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Meike - Husum an der Nordsee, Germany
October 2014
Just before leaving for London I found London Walks in a guide book. I looked them up in the Internet and decided to join the Greenwich walk with my daughter, because we wanted to go there anyway. In uninviting rainy weather we went to the wrong meetingplace (always wait near the tube!!!) but were lucky to meet an Israelian lady who came there, too and headed back to the tube and found Richard III. We joined at the boat and were very lucky, because we had a great day out starting with an interesting enjoyable tour with lots of informations, insights and tips for further activities afterwards like the museum, the Royal Observatory and a noodle restaurant, where we met the Israelian lady again and enjoyed a great meal together. As I especially liked the way Richard III put the informations into life - spiked with humorous remarks and in a voice I could listen to hours on end - I tried to find out which tours he would do next. Fortunately I found his homepage where all his tours are listed. (As you might have noticed there are usually a few names listed in the leaflet...) So we went on the Mayfair tour yesterday, the Dickens one today and are looking forward to the Portobello one tomorrow. Unfortunally we will leave on Sunday - there is still so much to explore, see and learn... I will miss walking around listening to Richard III and hope he will still be doing those tours when I come back the next time! Thanks a lot for a great experience so different from the ordinary commercial sight seeing offers! You can be sure, that I will recommend you to everyone who tells me that he / she wants to go to London!!! Lots of love, Meike
Stephen - Las Vegas USA
October 2014
I have just returned from an early September 2014 trip on which I took four London Walks tours, and all of them were top-shelf.

Fiona was my guide for This is London and the Blitz tour a day later. On the first tour, she made sure to get us to Buckingham Palace for the changing of the guard, but without rushing us. She was not shy about accepting questions, even 1 on 1 while we were walking to the next spot.

Fedra was my guide on the Westminster Abbey tour on Friday a.m., and she was fantastic. She did a great job of corralling our 20-person group through the narrow corridors and making herself heard despite the din of many other groups. Her knowledge was great and she has a wicked sense of humor (with comic timing!).

My biggest thrill of that tour was being able to gaze upon the burial spot of my favorite composer, Ralph Vaughan Williams. To be in the presence of "Uncle Ralph" is a moment I will never forget. When no one was looking, I cheated and took a photo. (Hope I'm not barred at UK Border next year!)

Hilary was a terrific guide on the In Churchill's Footsteps tour, even though the Tour of Britain caused us a few detours. I am quite a Churchill maven, but she told me much I did not know. The Churchill War Rooms and museum were wonderful at the end of the tour, but I need to return there when I have a bit more time.

I will return in September 2015, and London Walks again will be a big part of my trip. Thank you.
Margaret - Alberta, Canada
September 2014
DISAPPOINTING!
A "pub walk" with 43 people and 1 guide!
Not what I had imagined from the description on the website. When I inquired as to why there wasn't another guide he replied, "this is how I make my money".
Not great publicity for sure.
 
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First off, you're absolutely right, Margaret – that certainly wasn't a particularly judicious answer. Can you be a bit more specific about "the description on the website"?
 
Beyond that. What are your thoughts? Any ideas about what we can do about it – how we can "fix it" on those occasions when there are "too many people". What would you suggest? And, for that matter, we'd very much like to know as well how to "fix it" on those occasions when there are only four, five or six - or for that matter eight, ten or twelve - people on a walk. 20-25 is ideal. And we probably do average somewhere in there. But that's an average. There are occasions when there are quite a few more. And lots of occasions when there are far fewer.
 
We could of course go over to a booking scheme. That's what they do in Florence. Downside is it's pushed the cost of their walks to double the cost of ours. Most of our walkers would be very unhappy with that. And indeed they'd loathe saying goodbye to the flexibility of London Walks' just-turn-up-and-go modus operandi. The weather heads south – the heavens open up and it's raining cold ropes half an hour before a walk – well, people can change their mind and they're not out a sou. Whereas if you'd pre-booked and pre-paid – well, it'd be exactly like booking and paying for a theatre ticket and then deciding not to avail yourself of it. It's not so much fun, that. And I daresay is even more of a factor in our line because, at no little risk of belabouring the obvious, in the theatre people have a roof over their head, whereas we have to brave the weather..
 
Other thing is, of course, nobody's compelled to go on a walk. If someone's wedded to a maximum group size, and the turnout is more than that – well, surely they should vote with their feet.
 
And for that matter, there is another way of guaranteeing that you get the group size you want – simply book a private walk. Lots of people do that. We often do it ourselves when we're on holiday. It costs rather more than £9 (or £7) – but hey presto you get exactly the group size you want.
 
The financial "differential" – a private walk costs over £100 – is not to be sneezed at. Change from a tenner – £9 or £7 to go on one of the public walks – well, those low low prices are a big plus for most people. As is the complete flexibility. But I think what goes with the territory is that people have to make their peace with the rough with the smooth "lucky dip" element of the way we do it.
 
Anything else? Well, like everything else it surely has a lot to do with expectations and pre-conceptions. Most London Walkers don't have any problem at all with a group of that size. And I want to stress it doesn't happen very often – but, sure, it does happen from time to time and when it does most of our walkers are fully equal to it. Providing – this is the key, of course – that the guide is audible to one and all and equal himself (or herself) to that size audience.
 
Audience is the mot juste. And again, perceptions, expectations, pre-conceptions. I mean if you translate that turnout into "theatre terms", everybody in that group would be in either the first or second row of the stalls, the best seats in the house. That's – for most people at any rate – pretty liveable with.
 
And none of this is to gainsay in any way your disappointment. Rather it's offered up in, I hope, a generous spirit of hospitality – sure, come on in, this is our house, but by all means come on in and have your say, take us to task, air out your disappointment. But also offered up in, I hope, an equally generous spirit of honest debate. In a perfect world there would have been 42 people on that walk. And you would have been on it on a night when your turning up for it would have meant there were six rather than five walkers. Guides have mortgages to pay, grocery and utilities bills, children to clothe – so, I can assure you, an extra £9 (or £7) is mighty welcome on a night when they'll be lucky to make £30.
 
But it's not a perfect world. You were one of 43. And were sorely disappointed. And this being London (one of the highest cost-of-living cities in the world) – and London Walks (both the company and the guides) being something of a church mouse – well, there are plenty of nights when there are five walkers and one more would have been manna. And as for three or four more...bliss! Five walkers and a sorely disappointed guide – though I'm not sure "sorely disappointed" quite covers the reality of how tough times can be for ordinary working people – including guides – in this town.
 
Swings and roundabouts, I suppose. And, sure, bears repeating, that's not to in any way gainsay your disappointment. Or, for that matter, our contrition about same. We love what we do – and it's so right for so many people – that it guts us when somebody has a crummy time on a walk.
 
Is there a way forward? Any good that can come out of it for "both parties"? Well, as I said right at the outset, we're all ears for any and all good quality control ideas or suggestions. That's London Walks generally. As for London Walks in relation to you, Margaret, well, if you ever were of a mind to try us again, by all means get in touch beforehand – we'll be only too happy to talk matters through with you. There are plenty of London Walks that almost never get into double figures – we can make some recommendations for you that, while not 100 percent foolproof (what we do and the way we do it can be like trying to figure out the road ahead by looking into the rear view mirror), are as near as dammit going to be.
 
And lastly, well, I don't know. It may well be that the degree of uncertainty means we're just not right for you. There are plenty of people for whom that's the case. And it's no bad thing to get that out in the open, seen clearly. And acted on. It's good for you. And it's good for us.
 
GaryMaas - Erie,PA USA
August 2014
Stupendous !!! I was there with "Life can be a trip!" and we had Katy as our guide...it was truly a trip of a lifetime. She was so knowledgeable and so funny...it was beyond anything I would have imagined it would be. We did a trip to Downton Abby and all the trappings that went with it for 9 days.....BRAVO...keep up the great work until we meet again...Gary
Cece - Avignon, France
July 2014
Yesterday Morning took place our 2nd London Walks experience and it was such a great time! In fact it was just the perfect day as it turned out to be the Summer Fair in this marvellous part of London. Guided through the marvellous old Hampstead Village by the so smart and passionate David: thank you so much! Each tour is such a delight! The atmosphere and the sharing spirit with the other "Walkers": a cheerful experience of learning together. London Walks? THE way to visit London!
Elena - Stockholm, Sweden
December 2013
Just back from a long weekend in London and a wonderful guided tour of the Tower of London with Judy. What a treat! She is so competent, witty and really transports you into the right spirit and into the place's atmosphere while delivering tons of information. We had two boys aged 7 and 10 and they too were totally absorbed. Big thumbs up to Judy and London Walks, we will be back!
Janet Curran - Lancashire
October 2013
I did two of the walks last weekend. The first, on Saturday 12th October, Camden Town, I found slightly boring to be honest. Whether there's not that much of historical interest in the area, or whether our guide simply concentrated on the more modern stuff, I don't know, but she just didn't grab my attention. (Too much Amy Winehouse info!)
The second walk, led by Steve around the St Pancras area in the pouring rain, was totally fascinating. Apart from hearing the history of the area and the redevelopment of the stations, which we had expected, we were led to a lovely old churchyard and through a sliver of wasteland transformed into a natural park. Over two hours of extremely interesting information. THANK YOU Steve.
I'll be back for more next time I'm in London.
John - Toronto
September 2013
I am a huge fan of London Walks; I took my first back in 1997, I think it was. Since then I have done about twenty walks, some repeats, and have only been disappointed once. (I shall not reveal which one.) My alltime favourite is Old Jewish Quarter, and my favourite guides are Jean (of the London of Dickens walk) and fizzy Steve. I am especially looking forward to introducing my partner to London and to London Walks later this year!
Pam and Marty - Kingston, Pennsylvania
August 2013
During our week in London, we became addicted to London Walks, and did 4 walks and one day trip. What was especially interesting, other than the fascination of the walks themselves, was the fact that people born and bred in London, take these walks. They claim that you see and learn things on these walks that you would never learn, not even if you spend your entire life in London.
All of the guides were excellent, but we absolutely fell in love with Katy, who could lead us to hell and back, so charming and entertaining was her personality. Our special thanks to her, for making our trip to London an especially memorable one.
Dean Whitney - Bravo!
May 2013
I am a part-time tour guide who has toured the world so I make mental reviews of other tour guides. I can honestly say that Simon is the best guide I have ever experienced. Witty, erudite, friendly. London Walks is the best with the best guides.
Dean Whitney
May 2013
Fiona and the This Is London walk are the perfect introduction to London. She is very knowledgeable, friendly, and a prime example of an "English Rose". Wonderful.
Elena and David
March 2013
I have lived in London for the last 2 years and after attending the Westminster walk with Adam this morning I just realised how very little I know about the city itself.

Thank you Adam for a most entertaining morning - looking forward to going to more walks!
Chris - London - Swanley
January 2013
Recent attended the Dickens walk with Richard the 4th and Harry on the east London walk.

Brilliant, both guides could make the phone book sound interesting!

Many thanks
Anthony - India
December 2012
Absolutely the best way to discover and learn about the history, art and culture of this magnificent, vibrant, multi cultural city.

To be led by passionate, knowledgable historians/academics/artists/comedians (all rolled into one!!) – and told about the British Museum, Notting Hill, Westminister Abbey, Elizabeth Tower (with the Big Ben inside it!!), Buckingham Palace and the ghost stories of the oldest part of London – is an unmatched affordable experience.
Catherine W - France
August 2012
Monday on the 20th of August.

