There are plenty of nice places to walk around in the posh Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea (RBKC): Kensington Palace, Kings Road, Harvey Nichols... Streets, parks, palaces and shops are all a shade nicer than the rest of town but only a very select handful of privileged people get to call it local. You jammy gits. Nonetheless, this summer, the Arts Service team of the RBKC have kindly put together a lovely little programme of walks for the area called In Transit. And it is indeed lovely.
First of all, the walks are all free so there's no option of claiming expense as a reason not to come to SW7. Second of all, there are three types of walk to choose from and they're all worth the wear and tear on your summer trainers. Artist-led walks are exactly that: walks led by artists. But the artists vary wildly and you could be following performance artist Kazuko Hohki on her odd Oh Doh tour of Kings Road with the option of going to Utopia (or Habitat) at the end of it, or find yourself chasing foxes at 4am with Simon Whitehead and Ben Stammers for the Vulpine tour. It's a Tour de Fox. (Did you see what we did there...?)
The other kinds of walks are equally intriguing: the North Kensington Arts Trail sounds very groovy and is regeneration of the most artistic kind: "The site of each new commission sits on a former dilapidated or neglected area in the borough and transforms the sites into areas to celebrate the visual arts." And the Podcast Pop Walks are frankly the best way we can think of for getting to know the area that was the centre of the Swinging Sixties.
All events must be booked in advance via the RBKC Arts Service. We want your pictures, your opinions and your footsore tales from on the road.
In Transit, artist led walks in Kensington and Chelsea, until 29 July. For more information and to book places on walks, go to the In Transit website here.