London's shifting landscape of power
A Power Trip explores London’s shifting landscape of power. Our route will take us in search of ‘The Man’ – those often rather anonymous forces of power, influence and control in the capital. On our way, we’ll encounter the taxman, the military man, the judge, the boss, God (!) to name but a few. We’ll find them reflected in the buildings, statues and street furniture that we pass, and in the area’s history. We’ll also go inside the Royal Courts of Justice where we’ll sit in on a court hearing to see a judge in action.
Expect an engaging and provocative take on English political, legal and constitutional history, some juicy London facts, and plenty of food for thought about the balance of power – and the extent of our personal freedoms – today.
A Power Trip is led by Rosie Oliver, a former government lawyer. Hear Rosie introduce the tour.
Once again Dotmaker Tours comes up with the unexpected and unusual. As a Londoner, I tend to pride myself with some knowledge, but Rosie Oliver on the Power Trip, took and told us of many new things. The visit to the Royal Courts of Justice was worth the cost of the tour alone. She also has the patience to actually listen to the people that she is leading. Can’t wait for the next new Dotmaker Tour.
Rosie’s tour, A Power Trip was everything you’d want from a guided walk and more. The tour has been curated with care and imagination so it will hold your interest all the way thorough. We were a big group and Rosie had us completely engaged from the very start. Her breadth of knowledge offers fascinating insights to London’s history and character, and her enthusiasm make the experience not only informative but interactive, warm and fun. It also packs some surprises! I would thoroughly recommend Dotmaker Tours and look forward to the next one!
We’ll start by the River Thames on Waterloo Bridge with fantastic views across London. We’ll pass through Somerset House courtyard and along the Strand to the Royal Courts of Justice. I’ll take guests inside this extraordinary cathedral to justice, and into a court room to witness a judge in action. From there we’ll head along Fleet Street ducking into the area’s side streets and back alleys, and finish up by St Paul’s Cathedral.
This gentle two mile walk is suitable for adults. It involves going up and down steps.
Scheduled public walks
2018: Thursday 22 March, Thursday 3 May, Thursday 19 July, Wednesday 3 October, Thursday 11 October, Thursday 1 November, Wednesday 7 November, Wednesday 12 December.
2019: Wednesdays 9 January, 13 February, 13 March, 10 April, 8 May, 12 June, 10 July, 9 October, 13 November and 11 December.
Meet: 11am on Somerset House riverside terrace, by the war memorial (see Joining Map). End: 1.15pm (approx) by St Paul’s Cathedral.
Tickets: £18 adults; £15 over 65s & full-time students with proof of status. Price includes an untaxed snack. Booking essential, whether you wish to buy tickets or redeem gift vouchers.