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).
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London Walks Social Media
There are very good reasons – set out below – for tuning in to them. If only temporarily. I.E. while you're here (if you're a visitor to London).
The "readership" is going to fall into two categories. One category isn't going to need any persuading. It's made up of people who, like ourselves, are obsessed with London. Can't get enough of it. The Daily Constitutional
(our Blog) and London Walks Tweets
are part of their London "fix".
The other category is people who will probably just tap into one or both of our "social media" while they're here. Or while they're here and maybe the week or so before they get here. I think they can be fairly described as very savvy visitors who want to make the best of their time in London. Want to get the most out of their visit. And who have cottoned on to the qualitative difference our Blog and Tweets can make to their time here.
They can make a qualitative difference because they're both high calibre "publications". The Blog – The Daily Constitutional
– has been going for nearly five years now. It's Adam
-edited and mostly Adam-written and photographed. Which all by itself is a guarantee of a good read. The guy's a veteran, extremely gifted journalist. Writes like a dream. One measure of the Blog and its Editor – for 50 consecutive weeks Adam wrote – and ran, week in and week out – full-scale, very high quality reviews of London books. They weren't Amazon "witterings" – they were proper reviews that would have graced the literary pages of the Times
. (For the record, as the series was rolling out, awed, I kept thinking, "is there any book on London that Adam hasn't read?')
Several others of a literary bent on the team – journalists like Ann
, actors Richard
, barrister Tom
– lend a hand (bang out the occasional "contribution") from time to time.
What it adds up to is we've got ourselves a good little "London daily" going. A daily that runs to two or three editions every day.
Now as for the Tweets... Boy, they're just so valuable, so useful. So important, really. The key to the thing is of course the "real time" factor, the instaneity. Or – for that matter – the "day beforeness". It means we can get important "late breaking" stuff – good and bad – out to our walkers.
A couple of cases in point. Well, our Kensington Walk
, for example. Whenever "the roof garden" is open we take our walkers up there. (How could we not? It's the largest and most astonishing roof garden in Europe!) But we never know whether or not we'll have access to it on any given Thursday or Saturday (the days the Old Kensington Walk takes place) until just a few days before. So as we soon as we get the word, if it's a thumbs up, well, you better believe it, that gets Tweeted ('we'll be going up to the Roof Garden on..."). And that single piece of information might well be the "difference maker" for a walker who's trying to decide between the Old Kensington Walk and another one.
Or – this is the big one, the classic example – if there's a pretty good chance that we'll be seeing the Queen on any given walk, well, you can bet your bottom dollar that's a pennant that's going to be run up a Tweet pole.
Sometimes there'll be an annual, ancient London ceremony that we'll "work into the weave" of a given London Walk. We tweet that stuff.
Some outdoor walks are more "weatherable" than others. We're looking at a particularly wet day, we'll put out a Tweet saying, "hey, maybe think about the Somewhere Else London
walk today – it's got a lot of protection against the elements".
Sue's Old Fulham Walk only takes place one Saturday a year. In the Spring. Takes place when it does because the Wisteria is in bloom. It's a thing of beauty the memory of which is a joy forever. That gets Tweeted.
And, by the same token, we put the (hopefully) rare bit of bad news out on those Tweet feeds as well. Let's say, e.g., that an important part of someone's trip to London is going on Donald Rumbelow's Jack the Ripper Walk
. It's a by no means rare phenomenon. Don's the world's leading expert on Jack the Ripper, a lot of people have read his book and they very understandably want to go on the walk with him. Well, doesn't happen very often, but for argument's sake let's say Don comes down with the flu on Friday, rings us and says, "I'm laid up with the flu, I'm not going to be able to do the walk on Sunday night
, you'll have to get cover for me, but I should be fighting fit for Monday and Tuesday." Well, we'll Tweet that. And that information will be important to that walker who had planned on going on Sunday night. Providing he's here for another day or two he'll go on the walk on Monday or Tuesday and it's Mission Accomplished. Which it wouldn't have been in the "pre-social media" era.
And there are just other tidbits that are, well, good to know. I put out a Tweet today about the best place in Kensington for some pre-walk nosh. No question about it, it's Ottomezzo, the little Italian deli in Thackeray. I always point it out on the walk. But by then it's of course too late for the lunch that was two hours ago! So, yes, makes sense to make that valuable, "local knowledge" information available to our walkers.
Apparently the trend is for more but shorter visits to London. You're here for for maybe just 72 hours – well, a short visit like that you really don't want to squander time. You want to make the best possible use of what limited time you've got. Good "tight" fits are important. You're going on that walk, well, why shouldn't you get the best sandwich going in that particular neighbourhood – as opposed to something naff in between a couple of cold (and worse) soggy slices of bread. Something factory produced and factory wrapped and factory-tasting.
Anyway, that's where we're coming from. If it makes sense, well, the door's open – we'd love to have you "on board" – and indeed joining in the conversation if you're ever of a mind to do so.