Somerset House (riverside terrace)


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A Power Walk

A Power Walk

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!

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 down  side-streets and back-alleys
  • • pay a brief visit to the Royal Courts of Justice
  • • 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.

Meet: Friday 15 May, 11am on Somerset House riverside terrace, by the war memorial. End: 1pm (approx) by St Paul’s Cathedral.

Tickets: £18 adults; £15 over 65s & full-time students with proof of status. Price includes an untaxed snack.

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