Sunday's Walks

Date Time Walk Meeting Point
18 Jun 2017 9am The Cotswolds in Summer Paddington Railway Station (meet by the main ticket office - it's near Platforms 1 & 2)
2 Jul 2017 9am The Cotswolds in Summer Paddington Railway Station (meet by the main ticket office - it's near Platforms 1 & 2)
16 Jul 2017 9am The Cotswolds in Summer Paddington Railway Station (meet by the main ticket office - it's near Platforms 1 & 2)
30 Jul 2017 9am The Cotswolds in Summer Paddington Railway Station (meet by the main ticket office - it's near Platforms 1 & 2)
13 Aug 2017 9am The Cotswolds in Summer Paddington Railway Station (meet by the main ticket office - it's near Platforms 1 & 2)
27 Aug 2017 9am The Cotswolds in Summer Paddington Railway Station (meet by the main ticket office - it's near Platforms 1 & 2)
10 Sep 2017 9am The Cotswolds in Summer Paddington Railway Station (meet by the main ticket office - it's near Platforms 1 & 2)
24 Sep 2017 9am The Cotswolds in Summer Paddington Railway Station (meet by the main ticket office - it's near Platforms 1 & 2)
11 Jun 2017 10.45am St. Albans - An England in Miniature West Hampstead Tube
8 Oct 2017 10.45am St. Albans - An England in Miniature West Hampstead Tube

10:00

Hampstead Tube | Map

Guided by David

Short version: This is a great walk. They don't come any better than this.

Long version: London's penthouse. The Skybox in NW3. Our setting is London's most picturesque neighbourhood – a perfectly preserved Georgian village crowning the top of a handsome hill and garnished with the capital's most elegant old world promenade, a medley of cobble-stone lanes, pretty cottages, surprising turnings, and unsurpassed views. As for our cast of characters... well, it's every bit as beguiling as our setting, ranging from the highwayman Dick Turpin to the painter Constable to the poet Keats; from Freud and D.H. Lawrence to Sting and Boy George; from Elizabeth Taylor and Judy Dench and Emma Thompson to Rex Harrison, Peter O'Toole, Alan Bates, Dudley Moore, Rowan Atkinson, Liam Gallagher and Jeremy Irons. And for good measure, there's London's most villagey atmosphere, white swans on a lake, and magnificent Hampstead Heath.

HAMPSTEAD WALK – THE PRACTICALS

The Old Hampstead Village & Heath Walk takes place every* Sunday at 10 am, every* Wednesday at 2 pm and every* Saturday evening (as a pub walk) at 7 pm. The meeting point is just outside the exit of Hampstead Tube Stop. The Sunday morning walk is guided by David.* The Wednesday afternoon and Saturday evening walks are guided by Richard III or PeterN.B. we end in Church Row, Hampstead's grandest street, just a stone's throw from Hampstead Tube Stop. *N.B. the Sunday morning Hampstead Walk takes place every Sunday, year round. The Wednesday afternoon Hampstead Walk does not take place in January. The Satrday evening Hampstead Pub Walk does not take place in December, January or February. 

LONDON WALKS VIDEOS

Want a preview of the walk? Here's a little hand-held video number I, David, whipped up. It's called The Footpaths of Leafy Hampstead. I shot it to bring to the fore and underline a point that's often overlooked – namely that one of the things you're paying for on a walk is the route. A lot of these places and byways you wouldn't be able to find off your own bat. Let alone piece them together into the coherent narrative of a two hour walk. It's not a word that very often comes to mind in connection with a delightful stroll through, say, leafy Hampstead, but a quality walking tour is a wonderfully efficient creation. You'd have to get stuck into Hampstead many times over a period of years to discover and then piece together this route. Who – apart from a London Walks Hampstead Village guide – has the time, inclination and determination to do that? 

And a 2017 update: here's another hand-held "tracking shot" – all of 72 seconds long – of a different "secret Hampstead passageway." Counting the "path through the woods" we thread our way along a half dozen or so of these secret passages. There's no other London Walk like this in that regard alone.

And – embarrassment of riches – we've got a second Hampstead film. This was about the 15th one we made. The ones that had preceded it had all pretty much followed the same formula: shoot a few bits of the walk, show the guide in action, show the walkers, soundtrack it, put up some credits, say "that's a wrap." We plumped for something entirely different with this one. We commissioned Keiko, a Japanese stills photographer. Took her over the route. And then turned her loose with that very special camera – and technique – of her. It was edited by Jon. Some musician chums of his composed and performed a piece specially for it. And here it is – unique, beautiful and mysterious. Which is just so right for Hampstead. 

You can see David guiding here (the first of our two Along the Thames Pub Walk videos). Or here, the video Jim Albritton, a professional American filmmaker, shot of our Kensington Walk

Final point. David's thing is Literary London. The Mail has just singled out his Dickens Walk as one of the ten best guided tours in the country." The "fit" of course is that London doesn't come much more literary than Hampstead.

*Personal note: this is my (David's) favourite of the 57 different London Walks I'm able to guide. That's got to be some sort of recommendation.

LONDON WALKS REVIEWS

"London Walks is the best, hands down."  Frommer's London

"London Walks offers guided walks throughout London, but the two-hour saunter through Hampstead’s centuries of architectural and cultural history is the jewel in their crown." The New York Times

"A huge "thank you" to David for our Hampstead walk this morning [19 February 2017]. I've lived in Hampstead for the past 25 years and you still managed to teach me things about my 'hood! I thoroughly enjoyed, seeing Hampstead through your eyes, your aesthetic, as well as your formidable knowledge from geology to history. Your love of the place shone through. We had a totally wonderful morning. It was a pleasure meeting you and I'll be back for more walks with visitors... so until the next time, it's bye for now. Best wishes and thanks again Sarena"

"Last Sunday morning I had an enchanting walk around Hampstead in the company of a group of strangers and an erudite guide. I’ve enjoyed a number of these London walks over the years and so it was that one cold January afternoon in Little Venice I learned about the history of the Regent’s Canal and enjoyed peering nosily through houseboat windows. On another walk I explored the quirks of upmarket Notting Hill, and a walk around Chelsea revealed intricate treasures from the Arts and Crafts movement. But Hampstead is definitely my favourite walk so far, with its panoramic views over London and streets so steep they have handrails." Lynn Farley-Rose, author of 31 Treats and a Marriage

"Our walk through Hampstead was no exception. Besides being a personable and inveterate story teller, David has an encyclopedic knowledge of the area and stopped regularly to introduce us to local pubs, viewpoints, historic homes, the famous Hampstead Heath and architectural/historic features that we would never have found or understood on our own. Even our seven-year old son enjoyed the walk and was easily able to discuss what he learned by listening to David and asking questions, which David never failed to answer in his warm and friendly manner."  

LONDON WALKS PRIVATE WALKS

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

10:00

Westminster Tube, exit 4 | Map

Guided by Simon W. or Joanne or Fiona or Andy R.

Click to check dates this walk isn’t taking place

Short description:  The Changing of the Guard & Highlights of London Tour

Long description: This is London! Welcome to the Flash-Bang-Lightning Highlights Tour. To the Guard Change Tour. To London in Two Hours. Everything you want to see in the famous heart of London can be seen on foot in two hours. Seen better. Seen up close. Guided better. Fraction of the cost. So why go on a bus tour? Ok, maybe digging deep into your pocket and ho-hum main roads are your thing. Big, straight, obvious, busy roads – maybe they are the strokes for some folks. Then again, maybe not. You don't "see" the English countryside by taking the motorway through it. Same goes for London. And so we come to the rem acu tetigiste moment: we go where the tourist buses can't go. So, hey ho and off we go – off to see all the classic sights in the heart of London. Tick 'em off: the Houses of Parliament, Westminster Abbey, Buckingham Palace, St. James's Palace, the quintessential Royal Park, classy St. James's, the Mall, Trafalgar Square, Admiralty Arch, Birdcage Walk, Queen Anne's Gate, you name it. They're all here – all the London pearls. N.B. the walk ends at Trafalgar Square, on the doorstep of Charing Cross Rail and Tube Station. On Wednesdays the Welcome to London Tour is guided by Fiona, Russell or Simon W. On Sundays it's Steven, Joanne or Andy R.

