Monday's London Walks
THE MONDAY DAY TRIP FROM LONDON
THE MONDAY MORNING LONDON WALKS
THE MONDAY AFTERNOON LONDON WALKS
THE MONDAY EVENING LONDON WALKS
THE "MONDAY SPECIALS" – DATE-SPECIFIC LONDON WALKS
 
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THE MONDAY DAY TRIP FROM LONDON – Away We Go!
This one's a "moveable feast" because the destination varies from week to week. For the particulars of the Day Trip from London for any given Monday see the following table. And as long as we're at it, here's the due diligence and full disclosure material!
 
DATE THE MONDAY DAY TRIP FROM LONDON TIME RAILWAY STATION
Aug. 25 Rochester & Leeds Castle Timing's everything - today's the Mediaeval Festival! 8.30 am Victoria  Railway Station
Sept. 1 Cambridge "can such places be?" 9 am
King's Cross  Railway Station
(meet by the main ticket office - near the Leon cafe) 
 
Sept. 8 Royal Richmond & Hampton Court 9.30 am Waterloo  Railway Station
Sept. 15 Cambridge "can such places be?" 9 am
King's Cross  Railway Station
(meet by the main ticket office - near the Leon cafe) 
 
Sept. 22 Royal Winchester 9.30 am Waterloo Railway Station Meet by the main ticket office– it's directly opposite Platform 16
Sept. 29 Cambridge "Can such places be?" 9 am King's Cross Railway Station Meet by the main ticket office (near the Leon Cafe)
THE CAMBRIDGE DAY TRIP – "Can such places be?"
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  9 am on selected Mondays (see below for dates of operation)
from King's Cross  Railway Station

Meet Simon by the main ticket office (near the Leon Cafe) of King's Cross Railway Station

"the most beautiful city in Europe"

Cambridge. Miraculum orbis, wonder of the world; annex to heaven. Mediaeval courts; emerald, velvet-soft lawns; the unearthly beauty of Kings; Newton's room and garden where he experimented and, yes, that apple tree - think of him "forever voyaging through strange seas of thought"; the calm of the tree-fringed Backs; the willow-shrouded banks of the Cam; the Bridge of Sighs; the American cemetery; Darwin's college and specimens from his famous voyage; the pub where the structure of DNA was announced; punting on the Cam (we'll get a really generous discount if you want to take a turn - or, indeed, just go along for the ride). Let alone leafy streets and twisty alleys; and the whispering wind and yellow lantern; the shadowed passage and haunted bookstore; bicycling students; cheese and fish stalls in the market; people who talk like books...

My great friend Jon Klein – the amazingly gifted musician and independent film-maker – made us a wonderful little video trailer for this outing. You can see it here.

And here's a very fine photo-essay.
And for a bit of audio, click here!

The Cambridge Day Trip takes place on the following Mondays:
 
 
September 1
 
September 15
 
September 29
 
And we also go there on Saturday, October 11
Same time, same station for the Saturday trips.

To go to "the most beautiful city in Europe" meet Simon at 9 am at King's Cross Railway Station. Meet him by the main ticket office, right by the Leon Cafe.

Guided by Simon
 
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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

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

Tower HillTube is on
the Circle &
 District Lines

 Guided on Monday by Chris or Ann

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OLD MAYFAIR
"the champagne & caviar of London Walks"
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10.30 am on Mondays
from Green ParkTube

Meet on the corner, just outside the north exit

Ahhhhh! This Mayfair walk. It's a marriage made in heaven: "the best address in London" and a bon vivant of a guide – a boulevardier and a place where Old Masters and old money, Rolls Royces and glamour, titles and butlers are par for the course. It's hob-nobbing with knobs on it – because Mayfair's been home to Admiral Nelson (and his mistress Lady Emma Hamilton), Clive of India, Disraeli, Handel, Florence Nightingale, Peter Sellers, Jimi Hendrix, Dodi Fayed, and the Earl Mountbatten, to name but a few. And the go figure factor? Try this for size. The parallelogram of purses boasts London's best village within a village: Shepherd Market, a charming little nest of alleys that hasn't lost a jot of its 18th-century scale and village atmosphere, let alone its raffishness. Now, who's for a wee photo essay? Guided by Peter or Richard III.

 

Shepherd Market – and triple yup! It still looks like this.

The Old Mayfair Walk takes place
every Monday at 10.30 am
and every Thursday at 10.30 am

Meet Peter or Richard III on the corner just outside
the north exit of Green ParkTube.


Green ParkTube is on
the
Victoria, Piccadilly & Jubilee Lines

Guided on Mondays by Peter or Richard III
Guided on Thursdays by Peter or Richard III

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Classic London - Red Telephone Box
 

THE SECRETS OF WESTMINSTER ABBEY
"a three-dimensional walk-through history of England
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10.45 am on Mondays
from WestminsterTube, exit 4 



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 walk takes place
every Monday morning at 10.45 am from exit 4 of WestminsterTube.
 
