Brick Lane Bookshop presents ‘Sunday Strolls: So you want to go to Columbia Road?’, an alternative guided tour of one of the East End’s most popular destinations.
So, you want to go to Columbia Road? And who can blame you? That nice young couple with a baby, struggling to push a fully grown palm tree onto a number eight bus tells you you’re not far from Britain’s biggest flower and plant market, which only trades on Sunday mornings. But we’re not going to take the direct route. We’re going to follow some diverting diversions which show how much secret history can be found down some seemingly nondescript side-streets any day of the week.
Join us for a ninety-minute walk of paths, turnings, and tales less told. You’ll visit a graffiti gallery most visitors miss, see a sad inspirational statue, and meet two extraordinary characters, one nasty and one nice!
Your host, East End writer and alternative tour guide Alan Gilbey.
‘Alan is the real thing, a genuine East-Ender who knows his material intimately and an extraordinary performer and writer.’ – Rachel Lichtenstein, author of ‘Estuary,’ ‘Diamond Street’ and ‘Rodinsky’s Room’ with Iain Sinclair.
ON SUNDAY 27TH OF AUGUST, SUNDAY 3RD SEPTEMBER and SUNDAY 10TH AUGUST AT NOON.
Tours start at Brick Lane Bookshop and are limited to small groups, so please book early to avoid disappointment. Tickets are non-refundable.
Please note, although not a long walk, the route includes two sets of stairs.