This free ‘Tramp and Caine’ guided walk traces the flowering of popular 20th century movie entertainment in South Central London. The walk navigates the streets around the Elephant and explores the hidden childhood stories of two of South London’s greatest Cinema stars. We begin with the birth of cinema and Charlie Chaplin before he transformed himself into the little Tramp with the swinging cane before revisiting the Swinging 60s through the memories of local icon Michael Caine.
Tramping carefully through the streets of SE17 we encounter Chaplin in East Street Market and its back streets. Then we we visit London’s unique Cinema Museum housed now in Lambeth’s old poorhouse, where he and his family were committed in the 1890’s.
Then the walk detours off the Walworth Road to follow in the footsteps of Michael Caine. In its heyday the area had nearly fifty cinemas showing all manner of films. From supercinemas to the smallest fleapit, a mecca for popular entertainment, as music-halls and theatricals metamorphosed into picture houses; and as silent films were superseded by talkies.
Exploring these stars stories, of rags to riches, this walk traces and recreates the up and down fortunes of South London’s Piccadilly Circus.
Dates & Times:
Tuesday, 15th March 2016 meet outside Kennington Tube Station at 6pm.
The walk is approximately 90mins long. Please wear weather appropriate clothing.