My boyfriend and I walked with Richard on a Harry Potter walk. I am keen on HP, he is not. But we both enjoyed the walk!
Very interesting and funny!
What a pleasure to play a scene of the movie with Richard as Hagrid and me as Harry. (I don't wear glasses...too bad)
Great moments so thank you !
G. Bartle - W. Sussex
August 2012
Just a line to say how much I enjoyed the Suffolk trip with
Richard on Saturday 18th August.

As usual all was meticulously planned, all venues extremely interesting and what a privilege to visit the three private gardens.

Even in the extreme heat at the end of the day Richard held our interest.

Many thanks to Richard for a spectacular day out
John and Judy - Comox, B.C. Canada
August 2012
During the Olympics, we took the Cambridge Walk with Simon. Highly recommended. Our guide was Simon. Brilliant, knowlegable, entertainhg, enthusiastic, well planned. Without a question Simon made our Cambridge walk come alive for us. Simon even got us all a deal on the river Punt and back in time for a pint at the Anchor.
Lani - New York, NY
May 2012
Many thanks to the brilliant and entertaining Simon for our Stonehenge/Salisbury, and Oxford/Cotswolds day trips! He even escorted us to our Jack the Ripper tour when we got back to the city. If we had another day in London, we would have gladly gone to his Cambridge tour as well.
Charlotte - Portland, Oregon
April 2012
"Words are, in my not-so-humble opinion, our most inexhaustible source of magic," says Dumbledore in the seventh Harry Potter movie. And it is precisely this truth that Richard Walker demonstrates on his fantastic walking tours of Harry Potter's London. Last week I had the pleasure of enjoying two of these tours, and they were among the highlights of my first-ever visit to London. Richard takes you to places you'd most likely not see on your own, and even if you did you'd completely miss their magic. But with Richard's keen insights and engaging commentary you gain new eyes and feel that the world we inhabit now is really not so far away from the wonderful, magical worlds that great books, like Harry Potter, open up to their readers. Whether you are a Harry Potter fan, or have merely a passing familiarity with the story, make one of his tours a priority on your next visit to London.
Chris - Dallas Texas
January 2012
Went to London for several weeks over Christmas and New Years and had the opportunity to go on over 30 walks with my younger brother. Loved the informative and helpful guides and the fascinating stories helping to illuminate London's long and complex history. The Day Trips are also a lot of fun if you get the chance!

Chris
Todd & Carmen - Dublin
December 2011
Visiting London this week we went on the 'Shakespeare's and Dickens' London - The Old City' walk with Richard IV, filling in for one of the other guides. We found the walk and his guidance very enjoyable and interesting. Richard made the exploration of the old city an experience that we would most heartily recommend to anyone wanting to learn more about London's history and especially two of its world renowned authors. Thanks again Richard!!
Steven
November 2011
We've taken lots of London Walks over the years, but always bypassed the Tower of London walk. We had toured the tower on our own and figured we wouldn't gain much additional from the walk. And with all the other things to do in London, why repeat? Last year we overcame our reluctance -- and discovered how wrong we'd been! Listen to the history embedded in the surrounding precincts come to life. Learn why left-handed swordsmen would have been strategically valuable in attacking the Tower -- and why there weren't any. And lots, lots more. Highly recommended.
Sylviane et Sandrine - Paris
October 2011
Bonjour!
Un petit mot à propos de la promenade en français du vendredi sur Jack The Ripper (ça sonne mieux en anglais non!?). Ma soeur et moi l'avons faite le 16 Septembre dernier. Verdict: c'était génial! Un grand merci à David qui non seulement nous à emmenés sur les traces de Jack mais nous a également fait (re)découvrir la réalité de la vie des habitants de Whitechapel à cette époque et en particulier celle de ces femmes vivant de "transactions physiques".
Et ayant regardé dernièrement un documentaire sur le sujet, j'ai pu faire la comparaison et apprécier d'autant plus les informations délivrées lors du tour notamment sur le déroulement de l'enquête. Au passage bravo pour votre participation à ce documentaire (l'Ombre d'un doute)!
Mon seul regret: ne pas avoir pu prendre de photos réussies!
Conlusion: Dear Boss: merci,bravo et bonne continuation!
Mark & Liz Martin - Vienna, VA
September 2011
We enjoyed our day trip to Salisbury on 9/13 with Hillary, and The Tower and Royal London on 9/14 adn 9/16 with Tom. Our guides were fabulous - really knowledgeable AND entertaining. Tom welcomed the Americans home, which we thought so appropriate. The Brits may come to America and see what was lost, but when Americans go to England they see what they gave up. We may be divorced but we're forever joined in our hearts! England, and London in particular, is a real treasure!
Capt. Raymond Miller - USA
June 2011
Hello,
 

London Walks is the greatest way to discover London and I will tell you why.
 

I started to come to London almost 20 years ago and did many walks, then I was almost 15 years without coming. Because of my work, I am an airline pilot, I have been coming to London once or twice a mounth for the last 5 years. The first day I was in London 5 years ago I did a London Walk. During that period I have always put half a day aside just to a walk, I have done about 50 walks so far including some of the Day Trips from London. You can discover London only one street at a time, one building at a time, you cannot swallow all of London in one week. So that is why London Walks is the greatest way to discover London.
 

My favorite was Hampsteasd.
 

My carrer is coming to an end soon and London will remain my favorite city. Many of my memories will have come thanks to London Walks.
 

Keep up the good work.
 

Cheers.
 

Capt Raymond Miller

P.S.: I will miss the pubs, my favorite was the Fuller's one near St. James church after a lunch time concert wich I found during a walk!
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Bill Harris - Pinehurst, North Carolina
May 2011
We've been doing this a very long time (spring break in London), having taken a large number of totally different walks -- and we wouldn't think about walking with anyone else.

One example -- for years we did the Rumblelow Jack the Ripper thing -- and the students loved it. Last year we did Nick and this year, Andy. Both years we figured that something would be lost, not joining the expert. Not so -- these two were not Rumblelow, but they were equal to him, with a slightly different take on the matter. Both were excellent -- and students, this year and last, having never walked with Rumblelow, never knew the difference. Nor did we -- which is to say, nothing was lost. You have a terrific thing here.

We also do the Paris Walks now, having connected to that group for three years -- they are terrific also -- last year we did the Chocolate Walk, this year the Taste of Paris, both outstanding. How about a Taste of London Walk ?? !!

So, yes, please pass on our thanks to the London Walks staff for our recent "walks" in London with Andy (Jack the Ripper) and Rex (Westminster Abbey). We have taken walks with the company for many years and found them all, including this year's edition, to be absolutely superb! It is the ONLY way to see, to know, to experience London. We will be back to London next March and along the way we'll be in touch about other walks we can take next year.

Warm Regards.
Bill Harris.
KatyG - London
March 2011
hi. Feedback a little late, but just wanted to say how much I enjoyed the Sunday morning History of Art gallery visits with Barry this last winter. I think I missed one, which I hope to catch up with next time round. I know these aren't your more popular tours - a bit of a niche area - but being a member of a small group is a real plus. Further arty tours would be much appreciated.

On another point, will you be running the Lavenham and Suffolk villages on a further day this summer besides the date in June (which I can't make). I was really hoping to catch that tour this summer.
 
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Hi Katy G.,
 
David here. Thanks for the lovely feedback. And in answer to your question, yes, there is a second crack of the Lavenham whip this coming summer. We'll be doing it on August 13.
Rakshita Patel - London
February 2011
Yesterday, me and a friend did Richard IV's "In the footsteps of Sherlock Holmes" walk, which Richard runs every Friday afternoon. Today, I did Richard IV's "Sherlock Holmes saves the Nation" walk, which he does as a one-off every now and again.
I have also done Richard IV's Arthur Conan Doyle walk in the past.
Having done these walks, I felt compelled to write in and say that I think Richard IV is an excellent guide - one of the best - he is superb. All the walks were excellent and I loved every minute of them (even though the second was plagued with rain!!!). I have done a few London walks and have enjoyed each and every one and have recommended the company to friends and family. But Richard IV is the best guide I have had. He is knowledgeable, informed and entertaining. Thank you Richard IV!!!
Dr. Alicia Kennedy
February 2011
While in London, I went on all 3 Harry Potter walks. There is only
one reason why - Richard. He was an amazing tour guide. I am a huge
Harry Potter fan but never thought I would go on 2 of the walks, never
mind 3. I enjoyed the Saturday one so much I asked Richard about the
Sunday walk and planned my day so I could make it. I loved seeing the
old and new of London, and the magical and Muggle world of London. I
cannot thank Richard enough for making the tours interesting and
taking me to areas I would not have found on my own or even have known
to look for.

I know you already know what an asset you have in Richard but just
wanted to remind you.

Thank you

Dr. Alicia Kennedy
Conny Filletti - Roberts Creek, B.C. Canada
December 2010
Just wanted to extend my sincere thanks to Simon who guided us to the Dickens Christmas Festival in Rochester last Saturday. It was the highlight of my trip to London! Despite some nasty weather, Simon made sure we didn't miss a thing and his enthusiasm and energy never waned. His knowledge of Dickens and the area is truely impressive and was imparted in a manner which made everything we saw and experienced all the more magical. Thank you, Simon and, in keeping with the situation, Merry Christmas!
Maryanne - Doylestown, PA
November 2010
I just returned from the Saturday Harry Potter tour with Kontiki Rich. It was a fantastic experience. Richard was energetic, engaging, enthusiastic, entertaining, and entirely marvelous. I will definitely go on his other Harry Potter tours and, frankly, any other one he conducts.
Sarah - Chester
November 2010
A few friends and I went on the 'Ghosts of the Old City' walk last Saturday night. Had a fantastic time! Shaughan is a legend; he has a flair for wit and the dramatic.

Also, the Three Compasses Bar and Restaurant near Farringdon station is good (and closeby) for food and Saturday afternoon football viewing before meeting the tour at St Pauls.
ali dann - plymouth
October 2010
my friend jodie and i were in town last week with a bunch of art students on a field trip and i forced her to come with me on the thames pubs walk on wednesday night. for years i've wanted to get around to one of your walks, so taken was i with the brochure a few years ago .....anyway....notwithstanding the fact that we had been pounding the galleries since they opened and hadn't had any dinner she dutifully accompanied me and i just want to say that Katy and the walk fulfilled all my years of anticipation - ok only 3 years in truth - but more than that jodie my footsore sceptic LOVED it too. i can't wait to come back to the smoke to do another one and this time i've got the fella wrought up t'point an'all and he's the biggest history buff i've ever met. katy was outstanding and what a breath of fresh air! she's got a voice and a half on her that one and she reeeeally knows her stuff - wonderful to meet someone so fired up about her subject - she's a little powerhouse and she should definitely and i mean DEFINITELY be in the brochure dad!!! thanks Katy and keep going lass - you're a star!
Olivia Goodfellow
September 2010
Some feedback about your Constable Country & Colchester trip.

Hilary is a guide extraordinaire who made our day so memorable with her knowledge and subtle way of letting you just get on with it!

This is a beautiful day out but the walking may not be for those with less rambling ability, particularly the latter part of the day.

As a non artistic type,I found the whole day a wonderful experience and became emotional at the very places where Constable had actually painted-awesome!

Thank you Hilary-an amazing guide
Sarah Wade
September 2010
Hello!

