Sunday's Street Art Walk...
Here's a photo-essay... More
If you want to go on the Ripper
Walk this summer with the world's leading expert on Jack the Ripper, here are the dates the distinguished crime historian Donald Rumbelow will be guiding the walk. More
Behold! A photo essay for the
Wednesday afternoon Chelsea walk More
Looking Ahead - Thames Mudlarking
next Autumn/early Winter - here are the dates... More
Planning Ahead - Foodies Walks
next Autumn/early Winter - here are the dates... More
Down the Tube
Fiona's 150 Years of the Underground walk is coming back into the programme. It'll take place at 11 am on the first Tuesday of every month. Baker Street Tube, Baker Street North exit.
Summer Programme PDF
It's about one inch up from the words you're reading right now! Enjoy.
"The world's leading expert
on Jack the Ripper" is back in action. Yes, the broken bone's healed and Donald Rumbelow is guiding again. More
The Jack the Ripper Walk
Making a booking. You don't have to but you can. Here's how... More
Hire a Guide
If you're thinking about "going private" this is worth a read... More
All upside, no downside
Like a small lottery win... More
LONDON WALKS CALENDAR
It's intuitive. It's quick. Get in. Find what you want. Get out. More
The sobriquet for our day trips. A different destination every Saturday! Plus a few wild cards. See the little gem of a pdf due north of these words.
Thames Mudlarking Schedule
Beachcombing with the world's leading expert on this stretch of the Thames foreshore. Can't be bad! A click takes you to the Summer 2013 schedule. More
on the London Walks Blog. "...want to thank you for all the daily tidbits about London which i absolutely adore, I also thank you for this cool game which I'm starting to enjoy a lot! :-) Cheers!" Two clicks and a scroll down takes you there. More
Behind the Termini Walks
Here are the particulars for Rachel's Summer 2013 Behind the Termini walks. And she's penned a tasty little blurb for each of them. More
Old Mayfair – the Photo Essay
It's our sexiest photo essay. Take a look and you'll, er, see why. it's just gone up. More
Fitzrovia – The Photo Essay
Here it is... More
The Lord Mayor of London and Guide Jean in their finery on a London Walk on Christmas Eve! More
Guided by the Stars!
London Walks has better guides – including the distinguished crime historian who is "internationally recognised as the leading authority on Jack the Ripper"! Here are the dates Britain's foremost crime historian will be guiding the Ripper walk between now and the end of February. More
Don't Just Take It From Us
Just out. A fab review of Shaughan's Old Jewish Quarter Walk More
This little film is why you book a private ghost walk with London Walks. More
Proper Tea in London!
Want the real thing? Rather than a cup of hot water and a teabag. And most definitely rather than something that costs a king's ransom. Well, let London Walks beam you in. Get in touch and we'll tell you where. Local knowledge – you can't beat it!
Harry Potter Film Locations
We've made a delightful film of one of our Harry Potter Film Locations Walks... More
The San Francisco Chronicle
has just given London Walks a rave review – "the unfailingly fascinating London Walks", etc. etc. etc. Yet another one for the What They Say About LW trophy case. More
Her neighbourhood (photo essay and some accompanying historical remarks)... More
Don's Capitol Hill Address
Yes, the International Homicide Investigators Association wanted to hear from the world's leading expert on Jack the Ripper. And that's what we mean when we say "There's no comparison" between London Walks guides and the knock-offs. More
London Walks guides have four!
books in the pipeline. Aunties' Charley, Charles' autobiography, is published next month. To be followed by a London Stories companion volume – it takes as its subject our Day Trip, out-of-town destinations. And Rachel's book on Jewish London. And "The World's Greatest Guide" – Karen's – on Royal London.
The Knightsbridge Pub Walk
every Friday night. If you're tempted, go for it. It's a great walk. Here's a really detailed description – with photos. More
It's the Ultimate Accolade!
In the starting lineup of "The World's Greatest Guides". Yes, it's London Walks guide Karen. The august American travel publication Travel & Leisure has just crowned her in their "The World's Greatest Tour Guides" article. She's one of just 15 – and, yes, the only one from England. More
Tugs All Your Heart Strings!
It's about a little Londoner – a 3-year-old – and Moo Moo and the Northern Line and a couple of heroes... More
Legal & Illegal London
A private Legal London walk guided by a barrister – a member of one of the Inns of Court – is as good as it gets. More
If I have to have it More
Dreaming of the Cotswolds
Here's why... More
It's a Feast!
