Looking Ahead - Thames Mudlarking
next Autumn/early Winter - here are the dates... More
Planning Ahead - Foodies Walks
next Autumn/early Winter - here are the dates... More
Down the Tube
Fiona's 150 Years of the Underground walk is coming back into the programme. It'll take place at 11 am on the first Tuesday of every month. Baker Street Tube, Baker Street North exit.
Summer Programme PDF
It's about one inch up from the words you're reading right now! Enjoy.
"The world's leading expert
on Jack the Ripper" is back in action. Yes, the broken bone's healed and Donald Rumbelow is guiding again. 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
Donald's new Ripper book
It's called Jack the Ripper: Scotland Yard investigates... More
The two London Walks programmes - Winter & Summer
In case you're wondering... More
London Walks Leaflets
Here are some places where you can always pick up a London Walks leaflet... More
Q and A
Is London Safe?
Is London Expensive? More
Don't miss Adam's verray parfait piece about the weather on the Daily Constitutional (the London Walks Blog).
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OLD MARYLEBONE - Psst! Read on...
Shane - Khartoum, Sudan
I've been procrastinating for a year now about taking a walk, but when the sun came out today, I grabbed the chance. At the beginning I thought it was going to be boring as there was so much about architecture and Octavia Hill whom I'd never heard of. However as it went on, strands started to come together and all the little anecdotes livened it up. After Helena's talk about the paintings in the Wallace Collection, I didn't really want to spend a hurried 20 minutes looking at them I'd rather come baqck another time alone. I tried to find somewhere to grab something to nibble on as I'd not had lunch before setting out, but couldn't find anything, so concentration lapsed again. In spite of that it was enjoyable and time well spent.
Joel - New York, USA
I did this walk on a Saturday afternoon in November 2002 with Margaret as the guide. It was a wonderfully historic, atmospheric walk. I enjoyed stopping into the Wallace Collection during the walk. My only (minor) complaint was that the walk was a bit long - 2 1/2 hours and by the time we reached the last point (Regents Park) we spent more time then I could concentrate listening to the different architecture (I just wanted to hop on the tube at Baker Street and relax, by that time we were a bit jaded. Neverthelesss it was an excellent walk and I felt what it must have been like in the Regency and early Victorian period. I would recommend this walk to anyone who wants to spend a productive Saturday afternoon going back into a different era.
Sara Casey - St. Louis, Missouri USA
This is the 3rd time I have been to London for short periods of time and I have been on at least 5 walks with your company. I have been impressed with each one and I would recommend them to anyone who wants to get a better understanding of London.
Carole Sanford - Huntingdon
This was my first London Walk and I didn't really know what to expect. I did, however, expect to be walking a bit further!
The information given by the guide, Sue, was really interesting although she didn't seem too keen to talk about anything 'off script'.
I would recomend London Walks to others and would do another one, although I think I would prefer to do a self guide walk so that I could cover a greater distance in the same time.
It's David here. I'll have a word with Sue about where she ends her version of the Old Marylebone walk. I say "her version" because every guide is different, every guide will do a walk at least slightly differently from every other guide. The idea is that they "make it their own" - as opposed to memorising a set script.
That said, certainly when Tom and I laid that walk out - put shoe leather to pavement to see what was there and how it could be done - it wasn't by any means a "compact" walk. Indeed, we were slightly concerned that maybe it would be covering too much ground, what with a Bond Street Tube start and a Regent's Park finish (for that vantage point that gives you "a definition of civilisation in a single view").
Now it's possible that for her Old Marylebone Walk Sue has shortened the thing up a bit, distance-wise. As I said, until I've talked this over with her I can't really say.
The other thing in relation to all of this, though, is that what we specialise in - what London Walks does is give you a really in-depth look at any given neighbourhood. If you put it in foot race terms, we're certainly not a sprint...the 100 metre event we most definitely ain't. Nor are we a long distance job - i.e., 10,000 metres (or a marathon) we ain't. We're middle distance, so to speak. We get you over enough ground so that you feel that you have done some walking, but not so much that you're shattered at walk's end.
And it's always a question of trying to get the balance right between distance covered and information imparted. And indeed making it do-able for any and all comers, whether they're "marathon-fit" or "super adults" (over 65s).
You mentioned that it was your first London Walk. We do have a couple of walks that are "starter walks", so to speak. I'm referring to The London Walk - Westminster & the West End; The London Walk - St. Paul's to the Tower of London; and This Is London - the Flash Bang Lightning Highlights Tour! They were designed specifically for "newbies". They're really the walking tour equivalent of a bus tour of London. Well not quite the "equivalent" because we can of course go where buses can't go - i.e., across parks and through squares and up little alleyways and through arcades and along little soigne lanes, etc. But in the sense that they're slightly more "highlights", "big picture" orientated they probably do cover a bit more ground. So you see more in one sense. But less in another - because they don't drill down quite as deeply as I suspect Sue was probably doing there in the heart of Old Marylebone on the Saturday in question.
It's really horses for courses, to coin a phrase. In which connection - we're always very happy to talk things over with people - make some recommendations, etc. - so it becomes that much more of a personalised, "tailored" package. But you have to put the ball in our court to start wtih - give us a ring or drop us an email and tell us what you're interested in and what you're hoping to get from a walk, etc. etc.
Anyway, thanks for writing. This is exactly what we were hoping to get from this new "functionality" - i.e., get a colloquy going from time to time.