Queer Soho walking tour - Saturday 27 July 2024 10.30am

Queer Soho walking tour - Saturday 27 July 2024 10.30am

Regular price £19.50
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Join Open City for an alternative architectural walking tour exploring queer place-making in London’s pleasure district of Soho and the surrounding area of Piccadilly, focusing on lesbian, bisexual and trans identities. 

This insightful walking tour — led by Golden Key Academy graduate Imogen Steinberg — will tell the story of how queer people have created spaces for community, friendship, sexual freedom and activism. The tour will focus on several interesting individuals whose unique stories of sexuality and gender presentation over the last few centuries can be told through Soho’s enigmatic built environment.

We will discover how the development of John Nash’s plan for Piccadilly was shaped by the in-house architects at British restaurant chain store J Lyons & Co, and how recent architectural practices have riffed off local conventions and planning constraints to create new places which in turn affect how we use and move through the city.

Stepping back into the hidden world of possibilities that is Soho, we will consider the public and the private, belonging, respectability, ‘mainstream-ification’ and the ongoing impact of licensing laws.

Key information

Tour start point: Outside main entrance of Criterion Theatre, 218-223 Piccadilly, St. James's W1J 9HR

End point: Soho Square, W1

Distance: 2 miles approx

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Imogen Steinberg is a creative events professional working in arts and heritage. They have worked at a number of iconic landmarks including Westminster Abbey, Chiswick House, and Sir John Soane’s Museum, and are currently Head of Commercial at Dulwich Picture Gallery. Imogen is interested in place making, community and how the fabric of the city changes the way we interact with it, and each other. They are fascinated by historic buildings and the people who lived in them. They enjoy uncovering queer history across the LGBTQ+ spectrum, and they are passionate about illuminating untold stories. They have led tours for the Brunel Museum, the Foundling Museum and the British Academy. Steinberg graduated from Open City’s Golden Key Academy in 2023 and joined the Open City tours team in 2024. 

Tickets are non-refundable and tours go ahead rain or shine.

* Please check for any planned transport engineering works, planned strike action or large scale events that may affect your journey before making your ticket purchase *

If you find you can no longer make the tour for any reason we are unable to transfer you to another date, but please feel free to pass your booked place onto a friend to go and enjoy the tour in your place. 

In the event your tour date is cancelled you will be issued with a credit note (with no expiry date) that you can use to 

- book onto a rescheduled date
- book onto any other tour from our programme 

or you can request a refund. 

All ticket purchases are in support of the work of our organisation including our pioneering education programmes. We really appreciate your support! 

Get in touch with Adrianna at tours@open-city.org.uk with any queries.

Please select solidarity pricing to help Open City offer the concessionary tickets rate for student and jobseekers.

Our concession pricing (£9.50 for walking tours / £19.50 for boat tours) is available for students and jobseekers only. 

 

If you find you can no longer make the tour for Covid or any reason we are unable to transfer you to another date, but please feel free to pass your booked place onto a friend to go in your place. 

In the event your tour date is cancelled due to Covid or any other reason you will be provided with the opportunity to book onto a rescheduled date, book onto another tour, provided with a credit note (with no expiry date) or you can request a refund. 

All ticket purchases are in support of the work of our organisation including our pioneering education programmes. We really appreciate your support! 

Get in touch with Adrianna at tours@open-city.org.uk with any queries.