Tuesday's London Walks
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10.30 am on Tuesdays (not Dec. 30)
from Covent GardenTube

Let's hear it for the life-giving tingle of new experience. For the tonic of delightful discovery. For a walk that shakes you gently, like a sieve, and drops you into places of long ago – places you probably wouldn't get into off your own bat. And into is the mot juste. Because this walk has cracked open some doors. We're going into these places. Into the the Floral Hall for a view that will spike your Wow! Factor Graph.

Into the Royal College of Surgeons to see an astonishing – and unique – collection bequeathed by the greatest surgeon of them all. Into the venerable – and passing strange – RAF church. To crown it all we'll go into the Royal Courts of Justice to watch a trial (when the Royal Courts are in session). And here's the ace in the hole: Tom, who guides this walk, is a barrister. And Brian, the other guide, has a Legal background and indeed read Law at university. And location, location, location: at walk's end you can grab a spot of lunch at Ye Olde Cheshire Cheese or The Bank of England (another interior where you'll gasp with wonder) or an ancient haunted pub. And then nip off to St. Petersburg-on-Thames or the Courtauld! And for a few more Après-walk particulars...

The Behind Closed Doors walk takes place
every* Tuesday at 10.30 am
*except Dec. 30
Meet Tom or Brian just outside the exit of
Covent GardenTube

Covent GardenTube is on
the Piccadilly Line

Guided by Tom or Brian

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"If there is such a thing as a shell secreted by man to fit himself here we find it, on the banks of the Thames, where the great streets join and St. Paul's Cathedral, like the volute on the top of the snail shell, finishes it off."
Virginia Woolf, Jacob's Room, 1922

"Afloat upon ethereal tides St. Paul's above the city rides"
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10.30 am on Tuesdays
from St. Paul'sTube exit 2

"Without, within, below, above, the eye is filled
with unrestrained delight." James Wright

"St. Paul's is much more than a place of worship. It is a specific against grossness, brutality and despair." And "to set foot into St. Paul's is to experience that cold shock straight from the past, beauty as a genius conceived it, grace that we had forgotten." Now some practical matters. There's an admission charge to St. Paul's, but there is a Group Rate. More to the point is your other "spend": your time. To refract it through a great guide will "buy" you inestimable riches in St. Paul's. Knowing where to look and what to look for – and seeing these things through the translucent integument of their "stories" – well, it's like going from blurry near-sighted to 20:20. And to that you can add St. Paul's hasn't looked this good – inside and out – for 300 years. In short, the wraps are are off – the restoration work's done – and our much loved old cathedral is radiant and pristine. Indeed, we'll show you some thrilling "rediscoveries" – wonderful features that were so begrimed they were lost and forgotten.

The Secrets & Splendours of St. Paul's tour takes place
every Tuesday morning at 10.30 am

Meet Judy,  Margaret or Mary just outside St. Paul'sTube, exit 2
St. Paul'sTube is on theCentral Line

Guided by Margaret or Judy or Mary

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"Was für Plunder!"
("What a place to plunder!")

Field Marshal von Blucher, on viewing London from St. Paul's after the peace banquet at Oxford 


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10.45 am on Tuesdays (not Dec. 30)
from Chancery LaneTube, exit 3

"I love a little bit of secret history", said Dr. Johnson. He would have been well served on this walk through his old neighbourhood. Its concealed courts and alleys are keyholes into London's past, harbouring everything from traces of Roman London to a forgotten Norman crypt; and from the musty cells of an ancient prison to a beautiful but virtually hidden 300-year-old courtyard and hall. Let alone some fine old churches and a venerable inn or two. And betwixt and between Hilary (or Kim) conjures up – out of the bend of a road, the shape of a doorway, an old badge on a wall, a place-name, a custom or ritual, even out of a turn of phrase – a millennium and more of London's history. Okay, fancy a partial answer to your "what will we see on this walk?" question, we're working on an annotated photo-essay for this one. Here's an appestiser.

