Monday's Walks

Date Time Walk Meeting Point
2 Apr 2018 9am Cambridge - "can such places be?" King's Cross Railway Station (meet by the ticket office, near the Leon Cafe)

10:15

Tower Hill Tube (meet by the Tower Hill Tram coffee stall) | Map

Guided by Isobel or Ann

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Short version: To start the week, the perfect London Walk...

Long version: Yes, perfect! Here's why: 1) Greenwich is its own universe. Just a snap of a finger – 8 minutes – from central London. 2) We step into a trompe-l'oeil picture, a Canaletto scene of order and majesty. 3) The walk decodes Greenwich. 4) Feasts on its secrets – tiny particulars you'd otherwise miss. A horse's tail, a hidden hand, a tell-tale furrow in the terrain, a crushed king, the world's most expensive apology, Saint Preposterous, clocks that saved thousands of lives, a save-you-a-tenner secret place to bestride both hemispheres, a flutter of fans, the 'X' factor which graces works of genius. 5) It's the overture to London's most sensational "day out." Riverside pub lunch. The beer Nelson's old salts drank. His Trafalgar uniform, with the bullet hole. Flea market. Observatory. Cutty Sark. Cream tea. The unique trifecta: down Greenwich way people walk under the Thames, sail across it, fly* over it. 6) Begins with the best boat ride in London and we get you a big discount. N.B. the walk ends in Greenwich, just a couple of minutes away from Greenwich's superb and blazingly quick transport links back into central London. *That's right, there it is – in the distance – the gondola in the sky. The Cable Car! Guided by Ann or Isobel.

GREENWICH WALK – THE PRACTICALS

The Greenwich Walk takes place every* Monday morning at 10.15 am. The meeting point is by the "Tower Hill Tram" coffee stall just outside the exit of Tower Hill Tube. N.B. the walk ends in Greenwich Church Street, opposite St. Alfege church. From there it's a five-minute walk to public transport. Getting back to central London is quick and eezy peezy. You're spoiled for choice: DLR (Cutty Sark Station), boat from Greenwich pier, train from Greenwich Railway Station, or the 188 bus. Quickest right into the heart of central London is the DLR – it's 19 minutes from Cutty Sark Station to Bank Tube. But the train is also fast. There are two trains an hour from Greenwich Railway Station direct to Charing Cross Railway Station. The journey takes only 20 minutes or so. *Except Dec. 25 and Jan. 1

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LONDON WALKS REVIEWS

"you can't do better than London Walks"  London Day by Day

"Four of us decided to take the Greenwich Walk while on a weekend break. We were greeted by our guide at Tower Hill station who took the group of about 15 down the river to Greenwich. The guide, a female whose name escapes me, was brilliant. Not only was she a fountain of knowledge on Greenwich, she plied her trade with such enthusiasm and personality. The walk ends in Greenwich leaving you to make your own way back, however this is no hardship as most people will want to prolong their stay in this lovely part of the city once the walk concludes. Highly recommended."  Richard L. Preston, UK

"The guide (Isobel) was very good. These walks are a real opportunity to go to places you think you know but you don't really! Lots of stories and gossip about the people who lived in Greenwich made the whole place even more alive! Who knew that Nelson was buried in Cardinal Wolsey's unused tomb? Definitely recommend!"  Michael B. Falkirk, United Kingdom

LONDON WALKS – STREETS AHEAD!

Don't just take it from us. 

 

10:45

St. James's Park Tube, Broadway/Westminster Abbey exit | Map

Guided by Tom or Mary or Gillian or Hilary or Brian or Chris

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Short version: England in microcosm and privileged admission – no standing in a ticket line for 45 minutes

Long version: The special place. The special time. The special tour. Yes, Westminster Abbey. Its secrets. The spell it casts. Let us count (some of) the ways. The Abbey is a three-dimensional walk-through history of England. It's the place where kings and queens are crowned (and often buried). It's royal weddings. It's a great religious centre. It's Poets' Corner. It's the reason London is "the unique city". It's the seed-bed of democratic government. It's the driving force of English music. Yes – this bears repeating – the Abbey is England in microcosm. It's also a building of splendour, intricacy and consummate virtuosity. Its particulars are astonishing: the world's finest stone roof, the greatest work of mediaeval art in Britain; the most splendid Renaissance tomb north of the Alps; priceless 13th-century wall paintings; the cosmic symbolism of its floor; waxworks far superior to Madame Tussaud's; monumental sculpture and memorial tablets that are a tableau of national biography. N.B. Because of the Abbey's strict limitations on the size of tour groups we have to charge £3 each for children. There's an admission charge to the Abbey but we get you a discount. And another huge bonus – we sail right in, so no queuing (no "standing in line"). The Secrets of Westminster Abbey are revealed by the crème de la crème of this profession – award-winning, elite, professionally qualified Blue Badge guides. On Mondays it's ChrisMaryHilary OBE or Tom MBE. On Thursdays it's MaryBrian or Tom MBE

WESTMINSTER ABBEY TOUR PRACTICALS

The Westminster Abbey Tour takes place every* Monday and every** Thursday at 10.45 am. The meeting point is just outside St. James's Park Tube, the Broadway/Westminster Abbey exit (opposite 40 Broadway). There's an admission charge to the Abbey but we get you a discount. And what's even more important – we sail right in, so no queuing (no "standing in line"). Because of the Abbey's strict limitations on the size of tour groups we have to charge £3 each for children. The tour ends at the Abbey, a four-minute walk from St. James' Park and Westminster Tube Stations.  *Except Monday, Dec. 25 and Monday, March 12   **Except Thursday, Nov. 9    

LONDON WALKS SOUPÇON

"the soil he's buried in is a composite of the soils of the six great French and Belgian battlefields of World War I: the Somme, Passchendaele, Arras, etc....which, if you think about it, is a precise reversal of the terms of Rupert Brooke's great poem, 'If I should die, think only this of me, that there's some corner of a foreign field that is forever England'. By virtue of that foreign soil this is a corner of England that is forever a foreign field."

