First Orwell Society Walk in central London 28th September 2013 George Orwell's London

We am pleased to announce that Orwell Society member Michael King, who is an experienced guide for tours on a number of Authors including of course, George Orwell, has offered to lead a tour in central London for Society Members at 11am on Saturday 28th September. It is not possible to include a walk encompassing all the areas he is well known for having frequented because the distances are just too long, for example between Hampstead, Canonbury Square and Lambeth.

Michael says:

George Orwell spent a considerable period of time, especially in the 1940s, living and working in London. We will explore some places, mainly in the Fitzrovia and Soho areas of London, which feature in both his life and writings. There are several restaurants where he dined and pubs which he drank in and used for scenes in his novels. Also we will see the site of The Chestnut Tree Café from Nineteen Eighty-Four as well as the former offices of the Adelphi magazine which published his early essays, and which also features in a scene in Keep the Aspidistra Flying. Other sites include the building which inspired the Ministry of Truth in Nineteen-Eighty Four and the offices of Faber and Faber, the publishers for whom T. S. Eliot rejected the manuscript of Animal Farm, as well as the flat of Sonia Brownell, that was also used in Nineteen Eight-Four. Finally we will see the wing of University College Hospital, where George Orwell died in 1950.

There are numerous places en route and also at the end of the walk for refreshments , both liquid and food

The walk will last about two and a half hours.

Key Walk details

  •   Meet outside Goodge Street Station at 11am.

  •   Cost: £8 per person.

  •   If you would like to join us, please email Quentin Kopp by August 31st by clicking here. If we are oversubscribed I will arrange a further date with Michael. 

Quentin Kopp


5 thoughts on “First Orwell Society Walk in central London 28th September 2013 George Orwell's London

  1. 16 members are booked in for the walk. I am looking forward to welcoming you all and to meeting Michael outside Goodge Street Station at 11am on the 28th



  2. I am delighted to say that the weather co-operated and Michael King led a very interesting walk on Saturday. I have had lots of positive feedback and it is certainly an event we will repeat next year.
    A fuller report will follow from one of the satisfied OS members who has promised me one!

    For anybody who missed this, Michael is doing it again on Saturday 5th October.

    Dione has been approached by another group and she has forwarded the details, which I include below.
    Details at who are featuring a 1984 themed walk as part of
    They say:
    Our walk starts at the Ministry of Truth (a.k.a. BBC Broadcasting
    House) and passes through the streets of Fitzrovia and Bloomsbury,
    well known to Orwell and where he set many of the scenes in the novel.
    Along the route we re-examine the story of Winston Smith and his
    resistance to the all powerful Party, interspersed with short
    readings. We also discuss whether the book actually has a happy
    ending! The walk ends at the Ministry of Love (a.k.a. Senate House)
    after which we’ll all adjourn to a decidedly non-totalitarian cafe/pub
    for refreshment.

    6:30 pm
    In front of BBC broadcasting House (nearest tube Oxford Circus:
    Bakerloo, Victoria, Central lines)
    Saturday 5 October
    Saturday 19 October
    Wednesday 23 October
    £8, £6 concession
    You can book on the website, or just come along…


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