WELCOME TO LONDON – THE PRACTICALS

In the Summer 2017 London Walks programme – which kicks in on May 1 and runs through October 31 – the Welcome to London walk takes place every Wednesday at 10 am and every* Sunday at 10 am. The meeting point is just outside exit 4 of Westminster Tube.  *The Changing of the Horse Guards ceremony takes place every day. It's up close, right there, intimate. We'll be there. The Buckingham Palace ceremony isn't held every day. On the Wednesdays and Sundays when it is on we'll of course be right there, at a carefully chosen, superb vantage point. *Except Sunday, July 30 and Sunday, September 10 – the wall will not take place on those two dates.

LONDON WALKS REVIEWS

"London Walks was acknowledged as the premier walking tour company in the entire world" American Tour Guides Convention

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

"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

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

LONDON WALKS PRIVATE WALKS

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

10:00

Mansion House Tube, exit 1 | Map

Guided by Russell or Pepe or Fiona

Short version: Greatest Show on earth in London.

Long version: "Tate Modern, take one, was the ordinary made extraordinary... Fifteen years on the strangeness has been cranked up a notch, with the arrival of one of the most enigmatic buildings London has ever seen." As for the art... Surreal, kinetic sculptures. A year collapsed into a document of only six minutes and four seconds. Behold 2009 (steel car bumpers and 4,000 metres of human hair). Bodily deformations to express heightened emotions (Picasso). Warhol's self-portrait. An archive of misunderstandings, crises and ambivalences. Hommage à Chrysler Corp. 1957. Salvador Dali's hallucinogenic imagery and Freudian confession. A dreary hotel corridor that's the setting for an unnerving scene of unexplained events. Anything else? Yes, Fiona, Russell, Pepe and Alex are Tate Modern Guides. They know the art, know their way round the "enigmatic building" it's folded into. 

Translation version: 1) best possible introduction to a landmark building and art that is a series of flashpoints across the last century; 2) crash course in modern art (know your Dali from the Dali Llama). 

TATE MODERN TOUR – THE PRACTICALS

In the Summer 2017 London Walks programme – which kicks in on May 1 and runs through October 31 – the Tate Modern Tour takes place at 10 am every Sunday morning. The meeting point is just outside exit 1 of Mansion House Tube.

LONDON WALKS REVIEWS

 "the best London has to offer" Culture Trip

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

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

LONDON WALKS PRIVATE WALKS

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

LONDON WALKS SOUPÇON

"The 'encore' – the eleven-story extension – generates nearly 21,000 square metres of new exhibition space for the museum. jutting from the hulking brick form of the gallery's converted Bankside power station, the addition resembles a contorted pyramid craning for a view of the Thames. originally conceived as entirely glass, the creased volume is lined with brick to match the surface of the power station, and is inlaid with parallel strips of inset windows that create an abstract pattern.  While the project's supplementary gallery spaces build on the museum's mission, its numerous performance spaces allow audiences to interact with modern art in an unprecedented manner." 

David: Beautifully put. But at no little risk of belabouring the obvious I'd just add, you also go there for the wonderful, the merry (go-round) view from the viewing platform. Magical, bird's eye, all-points-of-the-compass views. And you get to see what all the fuss is about. What's not to like.

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.

10:15

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

Guided by Shaughan or Harry

Click to check dates this walk isn’t taking place

Short description: "a shtetl called Whitechapel"

Short description: "splinter-sharp guides,* gripping history" 

Long description: Traces the history of London's Jewish community in the East End. A tale that embraces the poverty of the pogrom refugees and the glittering success of the Rothschilds; the eloquence of Prime Minister Disraeli and the spiel of the Petticoat Lane stallholder; the poetry of Isaac Rosenberg and the poetry-in-motion of Abe Saperstein's Harlem Globetrotters. Set amid the alleys and back streets of colourful Spitalfields and Whitechapel, it's a tale of synagogues and sweatshops, Sephardim and soup kitchens. Whenever possible we visit** the historic Bevis Marks synogogue. Morris, who's in charge there, lays on a fascinating talk, fields questions, etc.*** What's not to like?   

THE OLD JEWISH QUARTER WALK – THE PRACTICALS

The meeting point for The Old Jewish Quarter walk is just outside the exit of Tower Hill Tube. Meet Rachel or Harry or Judy or Shaughan or Steve by the Tower Hill Tram coffee stall.

On Sundays The Old Jewish Quarter walk goes at 10.15 am.

On Wednesdays and Fridays it goes at 10.45 am.

The 1015 am Sunday Old Jewish Quarter walk is guided by Harry or Shaughan

The 10.45 am Wednesday walk is guided by Shaughan or Steve.

the 10.45 am Friday walk is guided by Rachel (author of Jewish London) or Steve.

*"We toured the Jewish quarter (East End) with Shaughan...he was marvelous...extremely knowledgeable...knows how to tell a story! I could see going back to London and doing London Walks tours every day. It was really that good. Thanks Shaughan!!!" Karen S. (Alexandria, Virginia).

**For which there's a small entrance fee

***"The talk arranged at the Synagogue on the Jewish Quarter tour is something that certainly would not have been available to us without this tour." EMiller 444 (Boston, Mass.) From her Trip Advisor review.

N.B. the walk ends at Spitalfields Market, a short walk from Aldgate, Aldgate East and Liverpool Street stations.

LONDON WALKS SOUPÇON

"The piece of London which I hold in my heart is a part I have never lived in – Whitechapel. But it's the real East End, where my Jewish great-grandfather came to live, in Goodmans Fields, in the 1860s. So much of the Jewish culture I absorbed came from this area – small shopkeepers, kosher chickens on a slab, salt beef sandwiches from... Blooms Restaurant, little synagogues in small streets like Princelet Street – and lively street markets with witty stall holders shouting their wares with flair and cunning. The dirty blocks of apartment buildings, all stairs and washing lines, Brick Lane, Leman Street, Black Lion Yard – these are the streets of my family history...I grew up in Oxford – quite another feel to that place – but the emotional heart of London for me is the gritty, warm-hearted East End."  Miriam Margolyes

"Over time the Jewish settlement in East London, with its intriguing mixture of East European and London customs, became an accepted and picturesque part of the metropolitan cultural mix. The exotic enclave the Jews had established in Whitechapel, with its noisy Sunday market in Petticoat Lane, its Yiddish shop signs and street cries, its bearded men and bewigged women, its kosher restaurants and butcher's shops, was part of what visitors to the East End expected to see...A chapter by S. Gelberg on Jewish London described the Whitechapel ghetto, 'a fragment of Poland torn off from Central Europe and dropped haphazard in the heart of Britain,' in sympathetic and sentimental terms: 'Altogether, indeed, a unique little cosmos, this East-End Hebrew colony – a poverty-stricken, wealthy, hungry, feasting, praying, bargaining fragment of a "nation of priests".' Despite their foreignness, Gelberg claimed, the East End Jews were 'patriots to their fingertips', and Jewish religious and social festivals, celebrated with fervour and delight, brought colour into the drabness of slum life. And one of the great sights of East London, the Sunday market in Middlesex Street, or Petticoat Lane, owed much of its size and vigour to Jewish traders." Stephen Inwood

LONDON WALKS REVIEWS

"London Walks is the best, hands down." Frommer's London

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

"Nobody does it better than London Walks"  Celebrate London

"Taking a Walk through Time to the Old East End" Jewish Chronicle review of the walk

LONDON WALKS VIDEO

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

LONDON WALKS PRIVATE WALKS

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

10:30

Monument Tube, Fish Street Hill exit | Map

Guided by Simon

Short version: 2,000 Years of History  

Long version: The great classic London Walk, the London Walk of Walks! It explores the very heart of the City – the most historic part of the capital. Threading his way through an intricate network of narrow alleys and cobble-stone lanes, Simon chronicles the 2,000 years of London's rich and tumultuous history.* And illustrates it by drawing upon everything from street names to ancient customs to the frozen music of London's great buildings, among which are the ruins of the Roman Temple of Mithras, the Bank of England, the Lord Mayor's Mansion House, and ancient Guildhall. Guided by Simon. *includes a guest appearance by the ugly Turkish enchantress. 

