Monday's Walks

Date Time Walk Meeting Point
27 Aug 2018 9am Cambridge - "can such places be?" King's Cross Railway Station (meet by the ticket office, near the Leon Cafe)
10 Sep 2018 9am Cambridge - "can such places be?" King's Cross Railway Station (meet by the ticket office, near the Leon Cafe)
24 Sep 2018 9am Cambridge - "can such places be?" King's Cross Railway Station (meet by the ticket office, near the Leon Cafe)
3 Sep 2018 9.30am Richmond & Hampton Court Waterloo Railway Station (meet by the main ticket office, which is directly opposite Platform 16)
17 Sep 2018 9.30am Richmond & Hampton Court Waterloo Railway Station (meet by the main ticket office, which is directly opposite Platform 16)

10:15

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

Guided by Isobel or Ann

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To start the week, the perfect London Walk... Yes, perfect. Here's why: 1) Greenwich is its own universe – its own universe just a snap of a finger – 8 minutes – from central London. 2) in Greenwich you step into a trompe-l'oeil picture, a Canaletto scene of order and majesty. 3) The walk decodes Greenwich. 4) To go on this walk is to feast on Greenwich's 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) The Greenwich walk is 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) We begin 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 GreenwichRailway 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 GreenwichRailway Station direct to Charing CrossRailway Station. The journey takes only 20 minutes or so. *Except Dec. 24

10:30

Green Park Tube, north exit | Map

Guided by Peter G. or Richard III

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"The champagne and caviar of London Walks." The best address in London and a bon vivant of a guide. A patrician promenade through the parallelogram of purses. Pip pipping where Old Masters and old money, Rollers and Rolexes are par for the course. A boulevardier and a bailiwick of butlers, titles and glamour. Hob-nobbing with knobs on it – because Mayfair's been home to Clive of India, Disraeli, Handel, Florence Nightingale, Jimi Hendrix, Dodi Fayed and the Earl Mountbatten, to name but a few. And that's before we move in the big artillery – the cartwheeling knickerless American actress and the $10,000,000 casket, for example. Last but certainly not least, Mayfair boasts London's best village within a village – Shepherd Market, a charming little nest of lanes and alleyways that hasn't lost a jot of its 18th-century scale and village atmosphere, let alone its raffishness. Guided by Peter or Richard III.

OLD MAYFAIR – THE PRACTICALS

In the Summer 2018 London Walks programme – which kicks in on May 1 and runs through October 31 – the Old Mayfair walk takes place every Monday at 10.30 am. The Monday morning Mayfair walk does not run in our Winter programme (Nov. 1 - April 30)

The Thursday morning Old Mayfair walk – which starts at 11 amruns year-round.

The starting point for the Mayfair walk is Green ParkTube. Meet Peter or Richard III on the corner outside the north exit of Green Park Tube.

N.B. the Mayfair walk ends in New Bond Street, near Bond StreetTube and  Oxford CircusTube.

10:40

Embankment Tube, river exit | Map

Guided by Robert

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Short version: Brunel's London – Boat Trip, River Walk, Tunnel Descent...

Long version: This isn't just Brunel, it's a voyage – and a walk – into the birthplace of modern London. So, yes, under three Brunel bridges and over two Brunels' tunnels to the best-kept secret in London. (And into the bargain a sightseer's London checklist, from the Houses of Parliament to the Tower of London.) Icons. And that secret. Several secrets, actually. A secret gateway for the Russian Czar. Six dead men on a haunted ship. Broken bones by the silent Harpy. Broken slipways on the Isle of Dogs. Shattered columns, shattered dancers, magic at the Tunnel Club. Mind-melting magic. Outcroppings of the past that haven't been swallowed by the passage of time. That tell of the monster ship. And of the world's most important tunnel. That more than tell. That give us access to the tunnel where men died and Brunel met with destiny. N.B. Oyster/contactless recommended. We get you 50% off the price of the boat ride. And the Brunel Museum waives its £6 admission charge for us. But they ask for a £3 donation to help the museum charity look after "the underground cathedral."  Keith guides the walk on Tuesdays and Wednesdays. On Thursdays and Fridays it's Martin. On Saturdays it's Robert himself. On Sundays it's Kevin.

