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Daughters of Venus Walking Tour


A WALKING tour of 18th century London, Daughters of Venus, will take place on Friday, June 20, 2009.

Struggling against starvation in Georgian and Victorian London, thousands of unmarried women and widows turned to prostitution, some forced to give up their children to the Foundling Hospital.

Social historian and City of London Guide Ian Bevan leads this sometimes shocking tour, rediscovering the original sites of brothels and bath houses, and sharing contemporary accounts and stories of the women caught up in London’s sexual underworld.

The walk starts in Covent Garden’s Piazza, next to London’s Transport Museum, continuing via Bow Street, Long Acre and Leicester Square, finishing in Brunswick Square (Bloomsbury).

A Zone 1 Underground ticket is required.

NB: The tour, which is organized by the Foundling Museum, has adult themes and is not suitable for children.

Tickets: £8 and must be bought in advance on 020 7841 3600.

Time: 2pm to 4pm.

Foundling Museum, 40 Brunswick Square, London, WC1N 1AZ

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