FAMOUS SQUARE MILE TOUR PRACTICALS

The Famous Square Mile walk takes place every Sunday morning at 10.30 am and every Thursday morning at 11 am. The meeting point is just outside the Fish Street Hill exit of Monument Tube. N.B. the walk ends very near St. Paul's Tube Station.  

LONDON WALKS SOUPÇON

The gold stored at the Bank of England cannot be stacked more than 5 feet high, and has to be continuously moved around. Why? Because the London clay does not provide a solid enough foundation. Gold is so dense and thus heavy, it would start to sack the foundation of the vaults. In Manhattan, in contrast, the vaults are laid right on top of schist bedrock which is very strong. There is virtually is no limit to how high the stacks can be. (Perhaps just as well because there is more gold in the vaults of the Federal Reserve Bank in Manhattan than there is in Fort Knox. More than 36 countries store their gold there – more than 1/4 of the world's gold is in those vaults. And well might you ask – how much is in the Bank of England?)

LONDON WALKS REVIEWS

 "London's best city tours" The Telegraph

"Even jaded Londoners find these London Walks a source of astonishing gems of information about the city in which they live." Daily Mail, Top London Treats

"London Walks was the first – and is the best – of the walking tour firms"  Fodor's Great Britain

LONDON WALKS PRIVATE WALKS

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

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

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LONDON WALKS REVIEWS

"Even jaded Londoners find these London Walks a source of astonishing gems of information about the city in which they live."  Daily Mail, Top London Treats

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

"I have been on several London walks but this was simply the best, with a boat ride thrown in and an amazing surprise at the end! Our guide was knowledgeable and great fun. I would and have highly 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
27 Aug 2017 Bonking London – More Sex Please, We're British! Westminster Tube, exit 5
10 Sep 2017 Sherlock Holmes - National Saviour! Green Park Tube, Green Park exit (by the fountain)
29 Oct 2017 Sherlock Holmes - National Saviour! Green Park Tube, Green Park exit (by the fountain)
30 Jul 2017 The Huguenot Silk Weavers of Spitalfieds Liverpool Street Tube, Bishopsgate exit
16 Jul 2017 Old Dulwich Village Victoria Tube, exit to Victoria Railway Station
1 Oct 2017 Slavery & the City Monument Tube, Fish Street Hill exit
2 Jul 2017 Flying Carpets, Calligraphy, Caliphates – Islamic Art at the V & A South Kensington Tube
9 Jul 2017 Roaming Down by the River Monument Tube, Fish Street Hill exit
2 Jul 2017 The Building Stones of Fitzrovia Warren Street Tube
22 Oct 2017 Face the Music – Handel to Hendrix Leicester Square Tube, exit 1
18 Jun 2017 Merrie Islington Angel Tube
23 Jul 2017 The Old West End - Conspiracy, Scandal & Skulduggery Marble Arch Tube, exit 1
15 Oct 2017 Denmark Hill & Camberwell Denmark Hill Railway Station
6 Aug 2017 Bloomsbury & Fitzrovia Arts & Crafts Holborn Tube
17 Sep 2017 Scandalous St. John's Wood St. John's Wood Tube
20 Aug 2017 The Lost World of the River Fleet Blackfriars Tube
3 Sep 2017 In Focus – Borough High Street Borough Tube
16 Jul 2017 Theatreland Embankment Tube, Villiers Street exit
8 Oct 2017 Walking the Elephant - The Regeneration Game Elephant & Castle Tube, South Bank University exit
13 Aug 2017 The Great Melting Pot – Immigrants' London Liverpool Street Tube, Bishopsgate exit
17 Sep 2017 Scandalous St. John's Wood – Beverly Hills in NW8 St. John's Wood Tube
24 Sep 2017 Alfred Hitchcock's London – More than 39 Steps! Holborn Tube
23 Jul 2017 Bethnal Green Bethnal Green Tube, Museum of Childhood exit

10:45

Bermondsey Tube | Map

Guided by Tim T. or Robert

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

Long version: Now the curtain rises on a different scene. 1st Miracle: we're only a 7-minute tube ride from the Houses of Parliament. 2nd Miracle: we're 500 years away. 3rd Miracle: this place still looks like – feels like – what it once was. 4th Miracle: the Mayflower – the Pilgrim Father's pub – is here (let alone a king's palace, a Dickensian mortuary, a villain's gibbet, a prince's tomb and a pirate's pub). 5th Miracle: the 8th Wonder of the World is here – "the underground cathedral" (as the BBC called it) – the Grand Entrance Hall to Brunel's tunnel under the Thames. 6th Miracle: we're going down into "the underground cathedral," down into the 8th Wonder of the world. Coda anyone? River-lulled in ancient Rotherhithe we'll hear the cool lapse of hours pass, until the centuries blend and blur. In Rotherhithe, in Rotherhithe... 

PRACTICALS

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

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LONDON WALKS REVIEWS

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

"the unfailingly fascinating London Walks... If you can't find one [of their tours] that captures your fancy, maybe you really are tired of life." San Francisco Chronicle

LONDON WALKS PRIVATE WALKS

If you can't make one of the regularly scheduled, just-turn-up, public Brunel Walks do think about booking one as a private tour. If you go private you can have the Brunel's London or Mayflower to Brunel's Tunnel Walk  – or any other London Walk – on a day and at a time that suits your convenience. We'll tailor it to your requirements. And – always  – we go to great lengths to make sure the guide-walker(s) "fit" is well nigh perfect. Ring Fiona or Noel or Mary on 020 7624 3978 or email us at  london@walks.com and we'll set it up and make it happen for you. A private London Walk is good value for an individual or couple and sensational value for a group. And the clincher: a private London Walk makes an ideal group or educational or birthday party or office (team-building) or club outing. Or indeed a fab present – be it a birthday or anniversary or get-to-know-your-new neighbourhood gift or Christmas present or whatever. Merchandise schmerchandise (gift wrapped or not) – but giving someone an experience, now that's special. Memories make us rich.

LONDON WALKS 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!

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11:00

Tottenham Court Road Tube, exit 1 | Map

Guided by Richard P

Short description: Beatles London – The Magical Mystery Tour is waiting to take you away

Long description: It Rocks! Guided by the pied piper of Beatlemania... So let me introduce you to the one and only Richard P. This walk is a chance to "Imagine" Beatlemania and the Swinging 60s. It's a Magical Mystery Tour of the Beatles' London haunts. Highlights include their "Apple offices," where they played the famous rooftop session; the legendary Abbey Road Studios; Paul McCartney's headquarters; the tiny gallery where John Lennon first set eyes on Yoko Ono (that fateful encounter that changed everything); and, of course, the world famous zebra crosswalk. Make sure you bring your camera – you're going to walk the walk and want it preserved for posterity! The utterly assured,* completely in command of topic and terrain (let alone well connected) Richard P. unerringly takes us back... Recaptures the era when London was the cultural capital of the world and the Fab Four were its rulers. places I remember all my life...all we want is you, it'll be just like you want it to...  *Tempted to say wraith-like – the 6th Beatle? 

PRACTICALS

The Beatles Magical Mystery Tour takes place every Wednesday at 2pm, every Thursday at 11 am and every Sunday at 11 am. Meet Richard P. just outside exit 1 of Tottenham Court Road Tube StopN.B. we make a short Tube journey to Abbey Road so getting a Day Travel Card or an Oyster Card – "a ticket to ride" – is a good idea. The walk ends at the Abbey Road Studio, a three-minute walk from St. John's Wood Tube Stop

LONDON WALKS SOUPÇON

The Beatles "are simply part of our cultural canon. The Cambridge historian Tim Blanning even finds room for them in his book The Triumph of Music, which is largely devoted to classical music, noting that Paul McCartney's song 'Yesterday' has been covered more than 3,000 times by other artists, making it the most recorded song in history. In fact, even to list their feats – the 177 million records sold in the United States, the estimated 1 billion records sold worldwide, the 20 American number ones, the 22 million singles sold in Britain – merely scratches the surface of their achievement. In the twentieth century, perhaps only Winston Churchill and Elizabeth II rivalled them as symbols of Britishness. Perhaps not since Dickens had any cultural figures become so synonymous with their native land."

