Tuesday, 7 February 2017

CHANGING WALWORTH: Charlie Chaplin's South London

5.30pm Tuesday 14 February 2017
Meet Elephant Street exit of Elephant & Castle ThamesLink
Train: Elephant & Castle, Elephant Road, SE17 1LB

Duration of walk: 2 hours max
Finish before 7.30pm
Changing Walworth tour explores the areas changing landscape through the lens of Charlie Chaplins’ extraordinary childhood. The walk navigates the streets round Elephant delving into the hidden childhood stories of South London’s greatest Cinema star. In its heyday the area had nearly fifty music halls presenting all manner of acts. But as Charlie grew the golden age of music-hall faded, metamorphosing into the new-fangled picture houses; as films superseded live acts. Exploring the little tramps origins, his rise from rags to riches, this walk traces and recreates something of the up and down fortunes of South London’s Piccadilly Circus.

THAMESIDE TALES: The Bermondsey Story Walk 

11 am Saturday 18 February 2017

Meet Bermondsey Tube Station, 142-145 Jamaica Road, Rotherhithe London, SE16 4RX
Starts and finishes at Bermondsey Tube Station
The walk is approximately 2 1/2 miles.

Thameside Tales walk takes us up along the river side and through South London’s old wharfside docks where we encounter the childhood memories of Bermondsey boys: Michael Caine and Tommy Steele. Their early days growing up in North Southwark saw World War Two visiting destruction to the area, and to its long history of Thameside manufacturing.
Come and join us as we explore the river, its people and the recent history of the docks as we unravel the Bermondsey Story.

Please wear sensible walking footwear and weather appropriate clothing.
If you have any queries or would like any further information, please contact info@cooltanarts.org.uk

Tuesday, 6 December 2016

SEEDS OF CHANGE: Rotherhithe’s radical non-conformists.
Saturday 21 January 2017 Meeting at 11am Rotherhithe Overground exit and finishing at 1pm

Seeds of Change invites you to experience the undercurrents of London’s South Docks’ and the radical history of Rotherhithe. From this peninsula parish, the Mayflower set sail for North America and Captain James Cook gathered his intrepid crews. The walk will navigate this rich maritime history, through the development of the Surrey Docks, exploring the social and economic fabric of the ancient borough; particularly focusing on the work of political pioneers such as the Salters.
Join Southwark Hidden Stories to relive this progressive hidden history, and witness how non-conformism radically transformed city life through creative environmental and public health reforms.
Rotherhithe’s visionary Seeds of Change that formed the foundations of universal health care, social housing and modern green cities.
The walk is approximately 2 and half miles long and we would ask participants to wear sensible walking footwear and to come prepared for weather conditions.


The walk is free, and accessible. £5 Donations Welcome



Tuesday December 13th 2pm -4pm
Country to Council in East Dulwich.
Meet at Grove Vale Library at 2pm 25-27 Grove Vale, East Dulwich, London, SE22 8EQ
Bus: P13, 40, 176, 185, 484 or train to East Dulwich



Starting from Grove Vale Library near to East Dulwich Train Station, this walk spans the transformation of the village around Goose Green, up Lordship Lane and into the former Country Estates. Exploring the manner in which the green parkland and country houses metamorphosed into housing for the people.

Tuesday, 8 November 2016





Tuesday 22 November 2016
Twists & Transformations: Dickens' London Borough
 Meet at 5pm John Harvard Library,John Harvard Library Entrance
211 Borough High Street, SE1 1JA

This walk through the streets of Old Borough, follows the ‘Twists and Transformations’ of Dickens’s early childhood, revisiting early Victorian London South of the River. The walk starts by passing through the site of the Marshalsea Prison and takes us back up to the Thames near old London Bridge. Starts at 5pm – finish 6.45pm



Tuesday 29 November 2016
Blake’s London: In Lambeth’s furnace.  
Meet Imperial War Museum @ 11 am finishes near Waterloo Station 1pm

This Blake inspired walk concentrates on the Artist's time living in Lambeth – the furnace of his creativity - spanning his most creative and productive period living and working at 13 Hercules Road. We will walk from Imperial War Museum, through Lambeth Palace Gardens and up to the river at Lambeth Bridge before turning towards Blake's home.


Tuesday December 13th 2pm -4pm
Country to Council in East Dulwich.
Meet at Grove Vale Library at 2pm 25-27 Grove Vale, East Dulwich, London, SE22 8EQ
Bus: P13, 40, 176, 185, 484 or train to East Dulwich

Starting from Grove Vale Library near to East Dulwich Train Station, this walk spans the transformation of the village around Goose Green, up Lordship Lane and into the former Country Estates. Exploring the manner in which the green parkland and country houses metamorphosed into housing for the people.

Saturday, 22 October 2016

Thameside Tales:The Bermondsey Story Walk

Thameside Tales: The Bermondsey Story Walk
Thameside Tales walk takes us up along the river and through South London’s old wharfside dockland. We will meet with the childhood memories of Bermondsey boys: Michael Caine and Tommy Steele. Their early days growing up in North Southwark saw WW2 bring destruction to the area and to its long history of Thameside manufacturing. 
Come and join us as we explore the river, its people and the recent history of the docks as we unravel the Bermondsey Story.



