Saturday's London Walks
THE SATURDAY DAY TRIP FROM LONDON
THE SATURDAY MORNING LONDON WALKS
THE SATURDAY AFTERNOON LONDON WALKS
THE SATURDAY EVENING LONDON WALKS
THE "SPECIALS" – LONDON WALKS ON SELECTED SATURDAYS

THE SATURDAY DAY TRIP FROM LONDON Away We Go!

The Saturday Day Trip from London is a "moveable feast" because we go to a different destination every Saturday.
For the particulars of the Day Trip from London for any given Saturday see the following table. And as long as we're at it, here's the due diligence and full disclosure material!

DATE THE SATURDAY DAY TRIP FROM LONDON TIME RAILWAY STATION
Sept. 5 Cambridge "Can such places be?"   Watch the video 9 am Liverpool Street Railway Station Yes, this is correct. This Sept. 5 trip to Cambridge will go from Liverpool Street Railway Station
Sept. 12 Brighton 9.30 am Victoria Railway Station
Sept. 19 Stonehenge & Salisbury  in Autumn Equinox Season
8.45 am Waterloo Railway Station
Sept. 26 Faversham & Canterbury 8.45 am St. Pancras Railway Station
Oct. 3 The Cotswolds in Autumn  
Watch the video
9.45 am Paddington Railway Station
Oct. 10 9 am Paddington Railway Station
Oct. 17 Cambridge "Can such places be?"
Watch the video
9 am King's Cross Railway Station
Oct. 24 The Cotswolds in Autumn  
Watch the video
9.45 am Paddington Railway Station
Oct. 31 Oxford & Blenheim Palace for 'orrible 'happenings at 'alloween 9.15 am Paddington Railway Station
Nov. 7 Cambridge "Can such places be?"
Watch the video
TBA King's Cross Railway Station
Nov. 14 Stonehenge & Salisbury  you'll never see anything like it again
TBA Waterloo Railway Station
Nov. 21 Bath  England at its best
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TBA Paddington Railway Station
DOCKLANDS Cobblestones, Quaysides & Cloud-capped Towers
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10.30 am on the first Saturday of every month
from Canary Wharf Tube, main exit* (Click here for a photo)
 
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
 
And so we come to the most extraordinary letter in London's alphabet. First, the bass note: the river. Down here the Thames is broad-shouldered, easy and big. There's a salt tang in the air. And gulls. And cat-o'-nine-tails winds. Haunted winds that whisper of tall ships and swollen sails and spices and silks and rum. And then make good on that promise when they Zephyr us round corners into a pungent past of centuries-old sugar warehouses and ships workshops and the Dockmaster's House. So, yes, like the river, time bends here. And flows. Flows backward. And then, round other corners, ricochets into the fireworks of a futuristic London. Because this is Wall Street on Water - a place where cutting-edge, 21st century power and energy are made visible and tangible.A place where this time-honoured city is re-inventing itself. Spectacularly. In short, if you like walks that have Surprise Me written all over them...well, you just turned up trumps. And a bonus...we'll end at the new, not-to-be-missed River Thames & Docklands Museum.
 
 
  The Docklands Walk takes place only
on the first Saturday of every month.

Meet Chris or Judy or Stephanie at 10.30 am
just outside the main Jubilee Line exit –
NOT the East exit – of Canary WharfTube.
Here's a photo of the main exit. 
 
If Canary Wharf Tube is closed take the DLR (Docklands Light Railway) to Heron Quays (a DLR station). It's a very short walk from Heron Quays to the Canary Wharf Juibilee Line exit. Heron Quays is in fact closer to the Canary Wharf Jubilee Line station than the Canary Wharf DLR station is. And it's all clearly signposted.

N.B., a 2-Zone Travel Card (or Oyster Card) is a good idea, because we take a couple of short journeys on the DLR. And in any case you'll be able to use it for your initial journey to Canary Wharf Tube for the start of the walk; and use it for your return journey at walk's end; and indeed use it for the rest of the day. Bottom line: you'll save yourself some dosh if you're a card-carrying London Walker
 
Canary WharfTube is on the Jubilee Line

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NOTTING HILL & PORTOBELLO MARKET
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Saturdays at 10.45 am
from Holland Park Tube
 
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 is reconnaissance on the razzle – the search-party that syncopates. Because Notting Hill on a Saturday morning – market morning! – is curious and colourful, offbeat and yeasty. Here you walk with a ticket of freedom – a pass to scintillating escarpments. Just consider what's squeezed out onto the palette this hillside: swells and scruffs; market stalls and scandal; Jimi Hendrix and Carnival; Cut Throat Alley and Victorian Gothic; Madonna and Hugh Grant (let alone Julia Roberts and that bookshop); cottages, potteries and piggeries; colour washed mews and cab shelters and a race course and the gout route to Bath and butchers in straw hats and an invisible boundary between the present and the past....Magic! Speaking of which – magic I mean – how's this for a wonderful penumbra, a burst of flavour of London connections.  And as for Après-walk...