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

"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

"A splendid time is guaranteed for all"  Toronto Globe and Mail

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 Magical Mystery Tour or The Beatles 'In My Life' walk 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 P. 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 20-minute set* on his  Rock 'n' Roll London Pub Walk – and Beatles era top model and latter day London Walks guide Desirée, who knew them*Performed on a famous stage no less!

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 takle it from us.

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.

11:00

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

Guided by Tom or Judy or Brian

Short version: "the most important mediaeval fortress in Europe"  

Long version: In the beginning William – the bastard – created the Tower. Biblical echo's deliberate. That's how important the Tower is. Crown jewels, battlements, Traitor's Gate, executioner's block, armour, centuries-old ceremonies, the stage on which so much of our history climaxed. The question isn't whether you'll go to the Tower – it's whether you'll go First Class. First Class isn't tacky and touristy. It isn't wandering aimlessly. What it is, is seeing the Tower with a great guide (it all comes down to the guiding). Because that thrilling, chilling past is still there – sighs run in blood down Tower walls – but you have to know where to look. And how to look. Go First Class – go in there with London Walks and a world class guide (and these three are) and you'll come out exclaiming, "that's the best upgrade* on the planet! Guided on Wednesdays by Tom or Brian; on Sundays by Tom, Brian or Judy.

*An upgrade because if you go with us – go First Class – you'll get a big discount on the Tower admission price. And we get you VIP admission.**  There's no "standing in line" in the public queue. Go Economy Class you pay more, get less and could queue for half an hour. Some Economy.

N.B. The normal adult entry charge to the Tower is £28. With London Walks adults get in for £20. The normal students/concs. entry charge to the Tower is £18.70. With London Walks students/concs. get in for £15. The normal child (5-15 incl.) entry charge to the Tower is £11. With London Walks children get in for £9.  

**Bears repeating: VIP admission means we're able to get you in very quickly. You won't have to endure that public queue. With London Walks there's no black holing your valuable time "standing in line" in order to pay more. No shuffling along in that long public queue for the "privilege" of  paying £8 more than our walkers have to pay to get in in a jiffy. 

It's a no brainer.

TOWER OF LONDON TOUR – PRACTICALS

The Tower of London Tour takes place every Sunday at 11 am and every Wednesday at 10.30 am. Meet Tom or Brian or Judy just outside the exit of Tower Hill Tube. Meet them by the "Tower Hill Tram" coffee stall, which is just outside the exit. As soon as you come through the turnstile you'll see the "Tower Hill Tram" coffee stall straight ahead of you, seven yards outside the exit. N.B. as this one's for all ages there's a £3 charge for kids for the tour plus the entry fee. Needless to say, the tour ends in the Tower of London, a 2-minute walk from Tower Hill Tube

LONDON WALKS HORS D'OEUVRE

"The White Tower, the great keep from which the Tower derives its name, was complete by the end of the 11th century. Even today one can sense the impact this structure must have had when new, towering over the mean timber houses of the City [my italics]. Neither the fancy turret tops, added in the 1530s, nor the alterations made in subsequent centuries detract from its significance as a symbol of conquest."

LONDON WALKS REVIEWS

"London Walks is the best, hands down."   Frommer's London

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

"Wonderful Tours! My husband and I were in London between Christmas and New Years. We did the London Tower tour and the Royal London tour. Both were excellent tours with great guides. For 10 GBP and discounted prices for the London Tower, these tours can't be beat. The day that we were at the London Tower, the line to buy tickets and then enter was so long, people probably waited for hours, but not with London Walks. We were able to enter in the group tours entrance with less than 15 minutes wait, that alone was worth the money. The Royal London Tour was also fantastic, we definitely had front row seats to the changing of the guard. The 'worst' thing about London Walks is having to choose which tours to do, because there are so many! We will definitely be back for more tours in the future!" Nicole Scotty, Fort Myers, Florida

HYGGE and LAGOM

And so we come to the Scandanavian cameos. Hygge is that wonderful Danish word meaning the emotional warmth created by being with good friends and well-loved family. Lagom's that equally wonderful and equally apt Swedish word meaning not too much or too little, but just the right amount. Hygge and lagom here mean you've made it and you can feel good about it. You've cut through all the crap on the Internet – all the hype and blandishments and mendacity and fool's gold and flimflam and chicanery – and made it to dependable, reliable, straight-shooting, multi-award-winning London Walks, the gold standard of urban walking tour companies. In short, you've cracked it – figured it out – got it that only a putz buys a pig in a poke and hopes for the best. And figuring it out – finding your way here – that's hygge. That's lagom. So, yes, come on in. Pull up a chair by the fire. Here's a cup of hot chocolate. Join us. Welcome to London Walks. In this instance, you'll be with our party, one of 15 or 20 people in the Tower. Rather than one of 10,000. You'll be doing the Tower intelligently and in-depth rather than aimlessly and superficially. The key – apart from not being part of the horde? You'll be going through there with one of the best guides in London. That's hygge. That's lagom.

LONDON WALKS PRIVATE TOURS

"A tour of the Tower of London should be a priority for any visitor to London." If you can't make any of the regularly scheduled, just-turn-up, public Tower of London Tours we run do think about booking a private tour. If you go private you can have the Tower of London Touror any other London Walk – on a day and at a time that suits your convenience. We'll tailor it to your requirements. Ring Fiona or Noel on 020 7624 3978 or email us at privatewalks@walks.com and we'll set it up and make it happen for you. Or if you're looking for an unusual and wonderful gift or Christmas present for a friend or family member – well, why not consider the gift of a private tour with a world class guide. Merchandise schmerchandise – 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.

13:45

Highgate Tube (meet in the booking hall) | Map

Guided by Tom or Richard III or Brian or Corinna

Short description: "a place apart" 

Long description: What kind of sorcery is this? We're just a few stops up the Northern Line, but we're in a country village nestling round what was once an old pond. Yes, we've taken a brief tube journey into timeless England. Here are lanes and cottages and Georgian houses and spectacular views across London. Here are Coleridge, Dickens, Betjeman, Cromwell, Nell Gwyn, Dick Whittington, Yehudi Menuhin, George Michael, Annie Lennox, and Sting. Let alone Highgate Cemetery – "one of the most astonishing places in London... architecture's answer to Hieronymus Bosch" – or, on its wooded slope on the Heath, Kenwood House. In short, this is the perfect London Walk for a fine Sunday afternoon. But keep it under your hat, because if the word gets out Highgate's going to be a major tourist attraction! Guided by Tom, Corinna or Brian, winner of the Guide of the Year AwardN.B. the Highgate Walk ends in Pond Square, a short walk from Highgate Tube.

LONDON WALKS REVIEWS

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

"The best walking tours in London" The London Guide

"We went on the Highgate and Westminster walks and both were brilliant. We learnt so much from the very knowledgeable guides. It was easy to find them at the meeting points, just turn up, pay your money and you're off. Can't wait to do a different walk next time I'm in London." Passivesoul, Pembrokeshire

LONDON WALKS PRIVATE WALKS

If you can't make one of the regularly scheduled, just-turn-up, public Old Highgate Village walks do think about booking one as a private tour. If you go private you can have the Old Highgate Village Walk – or any other London Walk – on a day and at a time that suits your convenience. We'll tailor it to your requirements. And – always with private London Walks and tours – we go to great lengths to make sure the guide-walker(s) "fit" is well nigh perfect. Ring Fiona or Noel or Mary on 020 7624 3978 or email us at london@walks.com and we'll set it up and make it happen for you. A private London Walk – they're good value for an individual or couple and sensational value for a group – makes an ideal group or educational or birthday party or office (team-building) or club outing. 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.

13:45

Embankment Tube, river exit | Map

Guided by Joanne or Andy R.

