Open House Festival

Radical women of Bow and Bethnal Green


Underneath the blue plaque outside Bow Quarter ( the old Bryant and M

This walking tour will celebrate the women of Bow and Bethnal Green – from the match makers of the Bryant and May factory to the Quinn Square rent strikers – looking at how, through their activism, they were able to change the built environment.

Getting there


Bow Church, Bow Road

Additional travel info

End: Near Bethnal Green tube station


Accessibility notes

Distance: 2.5 miles



We will be looking at approximately a hundred years of East End history from the Match women's strike of 1888 to the campaigning work of the Bengali Housing Group Association via the East End Federation of Suffragettes and the Quinn Square rent strikes.

Golden Key Academy

This tour is led by a participant of Open City’s Golden Key Academy – a course training up insightful and engaging guides dedicated to explaining London and bringing its many stories to life. It is part of a wider collection of tour events created by Golden Key Academy guides for the Open House Festival celebrating their conclusion of the eight month course.

Further information on the Golden Key Academy can be found here


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