I am writing to let you know about a wonderful walk and experience my group had with your company. On Tuesday, August 3 my small group of 4 took a private chocolate walk with Ann. We had the most fantastic experience! Ann was a charming and gracious hostess as we explored London's chocolatiers. Each chocolatier she took us to was unique and special - no one alike and we were treated to some of the most extraordinary chocolate we have ever eaten. So much chocolate! This is a tour no chocolate-lover should miss.

Ann's insight, knowledge, and delightful stories made for one of our most memorable days in London. We are already planning ways to return to London to have the opportunity to take another tour with her again soon!

Please pass this message and our regards along to her. As well, would you mind passing along my email to her - we discussed a book that she was going to email me the title of and I forgot to leave my email address with her.

Thank you!

Sarah Wade
Susan Graff
September 2010
Hello

My son and I have just got home from the London Walk round Bloomsbury with Helena.

We thoroughly enjoyed every minute of it and really appreciated Helena's vast knowledge and the sense of humour with which she related anecdotes. Moreover, the information was pitched just at the right level.

We also really like the way the leaflet is written especially the descriptions of the guides in such a down-to-earth manner. My son is at Oxford university at the moment so we would be interested to know which college Helena studied at.

Thanks once again for a most stimulating afternoon. Helena has kindled an exciting new interest for me. I shall be going on many more walks whether it be with my family or like-minded friends.

Best wishes

Susan Graff
Nick
August 2010
On Tuesday, went on Greenwich walk. Perhaps our 20th walk, and, our first disappointment. Lots of urban myths masquerading as facts, and too superficial. How about a Greenwich part 2, that starts in Greenwich, rather than use tour time taking the boat, to properly go into some depth.
Please take this as constructive, and in the spirit it is intended.
Nick
 
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Nick,
 
we will pow wow the suggestion!
Sheila Sivanand - Bombay, India
July 2010
Last year (May 2009), I had a month in London and time to spare so I took a walkabout card, and picked a walk nearly every day. I usually return and try to retrace the walk on my own a few days later, which is fun. I have a bloodhound's nose for direction and this way I have returned time and again to certain favourite areas , like Strand on the Green.
This year I was back in March-April, but could only manage a couple that I missed. I have pretty much done the lot by now,so was looking at the special walks (food, beachcombing and other out of the repertory walks). Unfortunately the dates didnt suit. But now I pick the walks as much for the guides as the route. I would certainly do repeat walks with Jean and Shaun. Helena is marvellous as well. I have recommended their walks to friends who are trying this out for the first time and they have loved every minute.
Till next spring then.
Maurice & Sheila Duke - Canberra, Australia
June 2010
Each time we visit our family in London we take a London Walk. This time we did two, Old Westminister with Karen (very interesting) and Royal London & Westminster Abbey with Tom. We had ringside standing room to watch the Trooping of the Colour parade but were disappointed that HRH did not appear on her royal balcony to say "Hi". However Tom arranged everything else above & beyond the call of duty. This walk is to be recommended not only for the information but for the humourous way in which Tom imparts it. Incidentally he walks quickly so wear your fast walking shoes! Thanks Tom!
Beth Grundy - Swansea, MA
May 2010
After about ten years of regular trips to London, with at least two London Walks each time, I felt it was time for me to offer my thanks and great appreciation to you! I LOVE London Walks! Just last week, I went on the "Old Palace Quarter" Walk with Angela. With her great enthusiasm and obvious love of history, knowledge, humor, and that voice of hers, I found myself immersed in the history of the area all over again. And as an aside - what a wonderful, wonderful surprise to realize that I was in the presence of one of my all-time favorite actresses. Although it has been many years since I have seen Angela in anything, as I am from the USA, it was a joy to be able to tell her how magnificent I thought - and still think - her work was. When I was a teenager, it was her portrayal of Sylvia Pankhurst that inspired me to begin a study of women's history, which in turn led me to my vocation of Episcopal (Anglican) priest - as I thought more seriously about the inroads women had made and continue to make in our society. And it is obvious after having Angela as a guide that she is still inspiring people with a deep love of history and an understanding of the human condition. Angela, thank you so much!!

And the same to you all. Can't wait to be back!
Nic Ricketts - Marlow
May 2010
My old Dad and I had a great time with Nick on the Greenwich walk the other day. It was marvellous weather. He had us acting out bits of Shakespeare, searching the Thames at low tide for tudor bricks and bits of clay pipe and generally amused until it was time to repair to Rivington's for a superb steak followed by a couple of cleansing ales at the Trafalgar Tavern. Many thanks!
Carol Williams - Ann Arbor, Michigan USA
May 2010
I've been on 5 walks in 7 days and they were all fabulous. My first time in London and it's amazing. Learning all the secret places, alleys and pubs from Westminster to Soho to Chancery Lane to the Old Jewish Quarter and every incredible bit of history in between was fantastic. The leaders are delightful story-tellers, clearly experienced and loving what they do. They pack such information into the 2 hours that one's head feels quite overloaded.

I was so glad to be part of the first ever Harry Potter walk from the Bank tube with Kon-Tiki Richard. He certainly knows both the Potter tales and the sites where filming occurred. His talk balanced the interests of children and adults quite well. I'm eager for next Sunday's Potter walk from Westminster.

Thanks for having these fine walks with such wonderful leaders. I'll keep at them until I've been on them all.
stacey bartlett - rossendale, lancashire
March 2010
Hi, I have actually posted my feedback on here from doing the Ripper tour in September. I know you probably won't want to post thing on your general feedback wall, but I just thought I'd share my full review of the walk on my blog with you, it really is singing your praises!

http://staceybartlett.blogspot.com/2009/09/jack-ripper-walking-tour.html

Let me know what you think!
Stacey Bartlett.
Tim & Flower Darby - Flagstaff, AZ
March 2010
We've been going on London Walks since 1995, having participated in at least 40 walks over the past 15 years. We love London Walks so much that it's a requirement on our frequent trips to London--in fact, we often schedule our flights around the walks we want to do--no joke!

Recently we had the pleasure of joining Richard III on the Soho walk on a Sunday evening. The fun and very exciting walk itself, coupled with Richard's excellent and very witty guiding, was a real treat. It crystallized for us that Richard III has indeed become our very most favorite guide--and that's saying something, as there is some stiff competition! We have gone on countless of Richard III's walks and have always enjoyed his knowledge, delivery, and panache on each and every walk. Make it a point, future London Walkers, to seek out Richard III. You'll be glad you did.

Thank you, Richard, for doing what you do. See you again sometime soon!
Eric - Framingham, MA, USA
February 2010
I was in London this past week without a tourbook and locals that were not too much help in deciding what I should see and do. One of them suggested the "Jack the Ripper" walk. What a treat! Donald's knowledge of the subject was truly impressive. Despite the rain and my cold feet, I RAVED about this walk.

So I decided to go on the Tower of London walk with Tom. Again, I was thoroughly impressed with Tom's knowledge, charisma, and general way he led this walk. By the end of the walk, I was wanting more info and felt a void in the amount of info I could get on the subject of the Tower because Tom had left.

Smart thinking on my part, I found out what walk Tom was leading the following day. This time, I joined him on "The Famous Square Mile - 2,000 Years of History." I must say this was as good as the other two walks I had already joined. Tom's knowledge of the subject, his care for the group, and his wit made this such a fun thing to do.

I highly recommend any of these walks to anyone who is visiting London.

Please continue to do what you are doing because you are doing such a perfect job at it!
Ronny - Antwerp, Belgium
February 2010
What a lovely Sunday morning walk yesterday in Old Hampstead Village. The weather was beautiful although freeing cold. Luckily Adam, our Scottish guide and passionate "Londoner" gave us a warm welcome. On top of that he was witty, entertaining and full of interesting historical facts. London walks delivers the goods everytime! Thanks.
John - Glasgow
January 2010
I would like to congratulate you on the Harry Potter walk, I took my two children on the walk and was pleasantly surprised at the content, at first I was dreading the walk but as any parent you do it for the kids, well I think I
enjoyed it more than my kids! and the biggest surprise was at the end of the walk all the kids got a present ( wands & wizard hats ) I will recommend this walk to the other members of our travelling group!

Regards.
John.
Stacey Bartlett - Rossendale, Lancashire, England
September 2009
My mum, aunty, cousin and I went on the Jack the Ripper walk after some internet searching for walks in London. Our walk was with Andrew and it was brilliant! The time flew by and we concluded the evening with a drink in the Ten Bells after supper.
I have read numerous literature on the Ripper and it was fantastic to experience the East End hunting ground at night - eerily quiet and almost timeless.
I would definitely reccommend the tour - we were hoping for Donald for obvious reasons but Andrew was incredibly adept, and also very handsome!
Thanks for an evening to remember.
Alan Notman - Edinburgh
August 2009
August 14th 2009
We, together with 38 others, opted for the St.Paul's Cathedral Tour which we thoroughly enjoyed and were most impressed with the guide and astonished when she told us this was her first tour with London Walks. Her presentation was faultless.Top marks.
Alan and Margaret Notman
Susana MacLean - Westfield, New Jersey, USA
August 2009
Our family attended Alan's Harry Potter walk last Sunday and we were delighted. My husband and I were intrigued by the historical, literary, and mythological origins of elements of the books, as described by Alan. Our children, aged 7 and 9, loved the bits of magic Alan performed and the special attention he paid them. We all loved visiting places upon which J.K. Rowling based scenes in her series. Alan did a wonderful job of making his talk, and the walk, interesting and enertaining for all ages. He was especially good at keeping the children engaged. Thanks for a great memory for our vacation in London. (P.S. I have a few more photos you might like to have to post on the site. I can't seem to attach more than one, here.)
Louise (& daughter Sophie) - Harpenden, Herts
June 2009
We went on the mud larking/ beachcombing walk along the Thames foreshore walk with Fiona H on Sunday. Thames beaches are a part of London that everyone ignores - I've lived here for over 40 years and never considered that there were (clean!) beaches in the Thames right in the heart of London where you can find small items which really bring history to life! Fiona is incredibly knowledgeable about the Thames foreshore and the small finds that we came across on the beach. We were very lucky with the weather and had a great time - it's suitable for all the family. You do need good shoes - no flip flops! We'll be bringing back the rest of the family when the tide's right for another of Fiona's walks!
The Hampson Family - Cockermouth, UK
May 2009
WOW! We planned to do at least one walk and we did three! One per night during our London stay in May '09. We did the Ripper Walk with Paul, the Ghosts, Guiness and Gaslight Walk with Richard III and The Ancient City at Night with Peter. All were totally superb. We learnt so much. The first two were brilliant but the absoulute 'gem' was the Ancient City Walk. All the guides were knowledgable and deliver their material in the most entertaining way and we all hung on every word. Our teenage sons thoroughly enjoyed this experience. We will be back for more on our next visit. London Walks deserves all the accolade. Don't try the rest, go for the best! l
Katie O'Grady - Bonn, Germany
June 2009
I try to visit London once or maybe twice a year, however I haven't been in a couple of years now. Whenever I am there, I try to take at least one walk - always depending on how much time I have in the city. I remember one stay a few years ago, where I took about five walks in one week. Super! Literary London, Shakespeare's London, Places where famous people live (forgotten the exact title but the guide was very cute....he was astonished that I knew that Jimi Hendrix choked on his own vomit), Ancient London, Ghosts, The V&A, or was it the British Museum?, I've taken loads of walks and want to take more! Well worth the money!!
Dee Neeson - Dublin, Ireland
May 2009
We were delighted to find out about the 'Legal & Illegal London' walk, which we took with David on 18th May. We went places we would never have found our way into - those beautiful gardens in the Inns of Court, Lincoln's Inn to see where the dinners are eaten under the double hammerbeam roof - and the memory that stays with me is standing on the very spot while hearing the story of what inspired John Donne to write "Ask not for whom the bells tolls.....". Talk about shivers down the spine!