Click to check dates this walk isn’t taking place

Let's start with a few salient facts... 1) Where we meet – if you know how and where to look – you can see the dagger that was plunged into the heart of Nazi Germany. 2) Until the middle of 1944 there were more British civilian deaths than military. 3) Europe, like a prison door, had clanged shut – this country stood alone and at bay in guarding the future of the civilised world. And Westminster? The nerve-centre of the entire war, it was a city transformed: sandbagged tombs in the Abbey (ditto Eros in Piccadilly Circus); a pillbox and barbed wire in Parliament Square; a machine-gun nest on the Members' Terrace; bombers caught in the scissors of searchlights; barrage balloons and air-raid shelters; nights out of the Revelation of St. John – fires that turned the moon blood red and canopied the Thames with smoke. Any of that left? Well, more than you'd think. And in some cases it's not just "trace evidence." That history is writ here in stone. We end at 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 War Rooms. Guided by Joanne and Andry R. 

WESTMINSTER AT WAR – THE PRACTICALS

The Westminster at War walk takes place every* Sunday afternoon at 1.45 pm. The meeting point is just outside the riverside exit of Embankment Tube. N.B. the Churchill Museum – the Cabinet War Rooms – where we end, is just a stone's throw away from Westminster Tube. *Except  July 30 and September 10

LONDON WALKS SOUPÇON

"At the Windmill, the young lovelies were on stage 'Continuous daily from 11.15 a.m to 7.30 p.m.' The Windmill's line of leggy chorus girls strutted and kicked right through the Blitz, prompting the management to adopt the slogan, 'We're Never Closed.' Since the Windmill was best known for its bevy of nudes, the local wits soon changed the slogan to, 'We're Never Clothed.'"

"Some of the damage has been curious. A section of one big block of flats was taken out as neatly as a slice carved from a cake. Homes on Dover Street were opened up like doll houses, so that passersby could see pictures still hanging on a wall or some trivial little ornaments still arranged neatly on a mantelpiece that was dangling in space; it seemed as though people's lives as well as their inanimate possessions were being dissected in public."

"When the tram reached the middle of Westminster Bridge, the driver refused to go on any further, insisting that it was too dangerous. He changed his mind after a few minutes, though, and the tram continued its interrupted route over Westminster Bridge and up the Victoria Embamkment. When it reached the corner of Horse Guards Avenue, its journey ended forever. A high explosive bomb, 550 lbs of TNT, hit and exploded just behind the tram. The carriage was demolished. The driver, conductor, and all but three of its thirty-three passengers were killed instantly." Editor's Note: I'm haunted by this footnote to December 29, 1940. If the driver hadn't stopped in the first place. Or if he hadn't changed his mind, had stayed put, had heeded his sixth sense that ahead lay death. London's history can sear your mind. I can never pass that corner without thinking about that night, that tram, that 550 lbs bomb exploding, that driver and his conductor, the thirty passengers who were killed, the three who survived. That corner isn't just a nondescript corner in central London. It's got meaning. It explodes in my head. 

LONDON WALKS REVIEWS

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

"We've done several walking tours with London Walks over the years and have never been disappointed. The latest one we did on a chilly Sunday in January was the one called Westminster at War. We walked around areas and up streets I've been to before but discovered lots of things I didn't know about. The guide as always was very knowledgeable about his subject. The guide finished the tour by taking us to the Churchill War Rooms where we spent a couple of happy hours."  island163  Letchworth, UK

LONDON WALKS PRIVATE WALKS

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

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.

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Liverpool Street Tube, Bishopsgate West exit - top of the escalator, next to the Wasabi kiosk | Map

Guided by Pepe

Short version: Bombing with Banksy & Co.

Long version: "People say graffiti is ugly, irresponsible and childish... but that's only if it's done properly" – Banksy. There's no other London Walk like this one. It's intense on the senses. It's a corkscrew of a route that pops cork after cork of east London's vibrant, heady, dynamic street art scene. It gets up close and personal with Banksy and Ben Eine and Shepherd Fairey and Invader and Co. It decodes them. Like a great jazz musician it improvs (because this outdoor gallery – aka Shoreditch and Spitalfields – gets "rehung"* every few months). It's guided by a street art collector. A savvy local, Pepe's got great connections – knows the scene as well as the artists themselves. It ends at a street artist's studio and gallery. *Six months is the average life span of street art in east London. So the walk – true to the scene – changes all the time. Makes for a unique buzz. Okay, Banksy, here we come.

PRACTICALS

The Street Art Walk takes place every Sunday at 1.45 pm. Meet Pepe just outside the Bishopsgate West Exit of Liverpool Street Tube. Meet at the top of the escalator by the Wasabi kiosk. N.B. the Street Art Walk ends in Shoreditch High Street, a short walk fromOld Street Station andLiverpool Street Station.

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LONDON WALKS REVIEWS

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

"the unfailingly fascinating London Walks... If you can't find one [of their tours] that captures your fancy, maybe you really are tired of life."  San Francisco Chronicle

LONDON WALKS PRIVATE WALKS

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

 

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

Guided by Sue

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Knights, Nuns & Notoriety  This is a jolt of the pure stuff – the best sort of London Walks alchemy. The alchemy that results when you mix alleyways that tourists never find with London history* that would do the Sorcerer's Apprentice proud. Here we're in an urban enchanted forest, a place where 13 knights performed three deeds of bravery – one above ground, one below ground, and one in the water. A place where there's a centuries-old peep hole – still there – to keep nuns safe from prying eyes. A place of a Maypole and 11,000 beheaded virgins and the most spectacular statue in London and a show-stopping garden with a fountain whose waters mimic the tail feathers of an ostrich. Let alone Bedlam, an outrageous prioress, Bluebell Girls, black magic, Geoffrey Chaucer and traitors' heads. Guided by Sue.

PRACTICALS

The Ancient London walk takes place at 2 pm every* Sunday afternoon. The meeting point is just outside the exit of Tower Hill Tube. Meet by the Tower Hill Tram Coffee Stall.  N.B. the walk ends at Liverpool Street Station.  *Except April 23 and December 24

LONDON WALKS REVIEWS

"London's best city tours" The Telegraph

"I joined the Ancient London – Knights, Nuns and Notoriety Tour... Our guide was Sue...*There is history on every corner, and Sue's knowledge is exceptional. She asks questions on the way and includes everybody. The walk was so good, I'm going on The Ripper tour tonight with one of the foremost authorities on The Ripper taking the walk (Donald Rumbelow). An easy 5 stars, and something you can easily slip into the schedule." Losrobos (Gerroa, Australia). 

LONDON WALKS MEMO

If you can't make any of the regularly scheduled, just-turn-up, public Ancient London walks do think about booking one as a private tour. If you go private you can have the Ancient 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. If you're guessing you're buying a pig in a poke.

LONDON WALKS – STREETS AHEAD!

Don't just take it from us. .

 

 

 

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St. Paul's Tube, exit 2 | Map

Guided by Stephen or David T.

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Short description: Shakespeare's & Dickens' London – The Old City 

Long description: London was to Shakespeare and Dickens what Paris was to Balzac. It held them in its thrall, was both their canvas and their inspiration, their workshop and their raw material. They in turn made it their own, imaginatively colonising it. And, like "special correspondents for posterity", bequeathed it to us. Today, despite the ravages of time, riot, bombing, and especially fire, traces of their London – shipwrecks from the past – still abound in the City. Everything from superb half-timbered Elizabethan dwellings to the magnificent early 16th-century gatehouse where Shakespeare went with his plays to the offices of the Elizabethan Master of the Revels. And from London's grandest Tudor manor house to crooked little alleys which fed the fires of Dickens's "hallucinating genius". Guided by David ("none better", The Observer). 

