Walk with the Women of London

Womens London BookFrom Westminster station, cross Bridge Street to Big Ben. The clock tower was officially renamed Elizabeth Tower in 2012, to honour the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee. It is part of the Palace of Westminster, where the suffragettes famously chained themselves to the railings as they fought for women’s rights more than 100 years ago.

Walk back and across the River Thames over Westminster Bridge. You’ll see the statue of the female warrior Boudicca on your left, who led an uprising against the Romans in AD61.

Turn right at the other end of the bridge and into the precincts of St Thomas’ Hospital, where you can see a statue of Jamaican-born nurse Mary Seacole. You can learn about her at the Florence Nightingale Museum, which is on your left. Nightingale, Britain’s most famous nurse, founded a school of nursing here in 1860, following her return from the Crimean War.

Cross Lambeth Palace Road, walk under the railway line and turn right on to Westminster Bridge Road. Continue along and past Lambeth North station until you reach Morley College on your right. Outside the building, you will find 14 mosaics of pioneering local women, including one of the WOW festival founder Jude Kelly.

Women’s London is in bookshops now. For more information about walks and tours, visit www.golondontours.com

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