Sunday's Walks

Date Time Walk Meeting Point
18 Nov 2018 10.45am Festive St. Albans 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 at 10 am every* Sunday morning year round, at 2 pm every Wednesday afternoon (except in Dec. and Jan.), and, in our Summer programme (May 1 - Oct. 31), the Hampstead Walk takes place at 7 pm every Saturday evening as a pub walk. The meeting point is just outside the exit of HampsteadTube Stop. The Sunday morning walk is guided by David.** The Wednesday afternoon and Saturday evening walks are guided by Richard III or Peter. N.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.  **Personal note. This is my (David's) favourite of the 57 different London Walks in my repertory. Surely some sort of recommendation. 

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 especially 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.

Refrain: 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

"The original and best – there are several companies offering walking tours of London but London Walks (London's oldest) is easily the pick of the bunch"  London, Cadogan Guide

"London Walks 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

"We did the Hampstead tour and wish we could have trailed after David all day! He was so interesting and it made for an enjoyable morning. He shared other tips and recommendations that we used for the rest of our trip. We have joined London Walks on a previous trip. Each guide has been top notch! Because of these tours, we have tried similar walking tours in other cities in the U.S. and Europe, but London Walks is my favorite." Julia N. [September 2017]

"Our walk through Hampstead was no exception. Besides being a personable and inveterate storyteller, 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.

GIVE THE GIFT OF LONDON WALKS

A private London Walk makes 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. 

MIND THE GAP

It's not even close 

LONDON WALKS – STREETS AHEAD!

Don't just take it from us

IT ALL COMES DOWN TO THE GUIDING

"If this were a golf tournament every name on the Leader Board would be a London Walks guide"

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 Trafalgar Square. They're on the Information Table there, right by the box office. And indeed they also display them on the shop counter, right by the cash register. And it's win-win because the Cafe in the Crypt is one of the town's delights. Should be on everybody's London itinerary.

10:00

Westminster Tube, exit 4 | Map

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

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Short description:  This is London – the Flash-Bang-Lightning Highlights Tour

WATCH THE VIDEO

Long description: Welcome to London! To the Guard Change Tour. To Buckingham Palace. To the Abbey and Big Ben. 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

The Welcome to London walk takes place every Wednesday at 10 am and everySunday at 10 am. The meeting point is just outside exit 4 of  WestminsterTube. N.B. 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 November 11 and April 28

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.

GIVE THE GIFT OF LONON WALKS

A private London Walk makes a fab present – be it a birthday or anniversary or get-to-know-your-new neighbourhood gift or Christmas present or whatever. Merchandise schmerchandise (gift wrapped or not) – but giving someone an experience, now that's special. Memories make us rich.

IT ALL COMES DOWN TO THE GUIDING

"If this were a golf tournament every name on the Leader Board would be a London Walks guide"

LONDON WALKS – STREETS AHEAD!

Don't just take it from us.

MIND THE GAP

It's not even close 

10:15

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

Guided by Shaughan or Harry

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"a shtetl called Whitechapel"

 "splinter-sharp guides* and gripping history" 

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 synagogue. 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 Old Jewish Quarter Walk takes place every Sunday, every Wednesday and every Friday. The meeting point is just outside the exit of Tower Hill Tube. Meet your London Walks guide and fellow walkers by the Tower Hill Tram coffee stall.  N.B. the Walk ends at Spitalfields Market, a short walk from Aldgate, Aldgate East and Liverpool Street stations. Except April 28

On Sundays The Old Jewish Quarter walk goes at 10.15 am and is guided by Harry or Shaughan

On Wednesdays The Old Jewish Quarter walk goes at 10.45 am and is guided by Shaughan or Steve

On Fridays The Old Jewish Quarter walk goes at 10.45 am and is guided by Rachel# or Steve  

#Rachel is the author of Jewish London and of two classic books on the area: Secret Whitechapel and Whitechapel in 50 Buildings

