National Gallery strike
Quick announcement:it is unlikely we'll be able to run the National Gallery Tour on Fridays until the strike is over. Please check with us before deciding to go on that one. Or check the NG website.
Winter 2015-16 Programme
Here's a preview of our Winter 2015-16 programme, which kicks in on November 1 and runs through April 30. More
New Video – Legal London
A preview of some of the best hidden bits – secret passageways, etc. – of the Inns of Court walk More
Leading Man, the dashing Liam
guiding the Old Palace Quarter walk. Watch the film (just released – it's our brandest newest video!). More
All the London Walks Videos
A Quick Guide More
Hampstead Walk Video
A click here wafts you through those magic casements More
Don's Ripper Walk schedule
Have just put up the Aug. - Oct. dates the world's leading expert on Jack the Ripper will be guiding the walk. More
Winter 2015-2016 Programme
We've made a start on it. Some of the Saturday afternoon and Sunday afternoon Tour du Jour walks have gone up. Ditto the Christmas Day specials. Etc. Straws in the wind are that there's going to be one of those London Walks periodic sun flares of creativity in this programme. New walks, lots of them. More
Of Hampstead. My (David's) favourite walk of the 55 London Walks I've got in my personal repertory. More
The Anniversary's here. And the walk's here. Our 800th Anniversary Magna Carta Walk - guided by a lawyer - runs on selected Thursdays from Aug. 27 onward. Temple Tube, 10 am. More
Just out of the oven
A piping hot new photo essay for the Old Palace Quarter walk. More
The At-a-Glance Schedule
All of our Summer Day Trips in chronological order. More
Guide of the Year!
London Walks guide Fiona has just been crowned Guide of the Year! That award has pretty much become the private fiefdom of London Walks guides: Judy, Karen, Kim, Paula and now Fiona. Bravissimo! More
Guide Katy's voice
It's vintage, tawny port made audible – a joy to listen to. More
Makes It Clear
Just put up a photo of the spot where we meet for the Jack the Ripper walk More
THE NEW RIVER WALK
Here's the blurb More
Tottenham Court Road Tube
Exit 3 has, er, exited. It doesn't exist any more. So for the Beatles Magical Mystery Tour and the Rock 'n' Roll walks the meeting point is exit 1. It's the main exit, the only exit.
REALLY GOOD NEWS!
Donald Rumbelow, "internationally recognised as the leading authority on Jack the Ripper" is back and guiding. More
The Old Marylebone Walk
Here's a really detailed look at the walk. It's a review that's just appeared in the Marylebone Journal. More
Jingle Bells for Mr. Jingle
It's official. London Walks Dickens' London guide Richard III's just made a member of the City of London Pickwick Club. The "I dub thee Alfred Jingle"* ceremony took place on December 11. *Richard's Dickensian character alias
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
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
Saturday'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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Foodies' Walks - Gourmet's London
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The wonderful Ann
– the Helen Mirren* of London Walks – has created – and conducts four of them. They're "occasionals", "specials". Special being the mot juste
in every sense of the word.
Oh apropos all of the above – we've now got a dedicated Foodies' London website! It's at www.foodieslondon.com
Here's the Foodies' Walks schedule for the next few months (through October 2015). (And here's the taster to end all tasters – the little film Jon's made of Ann's Epicurean, Gourmets', Foodies' London walk. It's out of the oven, piping hot, and set before you – right here! Enjoy!!
On Saturday, August 15
it's Epicurean, Gourmets', Foodies' London
. It goes at 10 am
, the Fish Street Hill exit
On Saturday, September 5
it's Pie Crust to Upper Crust Culinary Destinations – Afoot, Fooding & Feasting in The Strand & Covent Garden.
It goes at 10.45 am
from EmbankmentTube, Villiers Street exit
On Saturday, September 26
it's Foodies' London – the West End
. It goes at 10.45 am
from Green ParkTube
, the Green Park exit (meet in the park, by the fountain)
On Saturday, October 17
it's Epicurean, Gourmets', Foodies' London
. It goes at 10 am
, the Fish Street Hill exit
And if you can't catch one of the public walks, well why not think about booking a private Foodies' outing
. Especially if you're fronting a group.