The Secret London Walk takes place
every* Tuesday morning at 10.45 am

*Except Dec. 30

Meet Hilary or Kim just outside exit 3 of Chancery LaneTube

Hilary or Kim will be right in front of these buildings:

Yes, they're Elizabethan – the finest half-timbered buildings in London!

Chancery Lane
Tube is on
theCentral Line

Guided by Kim or Hilary

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Boat Trip, River Walk, Tunnel Descent
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10.45 am on Tuesdays
from EmbankmentTube

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. Guided by Robert (the man with the key to the tunnel – and into the bargain, the Curator of the Brunel Museum!). 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 Tuesday morning at 10.45 am

Meet Robert just outside the exit of

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

Guided by Robert

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11 am on Tuesdays
from Baker StreetTube,  Baker Street north exit
This one's got three subtitles. And a footnote. The four of them sum up the walk perfectly. They are: Down the Tubes. 150 Years of Engineering & Artistry. Seen from the Inside. We're going places on this walk so you'll need an Oyster Card or a 2-Zone Travel Card (that's the footnote). Now a bit more background info. This year is the London Underground's 150th birthday. This tour explores that extraordinary "journey", "trajectory", "trip", call it what you will. Much of the tour is down inside the tube. But not all of it. We explore several stations, inside and out. You'll see things that you won't have seen before. Let alone things that you did see before but didn't "see", if you know what, I mean. I (David) went on this one with Fiona in February. It was a revelation. I've been taking the Tube for 40 years. She pointed things that I'd never noticed – never noticed in stations that I've been in well over 10,000 times. Lots and lots of "well, I never" moments, jaw hanging open moments. The Tube. It's a great London story. An integral part of the calculus of London life. So that in itself is a great foundation for a walk. And to it you can add a great guide, Fiona. She's put this together brilliantly. And delivers it with consummate artistry. This is a very special couple of hours. Strongly recommended.
The Lure of the Underground walk takes place
every Tuesday at 11 am
Meet Fiona at 11 am just outside Baker StreetTube, the Baker Street north exit
Baker StreetTube is on
the Circle, Bakerloo, Jubilee,  Metropolitan
and Hammersmith & City Lines
Guided by Fiona
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11.20 am on Tuesdays
from MaryleboneTube

"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."  "So let me introduce to you, the one and only..." Richard P. Here's a "grab" from the walk. And here's another 'un.

The Beatles in My Life walk takes place

every Tuesday at 11.20 am
and every Saturday at 11.20 am

Meet Richard P. just outside the exit of

MaryleboneTube is on
the Bakerloo Line

N.B., we take a short tube journey to Abbey Road, so getting "a ticket to ride" - an Oyster Card or a 2-Zone Travel Card - is a good idea.

Guided by "Beatles genius" Richard P.

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2 pm on Tuesdays
from EmbankmentTube

What a wonderful goulash of a walk this is. It gets you into streets that you'd never find off your own bat – streets that look like an old movie shot through a vaselined lens. Into a neighbourhood that precious few Londoners have seen, let alone visitors. It's a thrilling discovery – the real deal. There's no better sense of place in London – and no finer architectural effect. Yellow brick, perfectly preserved, all unselfconscious self-respect, real Cockney – unaltered Dickensian London. And the miracle is that it's still there, embedded in central London – screwed in to the big city. That discovery alone makes this one of those bewitching "somewhere else" London Walks. And getting there is a bit of all right too – because there's a dramatic river crossing, a stroll along the Thames, the world's foremost arts complex, London's best loved old theatre, a real London street market (instead of a tourist trap), a stunning bird's eye view of the capital (and there's a lift, so we won't have to climb hundreds of stairs!), and buckets of character. Anything else? Yes, here's a cracking little film trailer of the walk.

