Monday's London Walks
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GREENWICH To Start the Week... The Perfect London Walk
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10.30 am on Mondays 
from Tower HillTube (meet by the "Tower Hill Tram" coffee stand)
There's no need to book. A London Walk takes about two hours and costs £10 or £8 for concs. Kids under 15 accompanied by their parent[s] go free

Watch the video. Yes, perfect! Here's why. 1) Greenwich is its own universe. Its own universe just a snap of a finger – 8 minutes – from central London! 2) To go for a walk in Greenwich is to step into a trompe-l'oeil picture – a Canaletto scene of order and majesty.  3) The walk decodes Greenwich. It uncovers its secrets – and feasts on them. A horse's tail, a secret hand, the world's most expensive apology, its first shop, its most preposterous saint, a crushed king, a tell-tale furrow in the terrain, a save-you-a-tenner secret place to bestride both hemispheres, the "X" factor which graces works of genius.  4) The walk is the overture to the most sensational day out in London. Lunch at a riverside pub. The beer Nelson's old salts drank. His Trafalgar uniform (with the bullet hole). Flea market. Observatory. Cutty Sark. The world's finest painted interior (yes, better than the Sistine Chapel). Cream tea. The unique trifecta: down Greenwich way people walk under the Thames, sail across it, fly* over it. 6) We begin with the best boat ride in London. And get you a big discount. Guided by Chris or Ann. N.B. the walk ends in Greenwich, just a couple of minutes away from Greenwich's superb and blazingly quick transport links back into central London. *That's right, there it is – in the distance – the gondola in the sky! The Cable Car.

Greenwich – The Perfect London Walk takes place
every Monday at 10.30 am

Meet Chris or Ann just outside the exit of
Tower HillTube
(meet by the "Tower Hill Tram" coffee stand)

Tower HillTube is on
the Circle &
 District Lines

 Guided on Monday by Chris or Ann

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Classic London - Red Telephone Box

"a three-dimensional walk-through history of England"
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10.45 am on Mondays (not March 14)
from WestminsterTube, exit 4 

There's no need to book. The London Walks Westminster Abbey Tour takes about two hours and costs £10 for adults. It's £8 for concs. and £3 for kids (tinies go free). There's an admission charge to the Abbey but we get you a good discount and we get preferential entry. There's no standing in line for an hour or more – we get to jump the queue, go in the VIP entrance.

Ah, Westminster Abbey! Royal weddings of course. But also a great religious centre,  the place where kings and queens were crowned and often buried, the seed-bed of democratic government, the driving force of English music – the Abbey is England in microscosm. It's also a building of splendour, intricacy and consummate virtuosity. (Henry III spent one-tenth of the entire wealth of the kingdom on it.) Its particulars are astonishing: the greatest work of mediaeval art in Britain; the finest Renaissance tomb north of the Alps; priceless 13th-century wall paintings; waxworks far superior to Madame Tussaud"s; monumental sculpture and memorial tablets that are a tableau of national biography. Not that you need one – but you want another reason for going on this tour? We save you ££s on the price of admission to the Abbey! 
And as long as we're at it, here's another very good reason – indeed, extremely graphic reason – for going on the London Walks Abbey tour.
Now how about some audio. Two "bites" from two top flight, award-winning Blue Badge guides. First, a Wow! from Brian. It's just 90 seconds but it illustrates perfectly why it's so important to do the Abbey with a guide. The detail he lasers in on here you just would never spot off your own bat. Ditto Mary guiding in the Henry VII chapel. (That bit where she describes the fan vaulting as looking like swirling dancers is just SO Mary.) And for another take, here's a "grab" from the Secret Westminster chapter of our book, London Walks London Stories.

