Saturday's Walks

Date Time Walk Meeting Point
23 Sep 2017 8.45am Leeds Castle & Canterbury Victoria Railway Station (meet Simon by the Ticket Office)
16 Sep 2017 8.45am Avebury & Lacock Paddington Railway Station (meet by the main ticket office, which is near Platforms 1 & 2)
2 Sep 2017 8.45am Faversham & Canterbury St. Pancras Railway Station (meet outside the the National Rail Ticket Office, opposite Starbucks)
11 Nov 2017 8.45am Canterbury - Across the Immense Span of Centuries St. Pancras Railway Station (meet Simon by the National Rail Ticket Office, opposite Starbucks)
26 Aug 2017 8.45am Bath - "England at its best" Paddington Railway Station (meet by the main ticket office - it's near Platforms 1 & 2)
9 Sep 2017 8.45am Bath - "England at its best" Paddington Railway Station (meet by the main ticket office - it's near Platforms 1 & 2)
30 Sep 2017 8.45am Bath - "England at its best" Paddington Railway Station (meet by the main ticket office - it's near Platforms 1 & 2)
14 Oct 2017 8.45am The Cotswolds in Autumn Paddington Railway Station (meet by the main ticket office - it's near Platforms 1 & 2)
28 Oct 2017 8.45am The Cotswolds in Autumn Paddington Railway Station (meet by the main ticket office - it's near Platforms 1 & 2)
19 Aug 2017 9am Cambridge - "can such places be?" King's Cross Railway Station (meet by the ticket office, near the Leon Cafe)
7 Oct 2017 9am Cambridge - "can such places be?" King's Cross Railway Station (meet by the ticket office, near the Leon Cafe)
4 Nov 2017 9am Cambridge - "can such places be?" King's Cross Railway Station (meet by the ticket office, near the Leon Cafe)
2 Dec 2017 9am Charles Dickens Christmas Festival - Guaranteed Snow! St. Pancras Railway Station (meet Simon outside the National Rail Ticket Office, opposite Starbucks)
21 Oct 2017 9.15am Oxford & Blenheim Palace Paddington Railway Station (meet by the main ticket office - it's near Platforms 1 & 2)

10:40

Embankment Tube, river exit | Map

Guided by Robert

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 swallowewed 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. On Wednesdays it's Tim P. 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 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. 

FURTHER PARTICULARS

LONDON WALKS VIDEO

Want a preview of the walk and the guiding? Watch the video.

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 recommend 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 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 MEME

It all comes down to the guiding. If you're not assessing you're guessing – buying a pig in a poke.

LONDON WALKS – STREETS AHEAD!

Don't just take it from us.

Date Walk Meeting Point
23 Dec 2017 The Sherlock Holmes Christmas Walk Goodge Street Tube
16 Dec 2017 Roman London – A Literary & Archaeology Guide Tower Hill Tube Stop
29 Jul 2017 Chaucer's London – Archaeologist Guided Aldgate Tube
21 Oct 2017 Viva Vauxhall! Vauxhall Tube, exit 2
26 Aug 2017 Biscuits & Banquets Mansion House Tube, exit 1
16 Sep 2017 The Artists' Colony Sloane Square Tube
2 Sep 2017 London Parks & Their Ramparts – An Urban Geology Walk Hyde Park Corner Tube, exit 3
27 Jan 2018 Alfred Hitchcock's London – More than 39 Steps! Holborn Tube
23 Sep 2017 Old Primrose Hill Village Chalk Farm Tube
24 Feb 2018 Fair Maids, Feminists & Philanthropists Southwark Tube
7 Oct 2017 Medical Bloomsbury Russell Square Tube
12 Aug 2017 Foodies' London - The West End Green Park Tube, Green Park exit (meet by the fountain)
4 Nov 2017 Foodies' London - The West End Green Park Tube, Green Park exit (meet by the fountain)
30 Dec 2017 Foodies' London - The West End Green Park Tube, Green Park exit (meet by the fountain)
14 Oct 2017 Pie Crust to Upper Crust Embankment Tube, Villiers Street exit
26 Aug 2017 Classic London Mews and Hidden Passageways Earl's Court Tube, Earl's Court Road exit
14 Oct 2017 Classic London Mews and Hidden Passageways Earl's Court Tube, Earl's Court Road exit
9 Sep 2017 The Greatest Multicultural City Whitechapel Tube
30 Dec 2017 Mediaeval & Reformation London – Archaeologist-guided Barbican Tube Stop
2 Dec 2017 Old & New Walworth Kennington Tube
10 Mar 2018 In Winston Churchill's Footsteps – London's Finest Hour Embankment Tube, Villiers Street exit
12 Aug 2017 The Art of the Buddha in the V & A South Kensington Tube
17 Mar 2018 Arthur Conan Doyle Walk Piccadilly Circus Tube, meet by the Eros statue

10:45

Holland Park Tube | Map

Guided by Tom or Richard III or Brian

Short version: This is reconnaissance on the razzle – the search-party that syncopates.

Long version: Because Notting Hill on a Saturday morning – market morning! – is curious and colourful, offbeat and yeasty. Here you walk with a ticket of freedom – a pass to scintillating escarpments. Just consider what's squeezed out onto the palette this hillside: swells and scruffs; market stalls and scandal; Jimi Hendrix and Carnival; Cut Throat Alley and Victorian Gothic; Madonna and Hugh Grant (let alone Julia Roberts and that bookshop); cottages, potteries and piggeries; colour washed mews and cab shelters and a race course and the gout route to Bath and butchers in straw hats and an invisible boundary between the present and the past... Magic! Guided by Tom, Brian or Richard IIIN.B. the Notting Hill & Portobello Market Walk ends in Portobello Market, very nearNotting Hill Gate Tube Stop.

LONDON WALKS REVIEWS

"The best walks are conducted by London Walks" Toronto Globe & Mail

"The best walking tours in London" The London Guide

LONDON WALKS PRIVATE WALKS

If you can't make one of the regularly scheduled, just-turn-up, public Notting Hill & Portobellow Market walks do think about booking one as a private tour. If you go private you can have the Notting Hill  & Portobello Market 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.

LONDON WALKS MEME

It all comes down to the guiding. If you're not assessing you're guessing – buying a pig in a poke.

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.

11:00

Camden Town Tube | Map

Guided by Judith

Short version: "Alternative London"

Long version: The London smorgesbord par excellence. A place where the past melts imperceptibly into the post-modern. A place of canals, cafes, cobblestones, Catacombs, craftsmen's studios, street cred, NW1 literati, Industrial Age iron and brick, leafy terraces and crescents, antiques, artists, actors, and art deco. And that's not to mention Camden Lock, London's busiest and brightest market – and its fourth largest tourist attraction – which "at its best combines the bonhomie, excitement and buzz of Rio's Carnival!" The Lock is the centrepiece of the walk, but Judith, a local artist, also explores the sights behind the sights, unrolling the shifting scene like one of those Victorian panoramas: everything from street style and Neobeatniks to Dickens, Dingwalls, and the Vanishing Viscount by the canal; and from George Bernard Shaw and Toss the Pieman to Dylan Thomas, Bob Dylan and the Electric Ballroom. And, goes without saying, Amy Winehouse. Afterward, if you like, you can take a traditional narrowboat to the Zoo or Little Venice. Guided by local artist Judith More than any other London Walks guide, Judith guides her doorstep – perched as she is in her eyrie overlooking the old Inverness Street Market, she's right in the eye of the Camden Town storm. Talk about local knowledge. Judith doesn't just live it and guide it – she paints it, turns lived experience, the Camden Town buzz, into art.