The "Somewhere Else" London walk takes place

every Tuesday at 2 pm

Meet Steve or Stephanie just outside the river exit of

EmbankmentTube is on
theCircle, Bakerloo, District & Northern Lines

Guided by Steve or Stephanie 
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1,000 Years of History
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2 pm on Tuesdays
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 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 an extremely handsome discount on the price of admission if you want to visit the War Rooms.

The Old Westminster Walk takes place

every Tuesday at 2 pm

every Thursday at 2 pm

every Saturday at 11 am

every Sunday at 2.30 pm

And we run a variation of it every Monday evening (except Dec. 24) at 7 pm

Guided Tuesdays by Judy, London Tourist Board Guide of the Year Award winner!
Guided on Thursdays by Shaughan or David
Guided Saturdays by Karen, London Tourist Board Guide of the Year Award winner!
Guided on Sundays by Simon

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"The lamps of London uphold the dark
as upon the points of burning bayonets."

                        Virginia Woolf, Jacob's Room, 1922


Hidden Places & Hidden History
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2.30 pm on Tuesdays
from EmbankmentTube (Villiers Street exit)
This one isn't on the balcony – it's through the keyhole. It's hideaways and nooks and crannies and boltholes with a difference: they're royal hideaways and nooks and crannies and boltholes. It's where the goings on went down. It's kings who were queens. It's 16 coffin bearers, beheaded lovers and a questionable birthright. It's a square coffin, a fake lesbian wedding and "a bat instead of a woman". It's curses and betrayals, heartaches and hearth-aches and unhealthy habits. It's ugly sisters and poisonous makeup and war and head lice. It's between the kings' sheets and a cabinet particulaire and a royal brothel. It's £40 million of debt, swinging parties, debauchery and treachery. It's unofficial history, real history. It's guides with that tiara tingle. (Here's how a walker put it: "This walk had my head spinning. Not just because of the dizzying array of funny and fascinating stories and often hilarious incidents but also because of the star power of the guide herself. What a wonderful way to spend an afternoon in London.") It's a royally, royally good walk. A royally, royally good walk with a royally, royally good little video trailer. If we can interest you in a sneak previewGuided by Karen or Katy.
The Past the Palace – Hidden Places & Hidden History walk takes place
every Tuesday at 2.30 pm
Meet Karen or Katy just outside the Villiers Street exit of EmbankmentTube
EmbankmentTube is on
the Circle, District, Northern & Bakerloo Lines
Guided by Karen or Katy
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2.30 pm on Tuesdays
from St. James's ParkTube Broadway/Westminster Abbey exit
Catch it while you can. This walk's Tour of Duty in the London Walks Tuesday line-up will end on Tuesday, October 28. 
"The Great War of 1914-1918 lies like a band of scorched earth dividing that time from ours" (Barbara Tuchman). "The lamps are going out all over Europe. We shall not see them lit again in our lifetime" (Sir Edward Grey, British Foreign Secretary, as he looked from his office window at the sunset over St. James's Park on August 3, 1914). This walk goes back there. To that window across from St. James's Park. To Grey's house. To where the other main actors lived. To where they strove. And soul-searched. To where the men who died – that ghostly column – marches on and on. To the literal* scars that London bears to this day. And the figurative scars. The memorials – some of them almost hidden, all of them poignant – are scattered like poppy petals across London. Connecting the dots the way they do, Rex, Kim and David R. limn the apocalypse that shaped our world.  More... *shrapnel damage, for example

London & the First World War walk takes place
every* Tuesday at 2.30 pm

*through October 28

Meet Rex or Kim or David R. on the corner* just outside the exit of
St. James's ParkTube   *opposite 40 Broadway

Tower HillTube is on
the Circle & District Lines

 Guided by Rex or Kim or David R.

