Westminster Tube, exit 4 | Map
Guided by Karen
Short version: This is the cornerstone, the seminal London Walk. Miss it and you've missed London.
Long version: 1,000 Years of History... 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 (Karen, winner of the Guide of the Year Award, Travel & Leisure's "World's Greatest Guide," Presenter of Discovery TV's London Next Stop) 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 Westminster Tube. Want a preview of the walk? Click here to watch the video.
The Old Westminster walk takes place every Saturday morning at 11 am. The meeting point is just outside exit 4 of Westminster Tube.
The walk also takes place on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 2 pm and on Sundays at 2.30 pm. The Tuesday at 2 pm walk is guided by the Guide of the Year Award-winning Judy. It's Shaughan or David at the helm on the Thursdays at 2 pm walk. The Saturdays at 11 am walk is guided by Karen, recently crowned by Travel & Leisure as "the world's greatest guide. The Sundays at 2.30 pm walk is guided by Simon. And we do an eventide version of the walk. Called Old Westminster by Gaslight, it takes place at 7 pm every Monday night. It's guided by Liam. Same meeting point for all of them: just outside exit 4 of WestminsterTube.
Want a preview of the walk and the guiding? Watch the video.
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If you can't make 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.
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