And there's the cue for the "fourth Foodies Walk". (If you were counting, in that opening line I said, "Ann's created and conducts four of them". But, if you're counting, there's only three different Foodies' London Walks – Foodies' London The West End, Epicurean, Gourmets', Foodies' London and Pie Crust to Upper Crust in the schedule above.) The "fourth Foodies Walk is The Chocolate Lover's Walk. Blurb reads as follows:
Do you like chocolate? Why not get a group of friends together and book Ann’s new, very special, private chocolate walk. Swoon over the latest truffle flavours, gasp at the special estate chocolate bars, faint with delight at the salted caramels. With a little chocolate history thrown in – perfect for chocoholics, or for anyone arranging a group treat.
And by way of an apéritif*, let's hear from the lass herself. Ann's served up – in the London Walks blog
– a series of wonderful word dishes about her Foodies Walks. They've cameoed in the London Walks Blog. And they convey – like a wonderful aroma from the kitchen of a top restaurant – the flavour of her walks. Let alone the wit and grasp and reach of her mind! Or if you want to eat in – rather than stroll over to the blog – here's a little appetiser
. And here's the banquet itself
, tawny port finale'd and cucumber-infused water accompanied (of course). And here's the Christmas dinner
to end all Christmas dinners. *From the Latin verb aperire
, which means "to open".
Okay, you don't have to call round at the blog. I've popped on over there myself and fetched her soupcons back here. Read one or two of them – or all of them – and you'll see what I mean. And you'll be reaching for your diary to get her Foodies' Walks in same. Which is as it should be. (And, incidentally, they're also a reminder of why the London Walks blog
is worth a regular look-see!)
It’s one of the most fascinating walks in the repertoire: there’s nothing quite like it in all of London. No less an authority than Noel at the London Walks office rates it very highly indeed. And he’s a hard one to please. It is, of course, Ann’s extravaganza Foodies' London: The West End London Walk. And here’s your guide with one of her fascinating insights into the high tables of the great and good…
“Wondering what to cook this weekend? Seek inspiration from the menu ordered for the Wives’ Lunch by Silvio Berlusconi at the recent G8 conference – translated with help from my Italian neighbour. They were treated to:
• Two sorts of bread, one made with grain from the high mountains, the other with flour popular in the 1950’s.
• Ice cream with sweet beans and crispy local bacon
• Salt cod marinated in olive oil, with crushed potatoes and roasted peppers
• Raviolo of pea puree with basil, tomatoes and pecorino cheese
• Veal with crunchy woodland vegetables and warm potato salad
• Chocolate fondant with fennel
(You will notice that beetroot, essential ingredient these days for grand British dinners, has not made it on to the lunch menu.)
Find out what other grand menus have been served in the past by joining my Foodies’ London: The West End London Walk.
June in London can only mean one thing: Wimbledon.
And Wimbledon can only mean one fruit: the strawberry.
And when talk turns to food on the LW Blog, that can only mean one London Walks Guide: the one and only Ann. Here she is revving-up for her next Foodie extravaganza…
“'Doubtless God could have made a better berry, but doubtless God never did,’ said 16th-century physician William Butler. What else could this be in June but the strawberry – ‘the well known and much esteemed fruit’ as Mrs. Beeton described it.
In past centuries Londoners got their fruit not from Kent, but from Hammersmith, Ealing and Isleworth. Women started picking as soon as it was light, then set off before 7 am at a 5 mph trot – something between a walk and a run. They could carry up to 40 lbs of strawberries on their heads – balanced on cushions in large baskets.
Join my Foodie Walk and you won’t have to carry your strawberries on your head – you can just buy a punnet at Borough Market.