SHAKESPEARE'S & DICKENS' LONDON WALK – THE PRACTICALS

Shakespeare's & Dickens' London – the Old City takes place every* Sunday at 2 pm and every Wednesday at 11 am. The meeting point is just outside exit 2 of St. Paul's Tube. *except Dec. 24, 2017

The Sunday afternoon walk is guided by David (known to fellow members of the by-invitation-only Dickens Pickwick Club as the Pickwick Papers character, "Count Smorltork, the famous foreigner") or distinguished Shakespearean actor (RSC, Sir Peter Hall's Shakespeare productions, etc.) Steve. The Wednesday morning walk is guided by actors Corinna or Andy. N.B. the walk takes about two hours and ends at Smithfield, a short walk from St. Paul's Tube. I (David) walk back to St. Paul's Tube to get my motorcycle so I'd of course be delighted to have you stroll back there with me. But where we end is also very near Barbican Tube and Farringdon Station, so if either of those is more convenient for you we'll of course get you sorted. And where we end is practically on the doorstep of the Museum of London, which is open until 6 pm and is a very good "fit" with the walk. 

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

This walk has attracted a great deal of press coverage. The Times, The Observer, The Guardian have all sung its praises. And the Mail has just declared David's Dickens Walk "one of the ten best tours in Britain" (the Mail noted in passing that David's standing in matters Dickensian took him to Buckingham Palace to meet the Queen).

"Looking  to entertain some relatives recently, I opted to drag them on a tour of Shakespeare's and Dickens's London by the London Walks company. At £10 a head (£8 for seniors and students) it was certainly a cheap way of spending two hours. But I didn't have high hopes. Surely it would be one of those soul-destroying affairs in which you wander, slack-jawed, between overcrowded, underwhelming tourist hell holes accompanied by a monotonal commentary? When we met at the appointed hour at St. Paul's tube station and bought our tickets, I was even more perturbed to find that we had been saddled with an American guide. What could a Yank possibly tell me about the city I have lived in all my life?

"Well loads, as it happens. David, it turned out, was a literary historian, university lecturer, journalist and 'lifelong thanatophobe' (look it up), who has forgotten more about the Big Smoke's history than 99 per cent of those who consider themselves genuine Londoners will ever learn.

"We listened, rapt, as he led us through corners of Clerkenwell and Aldersgate I had never seen, despite working in the area for almost a decade. He sonorously reeled off lines from Hamlet, pointed out the shrapnel scars in the wall of St Barts hospital and reminded us that Smithfield meat market was where men once came to sell their wives as well as their mutton. Not only that but he knows at least ten [57 actually] other routes around the capital off by heart, including the legendary Along the Thames Pub Walk. What a guy. And he's not alone: among his colleagues are a Tony-nominated actor and world experts on Jack the Ripper, Oscar Wilde and riverside beachcombing. So bite the bullet, pick a walk and pitch up. You'll be dining out on the anecdotes you learn for many moons to come."  Ed Potton, The Times

"When they do it well, there are none better. I was once given a walking tour of 'Shakespeare and Dickens's London' by a man from Wisconsin who could point to more Tudor houses in the City than most Londoners see in a lifetime."  David Smith, The Observer 

Here's the distinguished author and critic John Sutherland's piece in the Guardian.

"One of the liveliest PhD students I ever supervised, an American named David Tucker, with a broad streak of Barnum in his Wisconsin makeup, decided, having completed his dissertation on Dickens, against an academic career. The best way he could serve his beloved author, Tucker resolved, was by conducting street-by-street tours around the sizeable fragments of Dickens's London that have survived the wrecking ball. He's made a good living out of it, and done some good practical education in the process.

"Tucker's "Original Dickens Walks" do not shirk the filthy chimneys where apprentice sweeps like Oliver Twist would – after a year or two's clambering – contract cancer of the scrotum. Nor Newgate, where Fagin swung, tongue and penis protruding in the rictus of death, for the delectation of many of the same people who enjoyed a Dickens novel. Nor the Thames, where the Hexhams fished out suicide corpses for whatever money and jewellery they took with them in their drop off the bridge. Nor Hungerford Stairs on the South Bank, which Dickens, remembering his boyhood suffering as a child labourer in Warren's Blacking Factory, would, for the whole of his subsequent life, make long, shuddering, detours to avoid. Dickens did not always like Dickens's world."

And here's one from a 2017 walker: "Every time my wife and I come to London we make sure we take advantage of London Walk tours. This time we chose a Dickens and Shakespeare themed walk. Our guide was a Royal Shakespeare Company actor. He took us on a fascinating journey to actual places described in these authors' books, and through areas of London where Shakespeare lived and Dickens worked. At various points along the way he would recite, often from memory, passages from various books and plays. Standing in the courtyard of Guildhall and listening to his voice fill that vast space was truly magical... We saw where the Scottish hero William Wallace was executed, where Dickens' character Oliver Twist would have passed on his way to a robbery, where we could touch the scars left in the walls of St Bart's hospital by bombs dropped from a Zeppelin in WWI, all while listening to our guide recite from King Lear. If that isn't fascinating, I don't know what is!"  Jim W., Silver Spring, Maryland

LONDON WALKS PRIVATE WALKS

If you can't make one of the regularly scheduled, just-turn-up, public Shakespeare's & Dickens' London walks do think about booking one as a private tour. If you go private you can have the Shakespeare's & Dickens' London outing – 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 (or The Times, The Observer, Guardian and Mail).

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.

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Bank Tube, exit 3 (by the war memorial in front of the Royal Exchange) | Map

Guided by Richard Walker

Short version: Harry Potter Film Locations in the City of London.

Long version: Harry Potter: "Can we find all this in London?" Hagrid aka Guide Richard: "If yeh know where to go." Where to go on this wicked walking tour that burns with the hard, gem-like flame of film locations from Harry Potter and the Philospher's Stone, The Prisoner of Azkaban, The Order of the Phoenix and Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince. And that hits the sweet spots betwixt and between – the very best of mysterious, quirky, peculiar, curious, lost old London. It's all very Harry Potter and Co. Guided by actor, adventurer and Prince of Potter Guides – he of the spookily perfect name – Richard Walker. Or as Daily Mail puts it, "actor Richard Walker delivers his Potter particulars with high-beam intensity and a goblet-of-fire voice. No one gets off the hook on this walk – Richard engages eyeball to eyeball with everybody and they love him!"*

HARRY POTTER TOUR – THE PRACTICALS

The Harry Potter Film Locations in the City walk takes place at 2 pm every Sunday year round. And come the Summer 2017 London Walks programme – which kicks in on May 1 and runs through October 31 – it will also take place at 2.30 pm every Wednesday afternoon. To go on the Harry Potter Film Locations in the City walk meet Richard Walker just outside exit 3 (by the war memorial in front of the Royal Exchange) of Bank Tube. N.B. there's a £3 charge for kids as this one's for all ages. £10 adults, £8 for concs. The walk ends atSt. Paul's Tube.

LONDON WALKS VIDEO

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LONDON WALKS REVIEWS

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

It all comes down to the guiding – but don't just take it from us.

*From the Daily Mail's late Summer 2016 Best Guided Tours in Britain article. For the record, London Walks was the headline act. Out of the thousands of guided tours across the length and breadth of the country the DM singled out 10 as "the best." Three of the ten were London Walks tours: Richard's Harry Potter Tour, David's Dickens Walk and Richard Bartlett's Stonehenge & Salisbury Tour. Our two London tours – Richard's Harry Potter Walk and David's Dickens Walk – made the running in London. I.E. London Walks was the only London touring company in the DM's Winners' Circle.

London Walks – Winner, Best Tourism Experience in London  (Visit London)

London Walks – Winner, Best Tourism Experience in England (Visit Britain)

Let's get it said once and for all. The Internet being the Internet (or Carny if you prefer) every walking tour company under the sun is forever up on its dunghill thumping its chest and bellowing, "look at me, my tours are the best." Well, every walking tour company but one – London Walks. We don't need to. Visit London, Visit Britain, the New York Times, the Telegraph, Time Out, Fodor's, Frommer's, the Daily Mail, Rick Steves, Let's Go, the Toronto Globe & Mail, etc. etc. etc. say it for us.

LONDON WALKS PRIVATE WALKS

If you can't make one of the regularly scheduled, just-turn-up, public Harry Potter Walks do think about booking one as a private tour. If you go private you can have the Harry Potter Film Locations in the City Walk or Harry Potter on Location in LondonTown 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.

