Radical London Tours
New for 2022 Catford - a river runs through it. Dogs and cats and crime and film. Not to mention a lost football stadium and velodrome. This tour reclaims a lost history of a crossing point of the Ravensbourne and aims to help people rethink a future Catford. Delivered as part of the MA in Architecture course University of Westminster.
Herzen and the radical tradition article. Sean is a leading researcher into the life of Alexander Herzen who lived and worked in London and had a printing press in Bloomsbury. There is an article here by Maria Kruglyak in Russian Art and Culture online on the life of Herzen by Maria Kruglyak featuring Sean's work.
Russian Revolutionaries Russian Revolutionaries, Merchant Adventurers and Peter the Great in Greenwich. Greenwich's role in 200 years of Russian history as the capital of Britain's maritime empire.
REVOLUTION, REFORMATION AND UNDERGROUND RAILWAYS . Walking tour of historic London’s most politically radical district – Clerkenwell – with London Blue Badge Guide, Sean Mitchell. Tour will marks the anniversary of the Russian Revolution, the 500th anniversary of the Protestant Reformation, and we will see where both these worlds meet.
War & Peace in Waterloo a walk through Waterloo's historical development as a response to war and peace in her architecture and the literary character of Frankenstein's monster!
Hammersmith Radicals & Revolutionaries tour a walk that takes in escaped slaves, executed anti royalist rebels, William Morris, Irish republicans and Russian revolutionaries dotted throughout the charming riverfront and backstreets of Hammersmith.
From the Muscovy Company to the Menshevik Split a walk from Tower 42 (former NatWest Tower) to the Whitechapel Road - a journey through 350 years of Anglo-Russian history in the City of London and the East End.
RUSSIAN RADICAL INTELLIGENTSIA IN BLOOMSBURY From the very first Free Russian Press in history set up by Alexander Herzen in 1853 to the aristocratic Russian literary critic who died in the Gulag in 1939 for his preference for the ideological intensity of the Soviet Union over the political banality of the Bloomsbury Set, we will touch on all the main stages of the Russian Revolutionary Movement up to and beyond 1917 in this extraordinary area of London!
We will see the house where Lenin finished formulating the ideology of the new Soviet order. We will encounter the Romantic revolutionary who stabbed to death the head of the Tsarist secret police and then pursued the overthrow of the autocracy through winning over British public opinion with an English-language newspaper. We will reveal where the Populist who inspired the idealistic Russian youth to ‘go to the peasantry’ ended his time in London having failed to persuade the Revolutionary Movement to persist with his political education programme. We will meet the Revolutionary Populist who had just finished serving a sentence in Wormwood Scrubs for calling for the assassination of the Tsar but would still go on to be the very first political prisoner of the Bolsheviks in Petrograd in 1917. We will discover the place where Nechaev, the sinister nihilist who inspired the main character of Dostoevsky’s novel “The Devils”, published the sole edition of his London-based newspaper. And we will encounter the British architect who was inspired by Soviet Constructivism personally from his Soviet émigré mentor.
The City of London Architectural Melting Pot of the World: the development of English Baroque from St. Paul's Cathedral to Christchurch Spitalfields with Gothic Revival, Hi-Tech and late Arts & Crafts in between.
Romantics, Rationalists & Housing Reformers from Lambeth North to the Borough through Blake's poetic Eden to Octavia Hill's garden suburb.
Classical Future or Gothic Past? from Whitehall to Victoria to decide if London is a classical city looking to the future or a Gothic city living in the past