The Notting Hill & Portobello Market Walk
takes place
every Saturday at 10.45 am

Meet Tom or Brian or Richard III just outside the exit of Holland ParkTube Stop.

Holland ParkTube Stop is on
theCentral Line   

Guided by Tom or Richard III or Brian


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FROM THE REPERTORY The 10.45 am Saturday Tour du Jour!
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 walk in this 10.45 am on Saturdays time slot changes weekly. For the 10.45 am Tour de Jour on any given Saturday (date) see the following table
 
DATE WALK TUBE STOP
Sept. 5 The Great Fire Anniversary Walk MonumentTube, Fish Street Hill exit
Sept. 12 Backstairs Belgravia  Power & Glory, Money & Magnificence, Lust & Loopiness Sloane SquareTube
Sept. 19 Wicked Hackney Wick London at its most raw & artistic... Hackney Wick Railway Station
Sept. 19 Inside London's Fashion Scene Savile Row to Stella McCartney Oxford CircusTube exit 6
Sept. 26 The Artists' Colony Arts & Crafts in Chelsea Sloane SquareTube
Oct. 3 Princes & Paupers Down Kennington Way Long Live Local London! KenningtonTube
Oct. 10 Leighton House Artist's Palace, Studio, East Meets West Treasure Cave  (£5 entrance fee) High Street KensingtonTube
Oct. 17 A Village in Piccadilly "like a silver thread in heavy clay" Piccadilly CircusTube exit 4: Eros exit, near Criterion restaurant
Oct. 24 Eccentric London London is Stranger than Fiction EmbankmentTube river exit
Oct. 31 Frozen Music The City of London Architecture Walk Tower HillTube Meet by the Tower Hill Tram coffee stall
 
BRUNEL'S LONDON Boat Trip, River Walk, Tunnel Descent...
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10.45 am on Saturdays
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

This isn't just Brunel. It's a voyage – and a walk – into the birthplace of modern London. So, yes, under three Brunel bridges and over two Brunels' tunnels to the best kept secret in London. And into the bargain, a sightseer's London checklist, from the Houses of Parliament to the Tower of London. Icons. And that secret. Several secrets, actually. A secret gateway for the Czar of Russia. Six dead men on a haunted ship. Broken bones by the silent Harpy. Broken slipways on the Isle of Dogs. Shattered columns, shattered dancers, magic at the Tunnel Club. Mind-melting magic. Outcroppings of the past that haven't been swallowed by the passage of time. That tell of the monster ship. And of the world's most important tunnel. That more than tell. That take us down into the darkness where men died and Brunel met with destiny. N.B. Oyster or 2-Zone Travel Card recommended for our short train journey. There's an extra charge for the boat ride but we get you a rate. And there's no queuing – our tickets are reserved.

The Brunel's London walk takes place
every Saturday morning at 10.45 am

Meet Robert just outside the river exit of
EmbankmentTube.

EmbankmentTube is on
the Circle, District, Bakerloo & Northern Lines

Guided by Robert

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THE OLYMPIC PARK
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10.45 am on Saturdays
from West HamTube
 
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.
 
 
 
Put out the flags. Send up the Rockets. Emblazon it across the skies: This walk now goes into the Olympic Village! No more outside looking in. We're inside – guiding Olympic London up close and personal! It was a consummation devoutly to be wished – and boy was it worth the wait!  N.B. speaking of "wait", a word to the wise: there  are no loos where this walk starts, but tons where it ends.
 
Ahhhhh! It's come at last. And we're there. The Olympic Park is open. And we're going in. Taking our groups in. Exploring it. Seeing it up close. Guiding it. It's the next best thing to a helicopter arrival with 007 and Her Majesty in the jump seat. Because the wonder of it is still there. There in the spiky white steel stadium. There in the glide and soar of the shiny aluminium Aquatic Centre. In "the Copper Box". In the AccelorMittal Orbit. In the whys and wherefores and back stories. In the neighbourhood's pastscape and futurescape. In that astonishing panorama – like being out on a tether looking back at the London Milky Way. There where the Olympic Torch entered the home stretch – where we walk!* Guided by Julianne or Joanne or Andy. N.B. an Oyster or Travel Card for Zone 3 is a good idea as we take a short DLR journey to the Olympic Village. It swooshes us into the Hi-tech station built specially for the Games, the station the athletes, officials and VIPs arrived at, the station built to take the ultra high speed and appropriately named Javelin trains. Sports metaphor time: this approach – these vantage points – it's like making your way down to a ringside seat. Pretty good, that. But even better is stepping into the ring – and that's what we do now. I.E. we take you into and guide you through the Olympic Park.
 
*Why West HamTube? Local knowledge, that's why. London Walks knowledge. It kicked in from the get-go: "no question about it, West Hamis definitely the best place to start the Olympics London walk." Not least because it saves us having to make a long dreary walk along a busy, nothing-to-see-but-plenty-of-fumes-to-breathe road. Yes, local knowledge. You can't beat it. As that American tourist said on the walk (you can hear him – and Julianne – here): "if you weren't on a London Walk you wouldn't know..."

