Bring Your Baby - 'BRING YOUR BABY' GUIDED LONDON WALK: 'Charles Dickens' London: Oliver Twist's Clerkenwell'

WINNER of 'Best Parent Activity' at the '2020 Bablands Awards'!

Saturday    13:00–15:00

This activity is usually led by Lucy Madison, who is a trained walking guide and historian, and worked as Primary school teacher in London before having her son. She is mum to 3 year old Evan, and dreamt up the idea for 'Bring Your Baby' somewhere between breastfeeding and napping with her son. Lucy is also the founder of 'Bring Your Baby Pub Quiz', which started out as an alternative for walks in the winter, and exploded. ('Bring Your Baby Pub Quiz' will be back as soon we can be back in pubs.) Aside from 'Bring Your Baby', Lucy runs the blog 'Horrid Hackney' and works with the Hackney History group, supports Primary schools with their local history curriculum, and gives public talks. She is currently writing content for a book about significant Hackney women.

Outside 'The Charterhouse' - I'll be holding a clipboard.  miles

Charterhouse Square
London , London
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0 months - 2 years

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NB: This event MUST be booked in advance. No drop-ins.

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WINNER of 'Best Parent Activity' at the '2020 Bablands Awards'; shortlisted for Best London 'Bring-along-baby' actvity at the '2020 Hoop Awards' (since cancelled).

'Bring Your Baby' Guided London Walks are sensitively devised to suit parents and carers of even the tiniest babies to enjoy London’s history. We can stop whenever you like to feed and change - without the stress of feeling you are holding up the group. Because every participant brings their baby, patience and baby’s needs are at the forefront of each walk.

You are welcome to bring friends and family who do not also have a baby.

What you'll see on this walk:
- The Charterhouse Monastery, dating from 1348.
- The market Oliver Twist visits with Bill Sikes.
- The street of Fagin's den in a former slum and rookery.
- The long, dark alleyway once known as 'Pissing Alley'.
- The court from which the Artful Dodger, Oliver Twist and Charley Bates emerge onto to pickpocket people on Clerkenwell Green, and where Oliver is accused of pickpocketing Mr Brownlow outside a bookstall.
- The real 'The Three Cripples' pub, Bill Sikes and Fagin's local in 'Oliver Twist'.
- The 1504 gatehouse of the Priory of St John, later used as a newspaper office by Samuel Johnson, writer of the dictionary, and later known to Dickens as The Old Jeruselem Tavern.
- The Sessions House attended by unpleasant workhouse manager Mr Bumble in 'Oliver Twist'.
- Site of 'Little Hell': one of the worst slums, or rookeries in London. It boasted the capital’s highest murder rates.
- The actual 'Clerk's Well', visible though the window of an office block.
- The building where Lenin worked while in exile, and the pub where he first met Stalin.
- The site of Oliver Cromwell's house, where he is said to have signed Charles I's death warrant.
- The church where Pocahontas's son was married in 1632.
- The entrance to the dreaded Clerkenwell House of Detention.
- Dickensian, cobbled 'Bleeding Heart Yard' from 'Little Dorrit'.

Covid-19 adaptations:
- The latest COVID-19 government advice under TIER 2 OR TIER 3 allows guided walks to take place as long as I take reasonable steps to mitigate the risk of transmission, and follow the guidelines which can be found here:
- I will be limiting tickets to 12 adults (your children are included in my calculations), and arranging walks so that customers can appropriately socially distance during each walk and avoid 'mingling'. This is part of my risk assessment and will be explained at the start of each walk. I also carry each risk assessment and the government guidelines with me during walks in case we are challenged.
- I will be wearing a visor and using hand sanitiser.
- Customers are not required to wear face masks, as long as they follow social distancing guidelines.
- We will be following routes and standing in places where we can at least stand 1 metre+ apart, but wherever possible 2 metres apart. I will be reminding people of this during the walk, as I know it is sometimes hard to concentrate when you are caring for a baby at the same time.
- Unfortunately we will not be able to stop indoors *as a group* to feed and change, go to the toilet or take refreshment as we would normally do. Please follow my advice at the top of this page about places to get a coffee and go to the toilet before the walk. There will be occasions along the walk where we can sit down at a bench, square or green space etc., or you are also very welcome individually to visit a cafe to meet your needs. I will always try to remind people when I think there is a good chance to do this, but please understand opportunities may not always be immediate. As this may take longer than normal, everyone's patience is appreciated - and I certainly won't be impatient with you; it's what 'Bring Your Baby' is all about.
- I will maintain rigorous hygiene practices, and will use a personal hand sanitiser during the course of the tour. Please bring your own sanitser and use it should you touch any surfaces in the course of the tour.
- If on the day of the walk we are forecast to have very bad weather, I may have to postpone the walk if cannot guarantee there will be anywhere we can shelter while also adequately socially distancing. If it's a bit of light rain we will cope!
- If I feel unwell, I will cancel the tour. And if you or anyone in your household is unwell in the days or hours before the tour, it is imperative that you should not join us.

Every walk follows the usual health and safety guidelines, such as crossing at traffic lights where possible and having hazards pointed out to you at the start and along the route.

Please wear appropriate clothes and footwear for the walk. Bear in mind for Winter walks that it often gets a lot chillier as the evening draws in.

As we are not able to stop collectively for refreshment, it is recommended you bring appropriate drinks and snacks. We do not anticipate being able to stop for food.

Please note: I will contact you with booking confirmation after you book. I will supply my mobile number in case of emergencies or in case you are running late. I will also ask you to provide me with a mobile number so you can be contacted before, during or after the walk, and for COVID-19 track and trace purposes. Please note that if you are more than a few minutes late I may ask you to catch up with us.

I really appreciate the custom of anyone who books this walk - I know times are tough, and hope that we can get back to far more relaxed ways of doing things soon! I hope you enjoy this walk.

***If you like the look of any of my walks, but would prefer to book me privately, please make enquiries at [email protected] This may particularly be the case if you have people interested who do not have babies.***


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