LONDON WALKS REVIEWS

"Best Tourism Experience in London"  Gold Medal Winner Visit London

"Although the big companies tend to just shuttle vast hordes of people about, one tour company does give you an in-depth, personalized insight  to the city, offering a dizzying array of themed tours conducted by very qualified guides." London

"the best London has to offer"  Culture Trip

LONDON WALKS PRIVATE WALKS

If you can't make one of the regularly scheduled, just-turn-up, public Westminster Abbey Tours do think about booking one as a private tour.* For a singleton or a couple or a foursome, a private tour is obviously quite a bit more expensive than going on one of the public tours but they're still good value. Indeed, best value if you compare them with what's on offer in the wider marketplace. And for a reasonably sized group they're superb value – cost you less than going on one of the public outings. If you go private you can have the Westminster Abbey Tour – or any other London Walk – on a day and at a time that suits your convenience. We'll tailor it to your wishes and requirements. And – always with private London Walks and tours – we go to great lengths to make sure the guide-walker(s) "fit" is well-nigh perfect. Ring Fiona or Noel or Mary on 020 7624 3978 or email us at privatewalks@walks.com and we'll set it up and make it happen for you. A private London Walk makes an ideal group or educational or birthday party or office (team-building) or club outing. Or indeed a fab present – be it a birthday or anniversary or get-to-know-your-new neighbourhood gift or Christmas present or whatever. Merchandise schmerchandise (gift wrapped or not) – but giving someone an experience, now that's special. Memories make us rich.  *And, yes, with a private tour – like on our public Westminster Abbey Tours – you'll benefit from Fast-Track Admission and the favourable Group Discount London Walkers get.

LONDON WALKS MEME

It all comes down to the guiding.

LONDON WALKS – STREETS AHEAD!

Don't just take it from us.

THE FAMOUS WHITE LONDON WALKS LEAFLET

"Nah, don't need it, got it all here," you say. Er, roaming charges? Er, dead battery? Er, reading your phone in the bathtub and you drop it? [Smelling salts interval: sick as a parrot. ashen-faced.] Er, read the famous white leaflet in the bathtub and you drop it what do you do? Er, you dry it out. Anyway, maybe worth making a mental note that you can always pick up the iconic white London Walks leaflet at the Cafe in the Crypt at St. Martin-in-the-Fields, the old church in Trafalgfar Square. They're on the Information Table there, right by the box office. And indeed they also display them on the shop counter, right by the cash register. And it's win-win because the Cafe in the Crypt is one of the town's delights. Should be on everybody's London itinerary.

10:45

Monument Tube, Fish Street Hill exit | Map

Guided by Sue or Richard III or Karen or Kim

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Elsewhere is always surprising... Especially when elsewhere is the dark side of the moon – the Victorian underside of 21st century London. Here's how we get there. We poke around in forgotten corners of the real London just over the river. We make some thrilling – and chilling – "finds". Everything from trace evidence – archaeological fragments – to the whole kit and caboodle. Stuff from the old, furtive, toil-worn, hard-scrabble, soon-to-be-passing, villainous past: a paupers' burying ground, a ragged school, "model dwellings", Little Dorrit's prison, Octavia Hill's cottages, etc. We see it. And hear the people. Really hear them. Because they speak through the guides: chimney sweeps, prostitutes, the soon-to-be-executed "Black Maria", pickpockets, street sellers, the Body Snatching Borough Gang, etc. It's history as a seance. And for added value, at the end of the walk you'll be able to get into the Old Operating Theatre at half price. It's well worth seeing – it's the only Georgian operating theatre in the world. And for lunch, well these two words will suffice: Borough Market. Guided by Kim (winner of the London Tourist Board's Guide of the Year Award) and Richard III and Karen (winner of the London Tourist Board's Guide of the Year Award*).

DARKEST VICTORIAN LONDON – THE PRACTICALS

Darkest Victorian London takes place at 10.45 am every* Monday morning. The meeting point is just outside the Fish Street Hill exit of Monument Tube Stop. N.B. the walk ends at the Old Operating Theatre, just round the corner from London Bridge station. *Except Monday, December 25

LONDON WALKS REVIEWS

"best of all [of walking tours of Victorian London] is Darkest Victorian London" The Culture Trip

"The original and best – there are several companies offering walking tours of London but London Walks (London's oldest) is easily the pick of the bunch"  London, Cadogan Guide

"the unfailingly fascinating London Walks... If you can't find one [of their tours] that captures your fancy, maybe you really are tired of life."  San Francisco Chronicle

"Engaging, interesting, inspiring are all words that could be used to describe any walking tour, including this one. However, our guide Kim took it one step further and gave us an emotional tour of London, describing in clear detail the horrors of poverty and life during the Victorian era, as well as introducing the lighter sides such as the improvement of standards and education. I was doubtful initially thinking I would be a student among people a generation or two older than me, but this was not the case, with young couples and children joining too, and I was not the only solo one. As my first ever walking tour (after finding myself with a day alone in London), Kim has set a VERY high standard for future ones, with fantastic knowledge and choice of perfect settings and inspiring views for each part of the tour. Thank you!"  Cameron L.