N.B., there's an admission charge* to the Abbey but we get you a big big discount. And a huge plus – we sail right in, whereas "the public" often have to queue for an hour or more.
*Because of the Abbey's strict lilmitation on the size of tour groups we have to charge £3 each for children.
The Secrets of Westminster Abbey tour takes place
every** Monday morning at 10.45 am from just outside exit 4 of WestminsterTube
**Except March 14
WestminsterTube is on
the Jubilee, Circle & District Lines

Guided by Tom, Hilary, Chris or Mary
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11 am on Mondays
from MonumentTube
Meet just outside the Fish Street Hill exit (the main exit)
There's no need to book. A London Walk takes about two hours and costs £10 or £8 for concs. (kids under 15 accompanied by their parent[s] go free)

This walk is the distillation of a brilliant guide's many years' experience probing the hidden places and forgotten nooks of the world's most elusive city. Exploring parts of London that few people know exist – up creeping lanes, round out-of-the-way corners, past secret islands of green – Shaughan's at his inimitable best. As the New York Times put it, the walk is "a highly entertaining...blend of historical commentary and bizarre anecdote laced wild mildly scurrilous gossip about past and present celebrities and defunct royals." In such places and with such a guide, the past becomes our present.

The Hidden London Walk takes place
every Monday morning at 11 am

Meet Shaughan just outside the main exit – the Fish Street Hill exit – of MonumentTube.

MonumentTube is on
the Circle & District Lines

Guided by Shaughan
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11 am on Mondays
from BermondseyTube
N.B. In the Winter (Nov. 1 - April 30) London Walks programme this walk will start at 10.45 am.
There's no need to book. A London Walk takes about two hours and costs £10 or £8 for concs. Kids under 15 accompanied by their parent[s] go free
Watch the video. Now the curtain rises upon a different scene. 1st Miracle: we're only an 8-minute tube ride away from the Houses of Parliament. 2nd Miracle: we're 500 years away; 3rd Miracle: this place still looks like – feels like – what it once was. 4th Miracle: the Mayflower – the Pilgrim Father's pub – is here (let alone a king's palace, a Dickensian mortuary, a villain's gibbet, a prince's tomb and a pirate's pub). 5th Miracle: the 8th Wonder of the World is here (yes, we're talking the underground cathedral – the Grand Entrance Hall to Brunel's tunnel under the Thames). 6th Miracle: we're going down into the 8th Wonder of the world, down into the underground cathedral – even though it's locked and closed to the public.* Coda anyone? River-lulled in ancient Rotherhithe we'll hear the cool lapse of hours pass, until the centuries blend and blur. In Rotherhithe, in Rotherhithe... Guided by Tim. *Explanation: Tim's boss Robert's the Curator of the Brunel Museum and he's got the key! Want more? Here's a pop-up that (partially) answers the What Will I See? question.
N.B. Access to the Grand Entrance Hall is severely restrictedwe stooop through a short tunnel to descend by temporary staircase into a huge chamber, half the size of Shakespeare’s Globe, but hidden underground. Visitors with any concerns should contact the Brunel Museum beforehand. An analogy? Well, that low tunnel is not unlike the entryway to a bomb shelter; indeed, it's about the same height as the tunnel into the Great Pyramid (though this tunnel takes you into a "Great Pyramid" – okay, an enormous silo – that opens downwards).
In the Summer 2015 (May 1 - Oct. 31) London Walks programme the Mayflower to Brunel's Tunnel walk takes place
every Monday morning at 11 am
every Wednesday afternoon at 4.30 pm
and every Sunday morning at 10.45 am
N.B. In the Winter 2015-16 (Nov. 1 - April 30) London Walks programme the Mayflower to Brunel's Tunnel walk takes place
every Monday morning at 10.45 am
every Wednesday afternoon at 6.15 pm
and every* Sunday morning at 10.45 am
*Not April 24
Meet Tim outside the exit of BermondseyTube
BermondseyTube is is on the Jubilee Line
Guided by Tim
peeling forbidden fruit
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10.45 am on Mondays
from MonumentTube
Meet just outside the Fish Street Hill exit

There's no need to book. A London Walk takes about two hours and costs £10 or £8 for concs. (kids under 15 accompanied by their parent[s] go free)