*"We toured the Jewish quarter (East End) with Shaughan...he was marvellous...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 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  – we go to great lengths to make sure the guide-walker(s) "fit" is well-nigh perfect. And for this walk in particular, it's a dream time of guides. There's Rachel, the author of Jewish London (see below), Secret Whitechapel and Whitechapel in 50 Buildings. There's Judy, winner of the Guide of the Year Award. There's Shaughan "the cantor" – no guide's more captivating, more entertaining, more fun than songbird and actor and top-flight Blue Badge Guide Shaughan; there's Steve, London Walks' fizziest guide (nuff said?); there's to the manor born Harry, voted "Britain's Favourite Guide" on Radio 4 – well, you get the idea.. So if you want a private Old Jewish Quarter Walk (or the Jewish West End or Jewish Hampstead) just ring Fiona or Noel or Mary on 020 7624 3978 or email us at  privatewalks@walks.com and we'll set it up and make it happen for you. A private London Walk is good value for an individual or couple and sensational value for a group. And the clincher: a private London Walk makes an ideal group or educational or birthday party or office (team-building) or club outing.

GIVE THE GIFT OF LONDON WALKS

A private London Walk makes a very special, indeed a unique gift – be it a birthday or anniversary or Christmas present or whatever. Merchandise schmerchandise (gift wrapped or not) – but giving someone an experience, now that's special. Memories make us rich.

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.

MIND THE GAP

It's not even close 

LONDON WALKS – STREETS AHEAD!

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

IT ALL COMES DOWN TO THE GUIDING

"If this were a golf tournament every name on the Leader Board would be a London Walks guide"

10:30

Monument Tube, Fish Street Hill exit | Map

Guided by Simon

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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 cobblestone 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. After an aria by this enchantress (captured, enchantingly, in this photo by John Murphy).

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'sTube Station Except Dec. 9 and April 28

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.

GIVE THE GIFT OF LONDON WALKS

A private London Walk makes a very special (and unusual) gift – be it a birthday or anniversary or Christmas present or whatever. Merchandise schmerchandise (gift wrapped or not) – but giving someone an experience, now that's special. Memories make us rich.

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 Trafalgar Square. They're on the Information Table there, right by the box office. And indeed they also display them on the shop counter, right by the cash register. And it's win-win because the Cafe in the Crypt is one of the town's delights. Should be on everybody's London itinerary.

10:40

Embankment Tube, river exit | Map

Guided by Robert

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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 swallowed 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 and Wednesdays. 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* Monday, 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.  *Except Dec. 24, Dec. 25, Dec. 26, Dec. 31, Jan. 1 and April 28

N.B. time-wise this one lasts a bit longer than the normal 2 hours for a London Walk. Allow for an extra 45 minutes. The duration's longer because of the "extra element" of the boat ride. 

LONDON WALKS VIDEO

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

LONDON WALKS REVIEWS

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

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

"I have been on several London walks but this was simply the best, with a boat ride thrown in and an amazing surprise at the end! Our guide was knowledgeable and great fun. I would and have highly recommended 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 Maritime 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  – 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.

GIVE THE GIFT OF LONDON WALKS

A private London Walk makes 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.

MIND THE GAP

It's not even close 

LONDON WALKS – STREETS AHEAD!