*For Karen the Guide of the Year Award was just a little something by way of warming up. She really got going a couple of years ago when the august American travel magazine Travel & Leisure featured her as "the World's Greatest Guide" in an article that profiled the 15 best guides on the planet.

LONDON WALKS PRIVATE WALKS

If you can't make one of the regularly scheduled, just-turn-up, public Darkest Victorian London walks do think about booking one as a private tour. If you go private you can have the Darkest Victorian London Walk – or any other London Walk – on a day and at a time that suits your convenience. We'll tailor it to your requirements. And – always with private London Walks and tours – we go to great lengths to make sure the guide-walker(s) "fit" is well-nigh perfect. Ring Fiona or Noel or Mary on 020 7624 3978 or email us at london@walks.com and we'll set it up and make it happen for you. A private London Walk – they're good value for an individual or couple and sensational value for a group – makes an ideal group or educational or birthday party or office (team-building) or club outing. Or indeed a fab present – be it a birthday or anniversary or get-to-know-your-new neighbourhood gift or Christmas present or whatever. Merchandise schmerchandise (gift wrapped or not) – but giving someone an experience, now that's special. Memories make us rich.

IT ALL COMES DOWN TO THE GUIDING

"If this were a golf tournament every name on the Leader Board would be a London Walks guide"

LONDON WALKS – STREETS AHEAD!

Don't just take it from us.

THE FAMOUS WHITE LONDON WALKS LEAFLET

"Nah, don't need it, got it all here," you say. Er, roaming charges? Er, dead battery? Er, reading your phone in the bathtub and you drop it? [Smelling salts interval: sick as a parrot. ashen-faced.] Er, read the famous white leaflet in the bathtub and you drop it what do you do? Er, you dry it out. Anyway, maybe worth making a mental note that you can always pick up the famous white London Walks leaflet at the Cafe in the Crypt at St. Martin-in-the-Fields, the old church in Trafalgfar Square. They're on the Information Table there, right by the box office. And indeed they also display them on the shop counter, right by the cash register. And it's win-win because the Cafe in the Crypt is one of the town's delights. Should be on everybody's London itinerary.

10:45

Bermondsey Tube | Map

Guided by Tim or Robert

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Short version: Pirates, Pilgrims, Mayflower & Brunel... 

Long version: 1st Miracle: we're only a 7-minute tube ride from the Houses of Parliament. 2nd Miracle: we're 500 years away. 3rd Miracle: this place still looks like – feels like – what it once was. 4th Miracle: the Mayflower, the Pilgrim Father's pub.  And a Dickensian mortuary, king's palace, a villain's gibbet, prince's tomb, pirate's pub). 5th Miracle: down we go, into "the underground cathedral"* (as the BBC called it) – the Grand Entrance Hall to Brunel's tunnel under the Thames. Coda anyone? River-lulled in ancient Rotherhithe we'll hear the cool lapse of hours pass, until the centuries blend and blur. In Rotherhithe, in Rotherhithe... N.B. for us – London Walks – the Brunel waives its £6 admission charge. But they ask for a £3 donation to help the museum charity look after "the underground cathedral." In Rotherhithe, in Rotherhithe.... Ancient riverside village, sea to shining sea, Mayflower... *It's also been called the 8th Wonder of the World

MARITIME LONDON – THE PRACTICALS

The Maritime London walk takes place at 1045 am every Monday (except Dec. 25) and at 10.45 am every Sunday (except Dec. 24 and April 22). The meeting point is just outside the exit of Bermondsey Tube.

The 10.45 am Monday morning and 10.45 am Sunday morning walks are guided by Tim. Or by Robert. Robert's the Curator of the Brunel Museum. He's got the key! He's the reason for the privileged access London Walks enjoyed from the get-go.

In addition, there's an evening version of the walk. Called Maritime London at Eventide, it takes place at 6.15 pm every Wednesday. Same meeting point: just outside the exit of Bermondsey Tube. The 6.15 pm Wednesday evening Maritime London at Eventide walk is guided by Kevin

And for "big picture" Brunel there's the Brunel's London Tour, which is literally a voyage into his London. It starts at Embankment and goes by boat to "places of Brunel interest" along the Thames. It ends in Rotherhithe at the Brunel Museum – the cherry on the sundae being the visit down into the Grand Entrance Hall to Brunel's tunnel. The Brunel's London Tour – which starts at Embankment Tube (the river exit) takes place at 10.40 am every* Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday (except Dec. 24, Dec. 26 and April 22).

N.B. All three walks – Maritime London, Maritime London at Eventide and Brunel's London – end just round the corner from Rotherhithe Station on the London Overground. 