LONDON WALKS PRACTICALS

The Old Camden Town walk takes place every Saturday at 11 am. Meet Judith just outside the exit of Camden Town Tube. (There are two exits out of Camden Town Tube. Judith will be outside the Camden High Street exit, NOT the Kentish Town Road exit. If you arrive by Tube, go up the escalator, through the turnstile, and bear right. That's the exit that debouches out into Camden High Street.) N.B. the walk ends at Camden Market, just a few minutes' walk from Camden Town Tube or Chalk Farm Tube.

LONDON WALKS REVIEWS

"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. The theatre tours, for example, are led by actors and  actresses from the London  stage, while the historical walks are done by historians, not just some bloke who's read a couple of books."  London

"Our second tour was a real change of pace - we did the "Old Camden Town" tour, guided by Judith. This tour runs on Saturday mornings, at that is the day that the Camden Market is most lively - and you will get to see alternative London at its best. If I had teenagers or college students with me, this is one tour that I would add to my list! The tour includes one of the sites where Charles Dickens once lived, historic rock and roll venues, the Regent's Canal, and some of the most interesting, over-the-top shops you will ever see!" Billcat52  Lancaster, Pennsylvania

LONDON WALKS PRIVATE WALKS

If you can't make one of the regularly scheduled, just-turn-up, public Old Camden Town walk do think about booking one as a private tour. If you go private you can have the Old Camden Town 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.

LONDON WALKS LEAFLET

The famous white 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.

LONDON WALKS MEME

It all comes down to the guiding

LONDON WALKS – STREETS AHEAD!

Don't just take it from us.

MIND THE GAP!

Why London Walks? Because you're worth it, that's why...  

11:00

Green Park Tube, north exit (on the corner) | Map

Guided by Ruth S. or Peter G. or Richard Walker

Short version: the London of a life steeped in equal measures of pleasure, controversy and disdain...

Long version: 1890s London. Gaslit streets. The rattle of hansom cabs. The silvery laughter of stage-door Johnnies and chorus girls. The London of Whistler, Beardsley, Shaw, Lillie Langtry, and Gilbert & Sullivan. Above all, though, the London* of Oscar Wilde. Oscar – of all writers, the best company. Oscar – at the height of his fame as dramatist and wit, amusing and outraging Victorian society by turns. Oscar – refulgent, majestic, ready to fall. We follow in his footsteps. See his London through his eyes. Listen. Transfixed. Savouring every last syllable. Guided by Richard Walker and Ruth and Peter. *Including the very room where Wilde and his high-society friends used to gather in the evenings, to discuss the burning issues of the day or share their thoughts on more aesthetic subjects over champagne, wine and a smoke. Don’t miss the shelves dedicated to the playwright with a picture of him wearing his favourite coat (made of seal skin) purchased in Canada, a bottle of his favourite wine and some of his other possessions.

PRACTICALS

The London of Oscar Wilde walk takes pllace every Saturday at 11 am from Green Park Tube. The meeting point is just outside the north exit, on the corner. N.B. the Oscar Wilde Walk ends in Piccadilly, very nearPiccadilly Circus Tube Stop.

LONDON WALKS REVIEWS

"The London of Oscar Wilde, an intriguing walk conducted by London Walks, was as exciting as it was informative. Not only did the passionate and extremely knowledgeable guide, entertain with his Wilde-like wit, but he also opened up a whole new Victorian world in the heart of modern-day London....If you’re an Oscar Wilde fan, then this walk is a must-do. Even if you’re not, do it for the simple pleasure of experiencing the bylanes and side streets of Central London, which you otherwise would not."  Condé Nast Traveller

"London Walks offer the very best walking tours of the capital" The Travel Channel

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

"I was delighted to have the opportunity of going on another London Walk during my weekend stay in the city. It really is a 'must do'. Richard was brilliant and has such a good voice. Many of the guides are retired actors and it shows in their strong vocal chords. We started off at Green Park station and headed off towards Mayfair. The route we took was similar, in parts, to the Mayfair walk, but the stories were all different, concentrating on the life and works of Oscar Wilde. Plenty of upper class gossip and the spotting of locations of some of his fictitious characters, as well as the real life settings of his unique life. I can't recommend these walks highly enough and if you are interested in the life of Oscar Wilde, then this is a real treat." Crinkleyrose  Cardiff, United Kingdom 

LONDON WALKS SOUPÇON

"this shop was ‘Goodyear the Florist’, where Wilde purchased the characteristic green carnations that he regularly pinned onto his suits. (Some believe it was a secret symbol for gay men to identify one another in those times, a trend the playwright is believed to have brought to London from Paris.)"

"Known to sell some of the world’s best cigars, it was from here that Wilde purchased his cigarettes—he smoked close to 100 cigarettes a day, stating with his trademark wit that 'A man should always have an occupation of some kind. There are far too many idle men in London as it is.' However, his weren’t ordinary cigarettes—after all, how could a man as flamboyant as Wilde succumb to the ordinary? Made from special Turkish tobacco, these cigarettes had a pure gold leaf tip with his name embossed on them in red!"

"Be yourself; everyone else is already taken" Oscar Wilde

LONDON WALKS PRIVATE WALKS

If you can't make one of the regularly scheduled, just-turn-up, public London of Oscar Wilde walks do think about booking one as a private tour. If you go private you can have the London of Oscar Wilde 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.

LONDON WALKS MEME

It all comes down to the guiding. If you're not assessing you're guessing – buying a pig in a poke. 

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.

11:00

Westminster Tube, exit 4 | Map

Guided by Karen

1,000 Years of History... 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 (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. You'll get a brilliant discount on the price of admission if you want to visit the Churchill Museum (as the War Rooms are known today). 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? Watch the video.

PRACTICALS

The Old Westminster walk takes place every Saturday morning at 11 am. The meeting point is just outside exit 4 of Westminster Tube

11:20

Marylebone Tube | Map

Guided by Richard P

Short version: "There are places I'll remember all my life" 

Long version: So sang the Beatles in one of their most evocative songs. Many of those places are in the "London Town" of this walk. So get back with Richard P. "the Pied Piper of Beatlemania" –  to the film locations for A Hard Day's Night and Help, the registry office where two of the Fabs got married, and the apartment immortalised by Ringo, John and Yoko. We'll also see the house where Paul lived with his glamorous girlfriend, actress Jane Asher. Those were the days... for it was in that house that John and Paul wrote I want to hold your hand. To cap it all: the legendary Abbey Road studios and crosswalk. As the Toronto Globe and Mail said of the walk, "A splendid time is guaranteed for all." "So let me introduce to you, the one and only... Richard P., the 6th Beatle."