Don't just take it from us 

Date Walk Meeting Point
16 Dec 2018 In Focus – St. James's Street Green Park Tube, Green Park exit (by the fountain)
3 Mar 2019 The Great Melting Pot – Immigrants' London Liverpool Street Tube, Bishopsgate exit
13 Jan 2019 Alfred Hitchcock's London – More than 39 Steps! Holborn Tube
28 Apr 2019 Alfred Hitchcock's London – More than 39 Steps! Holborn Tube
9 Dec 2018 MEDICINE MAN & THE WELLCOME COLLECTION Warren Street Tube Stop
30 Dec 2018 Classic London Mews and Hidden Passageways Earl's Court Tube, Earl's Court Road exit
9 Dec 2018 Charles Dickens' Christmas Carol & Seasonal Traditions Tower Hill Tube (meet by the Tower Hill Tram" coffee stand)"
6 Jan 2019 London Film, TV & Book Trail for Kids & Grown-up Kids St. Paul's Tube, exit 2
7 Apr 2019 London Film, TV & Book Trail for Kids & Grown-up Kids St. Paul's Tube, exit 2
17 Mar 2019 Musical London – Handel to Hendrix Leicester Square Tube, exit 1
23 Dec 2018 In the Footsteps of Matthew Shardlake Chancery Lane Tube, exit 3
20 Jan 2019 In Focus – Lincoln's Inn Fields Holborn Tube
31 Mar 2019 Mary Wollstonecraft & Mary Shelley in Somers Town Euston Railway Station (meet by the Visitor Centre on the main concourse of Euston Railway Station)
10 Feb 2019 Archaeology of the City St. Paul's Tube, exit 2
14 Apr 2019 Denmark Hill & Camberwell Denmark Hill Railway Station
25 Nov 2018 Sherlock Holmes in the City Aldgate Tube Stop
10 Mar 2019 Sherlock Holmes in the City Aldgate Tube Stop
27 Jan 2019 London Parks & Their Ramparts – An Urban Geology Walk Hyde Park Corner Tube, exit 3
7 Apr 2019 In Focus – Borough High Street Borough Tube
18 Nov 2018 Riches to Rags – The Huguenot Silk Weavers of Spitalfieds Liverpool Street Tube, Bishopsgate exit
21 Apr 2019 Riches to Rags – The Huguenot Silk Weavers of Spitalfieds Liverpool Street Tube, Bishopsgate exit
17 Feb 2019 Doctors' London – Guided by a Physician Blackfriars Tube
24 Mar 2019 Walking the Elephant - The Regeneration Game Elephant & Castle Tube, South Bank University exit
24 Feb 2019 Art of Islam Russell Square Tube
2 Dec 2018 Tony St. John's Wood – London's Beverly Hills St. John's Wood Tube
3 Feb 2019 Tony St. John's Wood – London's Beverly Hills St. John's Wood Tube

10:45

Highgate Tube (meet in the booking hall) | Map

Guided by Tom or Richard III or Brian or Corinna

"a place apart" 

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, Jamie Oliver, Yehudi Menuhin, Jude Law, Kate Moss, George Michael, Annie Lennox, and Sting. Here's Witanhurst, the second largest house in London after Buckingham Palace, complete with family connections to Mary, the London Walks "boss." 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.* Welcome to the perfect London Walk for a fine Sunday morning. 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 Award.  

*Après walk visits don't come any better than these two. The walk, a stroll across the Heath to Kenwood (the house, its famous paintings, its views, a spot of lunch) and then, refuelled, exploring, your jaw hanging open, Highgate Cemetery – it's a combination that turns a day into a masterpiece.

HIGHGATE VILLAGE – THE PRACTICALS

The Highgate Village walk takes place at 10.45 am every Sunday morning.  Meet Tom MBE, BrianRichard III or Corinna in the booking hall of HighgateTube

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 Highgate Village walks do think about booking one as a private tour. If you go private you can have the 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. 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.

GIVE THE GIFT OF LONDON WALKS

A private London Walk makes a very special (and unusual) gift – be it a birthday or anniversary or Christmas present or whatever. Merchandise schmerchandise (gift wrapped or not) – but giving someone an experience, now that's special. Memories make us rich.

MIND THE GAP

It's not even close 

LONDON WALKS – STREETS AHEAD!

Don't just take it from us.

10:45

Bermondsey Tube | Map

Guided by Tim or Robert

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Short version: "That" Tunnel, 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...   

BRUNEL'S THAMES TUNNEL – THE PRACTICALS

The Brunel's Thames Tunnel Walk takes place at 10.45 am every* Sunday morning and at 10.45 am every* Monday morning. The meeting point is just outside the exit of BermondseyTube. And it also takes place every** Wednesday evening at 6.15 pm (same meeting point; just outside the exit of BermondseyTube).

*Except Dec. 24, Dec. 31 and April 28    **Except Dec. 26

Andy W. guides the Monday morning at 10.45 am walk; Kevin guides the Wednesday evening at 6.15 pm walk and the Sunday morning at 10.45 am walk

The team of Brunel guides is headed up by Robert, the Curator of the Brunel Museum. Ergo the waived admission charge for London Walkers (see below), privileged access when that's necessary, etc.

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 – STREETS AHEAD!

Don't just take it from us.

11:00

Tottenham Court Road Tube, exit 1 | Map

Guided by Richard P

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Beatles London – The Magical Mystery Tour is waiting to take you away. 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? 

