Love Letters to London: Mrs Dalloway
BLEAK HOUSE EXPERIENCES 2019
LOVE LETTERS TO LONDON:
MRS DALLOWAY, BY VIRGINIA WOOLF
SATURDAY 13TH APRIL 2019, LONDON
AN ENCHANTING WALK AND DELICIOUS LUNCH FOLLOWING IN THE FOOTSTEPS OF VIRGINIA WOOLF'S EPONYMOUS HEROINE CLARISSA DALLOWAY
“I love walking in London’, said Mrs Dalloway. ‘Really it’s better than walking in the country”
A BEAUTIFUL SPRINGTIME WALK & A SUMPTUOUS THREE-COURSE LUNCH
Join film photographer Lauren Keim and me as we step into the footsteps of Virginia Woolf’s Mrs Dalloway as she walks from Westminster to Mayfair on a summer morning in June 1923 on an errand to buy flowers for her party.
“An indescribable pause; a suspense before Big Ben strikes. There! Out it boomed. First a warning, musical; then the hour, irrevocable. The leaden circles dissolved in the air.”
From the leaden circles of Big Ben’s chime (sadly silenced for renovations) to the flags flying on Bond Street, seeing this world through Mrs Dalloway’s eyes you will realise how little this part of London has changed in a hundred years. It’s easy to imagine Buckingham Palace, St James’ Park, Piccadilly and Bond Street as they were on that day in June in 1923, as if we have peeled away a hundred years of layers to expose the stories beneath.
Whether you want to immerse yourself in the world of Mrs Dalloway or simply wish to have a Springtime wander through a pretty part of London and a delicious lunch afterwards, this unique London amble will deepen your love for London and introduce you to new friends and people who share your interests. This walk is wonderfully photogenic and if you would like to improve your photography skills, Lauren will be on hand to offer one on one advice, whether you are shooting on film, DSLR or phone.
Our walk begins near to the Palace of Westminster at 11am on Saturday 13th April (exact location to be confirmed) and ends with a sumptuous three course lunch with drinks at the wonderful Thomas’s at Burberry on Regent Street, one of London’s prettiest and most elegant restaurants.
This wander is the very first in my new series of Love Letters to London. These unique walks-with-lunch are designed to deepen your connection for London’s streets by seeing it through the eyes of writers who loved London as much as we do. You can read more about this series in my blog post here.
Our Love Letter to London will last approximately four hours, though there is nothing to stop you making a longer day of being in the heart of London’s West End. This is an area of London I know very well and so if you need suggestions for what else to do during your stay, just ask.
“In people’s eyes, in the swing, tramp and trudge; in the bellow and the uproar; the carriages, motor cars, omnibuses, vans, sandwich men shuffling and swinging; brass bands; barrel organs; in the triumph and the jingle and the strange high singing of some aeroplane overhead was what she loved; life; London; this moment of June.”
About Mrs Dalloway
Mrs Dalloway, published in May 1925, is one of Virginia Woolf's best-known and most-loved novels. It follows a day in the life of Clarissa Dalloway, a high-society woman in post–First World War London, as she prepares for a party she is to hold that evening. Her meander through London to buy flowers for the party provides a perfect route for us to follow, full of history, atmosphere and London’s eternal spirit.
Thomas’s is named after Thomas Burberry the founder of the quintessentially British fashion label. The restaurant itself is in the same building as Burberry’s flagship store on Regent Street but is reached form Vigo Street in Mayfair. It is a haven from the hustle and bustle of central London and is timeless and restful inside. The menu is modern British with the emphasis on the finest quality seasonal produce from small farmers and artisan suppliers across Britain.
A wonderful, relaxing three course lunch at Thomas’s, including excellent wine and delicious soft drinks.
Lauren’s unique photographic expertise. Lauren is a hugely talented photographer and photography teacher and will be on hand to answer all your questions and give you hints and tips.
A hand illustrated map of our walk so that you can repeat it as often as you like.
The opportunity to connect with and make friends with like minded people
Booking and price
Love Letters to London: Mrs Dalloway
An enchanting springtime stroll through London followed by a sumptuous three course lunch.
Please note there are only a few places available to ensure this Experience is as intimate and rewarding as possible. Please book early to avoid disappointment.
Terms of booking
This is a non-refundable workshop. Please be sure you can make the workshop before booking.
If for any reason we need to cancel or reschedule the workshop we will of course refund the money you have paid. We cannot be held responsible for other costs, such as train tickets, or any other incidentals and strongly recommend you have insurance in place to cover this.
Included is a three course meal with drinks. Should you choose to have different or additional drinks at Thomas's you will need to settle these separately.
Do I have to have read Mrs Dalloway or love Virginia Woolf’s writing to attend?
Absolutely not. We are taking our inspiration and the route from this book but there is no need to have read Mrs Dalloway in order to enjoy our time together to the full. Don't be surprised though if you feel inspired to read after the walk.
Is the walk strenuous?
The entire walk will take a couple of hours but we will be walking at an ambling pace. It will not be strenuous although you will of course need to be able to cover this distance comfortably.
Does Thomas’s cater for vegetarians, vegans and other dietary requirements?
The short answer is yes. Once you have booked we will ensure that they are aware of any dietary requirements you have, just let us know what they are.
How to I get to and from the experience?
We have planned this experience so that the start and finish are easily accessible by tube or by bus. Full details of the experience, including transport options, will be sent to you in good time, and the principal tube stations are Westminster, Oxford Circus, Bond Street and Green Park.
I'm thinking of coming for the weekend, can you help me plan the rest of my trip?
Yes! Just ask. There are so many fabulous things to do in this part of London.
If you have any questions at all about this Experience, do email me at email@example.com