THE BEATLES "IN MY LIFE" WALK – THE PRACTICALS

The Beatles "In My Life" Walk takes place every Tuesday and every Saturday at 11.20 am. The Tube Stop for this one is Marylebone. The meeting point is outside the main archway entrance of Marylebone Railway Station.  N.B We make a short Tube journey to Abbey Road so a Day Travel Card or Oyster Card is recommended. The Beatles "In My Life" walk ends at Abbey Road Studios, a short stroll from St. John's Wood Tube Stop.  

LONDON WALKS BEATLES WALKS VIDEO

And for a preview of the London Walks Beatles Walks – Watch the video

LONDON WALKS REVIEWS

"RICHARD Porter is the smartest man in Britain - at least when it comes to The Beatles. In reality, considering the Sixties pop scene was a hotbed of sex and psychedelic drugs, he probably knows more about The Beatles than the remaining members of the Fab Four can remember themselves." Brian Crisp National Travel Editor, Escape

"When it comes to possessing a thorough knowledge of the movements of the Beatles, there are few who can surpass Richard Porter. Dubbed the “Beatles Brain of Britain,” his personal kinship with John, Paul, George and Ringo makes the London tours he conducts for London Walks some of the most popular in the city. After more than 20 years and guiding around 150,000 visitors, Richard’s lead is the one to heed. His personal knowledge adds an element of credibility that is unavailable elsewhere."  USA Today

"The walls in front of the famous studios are smeared with a million cliches, long-standing graffiti proclaiming the fans' undying love. Here, several years ago, Paul McCartney appeared while Porter was doing his tour. Springing cheerily from his limo, Paul consorted with the fans before vamoosing to cut his album. Porter had captured the moment. Snap! We are agog. For there it is: Paul looking cherubic. As does Porter, standing before us now, irrepressible, and so likeable that you wish you could set him to music. Will lightning strike twice? Will a Beatle casually materialise? But Porter is talking again, more facts, more memorabilia. Yeah, yeah, yeah." Traveller

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

"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

LONDON WALKS PRIVATE WALKS

If you can't make one of the regularly scheduled, just-turn-up, public Beatles Walks do think about booking one as a private tour. If you go private you can have the Beatles in My Life Walk or The Beatles Magical Mystery Tour or Rock 'n' Roll 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 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 is good value for an individual or couple and sensational value for a group. And even more to the point, 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. Richard is of course "the Pied Piper of Beatlemania."  But "the 6th Beatle" shares top billing with co-star Beatles Walks colleagues: musician-guide Adam – who performs a live, on-a-famou-stage, 20-minute set on his Rock 'n' Roll London Pub WalkBeatles era top model and latter day London Walks guide Desiree, who knew them; actor Andy who plays a mean guitar; and Liverpool-born RSC actor Steve, whose impersonation of John Lennon is a resurrection!

LONDON WALKS MEME

It all comes down to the guiding

LONDON WALKS – STREETS AHEAD!

Don't just take it from us. If you're not assessing you're guessing – buying a pig in a poke. 

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.

13:45

Barbican Tube | Map

Guided by Andrew

Short description: Fire, Plague, Bombing, Rebellion, Executions. Plus a pub. 

Shorter description: Down, Dirty, Disastrous London

Long description: Bloody, Flaming, Poxy London. Plague, Fire & Revolution. The Black Death. Churchyards brimming with bodies. The harvest of Death. The zombie apocalypse – but for real. What changes? Everything. We start at an ancient Carthusian priory built next to a plague pit so the brothers could pray for the tormented souls of the dead. We visit an execution spot. But not just any execution spot – THE execution spot – Protestants (yep, the big reboot) and Mel Gibson (ahem). We visit the site of revolt – in effect tour a battlefield – a poll tax – not Maggie – this is 1381, a Lord Mayor, a king, a revolutionary. Spoiler alert. It ends badly. Fast forward to 1666 and the Great Fire (we'll see several pre-fire structures), the Duke of York and 100 men, poised, a last stand – Cock Lane (yep, it's exactly what it says on the tin) and then a peek at London's great phoenix, St. Paul's, raised from the ashes in all its glory. You're going to need to quench your thirst so how about a pint at Shakespeare's gaff? Yes, he finally bought a place, in Ireland Yard, the Blackfriars gatehouse. Shakespeare's cellar is still there. It's our pub cellar, our pints will come up from Shakespeare's cellar. 

CODA: So it's pubs, stunning vistas, historical alleyways, centuries old architecture and, yes, ahem, filthy street names. What more from a walk? Violence, mayhem, fire, sedition, sex and booze. The London Walk that just keeps on giving. Guided by Andy

DISASTROUS LONDON – THE PRACTICALS

In the Summer 2017 London Walks programme – which kicks in on May 1 and runs through October 31 – the Disastrous London walk takes place at 1.45 pm every Saturday afternoon. The meeting point is just outside the exit of Barbican Tube

LONDON WALKS REVIEWS

 "the best London has to offer" Culture Trip

"London's best city tours" The Telegraph

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

LONDON WALKS PRIVATE WALKS

If you can't make one of the regularly scheduled, just-turn-up, public Disastrous London walks do think about booking one as a private tour. If you go private you can have the Disastrous 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 MEME

It all comes down to the guidingIf you're not assessing you're guessing – buying a pig in a poke.

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.

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Embankment Tube, river exit | Map

Guided by Richard Walker

Long version: Harry Potter on Location in LondonTown

Long version: Ah, film locations! Where the ephemeral image on the screen turns into reality! Underfoot and right before our very eyes. And what's right before our very eyes on this one is the Westminster locations that riveted you in Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, The Prisoner of Azkaban, Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince and, yes, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows. It's a walk – a quest even – for fans of all ages. And there's a bonus. Well, lots of bonuses. Because the weave also includes lots of great sights – and sites – and the sights behind the sites – for those who are just along for the ride, along to keep a fan company. All led by the Prince of Potter guides – he of the spookily perfect name – actor Richard Walker. N.B. there's a £3 charge for kids as this one's for all ages. It's the normal £10  for adults or £8 pounds for concs. The walk ends in the Potter-perfect little alleyway that's just round the corner from Leicester Square Tube Stop. Want to get an idea of what a Harry Potter in London walk is like – and see Richard in action? Watch the video of our Harry Potter Film Locations in the City walk.

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High Street Kensington Tube (meet by the 3 Store – next to the pavement [sidewalk], just inside the arcade) | Map

Guided by David or Adam or Angela

Short version: Old Kensington. London's royal village. One special place, one special walk.

Long version: It's rarely the first – or even the second or third – walk people go on, but when they do get round to taking it, they often say it's the one they liked the most. And no wonder, because Royal Kensington is London at its best picturesque, stimulating, and full of character. Its parts are as delightful as London can provide: everything from warmly handsome old Kensington Palace (home to the late Diana, Princess of Wales) to Kensington Gardens (all meadows, shaded walks, bowers, and flower gardens, it might be the grounds of a stately home in some rural shire) to cobbled little soigné lanes and mews, girt with pretty cottages and charming old shops; and from millionaires' row and regal avenues to beautifully kept squares and a clutch of the world's greatest museums; let alone a garden in the sky (the largest and most astonishing roof garden in Europe); the secluded town house of the greatest Londoner of the 20th-century, an American president's flat, the most remarkable small literary house in the world, acres of gentility, a secret trap-door into a hidden world, and more history and colourful characters than you can shake a stick at. And as for the "what will I see on this walk?" question – well, just click here and you'll, er, see. 