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Whitechapel Tube | Map

Guided by Harry

Short version: Frontline London – the only neighbourhood the government feared.

Long version: Down and out London, it was the worst slum in Europe. Paradoxically it was also London at its richest! Richest in terms of its artistic expression and social ferment and human mix. It's the London of revolution (we'll see the building where Lenin, Trotsky, Gorky and Stalin touched down); of sieges and battles; of Isaac Rosenberg and Mark Gertler; of the greatest Indian poet of them all; of the Liberty Bell (and Bi-Centenary Bell) foundry; of the Krays and the Elephant Man; of the best ethnic restaurants in London; of the 13th-century White Chapel and synagogues and mosques. And astonishingly – despite the attentions of the Luftwaffe – much of the "fabric" is still there. Best of all, it's "real people's London" – and they're still there, too.  Guided by Harry.

THE UNKNOWN EAST END – THE PRACTICALS

The Unknown East End Walk takes place every Sunday at 2 pm. Meet Harry just outside the exit of Whitechapel Tube. N.B. the Walk ends on the corner of Fournier and Commercial Streets, which is convenient for Liverpool Street Station and Aldgate East Tube and Spitalfields Market. 

LONDON WALKS REVIEWS

"London Walks was the first – and is the best – of the walking tour firms" Fodor's Great Britain

"Best City Walk The Unknown East End, London. Explore the paradoxical nature of London’s East End: once the worst slum in Europe, but now one of the richest areas in terms of artistic expression." The Telegraph

"See the East End with an Expert. Harry is one of the best tour guides I've ever met. Sunday afternoon we joined his tour of the East End and learned about the lives of the waves of immigrant groups who have called this area home, These cost effective tours really are a good way to get to know a city, its history, its people, its architecture, sites of note, and so on. I will plan to take at least one of their tours whenever I am in London." Iranewyorkparis  New York City, New York

"I've lived in London a long time before leaving to live in Brighton but I HAVE to tell you about this tour - it is fantastic! I learnt so much about this fabulous part of London. Our guide was fabulous, SO knowledgable and friendly. The tour goes through some of the most fantastic places in the East End of London. My fellow tourists were both local as well as from elsewhere and we all enjoyed it so much! It was also incredibly reasonable. You need to be happy to walk for 2 hours, but my gosh does the time fly - we just didn't want it to end. This company do various tours, this one was just fantastic! Going through Spitalfields and Brick Lane this is an essential East End gem! I RECOMMEND it to Londoners and foreigners alike! You'll come away with a new view of this part of London!"  Laura A.  Brighton, U.K.

"The Unknown East End My favourite. It is guided by Harry and covers all sorts including successive waves of immigration, radical politics of all shades and the Elephant Man. It isn't the prettiest part of London but is one of the most interesting."  David  Basingstoke, England

"We live outside London and were spending a "tourist in your own city"- weekend and found the leaflet the day before, so we didn't know much about the London Walks. We just showed up at Whitechapel Tube station and so was about 20 others. Harry knew what he was talking about! He told interesting stories, he answered all kinds of questions from us, and he was very knowledgeable about the past and present of the area. He often added a personal touch, adding his family-stories in, and that made the walk truly enjoyable."  Frodefox  Teddington, United Kingdom

LONDON WALKS VIDEO

Here's a 3-minute clip from the Travel & Transitions shoot of The Unknown East End Walk. It gives you a pretty good idea of Harry's easy manner, his command of his material, his wry sense of humour and just generally what a cool dude he is (those shades!).

LONDON WALKS SOUPÇON

"Men who learned their first lessons about poverty at Toynbee Hall went on to help reshape 20th century Britain. They included the great imperialist Alfred Milner, the socialist and historian R. H. Tawney (one of the creators of the Workers' Educatiojnal Association), the very influential editor of the liberal Westminster Gazette J. A. Spender, the economist and civil servant William Beveridge (whose contribution to the development of social insurance and the modern welfare state is unequalled), the brilliant ivil servant and educational reformer Robert Morant (the key figure in the development of state education), the future Labour Prime Minister Clement Attlee, the social investigator and great civil servant Hubert Llewellyn Smith (the reator of the 1911 Unemployment Insurance Act and, with Beveridge, of Labour Exchanges)." Stephen Inwood

"The further we penetrated into this Whitechapel, the more our hearts sank. Was this London? Never in Russia, never later in the worst slums of New York, were we to see such poverty as in the London of the 1880s."  Yiddish theatre actor Jacob Adler, writing of the period 1883-1884

LONDON WALKS PRIVATE WALKS

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

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LONDON WALKS REVIEWS

"Even jaded Londoners find these London Walks a source of astonishing gems of information about the city in which they live." Daily Mail, Top London Treats

"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.

Date Walk Meeting Point
9 Jul 2017 The London Wall Walk – Londinium to Lundenwic to Lundonburgh Tower Hill Tube, meet by the Tower Hill Tram coffee stall
23 Jul 2017 Aunties' London Oxford Circus Tube, exit 8
7 Jan 2018 Regent's Canal - Little Venice to Camden Town Warwick Avenue Tube
18 Jun 2017 East India Docks – Thames – Docklands East India DLR, by zebra crossing
10 Sep 2017 What Ho, Jeeves! – The London of P.G. Wodehouse Marble Arch Tube, exit 2 (the Park Lane exit)
29 Oct 2017 What Ho, Jeeves! – The London of P.G. Wodehouse Marble Arch Tube, exit 2 (the Park Lane exit)
22 Oct 2017 Wonderful Waterloo Waterloo Railway Station (meet beneath the station clock on the main concourse)
24 Sep 2017 The Arthur Conan Doyle Walk Piccadilly Circus Tube, meet by the Eros statue
6 Aug 2017 The Regent's Canal King's Cross-Granary Square-Camden King's Cross Tube (meet by the taxi rank)
1 Oct 2017 The Regent's Canal King's Cross-Granary Square-Camden King's Cross Tube (meet by the taxi rank)
6 Aug 2017 Albertopollis – An Urban Geology Walk South Kensington Tube
18 Jun 2017 Rock 'n' Roll London – A Father's Day Special Tottenham Court Road Tube, exit 1
15 Oct 2017 The Grand Union Canal – Little Venice & Paddington Green Paddington Tube, meet by Bakerloo Praed Street exit
16 Jul 2017 The Grand Union Canal – Kensal Green to Little Venice Kensal Green Tube
2 Jul 2017 The Olympics, Three Mills & Bow Back Rivers Bromley-by-Bow Tube
4 Feb 2018 The Olympics, Three Mills & Bow Back Rivers Bromley-by-Bow Tube
5 Nov 2017 Gunpowder, Treason & Plot Westminster Tube, exit 4
19 Nov 2017 The Regent's Canal – Mile End to Limehouse Mile End Tube
27 Aug 2017 Poetry in Motion - the Betjeman Anniversary Walk Kentish Town Tube
23 Jul 2017 In Focus – Lincoln's Inn Fields Holborn Tube
20 Aug 2017 Regent's Canal – Islington to Mile End Angel Tube
5 Nov 2017 400 Years of the New River Manor House Tube, Finsbury Park exit
16 Jul 2017 Belsize Park Village - Exploring the White Cliffs of NW3 Belsize Park Tube
10 Sep 2017 Belsize Park Village - Exploring the White Cliffs of NW3 Belsize Park Tube
9 Jul 2017 Stokey - London's Misty Village Manor House Tube, exit 3
3 Sep 2017 The Regent's Canal - Little Venice to Camden Town Warwick Avenue Tube
26 Nov 2017 Theatreland – Magic in the Air Embankment Tube, Villiers Street exit
13 Aug 2017 "Bond, James Bond" – The London of 007 & Ian Fleming Marble Arch Tube, exit 2 (Park Lane exit)
8 Oct 2017 Doctors' London – Guided by a Physician Blackfriars Tube
3 Dec 2017 The Regent's Canal – Islington to Hoxton Angel Tube Stop
21 Jan 2018 The Regent's Canal – Islington to Hoxton Angel Tube Stop
17 Sep 2017 Tyburnia Marble Arch Tube, exit 1
17 Sep 2017 Limehouse - Thames - Docklands Westferry Docklands Light Railway (DLR), by Cycle Hire Point
18 Feb 2018 Limehouse - Thames - Docklands Westferry Docklands Light Railway (DLR), by Cycle Hire Point

14:30

Westminster Tube, exit 4 | Map

Guided by Simon

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Special Announceent: If Westminster Tube is closed on Thursday the meeting point for the walk will be St. James's Tube, the Westminster Abbey/Broadway exit.