BEATLES MAGICAL MYSTERY TOUR – THE PRACTICALS

The Beatles Magical Mystery Tour takes place every Sunday at 11 am, every* Wednesday at 2 pm and every Thursday at 11 am. Meet Richard P. just outside exit 1 of Tottenham Court RoadTube 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 WoodTube Stop*Except in Dec. and Jan. 

LONDON WALKS REVIEWS

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

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

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

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

"The original and best – there are several companies offering walking tours of London but London Walks (London's oldest) is easily the pick of the bunch"   London, Cadogan Guide

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

Best Beatles Walk  "If you are a Beatles fan then you will love touring London with Richard P! My family had the pleasure of joining Richard on the Beatles "In My Life" walk and enjoyed every moment. The tour is very informative and hits many great spots such as John and Yoko's home, film locations for Beatles movies, and ends at Abbey Road. Richard is knowledgeable, projects well so you can hear every word he says, and takes great care to make sure the tour stays safe and together when walking down the streets of London. I want to go back to London just to experience more tours with this company!"  Pkid71 Saginaw, Michigan

11:00

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

Guided by Tom or Judy or Brian

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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. First class 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 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 discount on the Tower admission price and VIP admission: no queuing, no "standing in line." 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 is no blackholing 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 – THE PRACTICALS

The Tower of London Tour takes place every* Sunday at 11 am and every** Wednesday at 11 am. Meet Tom or Brian or Judy just outside the exit of Tower HillTube. 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 HillTube *Except April 28  **Except December 26

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."

"For eight years in the 1980s and 1990s, I was the curator of the Tower and often experienced its cold walls out of hours. Somehow these hard stone faces seemed to have absorbed the essence of the events they had encircled and they radiated back to me both the misery and the magnificence of England's past. There are many places in the Tower where that history is so thick that it takes little imagination to be transported back into it. Most powerful of all is the basement of the White Tower, the oldest part of the castle, where you can still visit the rooms once known as the Black Hall and the Black Chamber." Simon Thurley, Houses of Power

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 Scandinavian 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.

GIVE THE GIFT OF LONDON WALKS

If you're looking for an unusual, very special 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.

MIND THE GAP

It's not even close 

13:45

Embankment Tube, river exit | Map

Guided by Joanne or Andy R.

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Short version: The nerve-centre of the entire war...

Long version: 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. 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 EmbankmentTube. N.B. the Churchill Museum – the Cabinet War Rooms – where we end, is just a stone's throw away from WestminsterTube. *Except November 11 and April 28

And surely in order here, a mention of our other great World War II walk: The Blitz. It goes at 2.30 pm every Thursday from just outside exit 2 of  St. Paul'sTube.

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 Embankment. 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

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

 "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

"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

"On our last day in London, we walked the Westminster at War tour with Rex. He was very informative and passionate about this subject. We learned so much about London and its history. Thanks for a great tour. " Phyllis B.

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.

GIVE THE GIFT OF LONDON WALKS

A private London Walk makes a very special (and unusual) gift – be it a birthday or anniversary or Christmas present or whatever. Merchandise schmerchandise (gift wrapped or not) – but giving someone an experience, now that's special. Memories make us rich.

IT ALL COMES DOWN TO THE GUIDING

"If this were a golf tournament every name on the Leader Board would be a London Walks guide"

LONDON WALKS – STREETS AHEAD!

Don't just take it from us.

MIND THE GAP

It's not even close 

13:45

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 lifespan 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.

THE STREET ART TOUR – THE PRACTICALS

The Street Art Walk takes place every* Sunday at 1.45 pm. Meet Pepe just outside the Bishopsgate West Exit of Liverpool StreetTube. 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 from Old StreetStation and Liverpool StreetStation

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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.

GIVE THE GIFT OF LONDON WALKS

A private London Walk makes a very special (and unique) gift – be it a birthday or anniversary or Christmas present or whatever. Merchandise schmerchandise (gift wrapped or not) – but giving someone an experience, now that's special. Memories make us rich.

MIND THE GAP

It's not even close 

LONDON WALKS – STREETS AHEAD!

Don't just take it from us.

14:00

Warwick Avenue Tube | Map

Guided by Shaughan

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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 every Saturday at 2 pm, every* Sunday at 2 pm and every** Wednesday 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.  *Except Sunday, December 24.     **Except for the Wednesdays in December and January – the Wednesday Little Venice walk does NOT run in December and January

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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 favourites 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. 