KENSINGTON WALK PRACTICALS

The Kensington Walk takes place at 2 pm on Thursdays and Saturdays. The meeting point is High Street Kensington Tube. On Thursdays the walk is guided by Adam or David. On Saturdays it's guided by Angela or David. N.B. the walk ends back at High Street Kensington Tube – or a few minutes walk therefrom.  

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 walking tours"  Travel & Leisure

"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

"Never have participated in but having seen and overheard walking tour guides over many years in the US, I was a bit skeptical that most of them were simply platforms for young aspiring actors to perform for small captive audiences. In the case of the London Walks I could not have been further from the truth. The stable of guides include barristers, physicians, professors, authors, historians and archaeologists--folks who actually know a bit about what they are talking about." Rebecca D.

"we were lucky enough to have David to take us on a walk around Kensington. David was the first guide to take us on a walk and from that moment we were hooked"   Emberton75  Lancaster, United Kingdom

"this is a very informative and interesting route, the beautiful mews hidden in back streets, tiny alleys, grand addresses, nosey parkers would love this walk. you're looking at architecture, history, famous people's addresses. This particular company use actors and professional people to orate. I have done a different one each time I am in London. they are all equally impressive."  Joan C.  Cardiff, United Kingdom

"We joined the Saturday afternoon Old Kensington walk, guided by Angela, on a windy, slightly dank day though, fortunately, the rain held off. We spent a considersable part of the walk laughing as Angela was such a witty, entertaining guide who delivered her anecdotes with perfect timing. I spent many years working in London and now regularly visit but the beautiful 'old village' part of Kensington (with its eye-wateringingly expensive houses) was unfamiliar to me and it was fascinating to learn so much about its history. I've already recommended this walk to family and friends and would happily join them and do it again next year. Thanks Angela."  BaHertford  Hertford, United Kingdom

"My husband and I took part in the Old Kensington walk. Adam was our guide and he delighted us all with his humor, his knowledge and his obvious affection for the city. Questions are encouraged and duly answered. Photo ops abound. And quirky bits of history make Kensington come alive as the small neighborhood you'd long to be part of. As our schedule did not allow time for another tour, it will be first on our to-do list next time we land in London and it should be on your list as well. It is a lovely way to spend a couple of hours learning the history of one corner of London."  Rebecca D. Hamilton, Virginia

"Never failed to be amazed at the entertainment on these walks. Of all the ones I have done, the uniform areas are 1 The walk leaders are brilliant. Knowledgeable, entertaining and loud enough to be heard by all. 2 Hidden gems of London hiding behind the rush you normally see when sightseeing, shopping or just going to work in London. 3 Great eating recommendations in places you would not normally find. The reason you should do one of these walks early on your London trip? You will want to do another! This time we did the Old Kensington walk. It did not sound as dramatic as some of the other walks, but it was breathtaking. From meeting up at High Street Kensington tube station and all the rush there, within minutes we were transported back 300 years into a quiet and peaceful area. Lots of history, interesting insights into how area developed, how housing styles developed, famous people who lived there, secret gardens both at ground level and higher, stables conversations into shops and houses, even stables on 1st floor. The church we went into was so quiet and the size of a cathedral, the history outside equally as interesting. At the end of the walk we retraced our steps on our own to take it all in - but it needs the expert to bring out all the interesting details. We stopped at one of the recommended eating places mentioned by the guide – very good."  FullNotGlum  St. Ives, United Kingdom

LONDON WALKS VIDEO

See for yourself. Preview the walk – and the guiding. Watch the video.*

*It's a bit of all right, this video – it's a present from a gifted professional American filmmaker.

LONDON WALKS PRIVATE WALKS

If you can't make one of the regularly scheduled, just-turn-up, public Kensington Walks do think about booking one as a private tour. If you go private you can have the Old Kensington 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  – 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). Memories make us rich.

LONDON WALKS LEAFLET

The famous white 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.

LONDON WALKS MEME 

It all comes down to the guiding.  

MIND THE GAP!

Why London Walks? Because you're worth it...  

LONDON WALKS – STREETS AHEAD!

Don't just take it from us or The New York Times

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Bond Street Tube (meet by the Forever 21 shop in Stratford Place opposite the station) | Map

Guided by Sue or Peter G. or Margaret or Brian

Short description: "London specialises in hiding the best of itself..." Old Marylebone's a case in point.

Long description: Here you'll lose your way and find your heart. Get gratifyingly lost and get London back the way it was. The way it was at the time of the American Revolution. The way it was just after the Napoleonic Wars – for this is Regency London at its best. The way it was for Robert Browning and Elizabeth Barrett – we'll see the old church where they were married. What else? Well, this one's fascinating because it's so unexpected – a quirky old village in the heart of the West End; delightful because it's our greenest walk; revealing because it takes us into one of the private worlds London excels in; stimulating because it's like a series of flashbacks to every bit of old London you've ever seen; brilliant because of the private mansion we'll go into for a quick look at a couple of world famous paintings; satisfying because everything locks into place like the lines of a sonnet; and, finally, brilliant because of the sheer voltage of the finale: here is the loveliest set-piece in London, the final expression of a classical age, "a definition of western civilization in a single view."

OLD MARYLEBONE WALK – THE PRACTICALS

The Old Marylebone walk takes place every Saturday at 2 pm. The meeting point is Bond Street Tube (meet by the Forever 21 shop in Stratford Place opposite the station). N.B. the walk ends near Baker Street Tube Stop and Regent's Park Tube Stop.

LONDON WALKS REVIEWS

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

"The best walking tours are organized by London Walks" USA Today

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

LONDON WALKS SOUPÇON

"In 1810 the very rich parish of St Marylebone still had only one Anglican church for its population of 70,000, although the wealthy could rent a pew in one of eight private commercial chapels owned by local landlords."

LONDON WALKS PRIVATE WALKS

If you can't make one of the regularly scheduled, just-turn-up, public Old Marylebone walks do think about booking one as a private tour. If you go private you can have the Old Marylebone 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 MEME

It all comes down to the guidingIf you're not assessing you're guessing – buying a pig in a poke.

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.

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

Guided by Richard III or Judy or Ann or Chris

Nitty gritty first, mood music second...  Iconic City buildings – the Gherkin, the Cheesegrater, Lloyds. London a world centre for business, finance, insurance, shipping – now, and across the centuries. Where to insure your voice, your hands, your next Space Mission. The secrets of the nation’s gold – and perhaps yours too? Churches where Londoners have worshipped for centuries. A1 walk. (Yes, we'll explain what that means. Lots of takeaway nuggets on this walk, one of which is getting you au fait with City of London lingo.)

