Who's The Man? How is he controlling us?
The Power Walk surveys London’s shifting landscape of power. From monarchs to management, we’ll investigate the capital’s users and abusers of authority. We’ll consider their methods of intimidating, manipulating and controlling us. And we’ll hear about the successes and failures of those who have sought to bring the mighty to account.
This gentle two mile walk is suitable for adults. It involves going up and down steps.
Note to Nordic walkers and fitness enthusiasts: Leave your lycras and poles at home – it’s not that kind of power walk!
A Power Walk is led by Rosie Oliver. 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 Walk tour, 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.
Thank you so much for a great time – we all thoroughly enjoyed the walk and the accompanying discussions! You left us with so much to think about which was just what we wanted.
Margaret, West Sussex
What to expect
The Power Walk draws on English constitutional history, law, politics, economics and architecture to investigate the dynamics of power in central London. Tour goers will:
- • explore the area from Somerset House to St Paul’s Cathedral, passing along the Strand and Fleet Street and nipping down curious side-streets and back-alleys
- • visit the Royal Courts of Justice and see a court of law in action
- • hear stories about power struggles that have played out in the streets that we pass
- • take in the buildings, monuments and street furniture designed to intimidate, influence and control us
- • consider the balance of power in London today and strategies for challenging those with authority and influence.
Scheduled public walks
2017: Friday 24 March, Friday 12 May, Friday 29 September and Friday 20 October.
2018: Thursday 22 March, Thursday 3 May.
Meet: 11am on Somerset House riverside terrace, by the war memorial (see Joining Map). End: 1.15pm (approx) by St Paul’s Cathedral.
Tickets: £15 adults; £12 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.