BRUNEL'S LONDON – THE PRACTICALS

Brunel's London takes place at 10.40 am every* Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday. The meeting point is just outside the river exit of Embankment Tube. Oyster or Day Travel Card recommended for our short train journey. There's an extra charge for the boat ride but we get you a whopping 50% discount off the price. And there's no queuing – our tickets are reserved. N.B. the walk ends at the Brunel Museum, just round the corner from Rotherhithe Railway Station, which is part of the London Overground network. Alternatively, Bermondsey Tube, which is on the Jubilee Line, is just a ten-minute walk from where we end.  *Except Dec. 25

N.B. time-wise this one lasts a bit longer than the normal 2 hours for a London Walk. Allow for an extra 45 minutes. The duration's longer because of the "extra element" of the boat ride. 

LONDON WALKS VIDEO

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LONDON WALKS REVIEWS

"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

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

"I have been on several London walks but this was simply the best, with a boat ride thrown in and an amazing surprise at the end! Our guide was knowledgeable and great fun. I would and have highly recommended this to anyone, whether or not they are particularly interested in Brunel"  JoJ70

"I just wanted to let you know that we took the tour with Robert on Saturday. This was absolutely incredible. Robert is an amazing guide, really passionate about his subject. His knowledge and presentation is out of the ordinary. We had a group of 37 people and he handled this crowd with expertise and grace. Please give our big 'Thank you' to Robert."  Elizabeth Haimsky

"Brunel's London Walk – Just Amazing! We go to London every few years and have always gone on at least one London Walk when we visit. They have always been at least worthwhile, and often wonderful. This particular walk was the best we have been on yet. It costs a little more because the price covers the boat-trip down the Thames. It is also a little longer than most walks because it covers a lot of ground. As well as the boat, we walked and used the Tube and rail. I finally understand the geography of the area, including places like the Isle of Dogs. Our tour guide was passionate and informative, and we came away with a pretty good understanding of the Brunel family and their contribution to London. The walk ends at the pub which stands on the spot where the Mayflower left from, and we enjoyed a very tasty lunch there after our big walk. This was an excellent walk, and I can't recommend it highly enough. Go!!  Y.G. Adelaide, Australia

LONDON WALKS PRIVATE WALKS

If you can't make one of the regularly scheduled, just-turn-up, public Brunel Walks do think about booking one as a private tour. If you go private you can have the Brunel's London or Maritime London  – 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.

GIVE THE GIFT OF LONDON WALKS

A private London Walk makes 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.

MIND THE GAP

It's not even close 

LONDON WALKS – STREETS AHEAD!

Don't just take it from us 

10:45

Bermondsey Tube | Map

Guided by Tim or Robert

Short version: "That" Tunnel, Gulliver's Travels. Ancient Riverside Village. Mayflower, Sea to Shining Sea... 

Long version: Now the curtain rises on a different scene. 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 – is here (let alone a king's palace, a Dickensian mortuary, a villain's gibbet, a prince's tomb and a pirate's pub). 5th Miracle: the 8th Wonder of the World is here – "the underground cathedral" (as the BBC called it) – the Grand Entrance Hall to Brunel's tunnel under the Thames. 6th Miracle: we're going down into "the underground cathedral," down into the 8th Wonder of the world. 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. We're rechristening this walk. From November 1 onward it'll be called MARITIME LONDON. 