WestminsterTube is on
the Jubilee, Circle & District Lines

Guided by Tom, Hilary, Chris or Mary
 
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HIDDEN LONDON
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11 am on Mondays
from MonumentTube
(meet Shaughan just outside the Fish Street Hill exit )

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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DARKEST VICTORIAN LONDON -
peeling forbidden fruit
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10.45 am on Mondays
from MonumentTube

Meet just outside the Fish Street Hill exit

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 value...at the end of the walk you'll be able to get into the Old Operating Theatre at half price! It's well worth seeing...it'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."



Bloody, Flaming, Poxy London
The London of Christopher Wren
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2 pm on Mondays not August 25
from Tower HillTube
 
This walk's an outdoor museum. The museum of the Lost City. Its 17 stops – 17 pearls in a pan of gravel – are core samples into London's past. Into its history. As per the title of the walk, we concentrate on the classical city.* But Roman, Saxon, Mediaeval, Renaissance, Jacobean, Georgian, Victorian, Manhattanisation – it's all here. Against those foils – ancient and modern – the classical city cracks into poetry. Come upon it unawares you feel you've walked into another dimension. That's where we're going (going inside in a couple of cases), that's what we see. Everything from a rare surviving mediaeval church – there's no better gauge of Wren's achievement – to St. Paul's itself. And from the church that's regarded as the world's most perfect building (if it doesn't stop you in your tracks nothing will – miss the Tower of London, if you have to, but don't miss this little church) to crook-backed little cobble-stone lanes and alleyways that breathe history. Guided by Hilary or Kim.
 
*And so we come to the great period. What a city it was, with every view inflected, the steeples bigger than the houses and St. Paul's much bigger than either – Wren ringing the changes infallibly. Three hundred years on a surprising amount of the classical city survives, but it's hidden – the pearl in the oyster. As the poet said:
 
"Now lighted shops down aisles of mist smoulder in gold and amethyst;
And, paved with fragments of the skies, our sooty town like Venice lies..."
 
The Bloody, Flaming, Poxy London walk takes place
every* Monday at 2 pm
*except August 25

Meet Hilary or Kim just outside
the exit of Tower HillTube
.


Tower HillTube is on
Circle & District Lines

  Guided by Hilary or Kim
 
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THE INNS OF COURT – Legal & Illegal London
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2 pm on Mondays
from HolbornTube

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)


THE BRITISH MUSEUM TOUR
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2.15 pm on Mondays
from HolbornTube
 
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 time...here 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. In short, here's 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.

The British Museum Tour takes place on Mondays at 2.15 pm, Wednesdays at 2 pm and Saturdays at 2 pm.

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

HolbornTube is on
theCentral & Piccadilly Lines

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
 
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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LONDON'S SECRET VILLAGE
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2.30 pm on Mondays
from St. Paul'sTube, exit 2


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.

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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OLD WESTMINSTER BY GASLIGHT
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7 pm on Mondays
from WestminsterTube, exit 4

This is the cornerstone, the seminal London Walk. Miss it and you've missed London. For Old Westminster is 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. 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 backstreets where all the political salons are. Totally off the beaten track, it's the London equivalent of Georgetown. And then some. Because not only do we take in, for example, the house where the anti-appeasement got started...but - for an aperatif - you'll also see a house where Marilyn Monroe spent the night! In short, welcome to one of those secret neighbourhoods that London excels in. And for that matter, there's no better time to discover "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 just doesn't get any better than this. But how could it, considering that we'll also nip over the bridge to take 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...well, you get the idea. 

 

Garnish with some fascinating nooks and crannies, a secret mediaeval palace and a couple of quick pit stops at traditional old pubs frequented by Members of Parliament and you've got a great walk...it'll glow in the cockles of your memory for a long, long time. And how's this for a bonus: when Parliament is in session late night sittings are the norm on Monday nights - in short, on most Monday nights after the walk you'll be able to go inside Parliament and watch the House of Commons (or if you prefer, the House of Lords*) in action. And what's more, 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.

WestminsterTube is on
the Circle,  District & Jubilee Lines

Guided by Fedora

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THE WEST END GHOST WALK
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7.30 pm on Mondays
from EmbankmentTube, river exit

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, we've made a 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
 
EmbankmentTube is on
theCircle, Bakerloo, District & Northern Lines

Guided on Monday by Peter

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JACK THE RIPPER HAUNTS
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7.30 pm nightly*
from Tower HillTube
 
Please tread carefully and keep away from the shadows -
you are about to enter the abyss...
 
 
 
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 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."

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ADDITIONAL TOURS ON SELECTED MONDAYS
DATE WALK TIME STATION
Sept. 29 Cambridge "Can such places be?" 9 am King's Cross Railway Station
Dec. 29 Bath "England at its best" 9 am Paddington Railway Station
Apr. 6 Cambridge "Can such places be?" 9 am King's Cross Railway Station"