Three Cheers for Hilary
She's been awarded an OBE
The Mayfair Walk
It's eye candy AND mind candy. As this feast of a photo essay attests. More
HOT OFF THE PRESS
It's here – the latest installment of the London Walks podcast. More
It' colourful. And fun.
It's the film of the Past the Palace - Hidden Places & Hidden History walk. More
BANKSY & CO. JUST OUT...
Jon's little film of our Street Art Walk. More
The London Walks Podcast
Royal London's the theme for the new edition of The London Walks Podcast. Brought to you by Karen, author of Royal London; Andy, who played George VI; Shaughan, who can impersonate every royal under the sun; and Adam, the only person I know who talks like a really well written magazine article! More
This Winter's Day Trips
The at-a-glance schedule - listing them in chronological order - is now ready for your perusal... More
We're there – Inside the Olympic Park!
Yes, the afterburner's been switched on for the Olympic London Walk. We're now able to take our groups into the Olympic Park and guide in there. It was worth the wait! More
Blimey! It's a mind-melt!
Just how beautiful – and unexpected – in and around Piccadilly can be. It's our latest video. The walk is A Village in Piccadilly. The guide is "juv lead" Katy. More
Harry Potter Walk
Here's a review of Sunday's Harry Potter Film Locations in the City walk... More
Sunday's Street Art Walk...
Here's a photo-essay... More
Behold! A photo essay for the
Wednesday afternoon Chelsea walk More
Here are the dates... 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
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
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
Ghosts Guaranteed! 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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IN THE FOOTSTEPS OF SHERLOCK HOLMES
Sami Nguyen - Coventry
I came to London and join in the Sherlock Holmes walk, expected to be led to the Museum and then a little explanation of the book materials only, but what I got instead exceeded my expectation on many levels. Richard IV (thank god, not the King) attracted the audience with the combination of his charm, thoroughness and immense knowledge of every thing related to Sherlock Holmes and Victorian London through the footsteps of Sherlock Holmes. His professionalism and meticulousness impressed a fellow Holmesian. If you think you know about Sherlock Holmes, meet Richard IV to see how you measured up.
Recommended 5 stars
Susan - Highland Park, NJ, United States
GREAT TOUR!! My granddaughter and I both absolutely loved the sherlock holmes tour earlier today! The tour guide (Richard the 4th) was especially great. And all the places we stopped were really fascinating! One suggestion for the future might be that when the tour stops, to stop in the same places but have the guide talk closer to steps or benches so that older folks like me have a place to sit down in between all the walking, while still being able to hear what the tourguide is saying.
All in all, however, utterly fantastic service!!
John Goodwin - Glendale, Ca. 91201
Even though it has been some weeks since I took the
"Footsteps of Sherlock Holmes" walking tour it has not
dulled the wonderful afternoon we had with guide
"Richard the 4th". Here is a guide who is not only an authority on the subject but his love of the topic is infectious to both young and old. Any children who were not familiar with the stories are probably busy
reading them now and the hard core "fans of the Canon" were equally impressed and enthralled by our
guide into the world of London, Holmes and Doyle.
Chris Adams - Walton on Thames, Surrey
Took 2 American friends on this walk on 26 Apr 07. It was their choice but you need to be a real Sherlock Holmes fan to enjoy it. Lots of information and references to the characters but I was expecting more on the history of places and the buildings on the walk.
If you are are Sherlock Holmes fan and you know the stories and characters go on walk. If not, then you will not enjoy as I did not.
I'm in hopes that the discussion will "widen out" a bit. Perhaps Corinna and/or Richard IV, who guide the Thursday afternoon Sherlock Holmes walk, will want to respond here. And for that matter, it would be great to get some feedback from other people who've been on it - and especially people who, like you, are not an aficionado. We take several hundred people a year on that walk - and there's no way that all of them are going to be Sherlock Holmes buffs. And I think it highly unlikely that yours will be the universal reaction amongst all of those "casual interest" walkers. I think that based on the general feedback we've had about that walk over the years. But let's suck it and see. We've now got this "forum"...so sooner or later we should get some more feedback about this very point.
And to give Corinna and Richard IV. their due, they'll certainly have been at pains to fashion a walk that is interesting and fun for both the aficionado who knows the stories inside and out and someone who's got only a passing acquaintance with the great detective and his and Dr. Watson's adventures. The which is necessarily a bit of a balancing act.
What's especially valuable about your point is the bigger door it opens. Which is by way of saying, people should feel free to give us a bell and ask about any given walk. Or send an email. In short, see us - and use us - as a "resource". If you'd given us a bell beforehand we certainly would have talked the possibilities through with you...and in all probability have made a recommendation or two.With a view to getting the best possible "fit" for the three of you on that particular afternoon. In this instance, we almost certainly would have said something like, "well based on what you're telling us, our recommendation would be that you send your two American friends on the Sherlock Holmes walk...and on the different strokes for different folks principle you should plump for the Old Westminster walk. Afterwards meet your friends at the Sherlock Holmes Pub. Meet there 1) because that's where the Sherlock Holmes walk ends and 2) because the re-creation of Holmes' study there will float anybody's boat, even the 'take him or leave him but prefer to leave him' crowd! And then the three of you can get down to the real fun: 'comparing notes'. And I can guarantee you you'll have a stonkingly good time doing so.That Old Westminster walk is all about 'making the familiar new and the new familiar' so it'll work brilliantly for you. And your American friends will be abuzz with that heady combination of a literary pilgrimage completed and a 'sense of place' grasped....in one of the most attractive and stimulating of central London neighbourhoods! Can't be bad." Or words to that effect!
Finally, feedback like this is very good in another sense as well. It's a little bit like a director looking in on a show that's been up and running for a while - the "notes" from the director are always very welcome. Sometimes just a tweak or two can make a huge difference - without, in this instance, taking anything at all away from the dyed-in-wool Sherlock Holmes aficionados. Okay, time to "onpass" to the guides. Thanks for writing.