Elsewhere is always surprising. Especially when elsewhere is the dark side of the moon: the Victorian underside of 21st century London. And this is how we get there. We poke around in forgotten corners of "the real London" just over the river. We make some extraordinary "finds". Everything from trace evidence – archaeological fragments – to the whole kit and caboodle. Stuff from the old, furtive, toil-worn, hard-scrabble, soon-to-be-passing, villainous past: a paupers' burying ground, a ragged school, "model dwellings", a prison, Octavia Hill's cottages, etc. We see it. And hear the people. Really hear them. Because they speak through the guides: chimney sweeps, prostitutes, the soon-to-be-executed "Black Maria", pickpockets, street sellers, the Body Snatching Borough Gang, etc. This is history as a seance. And for added the end of the walk you'll be able to get into the Old Operating Theatre at half price! It's well worth's the only Georgian operating theatre in the world!    An audio scene-setter anyone? Click here. Warning: it makes for sobering listening. Now cock an ear this way. And one more... Bottom line: this is a very special walk. Nothing else quite like it in the entire London Walks repertory. Read this if you're in any doubt.

And for reentry – decompression – how about lunch at the best cafe in London?  Or, same general idea, shoving yourself outside "the Platonic ideal of a sandwich"? The former is Elliott's; the latter is served up at De Gustibas. Both establishments are very near London BridgeTube. Ask Karen, Kim, Richard III or Sue to "talk you in".  Oh and just for the record, "the best cafe in London" is my (David's) assessment; "the Platonic ideal..." is The New York Times'.

The Darkest Victorian London walk takes place

every Monday at 10.45 am

Meet just outside the main exit –
the Fish Street Hill exit
of MonumentTube

MonumentTube is on
the Circle & District Lines 

Guided by Karen or Kim or Sue or Richard III

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The Monday Quiz

 Complete Cecil Rhodes's famous utterance: "Remember that you are an Englishman and have consequently...

A.  won last prize in the lottery of life."

B.  won first prize in the lottery of life."

C.  one brain cell."

THE INNS OF COURT – Legal & Illegal London
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2 pm on Mondays
from HolbornTube Kingsway exit (the main exit)

There's no need to book. A London Walk takes about two hours and costs £10 or £8 for concs. (kids under 15 accompanied by their parent[s] go free)

Watch the video  The Inns of Court – habitat of the wigged and gowned English barrister – could pass for a collection of Oxford and Cambridge colleges right in the heart of London. They're a warren of cloisters, courtyards, and passageways set amongst some of the best gardens in London. So: ancient rites and customs, high drama, colourful characters, and matters of life and death amid delightful surroundings. It's a rich confection, making this the prettiest and most historical of our central London walks.  Prettiest indeed. Which is by way of saying, here's a little photo essay. Goes some way toward answering the question, "what do we see on this walk?"

  And as long as we're at it, why not hear from the man himself – Shaughan – who guides the walk. Here's what he has to say about it: "I like this one – quiet gardens, a truly eclectic architectural rattle-bag, and a glorious roll-call of British eccentrics. The Wits, the Windbags and Wayward Wigs – The cream of English Intellect milking the nation as it battles over Wives, Writs, Wills Widows and Wrecks. Find out what happened when Tony met Cherie! Meet Rumpole! And as these are private grounds – a real privilege to be able to show you round, m'lud. And hear the verdict at the end in the High Court...."

And literally hear from him here. In short, here's a soundbite.

And here's another. What's particularly striking about these - apart from the calibre of the guiding, I mean – is the ambient sound. The background. It's tranquility itself. Particularly if you compare it with the soundbites from a lot of the other walks. It's a different soundscape entirely from the London we're hearing on most of the other walks. There's just no traffic at all. Shaughan's the maestro and here we're getting him in the outdoor equivalent of a concert hall. Can't be bad.

