Diane’s Poplar Tour & Afternoon Tea

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Monday March 25th 2019
2:00pm - 5:30pm

Langdon Park DLR Station
Poplar E14 6NW

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A Guided Walking Tour Followed By Cream Tea

£30 members, £35 non-members

Your ticket includes a guided tour by Diane, our Blue Badge Guide, and afternoon tea of sandwiches, scones with compote and cream and a choice of tea/coffee selection.

This tour is open to all ages, but event attendees tend to be 50+. Diane will introduce you to Who Londoners at the beginning of the tour.

Once home to the East India Dock and the wealthy East India Company Merchants, Poplar has had its ups and downs over the years. On the brink of a renaissance with lots of new building and “regeneration” a buzzword, let’s discover an area rich in history with some significant landmarks.

We visit a location which inspired the fictional “Nonnatus House” in “Call the Midwife”, walk through the housing estate which was an exhibit at the 1951 Festival of Britain, and view the Balfron Tower designed by renowned modernist architect Erno Goldfinger.

Going back in time, we will see several sailors’ hostels and hear of the brave rebel councillors who went to prison for what they believed in.

After the tour we head over to the Lansbury Heritage Hotel. Built in 1870 to serve as a Town Hall for the Poplar and District Board of Works (later the Metropolitan Borough of Poplar), this handsome mid Victorian free gothic style building is now home to a luxury Boutique Hotel and named after renowned Poplar politician George Lansbury. We will enjoy a traditional afternoon cream tea in their restaurant where interesting photographs relating to the history of George Lansbury and his fellow councillors are displayed.

***Meet at Langdon Park DLR Station at 2pm. Tour finishes at the hotel which is a short walk from All Saints DLR Station and the East India Dock Road which is served by several bus routes. Tea is booked for 4pm so we should be finished at approximately 5pm to 5.30pm.***




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All event attendees must be age 50+