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LONDON WALKS REVIEWS

"by far the most impressive series of walks that I have ever encountered are those offered by London Walks" Travel and Enjoy

"the unfailingly fascinating London Walks... If you can't find one [of their tours] that captures your fancy, maybe you really are tired of life." San Francisco Chronicle

"Fascinating. We did the walk from Bermondsey Tube Station along The Thames to The Brunel Museum. Our guide, Tim, was a larger than life character with a wealth of knowledge to share. Our 1h 30min walk became 2h and was worth every penny of the £10 cost. Look forward to doing more of these walks on the next London visit."  Judith MB100 Sheffield, UK

LONDON WALKS PRIVATE WALKS

If you can't make one of the regularly scheduled, just-turn-up, public Maritime London walks do think about booking one as a private tour. If you go private you can have the Maritime London or Brunel's London Walk  – or any other London Walk – on a day and at a time that suits your convenience. We'll tailor it to your requirements. And – always  – we go to great lengths to make sure the guide-walker(s) "fit" is well-nigh perfect. Ring Fiona or Noel or Mary on 020 7624 3978 or email us at  london@walks.com and we'll set it up and make it happen for you. A private London Walk is good value for an individual or couple and sensational value for a group. And the clincher: a private London Walk makes an ideal group or educational or birthday party or office (team-building) or club outing. Or indeed a fab present – be it a birthday or anniversary or get-to-know-your-new neighbourhood gift or Christmas present or whatever. Merchandise schmerchandise (gift wrapped or not) – but giving someone an experience, now that's special. Memories make us rich.

IT ALL COMES DOWN TO THE GUIDING

"If this were a golf tournament every name on the Leader Board would be a London Walks guide"

LONDON WALKS – STREETS AHEAD!

Don't just take it from us.

11:00

Monument Tube, Fish Street Hill exit | Map

Guided by Shaughan

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Short description: pretty paths less travelled...

Long description: A distillation of a storied guide's many years' experience probing the hidden places and forgotten nooks of the world's most elusive city. Exploring secret London – up creeping lanes, round out-of-the-way corners, past veiled islands of green – Shaughan's at his inimitable best. As the New York Times put it, the walk is "a highly entertaining... blend of historical commentary and bizarre anecdote laced with mildly scurrilous gossip about past and present celebrities and defunct royals." In such places and with such a guide, the past becomes our present. 

HIDDEN LONDON TOUR PRACTICALS

The Hidden London Walk takes place at 11 am every* Monday morning and every Friday morning. Meet Shaughan just outside the Fish Street Hill exit of Monument Tube.  N.B. the walk ends in Fleet Street, a two-minute walk fromBlackfriars Tube. *Except December 25

LONDON WALKS REVIEWS

"If you want to know London better, if you want to learn some things about the world's most cosmopolitan city that most people who spend their lives there never learn... I can think of no better investment than London Walks"  The New York Times

"London's best city tours" The Telegraph

"Even jaded Londoners find these London Walks a source of astonishing gems of information about the city in which they live." Daily Mail, Top London Treats

LONDON WALKS PRIVATE WALKS

If you can't make one of the regularly scheduled, just-turn-up, public Hidden London walks do think about booking one as a private tour. If you go private you can have the Hidden London walk – or any other London Walk – on a day and at a time that suits your convenience. We'll tailor it to your requirements. And – always with private London Walks and tours – we go to great lengths to make sure the guide-walker(s) "fit" is well-nigh perfect. Ring Fiona or Noel or Mary on 020 7624 3978 or email us at privatewalks@walks.com and we'll set it up and make it happen for you. A private London Walk – they're good value for an individual or couple and sensational value for a group – makes an ideal group or educational or birthday party or office (team-building) or club outing. Or indeed a fab present – be it a birthday or anniversary or get-to-know-your-new neighbourhood gift or Christmas present or whatever. Merchandise schmerchandise (gift wrapped or not) – but giving someone an experience, now that's special. Memories make us rich.

LONDON WALKS – STREETS AHEAD!

Don't just take it from us.

MIND THE GAP

It's not even close 

14:30

Russell Square Tube | Map

Guided by Tom or Gillian or Hilary

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Short version: British Museum – "incomparably rich treasure chest"

Long version: The British Museum is the big one. The most important museum on the planet, it brims with things of world historical importance. The Rosetta Stone, the Egyptian antiquities and mummies, the Assyrian lion-hunt reliefs, the Parthenon Sculptures, the Black Obelisk, the Enlightenment Gallery, 4,500-year-old "Ginger" (the "pre-dynastic" red head!), the Sutton Hoo treasure, the Portland Vase, Roman gold, Celtic gold, ivories and enamels, tiles and pottery, an astonishing display of instruments for measuring time... here is civilisation, manifest. Here the past turns on its pivots to face the 21st century. The snag is that you can't see for looking. Both because of the embarrassment of riches and the sheer size of the place (the building covers 13.5 acres – set off in the wrong direction and you have to walk three times too far). Indeed, how you see it is almost as important as what you see. "The best commentary on the revolution of Greek art and the quality of its achievement is...simply to come direct to the Elgin room from the Egyptian and Assyrian ones, as if into an explosion of life, even, as in the frieze, of gaiety." Which is by way of saying, to see these things with a great guide... well, you'll never be quite the same again. In short, the secret is to use your time at the British Museum well.