The Olympic Park walk takes place:
every Saturday at 10.45 am
  
Meet Julianne or Joanne or Andy just outside West HamTube.
 
West HamTube is on the District, Jubilee and Hammersmith & City Lines
 
 Guided by Julianne or Joanne or Andy
 
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OLD WESTMINSTER - 1,000 Years of History
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11 am on Saturdays
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

This is the cornerstone, the great 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 place where the heart of the Empire beat, 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. It doesn't get any better than this.

And embarras de richesse, we'll also explore the private face of Westminster - the London equivalent of Georgetown! Unlike the tourist hordes, we'll get to see the hidden and ever so picturesque Georgian back streets where all the political salons are! We end at the Cabinet War Rooms, the fortified bunker that housed Winston Churchill's centre of operations during the war. You'll get a brilliant discount on the price of admission if you want to visit the War Rooms.

And fancy a listen? Here's Karen doing her high wire act across the mid-17th century. And some more? Click here. It's the opening of the Secret Westminster chapter in our book, London Walks London Stories. A chapter that was inspired by – and draws on – this walk. N.B., the little film is a primer about London Walks in general. But it's a primer that focuses on this walk – and featues Karen – winner of the London Tourist Board's Guide of the Year Award!

The Old Westminster Walk takes place:

every Saturday morning at 11 am
every Sunday afternoon at 2.30 pm
every Tuesday afternoon at 2 pm
every Thursday afternoon at 2 pm

The meeting point is just outside exit 4 of WestminsterTube

Guided on Saturdays by Karen 
Guided on Sundays by Simon
Guided on Tuesdays by Judy 
Guided on Thursdays by Shaughan or David
 
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THE LONDON OF OSCAR WILDE
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11 am on Saturdays
from Green ParkTube north exit, on the corner

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 1890s. Gaslit streets. The rattle of hansom cabs. The silvery laughter of stagedoor Johnnies and chorus girls. The London of Whistler, Beardsley, Shaw, Lillie Langtry, and Gilbert & Sullivan. Above all, though, the London of Oscar Wilde. Oscar - of all writers, the best company. Oscar - at the height of his fame as dramatist and wit, amusing and outraging Victorian society by turns. Oscar - refulgent, majestic, ready to fall. And fall he did. His life came crashing down...mired in scandal and broken in three of the most celebrated trials of all time. We follow in Oscar's footsteps...tracing his triumph and tragedy in the very places where the drama unfolded, bringing to an end the Naughty Nineties. One of those "very places" Alan's talking about right here, in this bit of audio.


And while we're at it, why not hear from a walker? (Indeed, I learned a few things about the walk myself from reading her "review")

The London of Oscar Wilde Walk takes place
every Saturday morning at 11 am
 
Meet Alan just outside Green ParkTube
(outside the north exit, on the corner).

Green ParkTube is on
theVictoria, Jubilee & Piccadilly Lines
Guided by Alan (who will be attired as Mr.Wilde himself, green carnation and all!) 
 
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OLD CAMDEN TOWN
Catacombs, Canals & Cafes
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11 am on Saturdays
from Camden TownTube

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

Camden Town is the London smorgesbord par excellence. A place where the past melts imperceptibly into the post-modern. A place of canals, cafes, cobblestones, Catacombs, craftsmen's studios, street cred, NW1 literati, Industrial Age iron and brick, leafy terraces and crescents, antiques, artists, actors, and art deco.

And that's not to mention Camden Lock, London's busiest and brightest market – and its fourth largest tourist attraction – which "at its best combines the bonhomie, excitement and buzz of Rio's Carnival"! The Lock is the centrepiece of the walk, but Judith, a local artist, also explores the sights behind the sights, unrolling the shifting scene like one of those Victorian panoramas: everything from street style and Neobeatniks to Dickens, Dingwalls, and the Vanishing Viscount by the canal; and from George Bernard Shaw and Toss the Pieman to Dylan Thomas, Bob Dylan and the Electric Ballroom. Afterward, if you like, you can take a traditional narrowboat to the Zoo or Little Venice. And now, who's for some more images? Click here for a ragout of a Camden Town photo essay. And click here for a little illustrated essay on Amy Winehouse's Camden, some of which Judith touches on in her walk.

The Old Camden Town Walk takes place
every Saturday morning at 11 am

Meet Judith just outside the exit of
Camden TownTube.

Camden TownTube is on
theNorthern Line 

Guided by Judith


"I thought of London spread out in the sun
Its post districts packed like squares of wheat."