 


Date: 11 am - 1pm Saturday 22nd October 22 2016

Starts and finishes at Bermondsey Tube Station 

The walk is approximately 2 1/2 miles. Please wear sensible walking footwear and weather appropriate clothing.
If you have any queries or would like any further information, please contact info@cooltanarts.org.uk 

Tuesday, 13 September 2016


Changing Walworth: Charlie Chaplin's London

Tuesday 27 September 6-8pm Nearest Transport Elephant & Castle Station/Tube


CoolWalks free guided walk explores Walworth's changing landscape through the lens of Charlie Chaplins’ extraordinary childhood. The walk navigates the streets round Elephant delving into the hidden childhood stories of South London’s greatest Cinema star. Beginning with the birth of cinema we follow Charlie Chaplin before he transformed himself into the little Tramp with the swinging cane; tramping carefully through the streets of SE17 we encounter Chaplin in East Street market, in the back streets and at London’s unique Cinema Museum, housed now in Lambeth’s old poorhouse, where he and his family were committed in the 1890’s. Then the walk detours off the Walworth Road to follow in the footsteps of his music hall family.

In its heyday the area had nearly fifty music halls presenting all manner of acts. But as Charlie grew the golden age of music-hall faded, metamorphosing into the new-fangled picture houses; as films superseded live acts. Exploring little tramps origins, his rise from rags to riches, this walk traces and recreates something of the up and down fortunes of South London’s Piccadilly Circus.

Meet at Elephant & Castle train station at the exit onto Elephant Road at 6pm or if you are early or want to visit the Newington Temporary Library turn right along Elephant Road and visit Elephant ArtWorks containers.

Walk starts at 6pm and will finish before 8pm back at Elephant and Castle.

The walk is approximately 2 1/2 miles and is suitable for all walkers.  We would ask participants to bring a bottle of water, wear sensible walking footwear. If you have any queries or would like any further information, please check: coolwalksblog.blogspot.co.uk or contact Charlie on 020 7701 2696, or via email coolwalksinfo@gmail.com or tweet @CoolWalks.

Tuesday, 9 August 2016

Thameside Tales: The Bermondsey Story Walk 

11 am Tuesday 6th September 2016

Thameside Tales takes us up along the river and through South London’s old wharfside dockland. We will meet with the childhood memories of the Bermondsey boys: Michael Caine and Tommy Steele. Their early days saw WW2 bring destruction to the area and to its long history of Thameside manufacturing. Come and join us as we unravel The Bermondsey Story.

Meet at Blue Anchor Library at 11 am and finishes at Bermondsey Tube Station around 1pm


Date: Tuesday 6th September 2016 from 11am to 1pm

The walk is approximately 2 1/2 miles. Please wear sensible walking footwear and weather appropriate clothing. 
Blue Anchor Library, Market Place, Southwark Park Road SE16 3UQ  Buses: 1, P12, 381 or tube to Bermondsey

Rebels & Revolutionaries Friday 26 August 2.30 - 4.30pm.


How to get there.



Start at Brandon Library at 2.30pm, 26 August 2016
Address: Maddock way, Cooks Road, SE17 3NH.
Nearest tube Kennington. Bus stop Dale Road (stop S) served by P5, 36, 185, 436. 


Friday, 29 July 2016

TWISTS & TRANSFORMATION: Dicken’s London Borough.



Tonight TWISTS & TRANSFORMATION: Dicken’s London Borough.


Meet at John Harvard Library, near Borough tube at 6pm, to finish near London Bridge 8pm


This walk through the streets of Old Borough, follows the ‘Twists and Transformations’ of Dickens’s early childhood, revisiting early Victorian London South of the River. By encountering the traumatic twists in Dickens’s early years, as he took his first tentative steps into this new city of opportunity, we reveal something of his restless spirit, manifest in his compulsive night-walking and his feelings of ‘houselessness’.

We imagine again the old ground of the Borough, around the debtors prison of Marshalsea and in the places Dickens frequented: the quiet graveyard of St George the Martyr, the bustling fruit and veg market, Horsemonger’s Lane Jail, and Old London Bridge. These places where his imagination grew, fed by the energy and incident of this rapidly growing city. We become aware of his acquaintance with Victorian ‘low life’, and with the frequent twists in life, those unexpected hardships. These grand themes and encounters that he later transforms into some of the most vivid characters and plots in London’s celebrated literature: Little Dorrit, Oliver Twist, Nancy, Bill Sikes. By exploring these concealed aspects of Victorian London we come face to face with the inspirational back stories that gave birth to Dickens’s extraordinary fiction.

Transport to Start: Borough Tube (Northern Line)  Buses: 35, 40, 133, 343. C10

John Harvard Library John Harvard Library Entrance – 211 Borough High Street  SE1 1JA  is 1 minute from the tube exit across the junction and by St George's Church.
Edited Walk as  part of Southwark Hidden Stories Walks in partnership with CoolWalks.  Tel: 020 77012696        



Rebels & Revolutionaries Friday 26 August 2.30 - 4.30pm.


CoolTan Arts CoolWalks invites you to join us on a free guided walk around Kennington and beyond to learn about the area's rebellious past and some of its famous revolutionaries.  Learn new things, make friends, get fit and have fun.

Start at Brandon Library at 2:30pm and finishes near Lambeth Palace.
Dates: 26 August 2016 starting at 2.30pm
The walk is approximately 2 ½ miles and we would ask participants to wear sensible walking footwear and weather appropriate clothing. 

If you have any queries or would like any further information, please check the blog

contact Charlie on 020 7701 2696, or via email coolwalksinfo@gmail.com or tweet @CoolWalks.