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2.30 pm on Tuesdays
from HolbornTube
What larks! What plunges! Because this walk also explores "the other Bloomsbury" – the Bloomsbury the tourists don't get to see.The problem – for them, not us – is the sheer gravitational "pull" of  the British Museum and Virginia Woolf and co. "We take chairs and sit on our balcony after dinner... Really Gordon Square, with the lamps lit and the light on the green is a romantic place" (V. Woolf). And, sure, we'll "do" that quarter. But we also "go" centrifugal – "do" undiscovered Bloomsbury. And you'll be very glad we do because that marvelous old writ – "London specialises in hiding the best of itself" – applies here in spades. Okay, time for a taster. Amongst much else, we'll see London's tiniest street, its most literary street (no, it's not in Virginia Woolf's Gordon Square neighbourhood), a Sylvia Plath-Ted Hughes house, the "nodal point" where the most important moment in the 20th century occurred, London's most beautiful square, etc. – and trust me, it's a capacious, cup-runneth-over "etc.". Bottom line: this is a very special walk! Now anyone for a few "visuals"? Here's a little "photo-essay" of some of the incidental delights (and discoveries) tumbling out of the cornucopia of this walk. Guided by Tom or Brian or Andy R.
The Literary Bloomsbury & Old Museum Quarter Walk takes place
every Tuesday afternoon at 2.30 pm
Meet Tom (or Brian or Andy R.) just outside the exit of HolbornTube.
HolbornTube is on the Piccadilly and Central Lines.
Guided by Tom or Brian or Andy R.
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7 pm on Tuesdays
from TempleTube

"The History of London is the history of its taverns;
to know one is to know the other."

Welcome to cheek-by-jowl, higgledy-piggledy, quintessential London. To gnarled, brooding back-alleys, secluded courtyards and tortuous zigzag passages. Oh there are famous sights, but to get to them we have to walk crookedly, through a maze of curiosities. We set our course by the best old pubs in town - including the most famous London inn of all. Old pubs that are, as every English pub should be, a solace and a delight...and all the more special for being hidden away down this or that dark alley, like precious gems in rumpled velvet. Here, like no other place in town, we have 2,000 years of London and its inns in the palm of our hand. The echoes are of Roman tabernas and Shakespearean ale-houses and Dickensian coaching inns...of feasting and wine and song...of the souls of poets dead and gone...the very zeitgeist of London. And what better company to keep than the shades of Dr. Johnson, Oscar Wilde, and Dickens himself.

The Hidden Pubs of Old London Town Walk takes place
every Tuesday at 7 pm

Meet Steve or Andy just outside the exit of TempleTube.

TempleTube is on the Circle & District Lines

Guided by Andy or Steve

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7.30 pm on Tuesdays
from St. Paul'sTube exit 2

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

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? Guided by the Man in Black (the Shadow Walker, Adam, he of the spectral face*).  And if you want to get it down and dusted here and now – if it helps with the budgeting or whatever – well this one comes with an optional pre-booking/pre-payment facility – a click here takes you there.

                     THE DUDE ABIDES

There's a spooky little video trailer of this walk here. *Like a lantern hanging down a dark alley.

The Ghosts of the Old City Walk takes place

every Tuesday at 7.30 pm

every Saturday at 7.30 pm

Meet Shaughan or Adam just outside exit 2 of St. Paul'sTube

Guided on Tuesdays by Adam
Guided on Saturdays by Shaughan or Adam

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7.30 pm every night of the week except Dec. 24 & Dec. 25
from Tower HillTube  (meet by the "Tower Hill Tram" coffee stand)

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 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 a pictorial or two, 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 Haunts Walk takes place
every* single night at 7.30 pm

*except Dec. 24 and Dec. 25

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

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

Tower HillTube is on
Circle & District Lines  

*except December 24th & December 25th

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

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. 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 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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Dec. 23 Charles Dickens' Christmas Carol & Seasonal Traditions 2 pm Tower HillTube by the Tower Hill Tram coffee stand
Dec. 30 Stonehenge & Salisbury "you'll never see anything like it again" 8.45 am Waterloo Railway Station
Apr. 7 Stonehenge & Salisbury "you'll never see anything like it again" 8.45 am Waterloo Railway Station