Philip Larkin, The Whitsun Weddings, 1964

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THE BEATLES IN MY LIFE WALK
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11.20 am on Saturdays
from MaryleboneTube

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

"There are places I'll remember all my life", sang the Beatles in one of their most evocative songs. Many of those places are in the "London Town" of this walk...so get back with Richard, "the Pied Piper of Beatlemania" (The Miami Herald), to the film locations for A Hard Day's Night and Help, the registry office where two of the Fabs were married, and the apartment immortalised by Ringo, John and Yoko. We'll also see the house where Paul lived with his glamorous girlfriend, actress Jane Asher. Those were the days...for it was in that house that John and Paul wrote I want to hold your hand. And to cap it all we'll go up to St. John's Wood to see the legendary Abbey Road studios and crosswalk. As the Toronto Globe and Mail said of the walk, "A splendid time is guaranteed for all." Here's a "grab" from the walk. And here's another 'un.

The Beatles In My Life Walk takes place
every Saturday at 11.20 am
and every Tuesday at 11.20 am

Meet Richard P."the Pied Piper of Beatlemania"
just outside the exit of MaryleboneTube.

MaryleboneTube is on
theBakerloo Line  

Guided by Richard P.

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THE STREET ART WALK Bombing with Banksy & Co.
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1.45 pm every Saturday
from Liverpool StreetTube Bishopsgate 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 "People say graffiti is ugly, irresponsible and childish... but that's only if it's done properly" – Banksy. There's no other London Walk like this one. It's intense on the senses. It's a corkscrew of a route that pops cork after cork of east London's vibrant, heady, dynamic street art scene. It gets up close and personal with Banksy and Ben Eine and Shepherd Fairey and Invader and Co. It decodes them. Like a great jazz musician it improvs (because this outdoor gallery – aka Shoreditch and Spitalfields – gets "rehung"* every few months). It's guided by a street art collector. A savvy local, Pepe's got great connections – knows the scene as well as the artists themselves. It ends at a street artist's studio and gallery. *Six months is the average life span of street art in east London. So the walk – true to the scene – changes all the time. Makes for a unique buzz. As this little photo essay sassily attests. Ditto the little film Jon's made of the walk. It's here. Enjoy! Okay, Banksy, here we come. 
 
 
The Street Art Walk takes place
every Saturday at 1.45 pm
 
Meet Pepe just outside the Bishopsgate exit of
Liverpool StreetTube.
 
Liverpool StreetTube is on the
Circle,  Central & Metropolitan Lines
 
Guided by Pepe
 
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The Roof Garden - The English Woodland
"the largest and most astonishing roof garden in Europe"

OLD KENSINGTON – London's Royal Village
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2 pm on Saturdays
from High Street KensingtonTube by the 3 Store, just inside the arcade

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 one's special. It's rarely the first – or even the second or third – walk people go on, but when they do get round to taking it, they often say it's the one they liked the most. And no wonder, because Royal Kensington is London at its best – picturesque, stimulating, and full of character. Its parts are as delightful as London can provide: everything from warmly handsome old Kensington Palace, home to the Cambridges (and the late Diana, Princess of Wales) to Kensington Gardens (all meadows, shaded walks, bowers, and flower gardens, it might be the grounds of a stately home in some rural shire) to cobbled little soigne lanes and mews, girt with pretty cottages and charming old shops; and from millionaires' row and regal avenues to beautifully kept squares and a clutch of the world's greatest museums; let alone a garden in the sky (the largest and most breathtaking* roof garden in Europe); the secluded town house of the greatest Londoner of the 20th-century, an American president's flat, the most astonishing small literary house in the world, acres of gentility, a secret trap-door into a hidden world, and more history and colourful characters than you can shake a stick at.  *You want breathtaking – here's a nonpareil pen portrait of the Roof Garden. Goes without saying that we visit the Roof Garden whenever it's possible to do so. That said, they do have private functions up there from time to time and we of course don't have access to it on those occasions.


And afterward you can visit the State Apartments or take tea at the Orangery at Kensington Palace! Now who's for a visual or six? Or if you'd like another word or two, click here. Or here.

And finally, how about some audio?   First, a "bite" from the walk itself: here's "the voice"Angela – doing her stuff. Enjoy. And for a second course, well, as you've surely guessed, there's  a chapter on Kensington in our book, London Walks London Stories. It's one of the five chapters that have fallen to me, David, to write. And I've done the deed. Needless to say, it draws on – and is inspired by – the walk. And transforms it. It complements it, in other words. It's a companion piece to the walk. Anyway, here's a taster – both of the book and Kensington. In short, here's how the chapter opens.

The Old Kensington Walk takes place
every Saturday at 2 pm
and every Thursday at 2 pm

Meet David or Angela or Adam at High Street KensingtonTube. The rendezvous point is by the 3 Store (the telephone shop) – at the pavement (sidewalk) end of the arcade leading out of the Tube Stop.

High Street KensingtonTube is on
the Circle & District Lines


Guided on Saturdays by David or Angela
Guided on Thursdays by David or Adam
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Many a beau without a shilling,
Many a widow not unwilling;
Many a bargain, if you strike it:
This is London! How d'ye like it?
        
John Bancks,  "A Description Of London"


OLD MARYLEBONE Psst! Read on...
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2 pm on Saturdays
from Bond StreetTube
Meet by the Forever 21 shop in Satratford Place opposite the station

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.