The Inns of Court Walk takes place every Monday afternoon at 2 pm

It also takes place every Wednesday morning at 11 am and every Friday afternoon at 2 pm

Meet your guide just outside the main exit of HolbornTube Stop at the time stated.

Guided on Mondays by Shaughan
Guided on Wednesdays by Molly
Guided on Fridays by Angela

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"My Favourite Walk"
"I think the Legal & Illegal walk must be my favourite. It's a cocktail of architecture and anecdote and the working environment of the Pompous Eccentric Society (I'm a Member myself)...Monty Python, eat your heart out!"  Shaughan (one of the brightest stars in the London Walks constellation)

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2.30 pm on Mondays
from Russell SquareTube
There's no need to book. A London Walk takes about two hours and costs £10 or £8 for concs. (kids under 15 accompanied by their parent[s] go free)
Watch the video. The British Museum is the big one. The most important museum on the planet. It's an incomparably rich treasure-chest, brimming with things of world historical importance. The Rosetta Stone, the Egyptian antiquities and mummies, the Assyrian lion-hunt reliefs, the Parthenon Sculptures, the Black Obelisk, the Enlightenment Gallery, 4,500-year-old "Ginger" (the "pre-dynastic" red head!), the Sutton Hoo treasure, the Portland Vase, Roman gold, Celtic gold, ivories and enamels, tiles and pottery, an astonishing display of instruments for measuring is civilisation, manifest. Here the past turns on its pivots to face the 21st century. The snag is that you can't see for looking...both because of the embarrassment of riches and the sheer size of the place (the building covers 13.5 acres - set off in the wrong direction and you have to walk three times too far). Indeed, how you see it is almost as important as what you see. "The best commentary on the revolution of Greek art and the quality of its achievement is...simply to come direct to the Elgin room from the Egyptian and Assyrian ones, as if into an explosion of life, even, as in the frieze, of gaiety." Which is by way of saying, to see these things with a great guide – well, you'll never be quite the same again. In short, the secret is to use your time at the British Museum well. Words, stills, audio... That all? Not quite. Let's end where we began – with the "film of the walk". Enjoy!

                                                         Photo by the one and only Jon Block

Okay, time to take the gloves off with this one. GO ON THIS WALK. Coleridge once said that watching Kean act was like reading Shakespeare by lightning. This walk has that kind of ampage.I'll go further: it's the only London Walk that's got that kind of ampage. These artefacts - and a great guide - it's the Everest - the summit - of this activity, this profession, this pursuit. It all comes together here - History, Art, Western Civilisation (and its counterparts). Who we are - and why we are what we are. It's more than heady - it's thrilling. Here's an example. It's Brian, shedding incandescent light on the Parthenon.(If you thought those were just some old Greek statues - of no moment, really, nothing to do with our modern age - well, these 90 seconds will have you mopping your brow.) And this is just his introduction!
For a chaser, try this. Enjoy. N.B. this walk is a moveable feast - a diadem of delights, an amazing technicolour dream-coast. In short, every stop is cause for wonder. So come on back when you get a chance, there'll be more to sample here from time to time.
And on that note methinks it's time to garnish the words, words, words with a little photo essay. Open sesame by clicking here.

Guided on Mondays by Tom or Chris or Hilary 
Guided on Wednesdays by Molly
Guided on Saturdays by Karen

