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A series of free walking tours exploring some cultural highlights in Hammersmith & Fulham concludes with a tour of the 'lion houses' of Fulham.

On Saturday 13th September Blue Badge guide Simon Rodway will explore the King’s Road south side, and the Peterborough Estate. Laid out by builder Jimmy Nichols in the 1890s, these
handsome red brick villas are adorned with Nichols’ trademark terracotta lions, hence ‘lion houses.’

The tour ends with the lion man himself, John Rendall, who in the 1960s bought a lion cub Christian, from Harrods and later released him into the wild via George Adamson’s Born Free
Foundation in Kenya.

The walk starts at 2pm. Meet outside Fulham Broadway Station on the pedestrian footway. Booking is required.

To book a place, email: or or telephone 020 8753 5695 or 020 8753 273.

Hammersmith & Fulham Council's cabinet member for economic development and regeneration, Cllr Andrew Jones, says: "This borough is an incredible place with an interesting history and variety of cultural gems – many of which are currently under-appreciated.

"These free events are a great way for both new and longstanding residents to learn more about and enjoy their area."

To download a copy of the full list of tours between now and September, click here.

August 28, 2014