Westminster Tube, exit 4 | Map
Short version: Classic old Westminster – 1,000 Years of History
Long version: This is the cornerstone, the 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 place where the heart of the Empire beat, 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, Westminster Abbey, etc. 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. It doesn't get any better than this. Embarras de richesse, we'll also explore the private face of Westminster – the London equivalent of Georgetown. Unlike the tourist hordes who never find them, we get to see the hidden and ever so picturesque Georgian back streets where all the political salons are! We end very near the Cabinet War Rooms, the fortified bunker that housed Winston Churchill's centre of operations during the war. N.B. So, yes, the walk ends very near Parliament Square, just a stone's throw from WestminsterTube.
The Old Westminster walk takes place at 2 pm every Tuesday (except Dec. 25) and at 2 pm every Thursday. It also takes place at 11 am every Saturday and at 2.30 pm every Sunday (except December 23 and April 28). And at 7 pm every Monday evening (except Dec. 24 and Dec. 31) we do a version of it called Old Westminster by Gaslight, The meeting point for the walk is just outside exit 4 of Westminster Tube. The walk is more or less circular – i.e., it ends at or very near WestminsterTube.
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If you can't make one of the regularly scheduled, just-turn-up, public Old Westminster walks do think about booking one as a private tour. If you go private you can have the Old 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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
A private London Walks makes a very special (and unique) 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.