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A VILLAGE IN PICCADILLY "like a silver thread in heavy clay"
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2.30 pm on Mondays
from Piccadilly CircusTube exit 4, the Eros exit (near the Criterion restaurant)
There's no need to book. A London Walk takes about two hours and costs £10 or £8 for concs. (kids under 15 accompanied by their parent[s] go free)
The great West End walk. Search no further. It's a dream. A dream of a walk. A dream because beautiful places, beautiful things flow past like blossoms on slow water. Yeah, some village. Realm's more like it. The realm of riches, rank and those who rule. The purlieus of those who possess. The efflorescenes of effortless superiority and ancient lineages. In its irresistible goody bag: elegant arcades, secret doorways and peekaboo views; Gentlemen's clubs; Burlington House and the Albany; London's best shopping street; tea and royal chocolates (we sample them, gratis); Nelson's perfumier (more gratis sampling); the world's smallest – and toniest – privately funded police force; mad, bad and dangerous to know Byron; Brummel to Brando; Jermyn to Marilyn; exclusive, eccentric, best-dressed London; magnet for artists, writers, royals, scientists, dreamers and dandies; Darwin to James Bond; the Prince Regent to Prince Harry; the greatest act of literary vandalism ever. It's Old Money London. It's Georgian. It's Regency. It's Victorian. It's Edwardian. It's Parisian. It's parfait. It's part Wonderland, part Arabian Nights. CUE: it's not just what you see – as fine as that is – it's the stories. Stories that print the light and tilt the stones. And not that this one needs a deal closer but nudge nudge – this walk's not just visual and aural. It's a full-on sensory experience. Bears repeating. With Katy and Karen as your entrees you'll taste the Queen's favourite culinary treat and whiff scents specially created for VIPs. Hmmmmm. Some dream. A dream that leaves you feeling completely, even exuberantly, in the pink! But see for yourself – here's a taster, a preview of the walk in the shape of a little video "trailer". Guided by Karen or Katy.

The Village in Piccadilly walk takes place
every Monday afternoon at 2.30 pm

Meet Karen or Katy outside exit 4 (the Eros exit – near the Criterion restaurant) – of Piccadilly CircusTube.
Piccadilly CircusTube is on the Piccadilly and Bakerloo Lines

Guided by Karen or Katy
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2.30 pm on Mondays
from St. Paul'sTube, exit 2

There's no need to book. A London Walk takes about two hours and costs £10 or £8 for concs. (kids under 15 accompanied by their parent[s] go free)

The ancient, hidden village of Clerkenwell clings to a hillside barely a stone's throw away from St. Paul's Cathedral. Its very name - the clerks", or students", spring - is redolent of antiquity; and indeed this tiny hamlet serves up brimming draughts from the deep well of its history. Mystery plays and plague pits; riots and rookeries; bodysnatching and bombing; jousting and jesters; bloodshed and burnings; monks, murder, and medicine: Clerkenwell has a tale or two to tell. Tracing its narrow alleyways and ancient squares, we take in here a Norman church; there a magnificent Tudor gateway; round that corner venerable Charterhouse, London's only surviving mediaeval monastic complex; let alone Hercule Poirot's London flat and the trendiest house in town. But don't just take it from us – dip into these two paragraphs if you're in any doubt. And here's the photo esseay – some views, some exotica, some people in London's Secret Village.

The "London's Secret Village" Walk takes place
every Monday afternoon at 2.30 pm.

Meet just outside exit 2 of St. Paul'sTube.

St. Paul'sTube is on theCentral Line

Guided by Kim, Steve or Andy R.
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Ok, Try to Top This
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7 pm on Mondays
from WestminsterTube, exit 4

There's no need to book. A London Walk takes about two hours and costs £10 or £8 for concs. (kids under 15 accompanied by their parent[s] go free)