An absolutely brilliant experience, and we look forward to taking another walk with you during our next trip. Many thanks!
Hazel - Coggeshall, Essex
May 2009
My husband and I went on 2 of your walks on Sunday, the Famous Square Mile and Shakespeare & Dickens' London. I had been wanting to go on your walks for years and the experience was worth the wait.

The Square Mile was guided by Simon in place of Graham and he was an excellent guide, very knowledgeable and entertaining. Took us to so many little out of the way places that you would never know existed otherwise. You really got a feel for Old London. My favourite was bombed out St Dunstan's church really hidden away but a beautifaul peaceful place to sit and contemplate. Fabulous.

David was a good guide for our afternoon walk dealing with a much larger group. Clearly a man with a passion for his subject. Prepared to take every opportunity that presented itself he saw a church at the Guildhall that isn't often open and pounced and we all got to look inside a small but beautiful little church that we probably could easily have walked past and not even noticed on a normal work day in London. My favourite was the garden with the memorial for heroes at Little Britain. Such a typically British thing celebrating ordinary people who do extraordinary things hidden away in a small green oasis in the hustle and bustle of the City.

We shall certainly be returning for more, and the fact that you can just 'turn up' if the mood takes you makes the walks so much more accessible.
Jela - Bratislava, Slovak Republic
May 2009
I have to say that i was little bit disappointed when i was told that Donald won't be guiding on Sunday, May 17 but i was completely overwhelmed when Steve was talking and guiding Jack the Ripper walk through narrow streets of Whitechapel. His speech was gripping, witty and full of excitement. I have always wanted to see that part of London and i am glad i attended the walk with wonderful guide as Steve is.
Mary Ellen Ferguson - London (the other one) Ontario
May 2009
I have enjoyed a few of your walks over the last few days but was disappointed that we didn't actually visit the Bodleian library on the Oxford tour. There was plenty of other fascinating information but as a librarian this was of particular interest to me. I know- caveat emptor- I should have specifically asked...but I was annoyed that our guide said it was not open for tour because it is a working library, when in fact they did have tours available. Why not just say it wasn't part of the tour? That said, I certainly won't be deterred from enjoying other tours on my visit to London but perhaps it would be helpful to make it clear from the outset that the Bodleian is not part of the tour. I have rambled enough. Thanks for letting me have my say!
 
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Mary Ellen. David here. First of all, ooops! My hunch is that's probably a development that's come about "of late" and Richard just wasn't across  it. It will have been a given-in-good-faith/believed-to-be-best-information pronouncement. I.E., it's a scrap of information - well non-information now - that's  been overtaken by "developments" and is now "out-of-date". Star guide that he is he'll 1) be mortified that he's put out something that's not factually correct and 2) it'll be put right instanta. As per what I said in that recent London Walks blog posting about Walks and Kids, one of the best things about the Good Ship London Walks  is that bright, switched-on, interesting people go on walking tours and we learn from you. As well as you learning from us. And this also underlines the value of this particular "forum" - i.e., the Walkers' Feedback facility. This is a perfect example of what we were hoping would be one of the benefits that it would bring in its train. It's a question of being utterly fastidious about every single detail, every single "mote" of information. All by way of the permanent, ongoing "raise our game" - set ourselves well apart from the knockoffs - project!
Alison Melick - Brooklyn, NY
May 2009
This is simply a very overdue note to revert with positive feedback on the Legal and Illegal Walk we took on Monday March 16th. Our guide was Simon, substituting for Shaun. Simon gave a superb tour, deftly working in historical reference and amusing anecdote. He was entertaining informative
and fun - and easy to hear despite the fact we were a large group as the weather was beautiful. Thanks much. We can't wait for our next trip back to London.
Scott - CT, USA
May 2009
Just a short note to thank London Walks for such a great experience. We did 4 walks in 4 days on our first ever trip to London. Every guide was superb. Of course, our highlight was when Helena somehow had us at the curb at preciously the moment the Queen passed us by offering a friendly wave! Helena, who has much to say, was momentarily, speechless!
TONY NIXON - CROYDON UK
April 2009
Together with a buddy who is a big Ripper fan, I went with Donald last night. Have to say the man hasn't lost his touch in the years since my first walk.
We absolutely enjoyed it. Thank you.
Sheila Sivanand - Bombay, India.
April 2009
I'm seriously addicted. Last September I did four walks back to back, which is all I could manage to squeeze in before leaving. I'd love to do the old Hampstead village walk again in a different season. This year I've come prepared to do a lot, and already have my monthly card. Just one suggestion. I can see the walks getting more populated as the weather gets warm. When the group is over twenty five or thirty it gets harder to move in close and especially with traffic at our backs, we tend to miss bits of what is spoken. Despite the carrying voices of your guides. Once summer sets in, would you be able to do smaller groups? I'd hate to be in a group of seventy, which I hear happens sometimes. And perhaps there could be groups designed for people who are not able to catch up. Even I have to lengthen my stride, and I'm a good walker. But I would like to bring a friend, a Londoner, who needs a stick and will never be able to keep up with your usual pace.
 
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Hi Sheila,
 
Thanks for your note. And pleased to hear about your addiction. It's one we share! In relation to your specifric points, we could of course go over to a booking scheme but it would be throwing the baby out with the bathwater. In short, the benefits would be far outweighed by the disadvantages. The cost of the walks would have to go way up to pay for the extra admin involved, which people wouldn't like at all. And indeed they also wouldn't be at all happy to say goodbye to the flexibility the enjoy with the old tried and true scheme we've operated for nearly half a century. By that I mean, the old tried and true system means that if the weather turns really foul - raining cold ropes, that sort of thing (and believe me, that does happen here from time to time) - you can just change your plans and you're not out a sou. Whereas if we had a booking scheme - whereby you'd "booked" and pre-paid - well, it would be exactly like forking out for a theatre ticket and then not availing yourself of it. Not a particularly happy state of affairs: either go on a walk when the weather is utterly miserable or not go on it and kiss £12 - £15 (what the price would probably have to go to to pay for the extra staff, telephone lines, office space, etc. were we to go over to a booking scheme) goodbye.
 
And it needs must be said - indeed stressed - that it's not really much of a problem. I mean just to give you an example from the last couple of days - days that were exceptionally clement  (I'm writing this on April 21st). Of the reports we've had in so far: Graham had 15 on his Old Mayfair Walk and 3 on his ghost walk; Jean had 27 and 22 on her two walks yesterday; Hillary took 8 people to Stonehenge and Salisbury today. It often comes as a surprise to people to learn that the numbers on the walks are often higher in the "shoulder" seasons than in the "high" summer season. The reason for that, we think, has to do with the type of people who go on walks - i.e., independents, travellers as opposed to tourists.
 
For the record, the only walk that consistently goes over 40-50 people is Jack the Ripper and we ALWAYS put two guides, sometimes three guides on on that walk.
 
And while to a certain extent it is a little bit like trying to figure out the road ahead by looking at the rear view mirror, when a walk starts to "heat up" numbers-wise we'll respond accordingly. Of late this spring, for example, Hidden London on Friday morning has been regularly attracting 40+ people. So we've started putting two guides on on that walk (providing the weather isn't impossible, I mean - we know from years and years of experience that the walks are pretty weather-sensitive). Ditto the Saturday and Sunday Little Venice walks these past few weeks.
 
And - it almost goes without saying - cellphones have been a godsend in this respect. We can't always pull a rabbit out of the hat, but if we get caught completely by surprise the guide gets phone bashing and sometimes there'll be a guide not far away at all who can come to the rescue very quickly indeed. We've been known to get reinforcements there in a quarter of an hour.
 
The other point - well, one of the other points - is that most people are prepared to take the rough with the smooth with London Walks. If there is an unexpectedly large crowd and the guide isn't able to pull a rabbit out of the hat - well, people can just head off and do something else. I mean we're in central London after all - i.e., you're in the centre of the world's greatest adult playground. And if anyone's put off by an unexpectedly large group...well, switch to Plan B or Plan C or Plan D or whatever. There's no shortage of wonderful stuff to do within a few hundred yards of wherever you are in central London.
 
You're right of course about the guides' big, "carrying" voices. And the other thing in that respect is that London Walks guides make a point of making sure that everybody can hear when there's a big group. They keep checking. If they're not doing that, well, we want to know about it. I've been several times on the most popular London Walk - Donald Rumbelow's Jack the Ripper Walk - and I've always made a point of standing a couple of yards behind the person who's farthest away from Don. And I've heard every syllable. Which actually shouldn't come as much of a surprise if you think about it. Because even when there's a huge group, no one in that group is further away from Don than somebody sitting in about Row F of the stalls in the theatre. Like us, Shakespeare's Globe Theatre is under open skies (ditto the Open Air Theatre in Regent's Park) and if 1500 people can be made to hear in the Globe, well, surely 55 people can be made to hear on a walking tour.
 
The other thing of course is for the walkers to be a bit proactive. If they are having problems hearing, they need to let the guide know. Just have a word with the guide and he or she will shepherd you a bit - get you right up to the front.
 
And finally - don't be shy about getting in touch with us. We've got plenty of walks that hardly ever get into double figures. If someone really has a thing about wanting to be in a very small, select group, well, they should get in touch and we'll be only too happy to direct them to the walks that never get big numbers and only very very rarely reach even medium size numbers.
 
As for the pace at which we move, well, no London Walk is a yomp. They're all at a gentle pace. And we really do our best to move at the speed of the slowest member in the group. If there's someone in the group that is exceptionally slow - well, that does pose a bit of a problem for us of course. Because if the walk gets slowed right down to a snail's pace...well, then what happens of course is that some of the other walkers get restive, even pretty unhappy. They've budgeted a couple of hours for the walk - they might have an appointment to keep or whatever - and the whole gets a bit tricky. What I'd say in those cases is, again: "let's talk". Give us a ring and we can talk it over. Some walks cover less ground than other walks and are thus, by definition, more "doable" for a really slow walker. To those shorter outdoor walks I'd add of course the British Museum and other gallery tours. They're eminently doable - even for someone who's really slow. But the best thing is for us to "explore the possibilities" with you. We've even had people go on some of the out-of-town trips who really aren't up to doing a lot of walking but can take advantage of the "on wheels" parts of the trip. We talk that over with people - make recommendations for them - and tailor the thing for them. 
 
And a last point of course is the private walks option. A private walk is not very expensive at all - well, they're expensive for just one or two people - but they're very reasonable for even small groups. And with private walks you can call the tune - as to pace, distance, timing, etc. etc.
 