"London specialises in hiding the best of itself." Old Marylebone's a case in point. Here you'll lose your way and find your heart...get gratifyingly lost and get London back the way it was. The way it was at the time of the American Revolution! The way it was just after the Napoleonic Wars – for this is Regency London at its best! The way it was for Robert Browning and Elizabeth Barrett – we'll see the old church where they were married! What else? Well, this one's fascinating because it's so unexpected – a quirky old village in the heart of the West End; delightful because it's our greenest walk; revealing because it takes us into one of the private worlds London excels in; stimulating because it's like a series of flashbacks to every bit of old London you've ever seen; brilliant because of the private mansion we'll go into for a quick look at a couple of world famous paintings; satisfying because everything locks into place like the lines of a sonnet; and, finally, brilliant because of the sheer voltage of the finale: here is the loveliest set-piece in London, the final expression of a classical age, "a definition of western civilization in a single view". Okay, and here's a partial answer to the "What will I see on the Marylebone Walk?" question. Yes, that's right, we've made a start on a little photo-essay. It's here.

And if you want a completely independent take on this walk – a really detailed one – well, settle down with a cuppa and read this review. It appeared in the Culture Section of the Marylebone Journal. It'll give you a really good idea of what the walk's like, what the guiding's like, what you see, where you go, what you get, etc. 

The Old Marylebone Walk takes place
every Saturday afternoon at 2 pm

Meet Peter or Brian or Margaret or Sue
outside Bond StreetTube (meet on the north side of Oxford Street, in Stratford Place, by the Forever 21 shop).

Bond StreetTube is on
theCentral & Jubilee Lines

N.B. This is one of our "weather proof" walks. How so? Well, if the weather's completely foul, we spend a lot more time in the gallery!

Guided by Peter, Brian, or Margaret, or Sue 


"I think it [London] on the whole the best point of view in the world."
Henry James, Letter to Charles Eliot Norton, 13 November 1880

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THE OLD CITY
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2 pm on Saturdays
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
 
Nitty gritty first, mood music second. Iconic City buildings – the Gherkin, the Cheesegrater, Lloyds. London a world centre for business, finance, insurance, shipping – now, and across the centuries. Where to insure your voice, your hands, your next Space Mission. The secrets of the nation’s gold – and perhaps yours too. Churches where Londoners have worshipped for centuries. A1 walk. (Yes, we'll explain what that means. Lots of takeaway nuggets on this walk, one of which is getting you au fait with City of London lingo.) Ok, mood music time: London. 2,000 years old. Higgledy piggledy. History haunted. Secretive in the extreme. A labyrinth where the past lurks in the present. Aggressively modern when you look up. A tear in space-time when you peer round this corner or go down that alley. A city that preserves features – like so many geological strata – of its earlier selves. A city that’s not easy to figure out – you don’t reap London in one traverse. Why bother? you ask. Here’s why: 1) London’s of world historical importance and 2) depths, intricacies and secrets are always interesting. Bottom line: this is a great walk. It’s the London labyrinth and London highlights and the shaping past. You’ll see both the hoary old City and today’s London. Best of all, you’ll see into them.

The Old City walk
takes place every Saturday afternoon at 2 pm.

The meeting point is by the "Tower Hill Tram" coffee stand just outside the exit of Tower HillTube.

Tower HillTube is on the Circle & District Lines.
 
Guided by Chris or Judy or Ann 
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HARRY POTTER ON LOCATION IN LONDONTOWN
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2 pm on Saturdays
from WestminsterTube exit 4
 
There's no need to book. A London Walk takes about two hours and costs £10 or £8 for concs.
 
Ah, film locations! Where the empheral image on the screen turns into reality! Underfoot and right before our very eyes. And what's right before our very eyes on this one is the Westminster locations that rivetted you in Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, The Prisoner of Azkaban, Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince and even the brand new 'un: Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows. It's a walk – a quest even – for fans of all ages. And there's a bonus. Well, lots of bonuses. Because the weave also includes lots of great sights – and sites – and the sights behind the sites – for those who are just along for the ride, along to keep a fan company. And of course it's guided by, who else? London Walks' resident Harry Potter expert (let alone mega fan), Kontiki Richard. And yet another bonus – an actor, he knows about set-ups and shoots, etc. so there are very tasty bits of "location inside info"! But let's hear it from the man himself. Here's Richard talking about the walk. And if you want to see Richard in action – see a little bit of a Harry Potter Film Locations walk – click here. Said click will shimmer you away to the tasty little film trailer we've made of one of our HP walks.
 
N.B. There's a 3 galleon* charge for kids as this one's for all ages! Super Kids – i.e., adults – get their usual "best bargain in London" deal: £10 (£78for concs.).
 
The Harry Potter on Location in Londontown walk takes place
every Saturday afternoon at 2 pm
 
Meet Richard just outside exit 4 of WestminsterTube.
 