Ok, mood music time: London. 2,000 years old. Higgledy piggledy. History haunted. Secretive in the extreme. A labyrinth where the past lurks in the present. Aggressively modern when you look up. A tear in space-time when you peer round this corner or go down that alley. A city that preserves features – like so many geological strata – of its earlier selves. A city that’s not easy to figure out – you don’t reap London in one traverse. Why bother? you ask. Here’s why: 1) London’s of world historical importance and 2) depths, intricacies and secrets are always interesting. Bottom line: this is a great walk. It’s the London labyrinth and London highlights and the shaping past. You’ll see both the hoary old City and today’s London. Best of all, you’ll see into them. N.B. the walk ends in Guildhall Yard, a very short walk from St. Paul's Tube Stop.

PRACTICALS

The Old City walk takes place every Saturday at 2 pm. The meeting point is just outside the exit of Tower Hill Tube (meet by the "Tower Hill Tram" coffee stall).

"WHAT WILL I SEE?" "WHAT'LL BE PARADED BEFORE US?"

Here's a baker's dozen, a sampling. Important thing to remember is it's just a sneak peek. There's lots more than this.

1. a dense network of small streets and alleys weaving between the main thoroughfares

2. Victorian palazzi, a streetscape "as peaceful as an Italian town at siesta time"

3. an unfurling panorama that demonstrates perfectly why, in the words of one historian of city planning, "the compactness of a 2000-year-old urban core is fortuitously well suited to the operation of a globalised financial service centre."

4. one of the few City churches to survive the Great Fire

5. a hilltop in whose "stony soil lie some of the oldest bits of London"

6. the oldest arch in the City of London

7. the building that changed public perception of tall buildings in London

8. the first of the City's railway termini (and its "air-rights" development)

9. London's boldest piece of architectural art (properly integrated into the project rather than a pointless add-on)

10. "a welcome restatement of the City tradition of lanes and alleys

11. a cesspit "impregnated with putrid animal and excrementitious matter"

12. there's seeing these buildings and "seeing" them. You "see" them when you understand the relationship they achieve with their neighbours. That's another take-away this walk serves up

13. this place: "even today one can sense the impace this structure must have had when new, towering over the mean timber houses of the city"

And that's just for starters, a taster...

It's the Sky Garden. Perfect "fit" with this walk. Apres walk. Free to go up. But you have to book.

LONDON WALKS REVIEWS

"London's best city tours" The Telegraph

"Nobody does it better than London Walks" Celebrate London

"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 Old City walks do think about booking one as a private tour. If you go private you can have the Old City 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.

LONDON WALKS LEAFLET

The famous white 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.

LONDON WALKS MEME

It all comes down to the guiding. If you're not assessing you're guessing – buying a pig in a poke.

LONDON WALKS – STREETS AHEAD!

Don't just take it from us.

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Warwick Avenue Tube | Map

Guided by Shaughan

Short version: Little Venice – the pursuit of pleasure

Long version: If you fancy something completely different this is the walk for you. Little Venice is the prettiest and most romantic spot in town. A unique combination of white stucco, greenery, and water, it boasts the finest early Victorian domestic architecture in London; a Who's Who of famous residents (Freud, Browning, Edward Fox, David Ben-Gurion, Ruth Rendell, Mark Bolan, Joan Collins, and Annie Lennox to name but a few); and a jewel of a "village" street. And that's not to mention its canals. One of them – Regent's Canal – is "the loveliest inland waterway in England." Part of the walk is along the canal towpath – which to this day is studded with fragments of evidence that bring the Age of Canals to life. And afterwards you can have tea – or a bite to eat – at a stylish canal-side cafe. N.B. the walk ends back at Warwick Avenue Tube Stop.

LITTLE VENICE WALKING TOUR – THE PRACTICALS

The Little Venice Walk takes place on Saturdays at 2 pm, Sundays at 2 pm and Wednesdays* at 11 am. On Saturdays and Sundays it's guided by Shaughan. On Wednesdays it's guided by Peter or Richard III. The meeting point is just outside the exit of Warwick Avenue Tube.  N.B. the Little Venice Walk ends back at Warwick Avenue Tube.   *The Wednesday Little Venice walk does NOT run in December and January

LONDON WALKS VIDEO

Want a preview of the walk and the guiding? Watch the video

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

"What can I say that hasn't been said already? I've just come back from London having been on the Old Jewish Quarter and Little Venice walks and they were both excellent. Little Venice was a completely different experience but equally enjoyable. Shaughan was something else with his jokes and songs and obvious knowledge of the area. When you consider Warwick Avenue is only one stop on from Paddington on the tube you'd think you were in a different country."  Walt R., Somerset UK

"Went along with 3 friends & joined the group gathering at Warwick Road tube ~ we numbered about 25 ~ nice & manageable. Very knowledgeable guide walked us around this very beautiful area steeped in history & tales .... Name dropping through the neighbourhood full of celebs & musicians ~ blue plaques galore denoting its cultural history. The canal itself is very picturesque ~ brightly painted canal boats ..... It has old fashioned pubs a plenty ~ a magnificent garden centre ~ boutique shops .... It's a gem ~ beauty in a calm oasis of green, hanging baskets lining the wide avenues colour the roads ~ we had an exceptionally valued afternoon tea at the Colonnade ~ and then a few glasses of chilled white in a local hostelry ~ a fab day in a very beautiful spot!"  ETO5  Chelmsford, United Kingdom

"Our favorites were the tours of Little Venice, led by the musical Shaughan; A Village in Piccadilly, kudos to the entertaining Simon; and Hidden London, courtesy of excellent guide Ann.

"Our guide was Shaughan. He was very knowledgeable about the area, both the history and the famous people who have lived there. He included some poems and songs relevant to our route. It was fun and interesting."  Patricia Broxbourne  Herford, United Kingdom

LONDON WALKS PRIVATE WALKS

If you can't make any of the regularly scheduled, just-turn-up, public Little Venice walks do think about booking one as a private tour. If you go private you can have the Little Venice 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 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. A private 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 LEAFLET

The famous white 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.

LONDON WALKS MEME

It all comes down to the guiding. If you're not assessing you're guessing – buying a pig in a poke.

LONDON WALKS – STREETS AHEAD!

Don't just take it from us.

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Russell Square Tube | Map

Guided by Margaret or Molly or Karen

Short version: The British Museum is the big one.

Long version: The most important museum on the planet. It's an incomparably rich treasure-chest, brimming 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 walk ends in the British Museum. The BM is very near to three tube stops: Russell Square, Holborn and Tottenham Court Road.

THE BRITISH MUSEUM TOUR – THE PRACTICALS

The British Museum Tour takes place every Wednesday at 2.15 pm, every Saturday at 2.15 pm, and every Monday at 2.30 pm. The meeting point is just outside the exit of Russell Square Tube.

LONDON WALKS VIDEO

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

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

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

LONDON WALKS PRIVATE WALKS

If you can't make 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 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.

LONDON WALKS MEME

It all comes down to the guiding.

LONDON WALKS – STREETS AHEAD!

Don't just take it from us. If you're not assessing you're guessing – buying a pig in a poke. 

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.