THE BRITISH MUSEUM TOUR – THE PRACTICALS

The British Museum Tour takes place every* Monday, every Wednesday and every Saturday. The meeting point is just outside the exit of Russell Square Tube. The British Museum Tour on Monday takes place at 2.30 pm. The Wednesday and Saturday  British Museum Tours start at 2.15 pmN.B. The British Museum tour ends, needless to say, in the British Museum, which is very near three Tube stops: Russell Square, Holborn and Tottenham Court Road.  *Except Dec. 25 and Jan. 1

LONDON WALKS VIDEO

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LONDON WALKS REVIEWS

"Best Tourism Experience in London"  Gold Medal Winner, Visit London

"Nobody does it better than London Walks"   Celebrate London

"the best guided tours"  Daily Mail

LONDON WALKS PRIVATE WALKS

If you can't catch one of the regularly scheduled, just-turn-up, public British Museum tours do think about booking one as a private tour. If you go private you can have the  British Museum Tour – or any other London Walk – on a day and at a time that suits your convenience. We'll tailor it to your requirements. And – always with private tours and walks – we go to great lengths to make sure the guide-walker(s) "fit" is well-nigh perfect. Last but not least a private tour is good value – indeed, sensational value if you're other than a tiny group. Not only do you have your own guide just for your group, the per person rate is cheaper than what it would cost you to go on one of the regularly scheduled, just-turn-up, public tours. Ring Fiona or Noel on 020 7624 3978 or email us at london@walks.com and we'll set it up and make it happen for you. Perfect for a school field trip or office or club outing. And of course makes a fabulous birthday present or Welcome to London prezzie or Christmas or anniversary gift. Merchandise schmerchandise (gift wrapped or not) – but giving someone an experience, now that's special. Memories make us rich. 

IT ALL COMES DOWN TO THE GUIDING

"If this were a golf tournament every name on the Leader Board would be a London Walks guide"

LONDON WALKS – STREETS AHEAD!

Don't just take it from us.

THE FAMOUS WHITE LONDON WALKS LEAFLET

"Nah, don't need it, got it all here," you say. Er, roaming charges? Er, dead battery? Er, reading your phone in the bathtub and you drop it? [Smelling salts interval: sick as a parrot. ashen-faced.] Er, read the famous white leaflet in the bathtub and you drop it what do you do? Er, you dry it out. Anyway, maybe worth making a mental note that you can always pick up the famous white London Walks leaflet at the Cafe in the Crypt at St. Martin-in-the-Fields, the old church in Trafalgfar Square. They're on the Information Table there, right by the box office. And indeed they also display them on the shop counter, right by the cash register. And it's win-win because the Cafe in the Crypt is one of the town's delights. Should be on everybody's London itinerary.

In case you're wondering, it's the acrobat and the crocodile.

14:30

Piccadilly Circus Tube, by the Eros statue (near the Criterion Theatre) | Map

Guided by Karen or Katy

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Short version: "like a silver thread in heavy clay"  

Long version: The great West End walk. Beautiful places, beautiful things flow past like blossoms on slow water. Some village. Realm's more like it. The realm of riches, rank and those who rule. In its irresistible goody bag: elegant arcades, secret doorways and peekaboo views; Gentlemen's clubs; Burlington House and the Albany; London's best shopping street; tea and royal chocolates (we sample them, gratis); Nelson's perfumier (more gratis sampling); the world's smallest – and toniest – privately funded police force; mad, bad and dangerous to know Byron; Brummel to Brando; Jermyn to Marilyn; exclusive, eccentric, best-dressed, old money London; magnet for artists, writers, royals, scientists, dreamers and dandies; Darwin to James Bond; the Prince Regent to Prince Harry; venerable to voopular; the greatest act of literary vandalism ever. It's Georgian. It's Regency. It's Victorian. It's Edwardian. It's Parisian. It's parfait. It's part Wonderland, part Arabian Nights. It's stories that tilt the light and print the stones. Plaited together by gifted guides Karen and Katy. And not that this one needs a deal closer but nudge nudge – bears repeating – this walk's not just visual and aural. It's a full-on sensory experience. With Katy and Karen as your entrées you'll taste the Queen's favourite culinary treat and whiff scents specially created for VIPs. Hmmmmm. Some dream. A dream that leaves you feeling completely, even exuberantly, in the pink! N.B. the walk ends at Green Park, a few seconds' walk from Green Park Tube Station.

A VILLAGE IN PICCADILLY – THE PRACTICALS

A Village in Piccadilly takes place at 2.30 pm every* Monday. The meeting point is Piccadilly Circus Tube. Meet just outside exit 4 – the Eros exit, near the Criterion Theatre. N.B. the walk ends at Green Park, a few seconds' walk from Green Park Tube Station. *Except Dec. 25 and Jan. 1

LONDON WALKS VIDEOS

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LONDON WALKS REVIEWS

"The original and best – there are several companies offering walking tours of London but London Walks (London's oldest) is easily the pick of the   bunch"  London, Cadogan Guide

"Without a doubt the best walking tour company currently operating in London"  Stardust

"London's best city tours" The Telegraph

"I would just like to pass onto the lovely people at London Walks, that the walk we did this afternoon (A Village in Piccadilly) with Adam, was the best walk we have done In five years of taking London Walks. His knowledge, wit and friendliness was wonderful. We enjoyed it immensely. Thank you Adam. Kind regards, Laurie J. (Australia)

LONDON WALKS PRIVATE WALKS

If you can't make the regularly scheduled, just-turn-up, public Village in Piccadilly walk do think about booking it as a private tour. If you go private you can have A Village in Piccadilly  – or any other London Walk – on a day and at a time that suits your convenience. We'll tailor it to your requirements. And – always with private tours and walks – we go to great lengths to make sure the guide-walker(s) "fit" is well-nigh perfect. Ring Fiona or Noel on 020 7624 3978 or email us at london@walks.com and we'll set it up and make it happen for you. Perfect for a class, club or office outing. But also makes a very fine Welcome to London gift or Christmas or anniversary or birthday gift.   Merchandise schmerchandise (gift wrapped or not) – but giving someone an experience, now that's special. Memories make us rich. 