WestminsterTube is on the
Jubilee, Circle & District Lines
 
Guided by Richard
 
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LITTLE VENICE
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2 pm on Saturdays
from Warwick AvenueTube

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

If you fancy something completely different, this is the walk for you. Little Venice is the prettiest and most romantic spot in town. A unique combination of white stucco, greenery, and water, it boasts the finest early Victorian domestic architecture in London; a Who's Who of famous residents (Robert Browning, Edward Fox, Joan Collins, Annie Lennox, and Sigmund Freud to name but a few); and a jewel of a "village" street. And that's not to mention its canals. One of them – Regent's Canal – is known as the "loveliest inland waterway in England". Part of the walk is along the canal towpath - which to this day is studded with fragments of evidence that bring the Age of Canals to life. And afterwards you can have tea – or a bite to eat – at a stylish canal-side cafe. And why not lend an ear? Which is by way of saying, here's a bit of audio from this walk. It's Shaughan in all his full-throated – let alone multi-charactered – glory!  And you'd like some more?  How about this? This one encapsulates a lot about Shaughan and his walks – just how much fun they are, how talented he is, why people like him so much and the kind of experience he turns a London Walk into. Enjoy. Anything else? Howzabout a photo essay?

Cue Shaughan, who guides the walk: "Walking this one is always a revelation – behind the elegant facade is the other story; the maids, butlers, cooks & grooms – the downstairs-backstairs people who made it work. I talk about the rise, decline and resurgence of wealth in the area – these days there are quite enough "Celebs" to turn Maida Vale into "Media Vale". I drop more mames on this one than you can fit in your basket.  And running through this stucco wedding cake – the artery that supplied goods from the Heart of England to its Brain – The Grand Union Canal. Look at London from both sides for an afternoon, and finish with chocolate cake and a boat ride."

The Little Venice Walk takes place
every Saturday at 2 pm;
every Sunday at 2 pm;
and every* Wednesday at 11 am

*The Wednesday Little Venice walk doesn't run in Jan. or Feb.

Meet Shaughan just outside the exit
of Warwick AvenueTube.

Warwick AvenueTube is on
theBakerloo Line

Guided on Saturdays and Sundays by Shaughan
Guided on Wednesdays by Peter or Richard III

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THE BRITISH MUSEUM TOUR
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2 pm on Saturdays
from HolbornTube main exit (the Kingsway 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 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 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.

Photo by Jon Block

One of the unsung joys of the British Museum tour is the short walk to the Museum. It takes you through London's most intricately pretty, doll's-house-tiny street. And the British Museum itself – as a building, its exteriors – is stunning. And that gets briefly guided as well. It's a wonderful bit of added value. A bonus.

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
every Saturday afternoon at 2 pm
every Monday afternoon at 2.15 pm
every Wednesday afternoon at 2 pm

The meeting point is just outside the main exit – the Kingsway exit – of HolbornTube

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

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"The spy is as old as history..."
"Espionage is the world's second oldest profession
and just as honorable as the first."
Michael J. Barrett, assistant general counsel of the CIA,
Journal of Defence and Diplomacy, February 1984

SPIES' & SPYCATCHERS' LONDON
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2.30 pm on Saturdays
from Piccadilly CircusTube Meet by the Clydesdale Bank, outside the subway 3 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.
 
"Espionage was the hot end of the cold war"

Spies' London is peopled with Ian Fleming's James Bond and John Le Carre's George Smiley. But it's also the London of the genuine article. The London where for over 40 years Burgess, Maclean, Philby, Blunt and the mysterious fifth man infiltrated the British and American security services and spied for the Soviet Union. This walk takes us into that hole and corner, cloak and dagger London - into the secret places of that murky nether-world. Here we venture into the covert London of MI5, MI6, and the American O.S.S., progenitor of the CIA. Here we close in on the American Soviet agent who finally confessed and unveiled the "Cambridge Ring". Here we pinpoint the "dead letter box" and unmask the fifth man. Here, in Spies' London, fact really is stranger than fiction.

And on that note, here's some audio for you. D-Day first. Then a bearing on a nerve centre. Then some Cold War.

The Spies' & Spycatchers' London Walk
takes place every Saturday afternoon at 2.30 pm

Look for Spymaster Alan...

He'll be topped to the north with a black hat...and a green carnation.
He'll be just outside the subway 3 exit of Piccadilly CircusTube
by the Clydesdale Bank.

Piccadilly CircusTube is on
theBakerloo & Piccadilly Lines

Guided by Alan

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FROM THE REPERTORY The 2.30 pm Saturday Tour du Jour!