Short version: This is the cornerstone, the seminal London Walk. Miss it and you've missed London.

Long version: For Old Westminster, Vintage Westminster is Landmark London. It's London at its grandest: the place where kings and queens are crowned, where they lived, and often were buried. It's the forge of the national destiny, the place where the heart of the Empire beat, the Mecca of politicians throughout the ages. The past here is cast in stone and we take it all in: ancient Westminster Hall, the Houses of Parliament, the Jewel Tower, Westminster Abbey, etc. And to see it with a great guide is to have that past suddenly rise to the surface, like seeing a photographic print come up in a darkroom. It doesn't get any better than this. Embarras de richesse, we'll also explore the private face of Westminster – the London equivalent of Georgetown. Unlike the tourist hordes who never find them, we get to see the hidden and ever so picturesque Georgian back streets where all the political salons are! We end very near the Cabinet War Rooms, the fortified bunker that housed Winston Churchill's centre of operations during the war. 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.

OLD WESTMINSTER WALK – PRACTICALS

The meeting point for the Vintage Westminster – Landmark London walk is just outside exit 4 of Westminster Tube. The walk takes place on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 2 pm. It goes on Saturdays at 11 am. And on Sundays at 2.30 pm. The Tuesday at 2 pm walk is guided by the Guide of the Year Award-winning Judy. It's Shaughan or David at the helm on the Thursdays at 2 pm walk. The Saturdays at 11 am walk is guided by Karen, recently crowned by Travel & Leisure as "the world's greatest guide." The Sundays* at 2.30 pm walk is guided by Simon.  *Except on December 25 and April 23

LONDON WALKS VIDEO

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LONDON WALKS REVIEWS

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

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.

 

 

19:00

Leicester Square Tube, exit 1 | Map

Guided by Peter G. or Richard III

Short description: Phwoar! Secret Soho.

Long description: Okay, it's not as risque as it sounds. Though there's eertainly some very tasty historical naughtiness: Casanova cruised these parts, for example. And, yes, it is London's, er, hoary old red light district. But what's really to the point is that this colourful and cosmopolitan Never-Never Land is London's hottest – and coolest – social melting pot. Life in Soho has all the phosphorescence of comets' tails. It's a place of bewitching contrasts. Homely village and red-light district; workplace and playground; Chinatown and Theatreland; a paradise for gourmands and the haunt of artists, con-artists, artistes and artisans. Today it's a by-word for style; in the 60s it was the cradle of British pop music; a century ago it was the worst slum in town; earlier still, the hub of aristocratic life. There's no place like it. Anything else? Yes, this is a pub walk and food is available. Guided by Peter or Richard III

SECRET SOHO & ITS PUBS – THE PRACTICALS

Secret Soho & Its Pubs takes place at 7 pm every Sunday evening.  Meet Peter or Richard III just outside exit 1 of Leicester Square TubeN.B. the walk ends at Cambridge Circus, very near Leicester Square Tottenham Court Road and Piccadilly Circus Tube Stops. 

LONDON WALKS REVIEWS

 "the best London has to offer" Culture Trip

"without a doubt the premier walking tour company in London" Best of the Net

"award-winning London Walks are unrivalled for quality and range" Amerian in Britain Magazine

LONDON WALKS PRIVATE WALKS

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

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

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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

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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.

 

19:30

Monument Tube, Fish Street Hill exit | Map

Guided by Steve or Richard Walker or Corinna or Andrew

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From fear to eternity... It's blue dusk. Feeding time. Time to pierce the veil which hides the future after death. The time when rooftop cats look down – their eyes green as ringstones – and see things that maybe we shouldn't see. Down here in the creepiest part of London... in alleyways so narrow you can't open an umbrella in them. And so old they're cobwebbed with time. And cobwebbed with something else. Cobwebbed with events that occurred long ago – events that under certain conditions can again become dynamic. So when you see the unholy Trinity – and you will see it – and when silver dragons leer at you – and they will – and if you hear footsteps up a deserted alleyway – or voices of persuasion that whisper in the darkness – or catch a glimpse of a hooded, staring transparent figure... Congratulations – you've just fed a haunting. It'll be back. And one day... so will you. Now who's for a really cozy pub?

PRACTICALS

The Haunted London Walk takes place at 7.30 pm every Friday and every* Sunday. The meeting point is just outside the Fish Street Hill exit ofMonument Tube Stop. On Friday it's guided by actors Steve or Corinna. On Sunday it's guided by actors Andy or Richard Walker*Except Dec. 24, 2017

LONDON WALKS REVIEWS

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

"My 14 year old daughter and I went on our first London Walk during our week in London and loved it so we took two more! We took the Ghosts of the Old City, Ghosts of the West End, and Haunted London...These walks weren't just ghost tales, but included fabulous historical information that we would have never learned otherwise. We also loved how these walks took us down back alleys and areas hidden that as a tourist, we never would have seen. We loved every minute!" Tracy A.  Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

"Great Value, Very Entertaining  I have had the pleasure of attending the Jack the Ripper walk and the Haunted London walk, and in both cases the experience was incredible. The guides are very knowledgable, creative, and funny. They tell stories in a unique way that keeps your attention from start to finish."  J. K.  Norwich, United Kingdom

"Always a treat  My husband and I are massive fans of all of the walks we've been on. These include: Kensington Village, Jack the Ripper, Old Westminster, Spy Walk, James Bond walk, Dickens & Shakespeare's London, Haunted West End and Little Venice most recently. We've never had a bad one; usually led by an actor or historian and always pointing out buildings or features you'd never have seen, with meaning or significance. Highly recommended!"  verydarklilac  Surrey, UK

"Don't look any further... Quite rightly this is the company that gets mentioned the most. I've always said that if I ever get the chance to move to London I shall do ALL their walks, sadly I'm stuck to holidays for now but that said I had a lovely time at the Haunted London tour last year (not only because of the stories, but also walking through the deserted city on a sunday night)"  IngeK73 Nijmegan, Netherlands

"London Walks are wonderful... I would highly recommend London Walks to anyone. I've done the Haunted London, 2 day trips (Stonehenge & Oxford), Old Kensington, & Jack the Ripper and all were excellent"  JenD  Cape Town

"Best Value Tour in London...  The Haunted London walk is another Ghost walk and starts at Monument Tube station and ends near Barbican Station. I enjoyed this tour, and Corrina’s songs that were associated with the tour. Corrina is a professionally quialified London guide and Royal National Theater actress."  Dnottingham4  Titusville, Florida

"YEAH BABY!!! The London haunted tour was EXCELLENT! The stories were interesting and the group interaction was superb. The Jack tour was great as well. It's informative and creepy!"  Travelguru4u  Ridgefield, New Jersey

"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 Old Jewish Quarter walks do think about booking one as a private tour. If you go private you can have the Old Jewish Quarter 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 (exponentially so with ghost walks)

LONDON WALKS – STREETS AHEAD!

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

Date Time Walk Meeting Point
8 Oct 2017 10am The Secret Thames – the Archaeology Tour Mansion House Tube, exit 1
22 Oct 2017 10am The Secret Thames – the Archaeology Tour Mansion House Tube, exit 1
16 Jul 2017 10.30am The Hampstead Spies Belsize Park Tube
20 Aug 2017 10.30am The Hampstead Spies Belsize Park Tube
17 Sep 2017 10.30am The Hampstead Spies Belsize Park Tube
15 Oct 2017 10.30am The Hampstead Spies Belsize Park Tube
9 Jul 2017 10.45am The City Sculpture Safari Tower Hill Tube, meet by the Tower Hill Tram coffee stall