Takes in the most famous night-time view in Europe: the view across the river to the Houses of Parliament. All towers and spikes and serried windows and bathed in golden light. And Big Ben like a sentinel, booming out the hour. And garlands of Victorian lamps along the Embankment. And dark patches that suggest the old and mighty consequence of the place. Ends at a pub* frequented by Members of Parliament. And get this, the House frequently sits late on a Monday night, so after the walk it's often possible to go inside Parliament and watch the House of Commons in action.** Or if you prefer, the House of Lords.***  In short, this is the seminal London Walk turbo-charged. Miss it and you've missed London. It's London at its grandest: the place where kings and queens are crowned, where they lived, and often were buried. It's the forge of the national destiny, the beating heart of the Empire, the Mecca of politicians throughout the ages. The past here is cast in stone and we take it all in: ancient Westminster Hall, the Houses of Parliament, the Jewel Tower, and Westminster Abbey. For good measure there's a bomb shelter and a secret mediaeval palace. And to see it with a great guide is to have that past suddenly rise to the surface – like seeing a photographic print come up in a darkroom. And embarrass de richesse we'll also explore the private face of Westminster. Unlike the tourist hordes we'll get to see the hidden and ever so picturesque 18th-century back streets where all the political salons are. Totally off the beaten track, it's the London equivalent of Georgetown. Back in there we'll see, for example, the house where the Anti-appeasement Movement got started; the house where Marilyn Monroe spent the night; the most extraordinary doors in the kingdom; a brilliant example of London braille and, well, you get the idea...  Yes, that's right, welcome to one of those secret neighbourhoods that London excels in. That's the private face of Old Westminster. I'd just add that there's no better time to discover the public face of "Old Westminster" because the swarms of tourists are long gone – we'll have it to ourselves and so be able to see it properly. It doesn't get any better than this. As walks go this one will glow in the cockles of your memory for a long, long time. 

*Yes, it has a Division Bell – we'll be sure to point it out
**And you won't have to queue to get in  
***"The level of debate in the House of Lords is proof that there is life after death"
The Old Westminster by Gaslight walk takes place
every Monday evening at 7 pm

Meet Fedora just outside exit 4 of 

WestminsterTube is on
the Circle,  District & Jubilee Lines

Guided by Fedora

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7.30 pm on Mondays
from EmbankmentTube, river exit

There's no need to book. A London Walk takes about two hours and costs £10 or £8 for concs. (kids under 15 accompanied by their parent[s] go free)

Watch the video. Gas-lit alleyways. Film set-perfect Georgian streets that nobody goes to. A gloomy old palace in the gloaming. A plague-pit with lit (to this day) corpse candles above it. Spectral walls and towers and domes across a fen. Faded grandeur. Old buildings frozen in another time... This is London's parallel universe. And yes, there have been some really eerie goings-on here. The haunted house analogy is spot on. The walk starts off as jolly and fun and eccentric but as the shadows lengthen – as we get into the deepest recesses of the haunted house – it really does get quite creepy. As does the lore."They" can touch you but you can't touch them. And the trace evidence (the "signs" of a haunting). And the just-in-case exorcism paraphernalia the guides always carry with them. And the world's most haunted theatre. And the creepiest statue in London...
And, hugely important this, it's got a superb guide. His name is Peter. Hugely important because a Ghost Walk only works if you've got a guide who can bring it off, who's pitch perfect. Which is why we front our Ghost Walks with actors. Timing, presence, the great voice, audience awareness – the "tolerances" on those counts are ever so fine on a ghost walk. Joe Bloggs who thinks that "talking in a scary voice" is how you do it doesn't cut it. It takes a very very special guide to thread the ghost walk needle. Peter is one of just a handful of guides in London who can turn that trick. And, hey, no need to take this on trust. You can judge for yourself. See for yourself. Hear for yourself. Yup, the aforementioned little video trailer of the walk. It's here. Watch it and you'll see why the lady at the end of the walk nails it the way she does: "The walk was fabulous. Just the right amount of creepy. The right amount of history. And a lot of fun. Peter was great."

Update: we're often asked, "what will we see on this (or that) walk?" By way of a fun partial answer, here's a peek.

The West End Ghost Walk takes place every Monday evening 
at 7.30 pm from EmbankmentTube, river exit
EmbankmentTube is on
theCircle, Bakerloo, District & Northern Lines

Guided on Monday by Peter

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7.30 pm nightly*
from Tower HillTube  (meet by the "Tower Hill Tram" coffee stand)
There's no need to book. A London Walk takes about two hours and costs £10 or £8 for concs. (kids under 15 accompanied by their parent[s] go free)
Please tread carefully and keep away from the shadows -
you are about to enter the abyss...