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 walk in this 2.30 pm on Saturdays time slot changes weekly. For the 2.30 pm Tour de Jour on any given Saturday (date) see the following table

DATE WALK STATION  
Aug. 29 The High Middle Ages The London History Course Mansion HouseTube exit 1  
Sept. 5 Tudor London The London History Course Chancery LaneTube exit 3  
Sept. 5 William Morris & Friends Arts & Crafts in Hammersmith Stamford BrookTube  
Sept. 12 The 'Century of Change: 1603-1714' The London History Course WestminsterTube exit 4  
Sept. 19 Georgian London The London History Course Chancery LaneTube exit 3  
Sept. 26 Regency London The London History Course Great Portland StreetTube  
Oct. 3 Victorian London The London History Course HolbornTube  
Oct. 10 20th Century London The London History Course BarbicanTube  
Oct. 17 Eight and a Half Bridges Guided by "The Bridge Man" London BridgeTube Duke Street exit 3  
Oct. 24 London's Literary Golden Mile ends with a tour of the British Library Warren StreetTube  
Oct. 31 The Greatest Multicultural City Invaders & Immigrants, Exiles & Escapees WhitechapelTube  
Nov. 7 TBA    
Nov. 14 TBA    
Nov. 21 TBA    
Nov. 28 Biscuits & BanquetsThe City's Foodie History TBA  
Dec. 5 TBA    
Dec. 12 TBA    
Dec. 19 TBA    
Dec. 26 TBA    
Jan. 2 TBA    
Jan. 9 TBA    
Jan. 16 TBA    
Jan. 23 William Morris & Friends Arts & Crafts in Hammersmith Stamford BrookTube  
Jan. 30 TBA    
Feb. 6 TBA    
Feb. 13 TBA    
Feb. 20 TBA    
Feb. 27 TBA    
Mar. 5 TBA    
Apr. 23 William Morris & Friends Arts & Crafts in Hammersmith Stamford BrookTube  
JACK THE RIPPER'S LONDON
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3 pm on Saturdays except Dec. 24/25
from Tower Hill
Tube  (meet by the "Tower Hill Tram" coffee stand)
 
There's no need to book. A London Walk takes about two hours and costs £9 or £7 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. Anything else? Just this. Fiona's just won the big one, the Oscar of the Institute of Tourist Guiding – The Guide of the Year Award. "It all comes down to the guiding."

The Jack the Ripper's London Walk takes place
every* Saturday afternoon at 3 pm

*except Dec. 24 & Dec. 25

Meet Fiona or Peter by the "Tower Hill Tram" coffee stand just outside the exit
of Tower HillTube

N.B., this is our Ripper "matinee". It takes place every Saturday afternoon (except Dec. 24 or Dec. 25). Every single night except Dec. 24 and Dec. 25 – we do the Jack the Ripper Haunts Walk at 7:30 pm from just outside the exit of Tower HillTube.

Tower HillTube is on
theCircle & District Lines

Guided by Fiona or Peter

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THE OLD HAMPSTEAD VILLAGE PUB WALK
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7 pm on Saturdays
from HampsteadTube

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.

Shhh! It's a secret. Hampstead is the best place to be in London on a Saturday night. It's the roof of London. We'll look down and see the lights of the greatest city on earth spread out before us. On a clear night we'll even nip into the Old Observatory for a look through the telescope at the starry heavens above. What else? Well, it's London at its most picturesque – a perfectly preserved Georgian village. There's a superb cast of characters – ranging from the highwayman Dick Turpin to the painter Constable to the poet Keats; from Freud and D.H. Lawrence to Liam Gallagher and Boy George; from Elizabeth Taylor and Rex Harrison to Peter O'Toole and Jeremy Irons. There's London's most villagey atmosphere, great restaurants, magnificent Hampstead Heath, and well-hidden, cozy old pubs you'll fall in love with. In short, this is a great walk...they just don't come any better.

The Old Hampstead Village Pub Walk takes place
every Saturday
night at 7 pm

Meet Richard III or Peter G just outside the exit of HampsteadTube.

HampsteadTube is on the
Northern Line,  the Edgware branch

N.B., The Old Hampstead Village Walk – which is not a pub walk – takes place every Sunday morning at 10 am (guided by David) and every Wednesday afternoon at 2 pm (guided by Richard III or Peter G). Same meeting point: just outside the exit of HampsteadTube. 

Guided by Richard III or Peter G 

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The Flask


THE OTHER SATURDAY NIGHT PUB WALK 7.15 pm Saturday Evening
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 walk in this 7.15 pm Saturday evening time slot changes weekly. For particulars of the 7.15 pm 'Other' Saturday Night Pub Walk – the Tour du Jour Pub Walk on any given Saturday (date) – see the following table.
 
DATE WALK STATION
Aug. 29 Bohemian Fitzrovia A Pub Walk in London's Old Latin Quarter  Goodge StreetTube 
Sept. 5 Tardis on Thames Pub Walk Dr. Who by the River WestminsterTube exit 4
Sept. 12 Backstairs Belgravia Byways, Hidden Haunts & Classic Pubs Hyde Park CornerTube, exit 3
Sept. 19 The London of 007 Ian Fleming, James Bond & the "shaken not stirred" Pub Walk  Marble ArchTube exit 2 
Sept. 26 The London by Gaslight Pub Walk  EmbankmentTube Villiers Street exit
Oct. 3 In the Shadows of the Past Piccadilly CircusTube  exit 2 
Oct. 10 The Belsize Park Pub Walk Pub Crawling the White Cliffs of NW3 Belsize ParkTube
Oct. 17 The London of 007 Ian Fleming, James Bond & the "shaken not stirred" Pub Walk  Marble ArchTube exit 2  
Oct. 24 Bohemian Fitzrovia A Pub Walk in London's Old Latin Quarter Goodge StreetTube
Oct. 31 The Old Mayfair Pub Walk Timing is everything – we'll see "the most haunted house in London"
Green ParkTube north exit, on the corner
GHOSTS OF THE OLD CITY
Shadows of the Unveiled Invisible
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7.30 pm on Saturdays
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

