LONDON’S PEACE HERITAGE

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Peace trails through London

Expecting any visitors this Olympic summer? The usual London tourist experience includes cavalry in red uniforms, underground war offices, an ancient castle where prisoners were tortured, at least one cathedral full of military flag, and innumerable statues honouring bravery in battle.

 But Peace Trails through London offers a different view – of a London seen through ‘peace eyes’. With this new booklet visitors and residents alike will discover some of the people and places associated with national and international peacemaking.

What is there to see? Statues, trees, inscriptions, buildings, monuments, gardens, murals, graves, stained glass, paintings, churches and pagodas, illustrating a broad concept of peace. Medieval heroes like the Burghers of Calais, and more recent ones like Edith Cavell…inventors, journalists, nurses, politicians, admirals (because peacemaking is not just for pacifists), campaigners for women’s rights and against slavery… humanists, Buddhists, Jews, Quakers, and more, are all on the London Peace Trail.

The Central London trail has 10 stops, starting at Gandhi’s statue in Tavistock Square, and including Red Lion Square, Trafalgar Square, Whitehall, Westminster, Victoria Tower Gardens, across the river to the Imperial War Museum, before ending at the Peace Pagoda in Battersea Park.

The City peace trail has 7 stops, starting on Victoria Embankment, and taking you to Postman’s Park near St Paul’s Cathedral, to Smithfield, Quaker Gardens, Bishopsgate, and Fenchurch Street near the Tower.

Valerie Flessati 

More information about this and a fundraising concert here.

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