The doyenne of London gastronomes is at it again. Ann’s West End Foodies walk is good-to-go [with]. Here she is:
“Would you eat a fruit that smells of sewage and vomit? The durian is so pungent that you can’t carry it on public transport or airlines in the Far East. But its butter smooth golden flesh is addictive and very, very popular. There are many tales about it – death by durian is not unknown – it grows on trees up to 100 ft tall, and can weigh up to 6lbs. So don’t take a nap under a tree laden with ripe durian. And its supposedly aphrodisiac qualities are enshrined in an Indonesian saying – when the durians come down, the sarongs go up.
At this time of year you can buy durian at some of the stores in Chinatown – it’s large, green and spiky on the outside, uncompromising. Ask for a chunk, or see if there is some ready prepared in the chiller cabinet.
And that smell of sewage? Well, just think what a good ripe Pont l’Eveque cheese smells like… and how delicious it tastes.
See if there is durian in stock, and find out more about food in the West End, on my Foodies’ walk.
Ann’s off on another foodie bunberry this weekend. And here’s her trailer:
“Londoners have always eaten eels – there were plenty of them in the Thames – so many that in the Middle Ages they had names for six different sorts. Now we may have a solution to the great eel mystery – how do they go thousands of miles from the Thames to breed in the Sargasso Sea? Researchers have tagged eels (some job: Slippery as an eel?) to trace the route they take. The name of the project? The Eeliad – clearly chosen by someone with a classical education.
Londoners prefer their eels cold, jellied, sprinkled with chilli vinegar and eaten from a paper cup. I like them smoked – and you can buy them in Borough Market after you’ve been on my Foodie Walk. Join me to hear more about the fish in the Thames – and other foodie delights. Monument
Tube, Fish St. Hill exit
This in from Ann, the Michael Corleone of London Walks. How so? Because her every LW Blog invitation is an offer you can’t refuse. Here she is…
“This year marks the bicentenary of the birth of Charles Darwin. And if you really want to get into the Darwin frame of mind, try some of his wife’s recipes, recently re-published. Mash a pickled walnut into the gravy of your braised beef, to give it a little extra oomph. Try the mutton ragout – 1 ½ lbs mutton, 1 lb turnips, one sprig of parsley.
Darwin surely found this dull after his student days. At Cambridge he was president of the Glutton Club, whose more unusual dishes included hawk, bittern and old brown owl. And while on the Beagle, Darwin and the officers sat down to armadillo and ‘the best meat I ever tasted’ – an anonymous chocolate coloured rodent.
No rodents on my West End Foodies Walk on...but lots more tasty stories about what Londoners used to eat. Meet me at Green Park
Tube, Green Park exit
“Wait a minute, wait a minute, you ain't heard nothin' yet.” Thus spake Jakie Rabinowitz, as played by the immortal Jolson, in the first line of the first talkie, The Jazz Singer. He could well have been referring to Ann’s Foodie Walk. She’s been to hear the rhubarb grow, you know. Like the man said: you ain’t heard nothin’ yet. Over to Ann…
“Rhubarb rhubarb… I’ve been to Yorkshire to see it growing in the dark. Inside candle-lit sheds there’s a pink rhubarb forest of two foot tall stalks, and a faint scent of… rhubarb. If you’re very quiet you can hear it growing – a kind of creaking noise. It was first forced here in London at Chelsea Physic Garden in 1817, when builders tipped soil over it accidentally, and found it weeks later, tender and pink.
The premium grade goes to Harrods and Harvey Nicks, the superior to supermarkets. Try a rhubarb tart – a disc of yeast dough (kind of pizza, soaks up the juice), covered with chunks of rhubarb and slivers of preserved ginger and syrup. And buy your rhubarb at Borough Market – where my food walk ends. Meet me outside Monument tube, Fish St. Hill exit, to hear more foodie titbits.
And I, David, have had a few says as well about Ann's Foodies London Walks.
Here's my baker's half dozen (click on the numbers for the links):
*Everybody notices the resemblance. Alas, Ann won't be guiding the walks in a red bikini. But we're working on it.