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
Don's Jack the Ripper Walk
Have just put up the dates that Donald Rumbelow, "internationally recognised as the leading authority on Jack the Ripper", will be guiding the Ripper walk in late April, May, June & July. More
Summer 2015 Programme
is at your fingertips More
Guide Katy's voice
It's vintage, tawny port made audible – a joy to listen to. More
The Summer 2015 schedule
of Tour du Jour (From the Repertory) walks at 2.30 pm on Sunday afternoons is ready for your perusal. 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
Summer 2015 Canal Walks
We've just "gone to press" with the London Walks' Summer 2015 programme of Towpath Walks. 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
The Winter Leaflet
looks like this More
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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Get A Good Buy Before You Go
1) It's not a "buy" because they're free. I'm talking about one or more of the pieces of London - of London history - that you pick up on one of Fiona's Beachcombing Walks: mediaeval roof tiles, Elizabethan clay pipes, etc. The catch of course is that your visit has to coincide with one of her Beachcombing outings. But she ususally does a couple a month (see the Beachcombing Walks page) - so a lot of you will be in with a chance.And if you are lucky enough to catch one, well, you'll come away with the kind of London "souvenir" that 999,999 out of a million visitors to London won't get, something that in its simplicity and extraordinariness and interest will run rings around whatever it was that your neighbour splurged out for in an afternoon in Harrods! I mean just to give you an example, when there's a dinner party at Chez London Walks, we use mediaeval roof tiles for candle holders. Use them for candle holders because they're SO London, they're hundreds of years old, they've got quite extraordinary "conversational value", etc. etc.
2) An old London print. They're beautiful. They're interesting. They're authentic old London. And they're inexpensive. Well, they're inexpensive if you know where to go. You go to one of the antique print shops in Mayfair you're in to arm-and-a-leg territory. Don't. Instead go along and see Richard (no, he's not one of our guide Richards) at the used book market directly underneath Waterloo Bridge (right next to the National Theatre and the National Film Theatre, on the South Bank). He's got hundreds of wonderful old prints - and they're extremely reasonable (it's part of what goes with the territory, of course, of an outdoor market - Richard's not paying Bond Street or Knightsbridge rents, rates, heating and electricity, etc. etc.) All of the prints that are dotted throughout www.walks.com have come from Richard. Anything else? Yes, he's a very nice guy. Very helpful. As are his two gorgeous assistants - the Russian twins. Well, they 're not guys, but they're very friendly, very helpful. (Oh, yes, almost forgot to mention - Richard's usually got some London Walks leaflets lying about - so if your copy's gone walkabout, well do ask him for "the distinctive white London Walks leaflet".)
3) Our book of course. London Walks London Stories. The thing about the book is that it's not a bog-standard walking tour guidebook. You know the sort of thing I mean: "come out of the tube, turn left, walk 25 yards, turn right at the Starbucks". Yuhk. Who wants to read that sort of thing - it's like reading cement. Let alone that they're out-of-date before they're published.) No London Walks guide would put his or her name on that sort of production - and I would certainly never allow London Walks to be associated with that kind of thing. And that's all by way of saying, London Stories is a great London "read", a proper armchair read, IT IS NOT A SET OF DIRECTIONS. It doesn't transcribe the walks, it complements them. Have a browse and you'll see instantly where I'm coming from. Indeed, you can have a browse here on www.walks.com - pieces of the book - short excerpts - are up here. They've been voiced. And a good place to "have a browse" and indeed get the book - well, the shop at St. Martin-in-the-Fields, the wonderful old church in Trafalgar Square.
But you can also get the book from a few of the author-guides. I, David, always carry a few. Adam's always packing. Etc. etc. It's £9.99 in the shops but you can get it from us for £10, signature included (if you want it)!