MIND THE GAP

It's not even close 

LONDON WALKS – STREETS AHEAD!

Don't just take it from us 

IT ALL COMES DOWN TO THE GUIDING

"If this were a golf tournament every name on the Leader Board would be a London Walks guide"

 

THE FAMOUS WHITE LONDON WALKS LEAFLET

"Nah, don't need it, got it all here," you say. Er, roaming charges? Er, dead battery? Er, reading your phone in the bathtub and you drop it? [Smelling salts interval: sick as a parrot. ashen-faced.] Er, read the famous white leaflet in the bathtub and you drop it what do you do? Er, you dry it out. Anyway, maybe worth making a mental note that you can always pick up the famous white London Walks leaflet at the Cafe in the Crypt at St. Martin-in-the-Fields, the old church in Trafalgfar Square. They're on the Information Table there, right by the box office. And indeed they also display them on the shop counter, right by the cash register. And it's win-win because the Cafe in the Crypt is one of the town's delights. Should be on everybody's London itinerary.

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St. Paul's Tube, exit 2 | Map

Guided by Steve or Peter G. or Kim or Andy R.

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The ancient, hidden village of Clerkenwell clings to a hillside barely a stone's throw away from St. Paul's Cathedral. Its very name – the clerks' or students' spring – is redolent of antiquity. And this tiny hamlet serves up brimming draughts from the deep well of its history. Mystery plays and plague pits; riots and rookeries; bodysnatching and bombing; jousting and jesters; bloodshed and burnings; monks, murder, and medicine: Clerkenwell has a tale or two to tell. Tracing its narrow alleyways and ancient squares, we take in here a Norman church; there a magnificent Tudor gateway; round that corner venerable Charterhouse, London's only surviving mediaeval monastic complex; let alone Hercule Poirot's London flat and the trendiest house in town. Guided by Peter, Andy R., Steve or Kim (winner of the Guide of the Year Award).

LONDON'S SECRET VILLAGE – THE PRACTICALS

The Secret Village Walk takes place at 2.30 pm every* Monday. The meeting point is just outside exit 2 ofSt. Paul's TubeN.B. the walk ends at Farringdon Station (giving you the Circle and Metropolitan Lines on the Tube and a mainline RR station). *Except Dec. 25

LONDON WALKS REVIEWS

"London Walks was acknowledged as the premier walking tour company in the entire world"  Convention of American Tour Guides

"What a great company...this is the company to use if you want a walking tour." Claire1017  Wake Forest, North Carolina

"London Walks was perfect for us. We did 2 of the walks--Jewish London on one day and London's Secret Village on another. Both were led by Steve, a charming, knowledgeable and entertaining guide. He did a great job of connecting with each person on the tour, speaking loudly enough for all of us to hear and with enough vocal color to engage us all. We learned a lot about London, saw fascinating sights, and had a great time." JCT  Annapolis, Maryland

"You haven't seen London unless you do London Walks...Peter was my favourite guide"  Bunny7475  Montreal, Canada

LONDON WALKS PRIVATE WALKS

If you can't make one of the regularly scheduled, just-turn-up, public London's Secret Village walks do think about booking one as a private tour. If you go private you can have the London's Secret Village Walk – or any other London Walk – on a day and at a time that suits your convenience. We'll tailor it to your requirements. And – always with private London Walks and tours – we go to great lengths to make sure the guide-walker(s) "fit" is well-nigh perfect. Ring Fiona or Noel or Mary on 020 7624 3978 or email us at london@walks.com and we'll set it up and make it happen for you. A private London Walk – they're good value for an individual or couple and sensational value for a group – makes an ideal group or educational or birthday party or office (team-building) or club outing. Or indeed a fab present – be it a birthday or anniversary or get-to-know-your-new neighbourhood gift or Christmas present or whatever. Merchandise schmerchandise (gift wrapped or not) – but giving someone an experience, now that's special. Memories make us rich.

IT ALL COMES DOWN TO THE GUIDING

"If this were a golf tournament every name on the Leader Board would be a London Walks guide"

LONDON WALKS – STREETS AHEAD!

Don't just take it from us.

MIND THE GAP

It's not even close 

THE FAMOUS WHITE LONDON WALKS LEAFLET

"Nah, don't need it, got it all here," you say. Er, roaming charges? Er, dead battery? Er, reading your phone in the bathtub and you drop it? [Smelling salts interval: sick as a parrot. ashen-faced.] Er, read the famous white leaflet in the bathtub and you drop it what do you do? Er, you dry it out. Anyway, maybe worth making a mental note that you can always pick up the famous white London Walks leaflet at the Cafe in the Crypt at St. Martin-in-the-Fields, the old church in Trafalgfar Square. They're on the Information Table there, right by the box office. And indeed they also display them on the shop counter, right by the cash register. And it's win-win because the Cafe in the Crypt is one of the town's delights. Should be on everybody's London itinerary.

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Westminster Tube, exit 4 | Map

Guided by Liam

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The great seminal London Walk. Miss it and you've missed London.