Anyway, hope this helps. They're important points and the opportunity to air some of these things out is much appreciated.
Marina - Morristown, New Jersey, USA
January 2009
Hello and Happy New Year to all!
I have been to London three times in the last 3 years, and the most successful trip by far was the one from the last May, when I went on two day trips with London Walks!
One trip was to Richmond and Hampton Court Palace with Chris (I shall never look at William III the same way again :)) and one to Salisbury and Stonehenge with Richard (great fun!!! Oh, and the red cap is a nice touch!). Thank you for the incredible experiences! I will be in London again this year, and I am taking other family members with me, so that they can experience the London Walks!
sandra
January 2009
Happy New Year to you all, and thanks for great walks over the New Year.
Chris on the Stonehenge and Salisbury Day was her usual sparkling self wih her canny wit and never gave up even though it seemed like the day was really going wrong (coach vandalised and we missed the train home) The hour in the pub was actually more of a bonus to a great day out and we werent that late back really.
They say 1st January is like no other day and things go wrong then.
I think the day tells us what the year will be like and that means there is a great year ahead.
Not forgetting the Cambridge Day on the 29th. Packed with surprises. Great guides, looking forward to more walks soon. x
Jenny Buckeridge - Watford
December 2008
Many years ago my enthusiastic High School English teacher took his senior class on the Jack the Ripper walk on a scheduled activity day. The walk held the interest of a large group of far-too-cool-for-their-own-good teenagers! Nearly 30 years later I did the same walk and had the same reaction from my own children (and I enjoyed it too)! Needless to say, the teacher was David Tucker.

In recent years I've taken part in a number of walks and have never been disappointed. The days we walk usually turn into one of those memorable days that I'll never forget - true inspiration. I ALWAYS recommend visiting friends and family to do at least one walk during their visit and they're always glad they did.

You'll never find a better way to discover London.
Steve & Lynda Roberts - Manchester
December 2008
Thanks for 2 fantastic walks we took on our recent London trip they were Helenas 'Blitz' walk and Russels 'Aparitions and alleyways walk. yo can read about them both on my blog.
http://echostains.wordpress.com/2008/12/20/ghosts-of-the-past-walk-this-way/

Here are some strange 'Orbs' we photographed on the Ghost walk
Mike and Sharon Branigan - San Clemente, CA
December 2008
We took at least six tours with London Walks in August 07. LOVED THEM ALL! Cambridge Tour; Pub Crawl; Stonehenge/Salisbury; Harry Potter; London Blitz; Spies/Spycatchers (you really should know your spy history for this tour.) How about adding a Framlingham Castle tour? I know they have the audio tours but your guides are always SO knowledgeable and interactive!
Thank you so much for the wonderful experience we had with all of the walks we took. We hope to be back soon to continue our education!
Anja - Pforzheim, Germany
December 2008
Hi,

my sister and I went on the Old Mayfair walk and the Apparition, Alleyways and Ale walk with Russell when we visited London in November. Both great tours, taking us to place we would have never found on our own. Russell is a really great guide and he made us laugh quite a few times.

I will certainly go on other walks when I come back to London and I will recommend London Walks to all my friends travelling to London.
Christiane - Brazil living in the USA
December 2008
I went to London for the first time in 1995; I was 20 by then and that was my first time abroad.
The first thing I did in London - after reading a note in a Brazilian magazine - was the "Little Venice" walk. I immediately fell in love with London Walks and became a regular whenever I'm in town (5 times so far).
In this past 13 years and 5 visits, I can't recall all the walks I made, nor all the guys I've been with. What I DO recall is that with only 2 exceptions (in probably more than 20 walks together - not to mention the Explorer Days) all of them were great experiences.
It's much more than just "this is monument A, that one is palace B" as most of the guided books or tours tell you. London Walks is sightseeing, history, information, fun and, sometimes (why not?) good gossip! Not to mention the great group discounts,that make the walks almost pay by themselves!
The Explorer Days are also a must and I couldn't have made any better use of my limited time going by myself - not to mention the discounts on train tickets, entrances, etc.
I do recommend London Walks to everyone that visits London. And do hope to come back many more times in the future.If I do, I'll surely be joining you again!!!
Susan Williams - Springfield, Va USA
April 2008
Yeah... it is not the Constable country but the Dickens Christmas festival. What a blast from the past! This London Walks tour was the highlight of my trip in December. Thank you for making history come alive. Susan
Janet, Brad & Emily Bezovie - Two Hills, Alberta
November 2008
We visited London in July 2008. After two disappointing bus tours outside of London, we decided there must be a more satisfying way to see London and area. With a quick search online, we discovered your website, and your walks looked like the ticket! So we gathered at the station for the Old Kensington Walk. Not knowing what to expect, we soon discovered that this was the way to see London. Unfortunately, we only experienced one walk, but we are planning to do more when we are back in 2010!

Thanks David for the awesome experience! As promised, here's a picture! I have more if you'd like them.

Janet, Brad & Emily
Ron Harrell - Oshkosh
November 2008
Been to London three times in the past few years and have taken advantage of several walks. What an education for me and my family. Our most unique walk was an archaeological hike along the Thames where we found remnants of artifacts which included Roman tiles, a 13th century pipe, several 18th Century pipes, and several pieces of pottery from the Victorian age.

The guides were always knowledgeable, friendly and entertaining individuals, and after completing a walk we knew we had to sign up for another one.

David Tucker and Charles Chilton made us feel right at home and were quite adept at delivering zingers throughout the trips. The walks are simply the best way to see, learn about and experience London and the surrounding areas as they are and as they were.
Neil - Northampton
November 2008
Jack the Ripper Tour - Sunday
My girlfriend and I went on a tour last year - Haunted London which was very good. We decided to try the Jack the Ripper tour this year but were disappointed. Unfortunately the guide we had was not the one as advertised for the Sunday evening walk. Although very knowledgeable the guide did not hold your attention and we were disappointed with the walk and thought it was a waste of money unlike last year's walk which was very good.
 
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Hi Neil,
 
David here.
 
Can't win 'em all, I guess. Best I can say in response is that different guides have different styles and sometimes the "fit" just isn't right. It's sort of the old broadsheet/tabloid "calibration". How far along on that scale - one way or another - do you push the needle. It's a question of "reading" the audience and doing your damndest to pitch it right. Or as right as you can get it for the greatest number of people. It can be a high wire act, that entertain/inform dichotomy.
 
Anyway, I'm glad we won the one the last time you tried us. And I hope we turn up trumps the next time.
 
Only other thing I can add is that "the advertised guide" is well and truly back on that walk. I'm talking about Donald Rumbelow, of course. The man! The world's leading expert on Jack the Ripper. And no, it's not us saying that, that's the considered opinion of the "Bible" of Ripperology: The Jack the Ripper A to Z. As they put it, "Donald Rumbelow is internationally recognised as the leading authority on Jack the Ripper".
 
Well, I can add this, as  well: thanks for writing. Feedback - good and bad - is important. We want to hear it. And respond to it. If there's something wrong, put it right if we possibly can. One measure of that, surely, is that the few thumbs downs we get go up here as well as the ton of "herograms". Which is as it should be. You read one of those "Guest Books" where it's nothing but o.t.t./best thing since sliced b. praise you know the fix is in. Ain't the case here.
Denise Marinelli - São Paulo Brazil
October 2008
I was with a friend,Stefania, in London for 12 days last august. We have done a lot of walkings, some day out too, Stonehenge, Bath, Cotswolds, and Richmond-Hampton. We would like to thank you all for such a wonderful time, each walking leaves we carving for more. Even considering that we speaks portuguese in our daily basis, not english. Thank you Richard, Molly, Tom, Russell, Gillian, Fedra, Mary, David, Graham, Shaughan. We hope to see you next year.
Mary E. Lombardo - Toronto
September 2008
I wasn’t expecting too much when I showed up for the Shakespeare & Dickens London Walk on Sunday, Sept. 7th, 2008 at 2pm. I was pleasantly surprised though. David reminded me of my favourite professors when I was in University. The ones who were deeply knowledgeable and passionate about their subject, appreciated the power of context, offered humorous, off-beat examples and brought the lives of the literary giants as close to their students as possible. Immediately after our first London Walk, my friend and I decided to go on another, and then another. We took the Cotswold & Oxford walk with Hilary on Wednesday and the Camden Town walk with Judy on Saturday. Hilary and Judy’s walks were as engaging as David’s, a testament to the consistency in quality of the London Walks. Thank you London Walks. We were thoroughly edu-tained.
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Mary,
 
David here. You've set my London Walks tail wagging from breakfast to Christmas! So a sunburst of thanks!! And an extra one - a special one - for that new (to me) word: edu-tained!!!
Kelli - Alexandria, Virginia
September 2008
I was on vacation from August 28th through September 4th traveling solo and was able to go on 6 walks. Many thanks to Karen, Stephanie, Graham, and Hilary, great walks. David, your Old Kensington and Shakespeare's & Dickens' London walks were wonderful. I enjoyed the side trip to the Museum of London. I will be back in December and this time will be bringing friends to enjoy these fun and informative walks. Kelli
 
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Tnx, Kelli.
 
Bestest,
 
David
Manon - Montreal
September 2008
I was in London for 30 days from mid July to mid August. I have done 9 walks with London Walks and I really enjoyed the experience. I was travelling solo and I found it a good way to discover London. I have learn so much each time. The guides are very entertaining and they know alot about London. They give informations I haven't read in any travel books. There is the walks I have done:

Historic Greenwich - "Versailles with a riverscape"

Little Venice

Beatles: In My Life

Old Mayfair, The best address

Literary Bloomsbury & the Old Museum Quarter

Victoria and Albert Museum tour

Old Chelsea Riverside Village

The Inns Of Court: Legal and Illegal London

Old Hampstead Village

I have also done Magical Mystery Tour on a previous visit.

Thank you very much!

Manon
Emma - London
August 2008
My colleagues and I were looking for an alternative way to spend an evening together. We happened upon London Walks and choose the Thames Pub Walk without really knowing what to expect. From reading your literature and website we had the impression that you catered mainly for (American) tourists and we wondered whether your guides would cope with people who worked in the city.

We need not have worried. Our guide, Adam, was excellent. His knowledge and delivery were second to none and even the most sceptical of my colleagues were soon relaxed and enjoying the tour. Indeed at the end of the walk we even broke into spontaneous applause. Now, giving a tour worthy of applause is probably part of the job for Adam but to give a bunch of city-weary Londoners a new love for their city is something special.

I am eagerly looking forward to going on another of your walks. My fear now? Not finding a guide as good as Adam on the next walk...

Many thanks.
Emma
 
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Hi Emma,
 
David here. Thanks for your set-London-Walks'-tail-wagging-from-breakfast-to-Christmas note!
Mind you, pleased as we were to get it, it came as no surprise. No surprise because Adam's one of the brightest stars in the London Walks constellation! The which is saying a whole lot, because this is a group of very gifted guides.
 
