St. James's Park Tube, Broadway/Westminster Abbey exit (meet on the corner, opposite 40 Broadway) | Map
Long description: Royal London – Palaces & Pomp, Pageantry & Guard Change*
Short description: Yes! Eternal London. Landmark London. All the Big Ticket stuff. Palaces. The Changing of the Guard.* 10 Downing Street. Westminster Abbey. Places where world history was made. All of that is must-see London all by itself. What makes this one a game-changer is the way we see it. We nook and cranny it. Get around behind. Get inside. See things Londoners – let alone the tourist hordes – never get to see. It's that "speciality" London Walks is famous for – "the degree of granularity that you get." Everything from the import of a black circle by the 2 on a certain clock to what the Horse Guards are actually guarding. Revealed by Kim, Rex or Anne-Marie. N.B. the walk ends at Hyde Park Corner (right by the Tube Stop there). *The Changing of the Horse Guards ceremony takes place every day. It's up close, right there, intimate. We'll be there. The Buckingham Palace ceremony isn't held every day. On the Fridays when it is on we'll be right there, at a specially chosen, really good vantage point. Please note: the meeting point for this London Walk is on the corner, opposite 40 Broadway (outside the Broadway/Westminster Abbey exit of St. James's ParkTube.
In the Summer 2017 London Walks programme – which kicks in on May 1 and runs through October 31 – the Royal London Walk takes place every Friday at 10.15 am. The meeting point is just outside the Broadway/Westminster Abbey exit of St. James's ParkTube Stop.
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If you can't make one of the regularly scheduled, just-turn-up, public Royal London walks do think about booking one as a private tour. If you go private you can have the Royal 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 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. 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 you're not assessing you're guessing – buying a pig in a poke.
"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.