Foodies' London has now got is own website.
Compliments to the Chef!
10 out of 10
You want to read something that's both powerful – and magical – about our town and our times and past times (with a couple of stunning photos to accompany it) hit the link More
London Walks on BBC
"Helen Marks discovers a dramatic transformation to the waters of the River Thames" is how the BBC is trailing the Radio 4 programme on Thames Beachcombing. It's aired bright and early – 6.07-6.30 am – on New Year's Day. And then available on BBC Iplayer. And there'll be a rebroadcast.
London Ghost Walks
The new London Walks website – www.londonghostwalks.com – is up and running. It's Adam-written and designed, so it's witty and classy. More
The Man is back –
and guiding! Back from China, Donald Rumbelow, "internationally recogised as the leading authority on Jack the Ripper", will be guiding the nightly – 7.30 pm from Tower Hill Tube – Jack the Ripper Walk on... More
Yes, London Walks operates year-round! More
Blog - Twitter
Free Walks... More
The 300+ "one-offs" and "occasionals" we're doing this summer are set out chronologically on the Special Walks page. More
Etc. Quite a lot of etc. More
Old Jewish Quarter
Check it out – the film of the walk. More
Here It Is!
The at-a-glance list of all of our out-of-town trips (to Stonehenge, Oxford, Winchester, Cambridge, Hampton Court, Bath, Rye, Constable Country, Lavenham, Avebury & Lacock, Glastonbury & Wells, Leeds Castle, St. Albans, The Cotswolds, etc.) this summer. All 128 of them! More
The London Walks Walkers Facebook Group
Nine compelling reasons why you should seriously think about signing up for it More
"Donald Rumbelow is internationally recognised as the
leading authority on Jack the Ripper". Don regularly guides our Ripper Walk. His schedule (April to mid-Sept.) is now up. More
is wonderful! Who writes it?" More
The Hampstead Film
is here More
The new film of our Bath trip More
on the way! More
Like Halley's Comet
It's just once or twice a century More
And Lookee There!
Ghost? caught on a photograph on our ghost walk? See the London Walks blog.
"If this was a golf
tournament every name on the Leader Board would be a London Walks guide" More
of our British Museum Tour premieres here! More
tongued with fire More
Who wants to see
the Queen? More
Our New Film is
a brilliant taster of the "Somewhere Else" London Walk... More
London Walks Films
Check 'em out. More
Walks & Kids
Here's a tip More
going on the Oxford & Cotswolds trip? Here's a review. More
Ghost Walk Film
It's here More
London Walks Walkers
This is for you, compliments of the sparkplug, the live wire... More
Our New Film
stars Greenwich and the Prince of Guides, Nick. Brilliant walk, brilliant guide. You can see it here. More
The Jack the Ripper Walk Film
and other matters (the book, the blog, etc.) More
And the Gold Medal
goes to... More
of our Cambridge trip! To see it click the link. More
Don't let them bait and switch you!
This'll take care of it... More
Here's what The Guardian says about it... More
Want to see the cover? Just scroll down.
Something you might want to know More
Jack the Ripper's Knife
Don's got it... More
London Walks has a new award-winning Blue Badge Guide! And the "back story" is a bit of all right as well. More
St. Pancras Walks
Guided by an architectural historian! More
from Lance's Poetry in Performance walk More
Are these the five best paragraphs ever written about London? More
Our book... More
Now Hear This!
Sound, glorious sound - we've got sound! More
Go on one of Adam's walks... More
What The Papers Say...
"the best insight into Jack the Ripper..."
The Star on The Star! More
Distinctions matter. More
in the Crypt at St. Martin-in-the-Fields, the old church in Trafalgar Square, has re-opened! More
And the Chinese Ambassador... More
"We'll give you access to places the public don't normally get to see." More
The Whale in the Bathtub
Yes, this one's worth following up! More
Get an Oyster Card... More
It only happens once a century!! More
London Walks ®
Yes, you guessed right. That little symbol means exactly what you think it means. London Walks ® - our name - is now a registered trademark! Our registered trademark!! More
A Big House in a Big Woods on a Big Lake in Northern Wisconsin
That's where your London Walks leaflet comes from in North American. But it gets even quirkier. I mean, how charming is this? More
Website Contributions Invited...