Watch the video. He came silently out of the midnight shadows of August 31, 1888. Watching. Stalking. Butchering raddled, drink-sodden East End prostitutes. Leaving a trail of blood that led... Nowhere. Yes, something wicked this way walked, for this is the Ripper's slashing grounds. We evoke that autumn of gaslight and fog, of menacing shadows and stealthy footsteps as we inspect the murder sites, sift through the evidence – in all its gory detail – and get to grips, so to speak, with the main suspects. Afterward you can steady your nerves in The Ten Bells, the pub where the victims – perhaps under the steely gaze of the Ripper himself – tried to forget the waking nightmare. More... And if you'd like a bang-up-to-date independent assessment of our Ripper walk – "an eerie experience" – here are some choice words from the Toronto Star Now anyone for some audio? Want to hear the man who is "internationally recognised as the leading authority on Jack the Ripper" in action? I thought so. Click here. And here. And for some stills of the walk and the neighbourhood, click here (Don's the chap wearing the fedora and red scarf and clutching the London Walks leaflets).
And this is pretty neat: Adam's made a handy little video to help out anybody who's arrived late for the walk. It's called The Jack the Ripper Catch Up Film. If you arrive late and the walk's moved off, well, just get your cell phone out, bring up this page and click here and hey presto you'll be able to catch us up.
The Jack the Ripper Haunts Walk takes place
every* single night at 7.30 pm.

Meet the guide by the "Tower Hill Tram" coffee stand just outside the exit of
Tower HillTube.

Tower HillTube is on
the Circle & District Lines  

N.B. on Saturday afternoons there's also a Ripper "matinee".
I.E., we also do the Ripper walk
every* Saturday afternoon at 3 pm.

*Except Dec. 24 & Dec. 25

Guided on Mondays and Tuesdays by Molly
Guided on Wednesdays by Steve
Guided on Thursdays by Adam and Shaughan
Guided on Fridays by Donald or Shaughan
Guided on Saturdays by Steve
Guided on Sundays by Donald

N.B. Let's call a spade a spade. Going on Donald Rumbelow's walk is as close as you're going to get to nailing the Ripper. Donald is the author of the best-selling The Complete Jack the Ripper, the definitive book on the subject. He's been the chief consultant for every major television and film treatment of the Ripper for the last 20 years. In the words of The Jack to Ripper A to Z (the bible of Ripperology studies): "Donald Rumbelow is internationally recognised as the leading authority on the subject". The former Curator of the City of London Police Crime Museum and a two-time Chairman of the Crime Writers" Association, Donald is Britain's most distinguished crime historian. And I hasten add, he's not some dry-as-dust academic. He spent 25 years on the City of London Police Force – which in effect means you'll be taken over some of the most famous crime scenes in the world by a law enforcement professional. A law enforcement professional who into the bargain is the world's leading expert on the five murders in question. Can't be bad! Oh and I almost forgot – Donald's also a top drawer, professionally qualified Blue Badge Guide!

But a word of warning: never part with your money or set off with anyone until you're absolutely certain you're with Donald or – if it's another night – one of his London Walks colleagues. Donald (and co.) will be holding up copies of the distinctive white London Walks leaflet.* And remember, Donald and his colleagues never ever start the Jack the Ripper walk before 7.30 pm. In short, don't let anyone pull a fast one on you. In the words of the Toronto Star: "rip-off tours...capitalize on his[Rumbelow's] popularity and try to confuse people who show up knowing that this is the place for Ripper Tours, but haven't got the details straight."

* Which looks like this:

Dec. 28 Cambridge "Can such places be?" 9 am King's Cross Railway Station"
Mar. 28 Cambridge "Can such places be?" 9 am King's Cross Railway Station"
May 2 Leeds Castle & Rochester For the Chimney Sweeps Festival! 8.45 am St. Pancras Railway Station
May 9 Cambridge "Can such places be?" 9 am King's Cross Railway Station"
May 16 Brighton  "London by the Sea" 9.30 am Victoria Railway Station