One thousand walkers took part in the annual Culture Crawl for Maggie Keswick Jencks Cancer Caring Centres.
Participants from all over the country swamped the capital clad in brilliant Dutch orange to head out into the night, discovering cultural, architectural and artistic delights, raising as much money as possible to help people living with cancer.
Working in partnership with Open House London, Maggie’s Culture Crawl is a 15 mile night-walk, part cultural adventure.
From the Foreign Office, to Fulham Palace by way of the Serpentine Sackler Gallery, all the walkers were encouraged to and got exclusive access to all these buildings and many others.
The Foreign Office kickstarted the evening ballet and hosted a four minute ballet performance.
At each stop there was delicious food all along the way.
George Clark got the Crawl rolling and venues along the route included many of London's most iconic buildings: Chelsea Physic Garden - a walled garden that celebrates the beauty and importance of plants, the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, Foster + Partners Studio.
Also on the menu was Fulham Palace - Dating back to 700, a Tudor manor house with Georgian additions and a Victorian chapel, and Maggie's West London - The first Maggie’s in England.
There was also a visit to the Serpentine Sackler Gallery, a new cultural destination in the heart of London designed by Zaha Hadid Architects.
Urge for support
Participant Omar Talukdar said: "I'm ecstatic and full of fire after this walk. The organisers arranged everything perfectly and I cannot recommend this walk strongly enough. I urge my fellow Londoners to sign up and support this cause next year."
The night finished at the The Royal Festival Hall. Opened in 1951 as part of the Festival of Britain, the Grade I listed Hall is one of the world’s leading performance venues.
Last year there were over four million visitors to The Royal Festival Hall which hosts musicians, comedians, dancers, artists and films. The Clore Ballroom which sits beneath the main auditorium will be welcoming our Culture Crawl participants at the end of their 15 mile journey around London.
For further information and to sign up please visit - https://www.maggiescentres.org/culturecrawl/
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