For Old Westminster is London at its grandest: the place where kings and queens are crowned, where they lived, and often were buried. It's the forge of the national destiny, the beating heart of the Empire, the Mecca of politicians throughout the ages. The past here is cast in stone and we take it all in: ancient Westminster Hall, the Houses of Parliament, the Jewel Tower, and Westminster Abbey. And to see it with a great guide is to have that past suddenly rise to the surface, like seeing a photographic print come up in a darkroom.

And embarrass de richesse we'll also explore the private face of Westminster. Unlike the tourist hordes we get to see the hidden and ever so picturesque 18th-century backstreets where all the political salons are. Totally off the beaten track, it's the London equivalent of Georgetown. And then some. Because not only do we take in, for example, the house where the anti-appeasement movement got started – by way of a grace note you'll also see a house where Marilyn Monroe spent the night! In short, welcome to one of those secret neighbourhoods that London excels in. And for that matter, there's no better time to discover "Old Westminster" because the swarms of tourists are long gone. In short, we'll have it to ourselves and so be able to see it properly. It just doesn't get any better than this. But how could it, considering that we'll also nip over the bridge to take in the most famous night-time view in Europe: the view across the river to the Houses of Parliament. All towers and spikes and serried windows and bathed in golden light. And Big Ben like a sentinel, booming out the hour. And garlands of Victorian lamps along the Embankment. And dark patches that suggest the old and mighty consequence of the place, well, you get the idea. Garnish with some fascinating nooks and crannies, a secret mediaeval palace and maybe a quick pit stop at a traditional old pub frequented by Members of Parliament – it's an astonishingly rich walk, a great walk. One that'll glow in the cockles of your memory for a long, long time. And how's this for a bonus: when Parliament is in session late night sittings are the norm on Monday nights – in short, on most Monday nights after the walk you'll be able to go inside Parliament and watch the House of Commons (or if you prefer, the House of Lords) in action. And what's more, you won't have to queue to get in!  Guided by Liam. N.B. the Westminster by Gaslight walk will not take place on Monday, Dec. 25.

OLD WESTMINSTER BY GASLIGHT – THE PRACTICALS

The Old Westminster by Gaslight walk takes place every* Monday at 7 pm.  Meet Liam just outside exit 4 of Westminster Tube Stop N.B. the walk ends at Westminster Tube. *Except Dec. 25

LONDON WALKS VIDEOS

We haven't made a video of the Westminster by Gaslight Walk. But our Old Westminster Walk – for which there is a video* – covers some of the same ground. A click here magic carpets you there. And Liam is the guide who features in the video of our Old Palace Quarter Walk. So if you'd like to see him doing his stuff, click here.  *Indeed, it's our flagship video.

WANT A PRIVATE WESTMINSTER BY GASLIGHT WALK?

If you can't make one of the regularly scheduled, just-turn-up, public Westminster by Gaslight walks do think about booking one as a private tour. If you go private you can have the Westminster Walk – or any other London Walk – on a day and at a time that suits your convenience. We'll tailor it to your requirements. And – always with private London Walks and tours – we go to great lengths to make sure the guide-walker(s) "fit" is well nigh perfect. Ring Fiona or Noel or Mary on 020 7624 3978 or email us at privatewalks@walks.com and we'll set it up and make it happen for you. A private London Walk – they're good value for an individual or couple and sensational value for a group – makes an ideal group or educational or birthday party or office (team-building) or club outing. Or indeed a fab present – be it a birthday or anniversary or get-to-know-your-new neighbourhood gift or Christmas present or whatever. Merchandise schmerchandise (gift wrapped or not) – but giving someone an experience, now that's special. Memories make us rich.

IT ALL COMES DOWN TO THE GUIDING

"If this were a golf tournament every name on the Leader Board would be a London Walks guide"

 

19:30

Tower Hill Tube, meet by the Tower Hill Tram coffee stand | Map

Guided by Molly or Delianne

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7.30 pm every* evening. On Saturdays: 3 pm and 7.30 pm. Meet outside the exit of Tower Hill Tube *Not Dec. 24/25    

WATCH THE VIDEO

"Exceptional...grim, compassionate, well-told" R. Narvaez President, Mystery Writers of America 

He came silently out of the midnight shadows of August 31, 1888. Watching. Stalking. Butchering raddled, drink-sodden East End prostitutes. Leaving a trail of blood and gore that led... nowhere. Yes, something wicked this way walked, for this is the Ripper's slashing grounds. We evoke that autumn of gaslight and fog, of menacing shadows and stealthy footsteps, as we inspect the murder sites, sift through the evidence – in all its gory details – and get to grips, so to speak with the main suspects. Afterwards you can steady your nerves in The Ten Bells, the pub where the victims – perhaps under the steely gaze of the Ripper himself – tried to forget the waking nightmare.

Sustained threat, extreme violence, chilling language...

BACKGROUND

WATCH "the world's leading expert" VIDEO This is The Jack the Ripper Walk. The Ripper walk created, directed, curated, mentored and still occasionally guided by the world's leading authority on Jack the Ripper. Donald Rumbelow – "internationally recognised as the leading authority on Jack the Ripper" – is a London Walks guide. Britain's most distinguished crime historian, Don is the author of the definitive book on Jack the Ripper. The former Curator of the Police Crime Museum, Don's been the chief consultant for every major film and television programme on Jack the Ripper for the past 30 years. "I patrolled Mitre Square when it was still gaslit" Donald Rumbelow WATCH the other Don video

PRIVATE WALKS

For a private Jack the Ripper walk e-mail us at london@walks.com or ring Fiona or Noel on 020 7624 3978. We'll set it up for you, tailor the walk to your requirements, make sure the guide-walker(s) "fit" is right.*   

*The guide-walker(s) "fit" is primus inter pares. By way of example, a student group. Think of that time-honoured adolescent combination of boredom, lethargy and free-floating belligerence. There, in a nutshell, is why it's critically important to have the right guide. A guide who can zap that "time-honoured adolescent combination." Snap them out of it and keep them out of it. Get their interest from the get-go. And hold it. Some guides can. Others can't. You're booking a private walk for a school group you want a guide who's "got it." Got the skill-set. Got the frequency. Got the master key to their wavelength.

