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The University of the Third Age - Welwyn Hatfield

Exploring London study group 1

Exploring London group 1 at the Foundling Museum
The Exploring London study-group 1 at the Foundling Museum, 14/11/17

No fixed meeting place

Group Leader - Elaine Evans, 01438 832703.

We take a pre-arranged train into London (to take advantage of the lowest fares), and meet at a pre-arranged time and place for a guided tour of varying parts of London. Booking (and payment!) beforehand is required. The walks usually take a couple of hours.

The popularity of this group has been such that it is unable to take on new members at present, so more Exploring London groups have been set up - See below.

Exploring London study group 2

Exploring London group 2 in Docklands, June 2019.
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No fixed meeting place

Group Leaders: John & Suzanne Brown, 01707 266323

2018 was our usual busy year of exploring London in many diverse locations, all fascinating and well worth visiting. In March The Foundling Museum opened our eyes to the very sad start some had in life, in May we viewed the glorious architecture of The Guildhall and learned about the Guilds or rather the Livery Companies of London. Chelsea was a particularly enjoyable day in the summer sunshine; first an interesting guided walk round the Chelsea Physic garden, the oldest botanical garden in London containing some 5000 different medicinal, herbal, edible and useful plants, a wonderful lunch sitting in the shade of trees, then a guided tour by a Chelsea Pensioner around his wonderful home The Chelsea Hospital. In September The Houses of Parliament tour, should have been fascinating, however despite limiting the size of our group, we really couldn’t hear what the guide was saying, due to the very busy (and noisy) background, which was disappointing, however walking in the 'corridors of power' was still an impressive experience. Our Christmas outing, finding locations relating to the Beatles, yes we all walked across that zebra crossing, was great fun and got us all reminiscing on our youth, we had a wonderful Christmas lunch together afterwards.

As Suzanne & John were preoccupied with moving house, our first trip in 2019 was delayed until June when we visited Canary Wharf, marvelling at it’s regeneration and discovering the beautiful garden on the new Cross Rail station 'roof'. This trip was further enhanced by the use of our new U3A Audio Tour Guide system, which enabled us to clearly hear our guide, whatever was happening in the vicinity, great stuff! Another house move for Suzanne & John, this time in Tasmania, postponed any further trips for the rest of the year. The emergence of the pandemic and subsequent lockdown in March 2020 meant they were unable to return to the UK and trips anywhere became impossible.

However, not to be thwarted, a virtual trip is in planning for 2020, so fingers crossed!

Exploring London study group 3

The group outside St Pauls Cathedral, 2018.

No fixed meeting place

Group Leaders: Sue McLellen and Tony Dodd, tel 01707 646383

Please note that this group is currently full.

Future outings:-
12th March 2020 - ITV Studio Tour, White City

Exploring London study group 4

Exploring Group 4 on a visit to Docklands.

No fixed meeting place.

Group Leader: Sonja Park, 01707 551306 - likely to retire soon

Exploring London study group 5

Group leader - waiting for volunteer(s)

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