Date Walk Meeting Point
16 Sep 2017 Roman London – The London History Course St. Paul's Tube, exit 2
28 Oct 2017 Georgian London – The London History Course Chancery Lane Tube, exit 3
26 Aug 2017 Belgravia – its palaces, secrets & hidden byways Hyde Park Corner Tube, exit 3
23 Sep 2017 Anglo Saxon, Norman & Early Mediaeval London - The London History Course Blackfriars Tube
30 Sep 2017 The High Middle Ages – The London History Course Mansion House Tube, exit 1
7 Oct 2017 Tudor London – The London History Course Chancery Lane Tube, exit 3
12 Aug 2017 In Focus – The Embankment Blackfriars Tube
14 Oct 2017 The 'Century of Change 1603-1714' – The London History Course Westminster Tube, exit 4
28 Oct 2017 Georgian London – The London History Course Chancery Lane, exit 3
2 Sep 2017 William Morris & Friends Stamford Brook Tube
13 Jan 2018 William Morris & Friends Stamford Brook Tube
21 Apr 2018 William Morris & Friends Stamford Brook Tube
21 Oct 2017 Eastcheap & the Tower – An Urban Geology Walk Monument Tube, Fish Street Hill exit
19 Aug 2017 Pox & Penicillin - Guided by a Public Health Physician Lancaster Gate Tube
2 Sep 2017 The Great Fire of London – the Anniversary Walk Monument Tube, Fish Street Hill exit
11 Nov 2017 Victorian London – The London History Course Holborn Tube, Kingsway exit (the Kingsway exit is the main exit)
5 Aug 2017 The Isle of Dogs Canary Wharf Tube, main exit
2 Sep 2017 The Isle of Dogs Canary Wharf Tube, main exit
18 Nov 2017 20th Century London – The London History Course Barbican Tube Stop
10 Feb 2018 The Archaeology & History of Southwark London Bridge Tube, Tooley Street exit
29 Jul 2017 Rock 'n' Roll London – A Saturday Special Tottenham Court Road Tube, exit 1
17 Feb 2018 Slavery & The City Monument Tube, Fish Street Hill exit
21 Oct 2017 London in Poetry & Free Book St. James's Park Tube, Broadway/Westminster Abbey exit
9 Sep 2017 Prehistoric London – The London History Course London Bridge Tube, Tooley Street exit

14:30

Piccadilly Circus Tube, subway 3 exit (meet by the Clydesdale Bank) | Map

Guided by Sue or Richard IV

Short version: On the Spy Trail 

Long version: "Espionage was the hot end of the cold war..." Spies' London is Ian Fleming's James Bond and John Le Carre's George Smiley. But it's also the London of the genuine article, where for over 40 years Burgess, Maclean, Philby, Blunt and the mysterious fifth man infiltrated the British and American security services and spied for the Soviet Union. This walk takes us into that hole and corner, cloak and dagger London – into the secret places of that murky nether-world. Here we venture into the covert London of MI5, MI6, and the American O.S.S., progenitor of the CIA. Here we close in on the American Soviet agent who finally confessed and unveiled the "Cambridge Ring". Here we pinpoint the "dead letter box" and unmask the fifth man. Here, in Spies' London, fact really is stranger than fiction. Guided by Richard IV or Sue.

PRACTICALS

Spies' and Spycatchers' London takes place every Saturday at 2.30 pm. Meet Richard IV or Sue just outside the subway 3 exit of Piccadilly Circus Tube. Meet by the Clydesdale Bank. N.B. the walk ends in Curzon Street, very near Green Park Tube Stop.

LONDON WALKS REVIEWS

"There are 20 of us listening, rapt, as we stand outside The Economist building in London’s West End, one of the stops on London Walks’ Spies & Spycatchers tour – a great way to see some of the real locations from Britain’s cloak-and-dagger past.We’d already heard from our guide how to evade surveillance when eating at a restaurant, seen where Ian Fleming was arrested on suspicion of being a German spy during the Second World War; and learnt, outside Eisenhower’s wartime headquarters, about the founding of the US secret intelligence service, the OSS. In leafy squares and quiet mews, we’d been regaled with the near-fictional but real-life adventures of one of history’s master-spies, Sidney Reilly, and had heard about the early days of Britain’s Secret Intelligence Service, headed by Sir Mansfield Cumming: “eccentric even by Royal Navy standards”.  The two-hour walk, which leaves from Piccadilly tube station at 2.30pm prompt every Saturday afternoon, incorporates an entertaining blend of espionage fact and fiction. Bond, of course, is firmly in the latter category."  On the Spy Trail by David Hughes, The Telegraph

"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

LONDON WALKS PRIVATE WALKS

If you can't make one of the regularly scheduled, just-turn-up, public Spies' & Spycatchers' London walk do think about booking one as a private tour. If you go private you can have the Spies' & Spycatchers' 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.

LONDON WALKS MEME

It all comes down to the guiding. If you're not assessing you're guessing – buying a pig in a poke.

LONDON WALKS LEAFLET

The famous white 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.

LONDON WALKS – STREETS AHEAD!

Don't just take it from us.

15:00

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

Guided by Peter G. or Fiona

London's waking nightmare of murder... 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 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 detail – and get to grips, so to speak, with the main suspects. N.B. the walk ends just a few minutes' walk from Liverpool Street Station. And indeed, just a few minutes' walk from Aldgate East Tube Stop, if that's more convenient for you. Want a preview? See the video of the walk. 

19:00

Hampstead Tube | Map

Guided by Peter G. or Richard III

Shhh! It's a secret. Hampstead is the best place to be on a Saturday night in London. It's the roof of London. We'll look down and see the lights of the greatest city on earth spread out before us. On a clear night we'll even nip into the Old Observatory for a look through the telescope at the starry heavens above. What else? Well, it's London at its most picturesque – a perfectly preserved Georgian village. There's a superb cast of characters – ranging from the highwayman Dick Turpin to the painter Constable to the poet Keats; from Freud and D.H. Lawrence to Liam Gallagher and Boy George; from Elizabeth Taylor and Rex Harrison to Peter O'Toole and Jeremy Irons. There's London's most villagey atmosphere, great cafes, magnificent Hampstead Heath, and well-hidden, cozy old pubs you'll fall in love with. This is a great walk – they just don't come any better. N.B. the walk ends just round the corner from Hampstead Tube.

HAMPSTEAD PUB WALK PRACTICALS​

The Hampstead Pub Walk takes place at 7 pm every Saturday evening (except in January and February).

The meeting point is just outside the exit of Hampstead Tube Stop. N.B. The walk takes about 2 1/2 hours and ends just round the corner from Hampstead Tube Stop.

HAMPSTEAD WALK VIDEOS

Two of em. First one – this one – is franklyt artsy and very beautiful. Shot by Koko, a Japanese stills photographer. Music specially composed for the film.

Second one – it's here – has zero production values. I, David, shot it and put it together. And for sure I ain't a filmmaker. But rough hewn as it is it'll give you an idea of leafy Hampstead and its hidden passageways.

LONDON WALKS REVIEWS

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

"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 WALKS MEME

It all comes down to the guiding. If you're not assessing you're guessing – buying a pig in a poke.

LONDON WALKS – STREETS AHEAD!

Don't just take it from us.