And just to add here - and this might come as a surprise to you! - there's tons of Brits going on the walks these days, lots and lots of Londoners among them. On average 20 to 25 percent of our walkers are Londoners. And getting on for 50 percent of our walkers are Brits. Brits are by far the biggest "national group" represented on our walks. That wasn't the case 20 years. But it certainly is now. The natives have cottoned on to London Walks! Big time. And we're as pleased as can be about same. Not because it's a chance - from time to time - for visitors to London to meet some real Londoners! And I think the other thing to say here is that the visitors who go on London Walks aren't your bog standard "tourists". They're switched on, fun, independent, bright people - so there's a very good "fit" between the "motley" groups of locals and visitors that will pitch up on any given London Walk.
Bruce, Laurie and Jonathan Henkin - Scarsdale, New York
August 2008
We took the "Old Jewish Quarter and A Shetel Called Whitechapel" on 24 August, 2008....our tour guide was Shaughan and what a GRAND experience! His knowledge and love of the topic were catching! We did not want the tour to end....our son, Jonathan, especially enjoyed conversing with him. His ability to communicate with anyone is just a gift. On our next visit to London, expect to find us on another London Walk....and if Shaughan is the guide, so much the better!
Aaron Bigmore - London, Soon to be Johannesburg
August 2008
We were looking for something a bit different than sitting in a pub for my leaving due and decided on the Ancient City walk. At first the group of us were a bit apprehensive but as the walk went on we were all so involved that we didn't notice the time had flown past our dinner reservations. The guide, Vicky Wood, was fantastic and she made the walk for us. Not only did she keep our attention for beyond the walk time but any question we threw at her she knew the answer. The lot of us would recommend any walks with Vicky as our guide in the future. Thanks for a memorable evening.
Ed Manigault - Atlanta, GA USA
July 2008
We did the London by Gaslight Pub Walk on June 28th and Richard III was great - humorous and very informative. The tour was an excellent mix of quirky trivia and important historical events, and the two stops at the pubs were perfect for rest and to quench our thirst. I'd recommend this tour, and will definitely take another London Walks tour when I'm next in London.
Lois Bernstein - North Las Vegas, Nevada
June 2008
Thanks for the great walks.

I have been doing London Walks since 1988 and have never been disappointed. On my recent visit, May, 2008, I did the Thames Beachcombing and How London Influenced Harry Potter.

The Beachcombing was one I have wanted to experience and was finally in London at the right time. Fiona II was extraordinary, and I returned home with my found "treasures".

I want to also compliment you on adding the new contemporary walks. The Harry Potter walk delighted children and adults. We had between 30 & 40 people and Alan not only entertained us but provided relevant information as well. I did the Da Vinci walk about two years ago.

I am getting reading to launch a web site on visiting London and will include London Walks in my recommendations.

Thank you for some delightful and informative experiences. I look forward to my next visit when I hope to experience one of the Explorer Days,
Susan Williams - Springfield, Va USA
June 2008
Yeah... it is not the Constable country but the Dickens Christmas festival. What a blast from the past! This London Walks tour was the highlight of my trip in December. Thank you for making history come alive. Susan
Allison Davis - Los Angeles, California
June 2008
hello everyone, my sister and I reciently returned from vacation on London, were we took several London Walks. We wanted to say thank you to all the guides; two in particular. Judy did a great job on her "square mile" walk dispite all the rain, garbage trucks, and string quartets that kept springing up. And, we also really enjoyed the "Royal" walk with brian. He made royal London so fun that I actually want to research Queen Victoria's lineage now!
Thank you all again, we can't wait to come back to London!
Allison
Greg Musson - Bearley Stratford-Upon-Avon
June 2008
Just a little bit of website feedback, it would be really helpful to know where walks finish, as my partner and I go on walks regularly but due to the fact we do saturday morning walks, and then go to the theatre, we never know timings and where we're going to end up.

For example we are doing the rep walk on the 14th June, but do not know where the walk ends, to allow us to plan getting to the NT for the matinee of Revenger's Tragedy.

However saying that thank you to everyone at London Walks for a brilliant service on every walk, it is a pleasure to attend any walk.
 
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Greg,
 
Thanks for the comment. That's valuable feedback. We'll do our best to make that information available. It'll take a while because there are getting on for 400 different London Walks! And more being created all the time. But we'll make a start. Appropriately enough - right here! The Along the Thames Pub Walk ends very near London Bridgetube stop. As does the Shakespeare's London walk. Shakespeare's & Dickens's London - the Old City is more or less circular - i.e., it ends where it begins, at St. Paul'stube stop. Ditto Old Hampstead Village - it ends  just a stone's throw away from Hampsteadtube, its starting point. Old Westminster is also a "circular" walk. Ends back at - or almost back at - Westminstertube, where it began. The one you asked about - Fitzrovia - will end very near Goodge Streettube. So that'll be an easy shot for you to get down to the National Theatre. Just hop on the Northern Line at Goodge Street tube and take it four stops to Embankmenttube. Get out, walk across the footbridge and  just a stone's throw downstream is the National Theatre. That's a 12 minute trip (give or take a minute or two), with a very pleasant stroll (across the footbridge and along the river to the RNT) at the end of it. That's for Graham's Bohemian Fitzrovia daytime From the Rep walk. When I do that same walk - well, let's say that same area - as a pub walk (it comes up three or four times a year in The Other Saturday Night Pub Walk selection) it ends very near Oxford Circus tube. Which absolutely underlines the final point here. See the next para.
 
Only fly in the ointment - there always is one, isn't there - is that every guide will do his or her walk their way. Which of course is part of the charm of the thing. It's like A - B-ing Gilels' Brahms 2nd piano concerto with Fleischer's. It's fun - and instructive - to compare the two different "readings". We hear it all the time: "you can go on the same walk with a different guide and it'll be a completely different walk". There's almost everything to be said for that. Except this: it does sometimes mean that they won't end in the same place. So a confidently asserted "such-and-such-a-walk ends..." here could get it wrong. That said, no London Walk will ever end very far from good public transport "connections".
Nick Poingdestre - Jersey
June 2008
Hi, I have been attending (and in my own small social circle promoting) your walks for a number of years now. I am amazed at how the itinerary has grown but also pleased that you retain your guides...it is always a pleasure to see a familiar face on a new walk. Alan is a particular favourite as he has good 'stage presence' and genuinely enjoys sharing his knowledge and personal anecdotes. And the original Exhibit A from the Oscar Wilde trial is an ace card to play. One small request I would like to make, however, is the rotation of walks so that eventually they all occur on weekends at some time. I don't live in London and can rarely get there on week days, so my opportunities to get to any scheduled for these days are very few. If I think of anything else I'll let you know. otherwise keep up the good work and I so enjoy the quips on the website. Who ever heard of snarkiness indeed!
 
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Hi Nick,
 
Good suggestion. We'll do our best to make that happen for you. Only thing I would say is that there are one or two - Legal & Illegal London springs to mind - that are ill-suited for weekend appearances. In the case of the Inns of Court walk it's because Lincoln's Inn is always closed at the weekend. And sometimes it can be very difficult to get into the Temple at the weekend. When that happens you're down to just one - Gray's Inn - of the four Inns of Court. So that's why we fight shy of running that one on a weekend. Believe me, we'd love to put that one on on a weekend, but you can't do a walk where you can't go.
Kate McGown - Wanstead London
May 2008
Just a quick email to say what a fantastic time I had on the Jack the Ripper walk last night led by Russell. The whole thing was organised brilliantly and my friends and I came away feeling like we had got not only value for money but had actually develped a genuine interest and wonderment surrounding the subject. Russell was a most excellent guide, he mastered the large group we
were in with ease and kept us all informed, engaged and excited about the subject all the way around. I will most definitely be telling all my friends and family about the walks and urge them all to go on one! Thank you, and Russell, for a most memorable and enjoyable evening.
Duncan Bowers - Zurich, Switzerland
May 2008
Hello,
I just wanted to say thank you to David for last Sunday's Hampstead Walk; he really made the whole thing come alive with his enthusiasm and that was not easy on such a rainy day!
My only complaint is that the walk is too fast and too short - i wanted it to continue for at least a couple more hours!
And finally i would love to recommend The Flask to anyone looking for a really good pint with their lunch after the walk. It was certainly the most delicious pub-grub i have ever had.
Thanks and regards,
Duncan
 
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Duncan,
 
David here. Thanks very much for your note. The herogram of course was very welcome. But I'm particularly pleased to get that bit of feedback about The Flask. That will enable me to "fine tune" my recommendations ever so slightly. Because I always do the pair of walks on Sunday - Hampstead in the morning followed immediately by Shakespeare's & Dickens's London - the Old City in the afternoon - I can never have Sunday lunch up in Hampstead myself (because I'm always dashing off to the City to get to the S & D walk). So I'm always flying a kite ever so slightly when people ask for a recommendation for Sunday lunch. Flying a kite and hoping for the best! So what you've said is a big help in that regard. It's precisely one of the reasons we set up this forum - we were hoping to get this kind of feedback from time to time, knowing that there would be occasions - and this is a classic instance of one - when a walker would be able to plug a hole for us that for whatever reason we weren't able to attend to ourselves.
Kate Chandler - London
May 2008
About a year ago a group of friends and I did the 'Jack The Ripper' Walk, it was fantastic, discriptive and really took you back as though you were in that time and place.
This past Saturday my husband and I had a babysitter and decided to do another London Walk. We looked through the list and came to choose the one off 'historic east end pub crawl' walk.
We were rather dissapointed, as of the 2 out of 3 pubs we actually went to - they were of no particular historical interest or even particulary historic at all - one could think they were average pubs that the guide was on commission to take us. The guide seemed rather like he didn't want to be there (bored) and didn't set the scene or point out any of the east ends really gritty past which is generally what people and tourists want to hear. We left early and contiued our own pub crawl. I fear I have put my husband off 'London Walking Tours' I kept reassuring him that the 'Jack The Ripper' walk was so good I'm sure we just got a dud!!
 
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Kate,
 
David here. A nonplussed David. That's one of Ed Glinert's specials - and frankly, it shouldn't have been like that. Nobody has a better command of arcane London lore than Ed Glinert. He's a leading London historian - has a track record second-to-none in terms of the clutch of important and well regarded books on London he's turned out in the last few years. One reviewer accurately described him as a "one man London gazeteer". And he's an East Ender bred and born, so on the face of it that should have been a perfect fit walk-wise/guide-wise. So I'm really at a loss. Anyway, nothing more I can tell you now except that we'll obviously take it up with Ed, hear his side of it, try to figure out why it came so badly adrift* for you, etc. With a view, needless to say, to seeing if there any "course corrections" that might be called for. Knowing Ed, I'm pretty sure we'll be hearing from him here as well. He's a very nice guy and as besotted with London as I am (which is saying a great deal indeed), so I can guarantee you he'll 1) also be nonplussed and 2) concerned. And indeed if there is something amiss - he'll want to put it right.
 
*Just thinking outloud, it's a brand new walk and it usually takes about three outings before a new one is properly "bedded in". So that may have had something to do with the marked "fall off" from that great Ripper walk you went on. And I suppose the other thing is that maybe there was something "extraneous" - specific to that night - that pushed (or pulled) it quite badly out of shape. I don't know - perhaps a pub that he'd planned to go to was suddenly closed for refurbishment and he had to seriously re-route... Don't know, won't know until I've talked to Ed. Anyway, thanks for writing. We get almost no negative feedback - but what we do get we value. I know that probably seems a bit paradoxical. But that's the way it is. Reason being that we're always pushing to make the programme stronger, better. And if we've got a doozer in there - or, indeed, a basically good walk that's got a problem or two in it...well, we want to hear about that. So we can do something about it.
Ed Glinert - London
June 2008
Hi, Ed here, guide on the East End pub walk.

Very sorry you had a bad time, Kate. Bored to be there? On the contrary I was revelling in it, positively revelling in the stories I was telling about the distressing poverty all around; the appalling conditions the Jewish immigrants found themselves in; the unbridled greed of the East India company; the shock of the bombs falling on Spitalfields and how those fleeing found the tube stations shut; the absurdities of Jewish worshippers being pelted with bacon sandwiches by Jewish anarchists outside the synagogue - lots on the East End's "gritty past", as you say.

