A Heads Up for Monday, Aug. 4
There will be NO Westminster Abbey tour on Monday, August 4th. The Abbey will be closed to the public that day due to a "late breaking" "special function" 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
A RED FLAG FOR JULY 7
There will NOT be a trip to Cambridge on Monday, July 7.
The Summer Schedule
The PDF of the Summer 2014 London Walks schedule has just gone up. Move your eye up about an inch and you'll see it.
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 Summer'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
Behind the Termini Walks
Here are the particulars for Rachel's Summer 2013 Behind the Termini walks. And she's penned a tasty little blurb for each of them. 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
The Lord Mayor of London and Guide Jean in their finery on a London Walk on Christmas Eve! 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).
Design by mediasterling
Look around, put your feet up,
make yourself at home...
Like London Walks itself, our website is simplicity itself. It's pretty much self-explanatory. But one or two "signposts" might be in order.
What does sometimes catch people out is that some of our "pages" - including the Homepage
- are long, tall drinks of water. I.E., what you can see on the screen is often only the tip of the iceberg. You need to scroll on down quite a ways to get to the bottom of the page.
The Homepage is a perfect case in point. It sets out all the basics - the nuts and bolts about how you go on a London Walk - how long they take, where you meet the guide, how much it costs, etc. etc. But unless you've got a screen as tall as a fence post you're not going to see it all in one "grab". You've got to scroll down.
Not much else to add except that the main organising principle to both our programme and this website is the seven-day week. You want to know which walks are running on, say, Tuesday...well just click on Tuesday on the menu on the column to your left and hey presto it takes you to Tuesday's Walks
. That page is laid out "chronologically". At the top of the page are the Tuesday morning walks. Scroll down you come to the Tuesday afternoon walks. Scroll some more and you come to the evening walks.
We normally run about 15 different walks every weekday. Weekend days are even busier. There are 20 or 21 London Walks going every Saturday. Ditto on Sundays.
In addition to all of the regularly scheduled walks there are also quite a few Special Walks. They're "one-offs" that are "date specific" - as opposed to taking place every Tuesday (or every Wednesday or every Thursday or every Friday or every Saturday or every Sunday or every Monday) week in and week out. The date-specific "Specials" are normally listed in a table right at the very bottom of the day in question. And there's a second bite of the cherry in the Special Walks
section. There's a link to it on the menu on the column to your left. On that Special Walks page we try to round up all the strays...get 'em all together under one roof.
And that's about it. The other links will put you in the picture about this, that and the other facet of our programme. E.G., you want some further "particulars" about the out-of-town Explorer Days
that we do...well just click on the Explorer Days
link. You want a "two inches of ivory" "portrait" of any given London Walks guide...well, just click on The Guides
link and go get 'em. (They're listed alphabetically.)
And that's all there is to it. Wield that "scroll down" key - and keep in mind the Days of the Week organising principle and you've cracked it. So pop on in and have a look round. Nothing else to say except how do you like your tea? With milk and sugar? Just milk?
Well, actually that's not all there is to it. That's the nuts and bolts, the practical side of it. But there's another side. Another side that has just as much to recommend it. And that's by way of saying, the www.walks.com is also chock-a-block with incidental goodies. It's like a Christmas pudding. There's some pretty decent photography. Much of it provided by some pretty decent photographers. That's one job you wouldn't want to entrust to me, David. Though I'm perfectly happy to admit - even proud to admit in a couple of cases - that a few of them are my handiwork.
There's also now quite a bit of voice - of audio - on the site. Mostly from walks of course. But we've also got a few "trailers" - a few reads - from our forthcoming book, London Walks London Stories
, up on the site.We signpost every bit of audio with a highly original little symbol. This:
That's it in miniature (the version we usually use). Its much bigger brother looks like this:
It's already sprinkled all over the website. And indeed over the latest edition of the London Walks leaflet. So when you see that little speaker symbol...well, let's put it this way, where there's a speaker symbol there's sound
. So by all means, get clicking - and listening. And it's not all London Walks "voices" - we've even got a little Sounds of London
The photographs and the audio are the spangles. A bit of "extra" to go with the words. And believe me, there's a bit of extra - quite a bit of extra - in the matter of the words! If you get a chance, have a poke round - this website's like an interesting old attic. It's chock-a-block with this, that and the other. All kinds of extra little "mini essays" about the matter to hand. Everything from notes about restaurant recommendations and "added value" to personal impressions of various walks and Explorer Days to pdfs of articles I've published about London to little additional information portraits about London neighbourhoods or names or whatever to ruminations about what makes a great guide (what we look for in a guide) to news about "in-house" developments (the Award, Mary's Blue Badge [and the award she bagged with it], new walks, Don's knee, our book, etc. etc.) to, yes, walkers' feedback (walkers' reports on walks they've been on, their recommendations, etc. etc., including their photographs).
So if the planning and looking forward to is part of the fun - and it is for just about everybody - well, the website can make quite a significant contribution to that end.
And it's only going to get richer and more stimulating along those lines. In the pipeline, e.g., is a Recommended Reading section for any given walk. Well, for most of the walks, at any rate. That'll be - needless to say - a work in progress. Not going to happen overnight. Witness the Today in London History
section, which we've been pecking away at for a couple of years now and still have a good ways to go on. But, hey, it's London. Wasn't built in a day. Just as London Walks wasn't. Just as the London Walks website wasn't.
And not just London. The out-of-town stuff - the Explorer Days - keep being added to as well. Watch this space - well, watch that space (The Stonehenge & Salisbury Explorer Day
) - there's some amazing "accompanying" stuff going up there real soon now.