Date Walk Meeting Point
19 Aug 2017 The London by Gaslight Pub Walk Embankment Tube, Villiers Street exit
7 Oct 2017 Backstairs Belgravia - Byways, Hidden Haunts & Classic Pubs Hyde Park Corner Tube, exit 3
9 Sep 2017 The "Undiscovered London" Pub Walk Monument Tube, Fish Street Hill exit
16 Sep 2017 "Bond, James Bond" The London of 007 & Ian Fleming Marble Arch Tube, exit 2 (the Park Lane exit)
14 Oct 2017 "Bond, James Bond" The London of 007 & Ian Fleming Marble Arch Tube, exit 2 (the Park Lane exit)
26 Aug 2017 Bohemian Fitzrovia Goodge Street Tube
2 Sep 2017 The Theatreland Pub Walk – Thesp Guided! Leicester Square Tube, exit 4, Cranbourn Street
12 Aug 2017 London's Old Waterfront Tower Hill Tube (meet by the Tower Hill Tram" coffee stand)"
30 Sep 2017 The Hitchcock & Holmes Pub Walk Holborn Tube
21 Oct 2017 The Old Mayfair Pub Walk Green Park Tube, north exit (on the corner)
5 Aug 2017 The Old Chelsea Village Pub Walk Sloane Square Tube
16 Sep 2017 "Bond, James Bond" – The London of 007 Marble Arch Tube, exit 2
14 Oct 2017 "Bond, James Bond" – The London of 007 Marble Arch Tube, exit 2
23 Sep 2017 Bloomsbury – Literary London & Liquid Refreshment Holborn Tube

19:30

St. Paul's Tube, exit 2 | Map

Guided by Shaughan or Karen or Adam

"Fear came upon me. And trembling." The Book of Job, 4:14

"The civilised human spirit cannot get rid of a feeling of the uncanny." Dr. Faustus, Thomas Mann 

At night the ancient City is deserted. And eerie. Exploring its shadowy back streets and dimly lit alleys we might be in a medieval citadel, in overpowering stone. The very street names – Aldersgate, Cloth Fair, Charterhouse, Threadneedle – take us far back. We're alone... Or are we? For this is the hour when the She Wolf of France glides through the churchyard, the hour when the dark figure on Newgate wall rattles his chains, the hour when the Black Nun keeps her lonely vigil, and something inexpressibly evil lurks behind a tiny window. We're on their trail... Or are they shadowing us? "How easy it is to awaken the unwanted attention of things that should sleep quietly in their tombs or hiding places..."  Guided by the Duke of Darkness or the Shadow Walker or the Woman in Black.

LONDON WALKS GHOSTS OF THE OLD CITY – THE PRACTICALS

The Ghosts of the Old City walk takes place every* Tuesday and every Saturday at 7.30 pm. Meet the Duke of Darkness or the Shadow Walker or the Woman in Black just outside exit 2 of St. Paul's Tube. N.B. the walk ends back at St. Paul's Tube. The Duke of Darkness is Shaughan. The Shadow Walker is Adam. The Woman in Black is Karen – she's merely "the world's greatest guide", according to the Travel & Leisure rankings. (Karen's Travel & Leisure coronation was of course presaged by her winning the London Tourist Board's Guide of the Year Award.) *Except in January and February 

HERE'S WHY

Ghost walks are tricky to guide. Get it wrong and it's embarrassingly bad. Cringe-making fake "scary" voice, that sort of thing. It all comes down to the guiding. Now the immediately striking thing about the London Walks' Ghost Walks guides "line up" is that all the guides – Adam's the exception who proves the rule – are actors. Important? Or a coincidence? Yeah, you guessed it – it's the former. The reason, quite simply, is it takes a special set of skills to make a ghost walk work. What are those skills, those "ingredients"? Well, you can guess – the great voice, presence, perfect timing, conviction – let alone the sixth sense about exactly how far the envelope needs to be pushed. Actors have those abilities – most of the rest of us don't. Or at least don't have the whole package. Which is why if you get some amateur fronting a ghost walk it's not just a disappointment – it's worse, it's an embarrassment. It's just common sense, really. All you need to do is think back to your childhood – hearing ghost stories round the campfire. It was only the born story tellers – the ones who had the gift – let alone the great voice – who could bring it off. The upside of course is that when that sort of thing is done brilliantly – by pros, by people who know what they're doing – well, it's as good as it gets. That's why we've got professional performers fronting our ghost walks. And the proof of the pudding – well, see the JR note below. Or listen to Shaughan, the Duke of Darkness, at the start of his Ghosts of the Old City video. Or Captain Spooky (Peter) at the start of his Ghosts of the West End video.

LONDON WALKS VIDEO

Want to preview the walk and the guiding? Watch the video. And watch this sidekick video. It's the Shadow Walker (Adam), setting the stage for the Ghosts of the Old City Walk. A born story-teller "can make you believe"  

"WHAT WILL I SEE?"

These are "extras", "incidentals" – our main fare is ghostly goings-on. But in addition, in passing, you'll also get...

1. Three of the most splendid of Wren's spires in attendance upon St. Paul's dome

2. The sparking point of the City

3. The focus, the concentration of City life

4. A nine foot long dragon

5. A bare-breasted native American 

6. A perfect example of a 1672 house (lived in by one of our greatest poets) 

7. The City's most delightful hidden network of streets, shops and restaurants

8. A tent-like structure that seems to grow out of the ground (the rainwater collected by its roof is used to flush toilets and irrigate the nearby planting)

9. 350-year-old cottages built for canons

10. A street that shows perfectly – its often used as a film location – the pre-Victorian scale of the City

11. The ebullient late Victorian building that replaced the grimmest structure in London (the one that featured carved manacles and chains and grim, windowless rustication)

And that's just for starters...

LONDON WALKS REVIEWS

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

"It's hard to remember how many times I've taken this walk [Ghosts of the Old City]. Everytime I am taking a relative or friend around London with me, this is the walk I take. The scenery is straight out of a movie, and what can I say about Shaughan. He's definitely better than any write-up either I or this brochure could come up with. The stories, the tidbits, the drama – this walk has it all. I guess I've done this walk about 6 or 7 times. It'll be up to 8 the next time I'm in town . . ."   JR New Jersey, USA

"Top Ghost Walks in the Uk  London, England: London Walks...their four ghost walks" Essential Travel

LONDON WALKS PRIVATE WALKS

If you can't make one of the regularly scheduled, just-turn-up, public Regent's Canal Walks do think about booking one as a private tour. If you go private you can have any of the Regent's Canal Walks – 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  privatewalks@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 MEME

It all comes down to the guiding (exponentially so on Ghost Walks). 

LONDON WALKS – STREETS AHEAD!

Don't just take it from us.

MIND THE GAP

Why London Walks? Because you're worth it, that's why...

19:30

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

Guided by Shaughan or Steve or Richard Walker or Molly or Donald or Adam or Andrew

Click to check dates this walk isn’t taking place

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 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 detail – 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. Guided on Monday and Tuesday by Molly; on Wednesday and Saturday by Steve; on Thursday by Shaughan or Adam; on Friday by Donald, Andy or Richard Walker; on Sunday by Donald. Donald is Donald Rumbelow, "internationally recognised as the leading authority on Jack the Ripper." Britain's foremost crime historian, he's the author of the definitive book on the Ripper.