"how easy it is to awaken the unwanted attention of things that should sleep quietly in their tombs or hiding places"

Watch the Video  At night the ancient City is deserted – and eerie. Exploring its shadowy back streets and dimly lit alleys we might be in a medieval citadel, in overpowering stone. The very street names – Aldersgate, Cloth Fair, Charterhouse, Threadneedle – take us far back. We're alone...or are we? For this is the hour when the She Wolf of France glides through the churchyard, the hour when the dark figure on Newgate wall rattles his chains, the hour when the Black Nun keeps her lonely vigil, and something inexpressibly evil lurks behind a tiny window. We're on their trail – or are they shadowing us?

We've made a short film of this walk. Watch the Duke of Darkness in action and you'll see what we're on about when we cite that old English saying: "London Walks guides do it best". It's here.

And here's a "grab" – a bit of audio from the walk. It's Shaughan. His timing – let alone his range (he does three different voices in this brief extract) and his responsiveness to his audience – is a thing of wonder.

  In Shaughan's words: "The first walk I ever did, and the oldest.  2,000 years of life and death in one place. The City. Soaked in Souls – the Spirit of London. Tales of faith and Devilry – Murder and possession. Not just Folk tales, documented visitations from the Undiscovered Country.

Everything is older than it looks. I too, am possessed from time to time – the Spirits come to me to tell their own tale......."

The Ghosts of the Old City Walk takes place
every Saturday at 7.30 pm
and every Tuesday at 7.30 pm

The meeting point is just outside exit 2 of St. Paul'sTube

Guided on Saturdays by Shaughan  or Adam
With his deathly pallor and swirling black cape Shaughan is "deliciously spooky!"  As the San Francisco Chronicle put it.

Guided on Tuesdays by Adam (yes, that Adam – the Shadow Walker. He of the spectral face like a lantern hanging down a dark alley).

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JACK THE RIPPER HAUNTS
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7.30 pm every night except Dec. 24 & Dec. 25 
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...

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. And for a pictorial or two, click here. And that's not to mention a very special little video trailer of the London Walks Jack the Ripper walk. To see it, click here.

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 Tour takes place
every single night* at 7.30 pm.

*Except December 24th and December 25th


Meet the guides by the "Tower Hill Tram" coffee stand just outside Tower HillTube

N.B., on Saturdays there's also a Ripper "matinee".
It goes every* Saturday afternoon at 3 pm.

*Except when Saturday falls on December 24th or December 25th.

Tower HillTube is on the
Circle & District Lines


Guided by Steve on Saturday evenings
Guided by Donald on Sundays
Guided by Molly on Mondays
Guided by Molly on Tuesdays
Guided by Steve on Wednesdays
Guided by Shaughan and Adam on Thursdays
Guided by Donald or Shaughan on Fridays
Guided by Fiona or Peter on Saturday afternoons 

N.B., Let's call a spade a spade. Going on Donald Rumbelow's Jack the Ripper Tour 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. Oh and I almost forgot – he's also a 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 Tour before 7.30 pm. In short, don't let anyone pull a fast one on you.

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Annie Chapman

 
--found murdered Saturday, 8 September 1888
Another most horrible murder has been perpetrated in Whitechapel. At an early hour on Saturday morning, the body of a woman was found lying in the corner of a yard in Hanbury-street, a low thoroughfare, not far from Buck's-row, the scene of a similar tragedy ten days ago. 
from the Daily Telegraph, Monday, 10 September 1888


THE "SPECIALS" – LONDON WALKS ON SELECTED SATURDAYS
DATE WALK TIME STATION
Sept. 5 Pie Crust to Upper Crust –  The Strand & Covent Garden Foodies' Foray  10.45 am EmbankmentTube Villiers Street exit
Sept. 26 Foodies' London – The West End 
10.45 am Green ParkTube Green Park exit
Oct. 3 Thames Beachcombing 11.30 am Mansion HouseTube exit 1
Oct. 17 Epicurean, Gourmets', Foodies' London
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10 am MonumentTube Fish Street Hill exit
Oct. 17 Thames Beachcombing 10.15 am Mansion HouseTube exit 1
Oct. 31 Thames Beachcombing 9.45 am Mansion HouseTube exit 1
Oct. 31 Ghosts, Gaslight & Guinness 7 pm HolbornTube
Oct. 31 The West End Ghost Walk on Halloween 7.30 pm EmbankmentTube
Oct. 31 Haunted London The Undead, the Absolutely Other 8 pm MonumentTube Fish Street Hill exit