As for the pubs I chose, there have been so many closures in recent years there are only a handful of pubs left in the area. I would have loved to have taken the party to pubs of historical importance like the Frying Pan (but it's now a curry house), the Ten Bells (tour parties banned), the Carpenters Arms (too dangerous), the King's Stores (closed on a Saturday night), but was left with only a few.

Nevertheless they are good pubs to visit. Dirty Dicks has a great history, as I pointed out.

The Gun was chosen despite its lack of history as it's slap bang on the route and is empty enough to allow punters to relax for a break from the walking.

I chose the Pride of Spitalfields as it is a beautiful, cosy pub that feels like a country inn even though it's just off Brick Lane. People love that pub and travel miles just to be there.

No, I'm not any commission from them and don't know any of the landlords. I am distraught that you didn't enjoy the walk. Send me your address via London Walks and I'll send you a copy of my book East End Chronicles, which might make up for it. Ed.
Patricia Donaldson - San Diego, Ca
May 2008
Every time I'm in London, I take as many of your walks as possible. You see, I'm a tour guide myself and over the years I've done walks of Chicago, Dallas,and now San Diego, (I do GASLAMP QUARTER AND BALBOA PARK and OLD TOWN). Soooo I know a bit about touring and the highest compliment I can give you, is I try to copy your guides story telling style. I guess it works cause I've been written up on several occasions. Anyway, not hardly a day goes by that I don't tell everyone to not miss an opportunity to take the WORLD'S BEST tours when they go to London. I often mention ALAN and everything he does because he can keep you hanging on EVERY word to the very end and wanting more. Angela and Edward Petherbridge are also favorites. Sorry Alan, I've stolen a line you said on the very first tour I took with you and I use it on every one of mine..."the convoy only moves as fast as its slowest ship"..that keeps the crowd moving. Oh, yes I give credit to you after each statement!!!! Anyway, there is no better tour company any where than LONDON WALKS !!!
 
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Patricia,
 
David here. Wow! And, well, ta muchly (as they sometimes say up north). With that kind of sizzle I'm sure you're a bit of all right yourself as a tour guide! Can you drop us a line - london@walks.com - and tell us when and where you guide in sunny SD. Be nice to see the place through your eyes if we ever get there. And while we're at it, maybe think about a link exchange? We were clueless, no idea at all that there were walking tours in San Diego.
Harrison Tucker - Dallas, Texas, USA
May 2008
You have been so helpful in mailing two brochures all the way to Texas! Thank you for this, I have been on 3 walks already during my stay in london and I plan to go on a few more in my remaining time here. The three guides, Hilary "Secret London", Adam was outstanding on the "Subterranean London" and Jean for "Darkest Victorian". These walks were great and I thoroughly enjoyed them. Thank you so much for all your help and hard work.
Jewel Cardwell - Centreville, VA USA
April 2008
My husband and I just returned from a short trip to London. We had the pleasure of participating in the Shakespeare's London walk guided by Shaughan. What a wonderful experience! It was a definite highlight of our trip. Shaughan was informative and entertaining and a wonderful guide. We look forward to participating in more London Walks in the future.
Emma - Indianapolis
March 2008
We did the Friday walk with David and had a splendid time, even though it was January. He was very knowledgeable and a good speaker with a sense of humor. Our favorite part was when David showed us the pieces of history that float up from the tidal Thames; he found several centuries-old bits of red roof tiles circa the Great Fire of London and I have one hanging on my wall - a very prized possession! Highly recommended and I plan to take several more London Walks when I return this fall.
Mary Wilson - Toronto, Ontario Canada
February 2008
Greetings from snowy Toronto,

We returned last night from a week in wonderfully green and mild London--what a welcome respite from the snow and ice--and, as always, enjoyed several London Walks. This time out, our favorite was "Legal and Illegal London" with Shaughan. We were treated to so many amusing quotes, anecdotes and voices (but I won't spoil the fun by repeating any). Thanks Shaughan!
Sidney Martin - Fort Lauderdale, Florida - U S A
January 2008
I just returned from a most enjoyable week in London, made even more so by participation in four of your walks. They are an excellent, inexpensive way to see the city, and I have now taken about 12 of them over the years. A special thank you to David, who led the Kensington walk at 2 P.M. on Thursday, 24 January. Having stayed at hotels in that area several times, David showed me parts of the neighborhood I had never seen before. Now I know much more about it. All of your guides are excellent and well informed. I will be doing more walks next year!
Dan Lawyer - London
January 2008
I have recently been on several on your walks for the first time, I found out things I never knew about the town I have lived in all my life. Also the guides kept you entertained and enthralled all the way through the walk
Martina Pasic - Zagreb
January 2008
London walks were the best thing I've done since coming to London for the last couple of years. I've been to East London walk, Jack the Ripper haunts, Hampstead day walk (the most beautiful part of London in my opinion), Cambridge with Simon (the best guide : )), Da Vinci code and Beatles in my Life walk (Richard is great and his knowledge of the Beatles incredible...). Can't wait this summer to do the walks again. You are all great and the guides are fantastic!!!
Norman Godfrey - Toronto
January 08
A highlight for all my family were the walks led by Alan! He brings the life and times of Oscar Wilde to life and in the evening entertains with a wonderful walk called 'Murder Most Foul' that recants how others lost their lives! The 'Murder Most Foul' walk is a wonderful evening alternative to the pub walks that brings an untold part of London's history alive at the hands of very warm, skilled and engaging story teller. It is unique and it is fun and it is not to be missed. We shall be back for more!
Marlo K. - Saskatoon ,Saskatchewan, Canada
January 2008
Hey all you wonderful, wonderful guides!!!!!

I've been to your gorgeous and breathtaking city three times before. And I never been on a London walk once, but I won't miss the chance this time around. Each time I come, I always find something different to discover. I love to explore everything new I see. A friend is coming with me this time and it'll be fun to see London through her eyes. In a way I'll be her guide. Hope to see all you wonderful people real soon.
Jean Hjerpe - Minnetonka MN
January 2008
We come to London every winter and always take London Walks. The bad news is that we have pretty much done them all! Some twice! And some that were not even a subject that we thought we were interested in. (Da Vinci Code.) They have all been wonderful. Even the ones we didn't know we would like. Keep it up!!!!
Minnie and Eric - Montreal, Canada
January 2008
Wow! We just came home from a week long trip to London. This trip was made fabulous by the numerous Walks we were on. We did the British Museum, Notting Hill, Ghosts of the Old City, Jack the Ripper and the Stonehenge Walks. Each guide was wonderful, full of knowledge, had a great sense of humour and were very helpful. Tom in particular was simply a delight. We won't forget these tours and hope to come back to London and maybe do some more walks with you.

Thousand thanks,
Minnie and Eric
Clave & Madeline Gill - Mandeville (north of New Orleans), Louisiana
January 2008
David -

Along with our daughter and son-in-law(new residents of London), we were with you for The Along The Thames Pub Walk and Shakespeare's and Dickens' London over the Christmas hollidays, and appreciated and enjoyed your knowledge, presentation and wit.

We have used private guides on other travels, but you were more than their equal - and at a fraction of the cost. You actually inspired us to delve more deeply into Elizabethan history and to "brush up our Shakespeare."

Our family will be back for more.

Clave & Madeline Gill
Jere O'Neill Surber - Denver
December 2007
First, I just wanted to say thanks so very much for working with me again this autumn in conjunction with the University of Denver's 'Semester in London Program.' As you know, London Walks was a major part of our students' educational experience this semester and, judging by the students' comments and evaluations, was a much appreciated (and enjoyed) element of our program.

The students gave your group top marks! I, as the director and principal instructor, especially valued your willingness and good cheer in accommodating our schedule and needs and could not recommend London Walks more enthusiastically to any other institution or program.

Second, I wanted to call special attention to the contributions of Simon. Having Simon for most of our outings was a welcome element of continuity for our students and I came to think of him as an active member of my 'team.' For every walk, I talked with Simon ahead of time about what we had been covering in class and he consistently focused his walks and discussion on topics of most interest to us. With Simon, it never felt as if he was just offering a 'canned performance' but rather a thoughtful, on-site class really tailored to our interests.

He also succeeded in engaging our students at a 'college level,' never talking down to them or boring them with things irrelevant to their course of studies. Still, he was animated, humorous, engaging, and held the students' attention from beginning to end. He has a real knack for dramatic storytelling. The students always asked, "Will Simon be with us today?" and were genuinely excited when he was. They especially liked his little 'quizzes' at the end of the day on bus rides home, when he reviewed main points and then gave small rewards (like postcards or souvenirs)for correct answers. This clearly helped them remember important points when exam time came around. He was a great guide for our students and a pleasure for me to get to know. Hope you'll let him off before long to come visit us in Colorado!

Again, many thanks to you, your staff, and Simon for a wonderful semester.

All my best to all of you and happy holidays. Hope we'll be able to work together again.

Jere O'Neill Surber
Professor
University of Denver
Christina Clarke - White Rock BC Canada
December 2007
I have been doing the London walks for years.
That is my habit when I am fending off jet lag, I get off the plane and go on a walk in the fresh air and maybe slip in a couple of pints in good company as most often I travel alone.
My friends have been VERY impressed and I feel very at home and safe with the guides.
I get to go to places I would never have gone, and I will treat myself to new walks in the future.
Any of you coming out to Vancouver? I will treat you to historical Fort Langley!
Cheers Chris
 
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Chris,
 
It's David here. You're kindness itself - not to say, generosity itself. But now look, forewarned is forearmed. We're all besotted with walking tours (by 'we' I mean the 70 or so London Walks guides). We all track them down and go on them whenever we're on holiday. So you're bound to get some uptake on that offer - especially since your note's going to be read out at the annual London Walks Guides' Christmas Party! But seriously, thanks so much. And if you happen to pitch up on one that I'm personally guiding - well, please introduce yourself!
Andrew
December 2007
Just to say thanks for the Westminster walk that I went on at the weekend (1/12/07). It was fantastic and Karen the guide brought the whole thing to life from the outset.
I look forward to going on another one when I am in London again.
Sophia and Ron - Columbus Ohio
November 2007
Hi David -

Better late than never! Ron and I still talk about the fantastic day we had on the Old Kensington Walk in May 2007. It was one of the most enjoyable days we had in London! The walk around Kensington, the trip to Hornets and the time we spent with you will always be one of our cherished memories!

Attached is a picture of Orlando, Ron and yourself in front of Hornets. We also went to Babylon and enjoyed a fantastic meal and had a private tour of the garden.

We hope you are doing well and hope to run into you again on a future London Walk!

( I will send you other pictures)

- Sophia and Ron
Tina - London
November 2007
I have just been on the London City walk with Shaughn and I have to say what a truly wonderful morning. I live very near the City of London and was very interested in knowing some of the quirky things that you don't normally see.

I was not disappointed not only did we see some interesting historical buildings but I learnt all sorts of facts - such as how the phrase "all at sixes and seven" came into being and where the word 'Tips' originates.

This was the first London walk I have done but it certainly won't be the last!