JACK THE RIPPER TOUR PRACTICALS

The Jack the Ripper Walk takes place every single night* (except Dec. 24 and Dec. 25) at 7.30 pm from just outside the exit of Tower Hill Tube. Meet by the "Tower Hill Tram" coffee stand. The Ripper walk ends a short walk from two Tube Stops: Liverpool Street and Aldgate East.  On Saturdays the walk takes place twice. In addition to the 7.30 pm walk there's a "matinee" at 3 pmWARNING: Never part with your money until you're absolutely certain it's the bona fide London Walks guide you're handing it to. Look for the London Walks badge. Or the guide's blue badge. Or both. That's how you tell for sure. DON'T LET ANYONE PULL A FAST ONE ON YOU.

LONDON WALKS SOUPÇON

Why was the throat of the first victim, Polly Nichols, cut twice – when she was already dead? Why, when the second victim, Annie Chapman, was murdered, was the pocket of her apron almost torn off? For what reason were a number of personal items arranged neatly by her feet? Why, and for what reason, was Chapman's uterus ripped out of her body and taken away by the murderer? When Catherine Eddowes's mutilated body was found in a dark corner of Mitre Square, why was the inverted letter 'V' carved into each of her cheeks and what did it mean? Why were her nose, ears, lips and eyelids slashed? And why had her uterus and left kidney been cut out of her body and removed from the scene of the crime? What sense can we make of the cryptic message inscribed on a black brick door surround and a severed part of a bloody apron dropped? deposited? there? Why did the murderer appear to have no sexual interest in his victims? Why did the murders end with the inconceivably savage disfigurement of Mary Kelly?

"In 1888, the year of the sensational Whitechapel murders, male and female Londoners elected their first democratic city-wide government, the London County Council, and London got the world's first two-tier urban administration. J. B. Dunlop patented the pneumatic tyre, helping to transform cycling from an uncomfortable hobby for daredevils into a powerful force in popular leisure and transport, and preparing the way for efficient motoring. London's first halfpenny evening newspaper, the Star, was started, heralding the beginning of the age of mass circulation journalism. The first Sherlock Holmes novel, A Study in Scarlet, was published, and the Football League and the Lawn Tennis Association were founded. Charles Booth completed work on the first volume of his massive Life and Labour of the People in London, the first modern study of London's economic and social life. Annie Besant helped to organise the matchgirls' strike, a seminal event in the rise of modern unskilled trades unionism and the women's movement. A 14-storey apartment block, Queen Anne's Mansions, was built in Victoria, giving London (briefly) the tallest residential building in the world. Translations of three plays by Henrik Ibsen were published in London, introducing Londoners to social and sexual ideas which challenged the most cherished Victorian values."

WARNING: only read the next three paragraphs if you have a strong stomach. "It surpassed Dante's vision of hell. Not in his wildest imagination could the supreme mediaeval poet have dreamed up a scene of such horror. There was blood everywhere: on the bed, on the floor, on the walls, and even on the ceiling. Pieces of skin, flayed from the victimn's abdomen, and flesh from her thighs lay on a small bedside table; more skin and lumps of flesh, hacked from her arms and legs, were left on a larger table. Several feet of intestines and the young woman's spleen were strewn across the bed, where blood had soaked through the mattress and dripped silently into a widening, crimson pool on the floor. Her uterus, kidneys and one severed breast had been pushed under her head. The other breast lay beside her right foot. Her liver nestled between her feet on a coverlet caked in yet more blood. Her torso was torn open from her ribs to her private parts, her insides viciously ripped out. Her right arm was placed in such a way that her hand was pushed inside the now empty cavity of her belly. With her entire body hideously disfigured she resembled a slaughtered beast hanging on a butcher's hook rather than a human being, and certainly not a young, attractive woman.

"The stench of blood and gore was overwhelming – enough to make a person retch. The small room at number 13 Miller's Court was truly hell on earth.

"Anything else? Yes. The killer had taken something with him – Mary Kelly's heart."

LONDON WALKS MEME

It all comes down to the guiding. If you're not assessing you're guessing – buying a pig in a poke.

LONDON WALKS VIDEO 

Preview the walk and the guiding – watch the video.

LONDON WALKS REVIEWS

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

"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

"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 PRIVATE WALKS

ABOUT BOOKING A PRIVATE JACK THE RIPPER WALK

If you can't make one of the regularly scheduled, just-turn-up, public Jack the Ripper walks do think about booking one as a private tour. If you go private you can have the Jack the Ripper 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.

OK, now a it of common sense on that last point. 

Those seven words – it all comes down to the guiding –  bear repeating. That's the iron law, whatever the makeup of the group. It can be a private walk for a couple of sophisticated adults – or a private walk for a "challenging" school group. Or anything in between. Whatever the group – it all comes down to the guiding.

Consider, by way of example, a "challenging" school group.

Think of that time-honoured adolescent combination of boredom, lethargy and free-floating belligerence. There, in a nutshell, is why it's important to get the right guide. You want a guide who can snap them out of that. Just like that. And keep them out of it. Some guides can do that. Some can't. It's a god-given talent that some guides have got and others don't have. You're booking a private walk for a school group you want a guide who's got that ability as part of their skill-set.

And that's why you come to us. It's in your interest to 1) get the right walk for your group and 2) get the right guide. The two sides of the same coin. It's in our interest to make sure that happens.

Whereas it's in the guide's interest to get the job/take the job – even if they're not right for it.

You book a private walk through us you eliminate the risk of getting a guide who's not right for your group. You eliminate that risk because your best interest is absolutely congruent with our best interest.

So there's lots of upside.* And no downside at all. Including cost. It doesn't cost more to go through us.

*In addition to the all-important guide-group "fit" there's the full panopoly of London Walks experience and back-up that you get. As well as being able to talk it over – explore the possibilities, draw on the unrivalled nous of "the walking tour specialists".

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.

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.

 

Date Time Walk Meeting Point
12 Aug 2017 11am The Secret Thames – the Archaeology Tour Mansion House Tube, exit 1
26 Aug 2017 11am The Secret Thames – the Archaeology Tour Mansion House Tube, exit 1
23 Sep 2017 10am Epicurean, Gourmets', Foodies' London Monument Tube, Fish Street Hill exit
20 Jan 2018 10am Epicurean, Gourmets', Foodies' London Monument Tube, Fish Street Hill exit
1 Jul 2017 10.30am Docklands Canary Wharf Tube, meet outside the main Jubilee Line exit (NOT the East exit)
5 Aug 2017 10.30am Docklands Canary Wharf Tube, meet outside the main Jubilee Line exit (NOT the East exit)
2 Sep 2017 10.30am Docklands Canary Wharf Tube, meet outside the main Jubilee Line exit (NOT the East exit)
7 Oct 2017 10.30am Docklands Canary Wharf Tube, meet outside the main Jubilee Line exit (NOT the East exit)
19 Aug 2017 10.45am The City Sculpture Safari Tower Hill Tube, meet by the Tower Hill Tram coffee stall