Prince Albert and Sir Henry Cole had a vision: an area of the capital dedicated to education and culture.
It became a reality 150 years ago in South Kensington, and became fondly known as Albertopolis after its royal patron. Albertopolis is home to some of London’s most magnificent buildings, world class museums, premier educational institutions and the headquarters of national organisations. Albertopolis was designed to celebrate the achievement and grandeur of Britain and her Empire.
Today, the area retains many links with the wider world and has a very international feel.
Explore the grandeur of this cultural quarter, discover links to more than 110 countries, and hear some remarkable stories about diplomats and spies, musicians and artists, explorers and inventors, immigrants and refugees. Start: Albert Memorial, Kensington Gore / Finish: Royal Albert Hall.
For full details about the walk and what you will see, visit http://www.walktheworld.org.uk/walk/regions/greater-london/london-albertopolis.html.
The Walk the World website is an interactive hub where you can explore our connections to the 206 Olympic and Paralympic Nations and discover how these countries and their people have shaped our surroundings, often in surprising way.
You can join in the challenge to find connections, explore your local area and create walks which take you around the world without leaving the UK.
Walk the World is part of Discovering Places, the London 2012 Cultural Olympiad campaign to inspire the UK to discover their local built, historic and natural environment. The Walk the World project is delivered in partnership with the Royal Geographical Society (with IBG).
1 August 2012 – 31 March 2013, 9am-10pm
South Kensington, London