MIND THE GAP

It's not even close 

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St. Paul's Tube, exit 2 | Map

Guided by Stephen or David T.

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 RSC actor Steve or David ("none better", The Observer). 

LONDON WALKS VIDEO

Here's RSC actor Steve guiding the walk (amongst much else it's a clinic in how Shakespeare's lines should be delivered)

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'sTube

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 percent 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 beach-combing. 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 Hexams 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 are the most recent ones from 2017 walkers:

"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

"Stephen is a wonderful guide, interesting and informative on matters of history and literature. Never thought I would see 30 people of various nationalities sit enraptured on benches, steps and walls for over three hours. A wonderful afternoon stopping off at intriguing places listening to a voice to remember." Magtrav Midlands

"We recently participated in the London Walks' "Shakespeare and Dickens' London" Tour and it was fantastic. Steve, our guide, was very entertaining and knowledgeable. We saw areas of London we would never have found on our own, and my husband said he learned more and Shakespeare and Dickens on the tour than he ever did in college! Fun, insightful, and a great bargain." MeandMissP

"Steven was a fantastic guide for the Shakespeare and Dickens walk. We learned a lot about both authors and about London as well. Highly recommended."  packedandready2go

"I've been going on London Walks for 20 years. I love London Walks. This is the best one I've ever been on." the lady from Loughton 26 November 2017

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.

GIVE THE GIFT OF LONDON WALKS

A private London Walk makes a fab present – be it a birthday or anniversary or get-to-know-your-new neighbourhood gift or Christmas present or whatever. Merchandise schmerchandise (gift wrapped or not) – but giving someone an experience, now that's special. Memories make us rich.

IT ALL COMES DOWN TO THE GUIDING

"If this were a golf tournament all the names on the Leader Board would be London Walks guides"

MIND THE GAP

It's not even close 

14:00

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

Guided by Sue

Bedlam, bursting bodies & beheaded virgins... 

A jolt of the pure stuff. The best sort of London Walks alchemy. What you conjure up when you mix off-the-beaten-path-London with history that would do the Sorcerer's Apprentice proud. Here be knights, nuns and notoriety: an urban enchanted forest in the expurgated version; Hieronymous Bosch's Garden of Earthly Delights in the unexpurgated. Fasten your seatbelts. Watch the pageant unfurl. Gentle monks and chivalric knights (dear me, how the mighty fell). A bursting royal body; a noble head in a biscuit tin; an annual ready-meal delivered to an open coffin; 1100 beheaded virgins; nuns so outrageous all of Europe was shocked; a place of lunacy where the bones of incarcerated re-appear at regular intervals. OMG. Guided by Sue.

BIZARRE LONDON – THE PRACTICALS

The Bizarre London walk takes place at 2 pm every Sunday afternoon. The meeting point is just outside the exit of Tower HillTube. Meet by the Tower Hill Tram Coffee Stall.  N.B. the walk ends at Liverpool Street Station. 

LONDON WALKS REVIEWS

"London's best city tours" The Telegraph

"I joined the 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 PRIVATE WALKS

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

GIVE THE GIFT OF LONDON WALKS

A private London Walk makes a very special (and unique) gift – be it a birthday or anniversary or Christmas present or whatever. Merchandise schmerchandise (gift wrapped or not) – but giving someone an experience, now that's special. Memories make us rich.