Thank you Shaughn for your humour and vast knowledge.
Amber - Denver, Colorado
November 2007
My friend and I joined Judy on her Old Westminster walk and loved it! I've been to the Westminster Area several times but never knew much about it, besides the names of certain buildings. It was great to hear about the history of the area and the surrounding buildings (i.e. Palace of Westminster, the Abbey, etc.). While it was quite a chilly day, the light-hearted (and very informative) commentary kept us warm on our walk and we did not notice the time pass by. I could have stayed on for another hour! I will definitely join another London Walk on a future visit in London.
Segard - London / Geneva
November 2007
This is a message for Stephanie:
I was at the Chelsea walk this afternoon and I am very sorry because I have been rude to you leaving the walks without telling you thank you and goodbye. Actually, I realised that it was already 3:30 pm and I had to rush to pick up my children at school on time. You were already further away and so, I just left. I really enjoyed the walk, it was really interesting and I thank you very much for it.

Sorry to have been so impolite, I am sure elephants don't behave so badly.

Kind regards,

Genevieve Segard
Karen Walters - Toronto, Canada
November 2007
My husband and I have been traveling to London for ten years now and our trips always include London Walks. Over the years we have been on probably close to twenty walks and on our most recent trip we took four walks - each was better than the last. After our Kensington Village walk, we asked our guide David to recommend a good local pub - what a gem he sent us to! One of the best things about London Walks is the local knowledge the guides have and are eager to share, if only you ask. Want to know the great pub we went to? Ask David.
Kyla Mayer - Santa Clarita (Los Angeles), Ca
November 2007
I took these walks a couple of years ago and can only say that it enriched my experience more than I could possibly tell. I took a vacation all on my own in a strange land and never felt more welcome. I met a surprising amount of locals who were more than accomidating, as after several of the walks (I took almost 2 on each of the seven days I was vacationing) many of us stayed to chat in the pubs. They usually let off in a common area close to landmark tourist locations and pubs that are near tube stations. The guides had great information on the best times to view the attractions and museums and gave very helpfull tips on good rates and places to eat. One is able to see more of London than expected and I learned more than any history class could teach. The guides are knowledgable and very friendly. My memories of this wonderous country left me feeling more homesick when I came back to the west coast. I plan on returning later this year for my honeymoon/ anniversary and my husband is very excited to take these tours, seeing all the wonderful photographs I returned with. The enclosed picture is of myself on the steps of Abbey Road Studios. The Beatles Tour was absolutely amazing but the Jack the Ripper tour was, by far, my favorite.
Kristina - Munich, Germany
October 2007
I found out about London Walks in the Internet and took the chance to attend at two walks.
Thanks to Simon for the interesting time I had during the Cambridge Walk. If I wasn't working, I would think about returning to do a post-garduate there in Cambridge. :-)
THANKS. Next Time in London, I will try other walks. Promised
Cheryl Washington - Montclair, New Jersey, USA
September 2007
I just wanted to say a great big "THANK YOU" to David. I attended my very first LondonWalks on Sunday, Sept. 9, 2007 "Hampstead Heath". It was the absolute best time and David was so wonderfully courteous and knowledgeable. We also got meet his friend Peter and the adorable black cat. Peter himself gave us wonderful insight into Hampstead as well. I later went on (3) more LondonWalks and loved every one of them. I can't wait to return to London next year with my family and take them on the walks. So to David and all my other guides "Thank you for Wonderful Time and Keep Up the Great Walks". See you all in 2008!!
Nicki - San Diego, California, USA
September 2007
Richard hosted a fabulous walk through the Cotswolds (July 8). Starting by train made the experience even more enjoyable because we got to know our fellow walkers. The tour focused on the more out-of-the-way areas that were so much quieter and quaint than the busier areas frequented by most bus tours. Richard's enthusiasm, knowledge and witty humor enhanced the pleasant walks through the countryside...and be prepared to some real walking. Thank you for creating one of my fondest experiences in England
Sandra - Abbey Wood
September 2007
I forgot my camera on Hilary's first class Constable country and Colchester walk so missed all those inspiring momentos that I would have joyfully collected. Aw shucks, I shall just have to go back again next year. Then we will not be so lucky as to witness the charming little wedding group going into the church and might get to go in it instead. Can't wait.
Simon's brilliant Leeds Castle and Canterbury Day which I greedily tucked into again was again an action-packed day in 'the most beautiful Castle in the world where we happily explored the many attractions. Our guide provided fun, jokes, sang to us and gave top expert knowledge. Also it seemed like 3 walks not 2. - excellent value.
I was blown away by the quiet beauty, peacefulness and rather lovely eperience of walking in Canterbury Cathedral not to be missed.
Finally thank you to Simon for his kindness that day, and ensuring to home safe and sound.
Explorer Days have provided me with cheap and fast travel with guides who are expert and tireless. Venues are exciting full of character and well..I could go on all day er.night..Well done.
Zara - Rainham,Kent
September 2007
Went for the Sherlock Holmes walk last Thursday with Richard IV,it was great,thoroughly enjoyed it. Lots of interesting bits of information I didnt know about ,Holmes and Waston and especially Doyle come alive in the walk!!!! Plus you get to see some lovely parts of London so close yet so hidden from the normal tourist trade. Thanks Richard!
Shaunna Howat - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA
September 2007
We joined several London Walks while in London in August. We joined Old Westminster Walk, Shakespeare's London Walk, British Museum Walk, and Old Hampstead Walk. What a marvelous way to see the city! This was our first time in England, and we feel like we got a great, personal view of the city that we couldn't have gotten sittin on a bus. Thank you, and we will recommend you to anyone we know!
This photo is of our charming tour guide on the Shakespeare's London Walk. She sang us a little tune when we reached the site of the Old Globe Theatre.
karen barratt - cleethorpes
September 2007
We went on the Jack the Ripper Walk and thoroughly enjoyed it. Our guide, Simon, was brilliant: he really brought the characters to lfe
Sarah Bathie - London
August 2007
I started taking London walks about ten years ago and have been addicted ever since! As a Londoner I am constantly astonished by how little I actually know about my home town and am always enthralled to hear the guides talk about some forgotten corner of the City.

Shaughan is a particular delight-erudite and entertaining and the Square Mile and Greenwich are NOT to be missed!
Patty Darner - Virginia
August 2007
London Walks were a high point in my family's trip to England. We fit in at least one and sometimes two tours each day.

Donald's expertise in leading the Ripper walk shouldn't be missed as he weaves in the history of Old London. You can purchase a copy of his latest book before the start of this tour that he is happy to autograph. This tour draws a large crowd so it's especially helpful that Donald stands on a foot stool at each stop so he can be easily seen and heard.

Tom is an especially fun guide. If you're confused as to why the Scots (Scotland Yard) police the Brits, Tom's the man to ask.

I returned to the USA hoping to locate a similar opportunity for touring DC Monuments. There are numerous tours but I've yet to discover one like London Walks.

Many thanks for a jolly good time!
Tom Schlak - Geneva, IL, USA
August 2007
Can't recommend the actual walks or the organization itself highly enough! First class all the way. In my 11 years of visiting London, I've taken more than 2 dozen of the various London Walks walks and Explorer Days, and must say that I've enjoyed *every* one of them immensely! It's the fastest way toward getting to know an amazing, but huge place like London. I have yet to find a "dud" in the bunch, even those I took when I just had a bit of time to kill, and maybe was on a subject in which I would normally not have been too interested, but still had a wonderful time! My faves are the Friday Along the Thames Pub Walk with David (done 3 times!), the Secrets of Westminster Abbey, Donald's Ripper Walk (naturally!) and the Cambridge Explorer Day.
Tony Mason - London
August 2007
A group of us in the shipping industry booked David for a private walk, following his Friday night 'Along the Thames Pub Walk'.

All found the walk highly informative and entertaining - even those of us who thought we knew London well were fascinated - we kept up and paid attention throughout.
Our industry evenings have an element of competition in them, so we asked David to run a quiz for us (based on what we had learned en route) when we reached our destination (we had booked a room in the George, Borough High Street to round off our evening)
Here David was equally amusing as he stimulated us to remember some of the more off-beat information he had provided en route; though at the end of the quiz, we had to remind him of questions he had asked - he could only remember the answers!
Afterwards he told us this was the first time he had been asked to run a quiz - which he had done like a true professional!
I can thoroughly recommend this as an 'evening out' if like us you are challenged to organise something different for an after work office event (as well as booking david, we booked the private pub room + buffet food ourselves to round off the evening)

And the winning team in David's quiz have to come up with an equally entertaining concept for our next industry evening out - which will be quite a challenge in itself!
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Hi Tony,
 
It's David here. Thanks for that. Your group was a lot of fun - I enjoyed the evening myself very much. Only regret is that I forgot to hit you with my favourite general knowledge question: what was the very last part of the Roman empire to fall to the barbarians - and when did it fall? And the bonus question: who were the barbarians and who was their leader?
Steven P. - Birmingham, AL
August 2007
Just wanted to say how much I enjoy just reading your website. I went on at least 10 of your walks during a visit several years ago and one was better than the next. Unfortunately, I haven't been able to return yet (hope to soon) but I still love the humorous anecdotes and descriptions written by your staff.
Laura Matuszak - Edinburgh
July 2007
I am now a seasoned visitor to London! To date I have been on several of the advertised walks and each time have very much enjoyed the experience. They are great value for money and use of time. The guides are both entertaining and knowledgeable whilst the routes of the walks themselves offer a unique and intimate insight into various parts of the big city! Highly recommended!
Sara Casey - St. Louis, Missouri USA
July 2007
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.
Iris Navarro - Rocha, Uruguay
July 2007
It´s been a year since I was in London for the first time and all this time I have been thinking of thanking London Walks for the great time I spent on your tours.I took many of your walks butI would specially like to thank Richard, "the red hat man" and Simon, who delighted me with their knowledge of the places we visited. They made their talks so vivid that I will never forget what I learned about your your history and culture. Thanks once more, I´d love to come back one day and meet you again.
Alyce Moore - York, Maine USA
July 2007
My husband and I went on several walks when we went to London in January, 2005. We loved every single one of them. We are going back to London in September and I have walks planned for every day. I would strongly recommend London Walks - the guides are interesting and colorful, you learn a ton about things not in the history books and best of all, if you walk every day (as opposed to sitting on a tour bus all day - ugh) you feel less guilty eating all of that fabulous English cuisine. :-)Having said that, the walks are not strenuous at all and I think would be appropriate for people of all ages and fitness levels.
Thomas Ottensman - Platteville, WI
November 2008
Took the Thames Pub Walk last week--never finished it nor the spirits which is unusual for me. It was a rightly good time--met lots of Limeys--imbibed lots of ale--crashed later in St. Paul's. I'd do it again.
Tott
 
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Thos. (that's pronounced Thoss here, but I shorten it to Toss)...Er, how to put this: you're either a hoaxer or you're labouring under a massive misapprehension. Don't want to rain on your parade but you can't "crash" in St. Paul's after an evening pub walk. Perhaps you crashed into St. Paul's. Whatever the case, glad to hear the evening - real or (more probably) imagined - was of the fruitiest.
 
Bestest, pip pip and tinkerty tonk,
 
David
London Walks
 
P.S., I think I know who you are. Namely Tom Ottensman's classmate, he who dearly loves to flick the baited hook and harry the finny denizens of Lake Winnebago.
 
 
Ellen M. - Parsippany, NJ
July 2007
We decided to try a London Walk based on the quality and fun of the writing in the brochure -- right up there with the Land's End catalog. We took a second one based on the quality and fun of the walk itself. Carry on, London Walks!