See Exploring London page to contact the Group Leader.

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

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