BRUNEL'S THAMES TUNNEL – THE PRACTICALS

Tim T. guides the Monday morning at 10.45 am walk; Tim P. guides the Wednesday evening at 6.15 pm walk; the Sunday morning at 10.45 am walk is guided by Robert or Tim T. *Explanation: the Tims' boss Robert is the Curator of the Brunel Museum and he's got the key! N.B. the walk ends just round the corner from Rotherhithe Station on the London Overground. N.B. the Brunel Museum waives its £6 admission charge for us. But they ask for a £3 donation to help the museum charity look after "the underground cathedral."

LONDON WALKS VIDEO

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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

LONDON WALKS PRIVATE WALKS

If you can't make one of the regularly scheduled, just-turn-up, public Brunel Walks do think about booking one as a private tour. If you go private you can have the Brunel's London or Mayflower to Brunel's Tunnel 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.

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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England in microcosm and privileged admission – no standing in a ticket line for 45 minutes. 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 ParkTube, 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 for Monday, September 10; Monday, October 1; and Monday, March 11   **Except for Thursday, December 26 

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."

10:45

Monument Tube, Fish Street Hill exit | Map

Guided by Sue or Richard III or Karen or Kim

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. As for lunch after the walk, 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 MonumentTube Stop. N.B. the walk ends at the Old Operating Theatre, just round the corner from London Bridge station.

11:00

Monument Tube, Fish Street Hill exit | Map

Guided by Shaughan

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 MonumentTube.  N.B. the walk ends in Fleet Street, a two-minute walk from Blackfriars Tube

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.

GIVE THE GIFT OF LONDON WALKS

A private London Walk makes 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

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

Guided by Simon W. or Richard or Karen or Adam

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

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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, Adam, Simon W. and Richard Walker. 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 Karen, Adam, Simon W. and Richard Walker. 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 CircusTube. 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. 

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.

GIVE THE GIFT OF LONDON WALKS

A private London Walk 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 Trafalgar 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.

14:30

St. Paul's Tube, exit 2 | Map

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

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 of St. Paul'sTubeN.B. the walk ends at Farringdon Station (giving you the Circle and Metropolitan Lines on the Tube and a mainline RR station). 

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.

GIVE THE GIFT OF LONDON WALKS

A private London Walk makes a very special (and unusual) gift – 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 Trafalgar 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.

14:30

Russell Square Tube | Map

Guided by Tom or Gillian or Hilary

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.  

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Want a preview of the tour – and the calibre of the guiding? Watch the video

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.

GIVE THE GIFT OF LONDON WALKS

A private London Walk makes a very special (and unusual) gift – be it a birthday or anniversary 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"

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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 Trafalgar 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.

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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

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 WestminsterTube Stop N.B. the walk ends at Westminster Tube. *Except Dec. 24

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.

GIVE THE GIFT OF LONDON WALKS

A private London Walk makes 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"

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Embankment Tube, river exit | Map

Guided by Peter G. or Oliver or Katy or Andrew

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  and every Thursday evening. The meeting point is just outside the river exit of EmbankmentTube 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 ParkTube Stop.

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.

GIVE THE GIFT OF LONDON WALKS

A private London Walk makes 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"

19:30

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

Guided by Molly or Delianne

Click to check dates this walk isn’t taking place

7.30 pm every* evening 

Twice on Saturdays: a 3 pm matinee. Followed at 7.30 pm by the Saturday night Ripper Walk. 

Meet outside Tower HillTube. Meet by the Tower Hill Tram coffee stall 

*Except Dec. 24/25   

WATCH THE NEW JACK THE RIPPER VIDEO*    

WATCH THE DONALD RUMBELOW VIDEO*

*Donald Rumbelow is "internationally recognised as the world's leading expert on Jack the Ripper. Steve is a supremely gifted (Royal Shakespeare Company) actor. Only at London Walks do you get guides of this calibre. 

"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.

LONDON WALKS 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

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Don't just take it from us   

Date Time Walk Meeting Point
31 Dec 2018 8pm New Year's Eve Pub Walk Hampstead Tube