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From Poverty to Pleasure

From Poverty to Pleasure

Janice Liverseidge leads three walks linked to Handel, his contemporaries and life in Georgian London. All take place just before a festival concert and finish in time to take your seat.

Tickets: £10 | £5 with a Festival ticket*

*Festival ticket must be purchased in advance

Meet outside main gates of the British Museum, Great Russell Street

Tonight we learn how Handel upset the founding father of the British Museum and discover the Rookery, the notorious 18th century London slum of St Giles and the inspiration for William Hogarth’s Gin Lane. Our journey takes us on the route to the gallows, passing the site of a former Medieval Leper hospital. From this poverty stricken area we make our way to our destination, Stone Nest, via a street renowned for its musical connections which will soon have a major new permanent music destination for today’s composers and musicians (Handel would have loved it!)