Yes, let's get some of your fingerprints all over this website! More
Visit London - Best London Tour Award
And the winner is... More
A website about London and London Walks is necessarily a "work in progress". So here's a quick pointer to the latest additions to the site More
Donald's new Ripper book
It's called Jack the Ripper: Scotland Yard investigates... More
The two London Walks programmes - Winter & Summer
In case you're wondering... More
London Walks Leaflets
Here are some places where you can always pick up a London Walks leaflet... More
Q and A
Is London Safe?
Is London Expensive? More
Don't miss Adam's verray parfait piece about the weather on the Daily Constitutional (the London Walks Blog).
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APPARITIONS, ALLEYWAYS & ALE
Barbara Lovejoy - Murfreesboro, TN USA
My friend and I took this tour with Russell not in February but it was snowing that night, neither one bothered us!
Russell was great taking us down all these dark back alleys and putting up with us "slow walkers", we had a lot of ground to cover!
I'll never forget what Russell told us as we walked through St. James Park that even HE wouldn't walk through it at night ALONE!
You won't be disappointed!
Shubhamay - Gurgaon, India
Absolutely your money's worth (or paisa vasool, as they say in India)!
My wife and me went for this walk today, and felt that it is a good substitute for any movie. It was a 2 hour walk, but we did not feel tired or bored at any point.
Russell is a great raconteur and its really difficult to not believe him. Do try it out once.
I loved this tour and this city. The guide was fablous. Kind of Sexy...Very nice bloke. He was very funny. London is just the best city, yes, even over Chicago. Thank you very much for the great tour and making my time in London the best.
Phil D - Carrollton, TX
As a good customer (so many walks now I've lost count, possibly 65 ish?), I did want to give you my comments on a couple of issues that occurred on a recent (mid-March) Thursday Apparitions, Alleyways, & Ale walk, led by Russell. Please know this is intended in the spirit of constructive feedback. You won't know what is going on in your customer's minds unless they tell you, right?
We stopped at a pub mid-walk, and Russell mentioned to the group the pub did not allow children inside. So, my teenage son and I, and another man from India and his 3 kids, stood outdoors. The weather was luckily mild.
Ultimately, we all trickled inside and sat down, with no apparent protestations from the staff, so in that context, no harm, no foul. I am sure the pub does this for space concerns, as it is very small. But, as we say in Texas, "that's just wrong." This was the Tom Cribb pub in Piccadilly.
I know your guides put together their own itineraries. My suggestion would be for Russell to find a different pub (family friendly), or perhaps David could speak to the proprietor.
My only other negative point would be just a tad towards a comment made by Russell. Overall, he was a great guide and conducted a super walk. My difficulty came at the very end of the tour, when he was parting ways with the group.
He was trying to be light and humorous (at the end of a Ghost walk), and cracked a joke about how the Americans will still experience some ghostliness and spookiness at home, due to the presence and presidency of George Bush.
During my trips to London I have seen the British press flame your politicos, have had Londoners ask me what I thought about Bush, and have even had other walkers make inane comments about our president, but I have never had the guide do it.
I for one was taken aback by his comment. There is plenty enough Bush bashing here at home and I don't really want to hear it when on holiday. I don't think Russell meant any malice, but my two cents worth would be to recommend he re-think the ending of this walk and keep his American political comments and views to himself.
That being said, Russell was still a friendly, knowledgeable and personable guide, and my son and I both enjoyed the walk and had a great time.
Thanks London Walks for running a top notch operation. Best regards from Texas.
Russell Richardson - London
A reply to Phil D from Texas. I read with interest your comments re my Apparations Walk with London Walks, and felt I would post this reply.
You're absolutely right about families being "left out in the cold". Not really a problem of course on a lovely spring or autumn evening - or throughout the summer - when most everybody spills out of the pub in any case. But it's absolutely not acceptable in the winter. And you're quite right to have called us on it. So - having taken the point - I've made some "alternative arrangements". There are a couple of really nice little cafes right there - I know the proprietors well - and they're willing to roll out the red carpet for any famillies - or for that matter any adults on the walk who may prefer to have a non-alcoholic hot drink! As you are no doubt aware, unlike many continental bars British pubs tend not to serve anything other than alcoholic or cold soft drinks.
In response to your comments relating to my joke about President Bush, I am sorry if you were personally offended. All I'd say is that I'm a British bloke with a British sense of humour and politicians of all stripes are "fair game" to most of us. It's probably something in the air. Sixth months domiciled here and you'd be right in there with the rest of us laying about the lot of them - Blair, Cameron, Menzies-Campbell, Chirac, Kerry, Bush, Clinton, etc. Putin in the boot, so to speak.
Once again, thank you for your comments and I hope to see you on another walk.