REVIEWS

"London Walks puts you into the hands of an expert on the particular area and topic of a tour..." The New York Times

"London Walks has many copycats, but it's the best" Frommer's London by Night

"Led by the world’s leading expert on all things Jack the Ripper, Donald Rumbelow – and with glowing reviews from The New York Times and Time Out – this tour from London Walks is the definitive guide to one of history’s most fascinating unsolved mysteries. Starting at Tower Hill, the tour traverses some of London’s hidden alleyways and secret hideaways. With fascinating commentary on contemporary police conflicts, London Walks transports guests back to 1888, to the scene of the crimes..." Huffington Post

LONDON WALKS – STREETS AHEAD!

Don't just take it from us   

19:30

Embankment Tube, river exit | Map

Guided by Peter G. or Oliver or Katy or Andrew

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Short version: "This part of London is like a haunted house..."

WATCH THE VIDEO

Long version: Gas-lit alleyways. Film set-perfect Georgian streets that nobody goes to. A gloomy old palace in the gloaming. A plague-pit with lit (to this day) corpse candles above it. Spectral walls and towers and domes across a fen. Faded grandeur. Old buildings froze in another time... London's parallel universe. And yes, there have been some really eerie goings-on here. Haunted house analogy is spot on. The walk starts off as jolly and fun and eccentric but as the shadows lengthen – as we get into the deepest recesses of the haunted house – it really does get quite creepy. As does the lore. "They" can touch you but you can't touch them. And the trace evidence (the "signs" of a haunting). And the just-in-case exorcism paraphernalia the guides always carry with them. And the world's most haunted theatre. And the creepiest statue in London. The walk ends in an eyeball to eyeball confrontation with the most haunted statue in London, just round the corner from St. James' Park Tube. Guided on Monday by Captain Spooky aka Peter; on Thursday by Andy or Oliver.  

THE WEST END GHOST WALK – THE PRACTICALS

The West End Ghost Walk takes place at 7.30 pm every* Monday evening (year-round except for Dec. 25 & Jan. 1) and every** Thursday evening (except in Jan. & Feb.). The meeting point is just outside the river exit of Embankment Tube Stop. N.B. the West End Ghost Walk ends right by "the most haunted statue in London," a 60-second walk from St. James's Park Tube Stop.

*Except Dec. 25 and Jan. 1

**N.B. the Thursday evening West End Ghost walk will NOT take place in January or February

LONDON WALKS REVIEWS

"London Walks has many copycats, but it's the best. Frommer's London by Night

"Top Ghost Walks in the Uk  London, England: London Walks...their four ghost walks" Essential Travel
 
"Took the West End Ghost Walk last week with my 8-year-old son and its the best £10 I have ever spent in London. The guide Liam was fantastic, loads of information and just the right amount of acting in the storytelling to make it thoroughly entertaining. My son was enthralled by the stories and places we visited, and he is still telling anyone he meets about the various ghosts. You won't spend a wiser penny in London than on one of these tours. Next time we go to London we will be going on some of their other tours, it really was excellent." AliSgary

LONDON WALKS PRIVATE WALKS

If you can't make one of the regularly scheduled, just-turn-up, public West End Ghost walks do think about booking one as a private tour. If you go private you can have the West End Ghost Walk – or any other London Walk – on a day and at a time that suits your convenience. We'll tailor it to your requirements. And – always with private London Walks and tours – we go to great lengths to make sure the guide-walker(s) "fit" is well-nigh perfect. Ring Fiona or Noel or Mary on 020 7624 3978 or email us at london@walks.com and we'll set it up and make it happen for you. A private London Walk – they're good value for an individual or couple and sensational value for a group – makes an ideal group or educational or birthday party or office (team-building) or club outing. Or indeed a fab present – be it a birthday or anniversary or get-to-know-your-new neighbourhood gift or Christmas present or whatever. Merchandise schmerchandise (gift wrapped or not) – but giving someone an experience, now that's special. Memories make us rich.

IT ALL COMES DOWN TO THE GUIDING – exponentially so with ghost walks

"If this were a golf tournament every name on the Leader Board would be a London Walks guide"

Date Time Walk Meeting Point
25 Dec 2017 11am Christmas Morning, 1660 - Samuel Pepys' London Meet by the big Christmas tree in Trafalgar Square
1 Jan 2018 2pm The New Year's Day Regent's Canal Walk King's Cross Tube (meet by the taxi rank)
25 Dec 2017 2pm The Christmas Day Charles Dickens London Walk Meet by the big Christmas tree in Trafalgar Square
23 Apr 2018 2pm Shakespeare in London, Shakespeare in Performance London Bridge Tube, Tooley Street exit
1 Jan 2018 2.30pm Old Mayfair on New Year's Day Green Park Tube, north exit