MIND THE GAP

It's not even close 

Date Walk Meeting Point
17 Feb 2019 The Grand Union Canal – Little Venice & Paddington Green Paddington Tube, meet by Bakerloo Praed Street exit
23 Dec 2018 Charles Dickens' Christmas Carol & Seasonal Traditions Tower Hill Tube (meet by the Tower Hill Tram" coffee stand)"
3 Feb 2019 Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park & Bow Back Rivers Stratford Tube, by the Newham London sign
14 Apr 2019 Classic London Mews & Hidden Passageways Earl's Court Tube, Earl's Court Road exit
10 Feb 2019 Tom Lehrer's London Leicester Square Tube, exit 1
2 Dec 2018 Regent's Canal - Little Venice to Camden Town Warwick Avenue Tube
17 Mar 2019 Regent's Canal - Little Venice to Camden Town Warwick Avenue Tube
27 Jan 2019 Belgravia – its palaces, its secrets, its hidden byways Hyde Park Corner Tube, exit 3
25 Nov 2018 What Ho, Jeeves! – The London of P.G. Wodehouse Marble Arch Tube, exit 2 (the Park Lane exit)
13 Jan 2019 What Ho, Jeeves! – The London of P.G. Wodehouse Marble Arch Tube, exit 2 (the Park Lane exit)
10 Mar 2019 What Ho, Jeeves! – The London of P.G. Wodehouse Marble Arch Tube, exit 2 (the Park Lane exit)
28 Apr 2019 The Arthur Conan Doyle Walk Piccadilly Circus Tube, meet by the Eros statue
6 Jan 2019 The Regent's Canal King's Cross-Granary Square-Camden King's Cross Tube (meet by the taxi rank)
24 Mar 2019 C the City St. Paul's Tube, exit 2
3 Mar 2019 Regent's Canal – Islington to Mile End Angel Tube
21 Apr 2019 The Regent's Canal – King's Cross to Hitchcock's Hackney King's Cross Tube (meet by the taxi rank)
14 Apr 2019 The "Lost World" of the River Fleet Blackfriars Tube
31 Mar 2019 The Boat Race Preview Ravenscourt Park Tube
24 Feb 2019 In Focus – Lower Marsh & The Cut Southwark Tube
30 Dec 2018 The Regent's Canal – Mile End to Limehouse Mile End Tube
20 Jan 2019 The Regent's Canal – Mile End to Limehouse Mile End Tube
16 Dec 2018 The Regent's Canal - King's Cross, Granary Square, St. Pancras King's Cross Tube (meet by the taxi rank)
7 Apr 2019 Grand Surrey Canal, Royal Navy Victualling Yard, Greenland Dock Surrey Quays Overground Railway Station
31 Mar 2019 Viva Vauxhall! Vauxhall Tube, exit 2
18 Nov 2018 The Regent's Canal – Islington to Hoxton Angel Tube Stop

14:30

Westminster Tube, exit 4 | Map

Guided by Simon

Click to check dates this walk isn’t taking place

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. N.B. So, yes, the walk ends very near Parliament Square, just a stone's throw from Westminster Tube.

OLD WESTMINSTER WALK – THE PRACTICALS

The meeting point for the Old Westminster walk is just outside exit 4 of Westminster Tube. The walk takes place every* Tuesday and every Thursday at 2 pm. It also goes every Saturday at 11 am. And every** Sunday at 2.30 pm. The Tuesday at 2 pm walk is guided by the Guide of the Year Award-winning Judy. It's Shaughan or David at the helm on the Thursdays at 2 pm walk. The Saturdays at 11 am walk is guided by Karen, recently crowned by Travel & Leisure as "the world's greatest guide." The Sundays at 2.30 pm walk is guided by Simon.  And we do an eventide version of the walk. Called Old Westminster by Gaslightit takes place at 7 pm every Monday night (except Dec. 24). It's guided by Liam. Same meeting point: just outside exit 4 of Westminster Tube. *Except Dec. 25  **Except Dec. 23 and April 28

LONDON WALKS VIDEO

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

LONDON WALKS REVIEWS

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

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

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

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

"The original and best – there are several companies offering walking tours of London but London Walks (London's oldest) is easily the pick of the bunch"   London, Cadogan Guide

LONDON WALKS PRIVATE WALKS

If you can't make the regularly scheduled, just-turn-up, public Old Westminster walks do think about booking one as a private tour. If you go private you can have the Old Westminster Walk – or any other London Walk – on a day and at a time that suits your convenience. We'll tailor it to your requirements. And – always with private London Walks and tours – we go to great lengths to make sure the guide-walker(s) "fit" is well-nigh perfect. Ring Fiona or Noel or Mary on 020 7624 3978 or email us at 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 – STREETS AHEAD!

Don't just take it from us.

14:30

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

Guided by Richard

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 Philosopher'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 2.30 pm every Sunday.  And 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

The Harry Potter Film Locations in the City ends at St. Paul's Tube. 

And don't forget the other Harry Potter walkHarry Potter on Location in LondonTown. It goes at 2.30 pm every Saturday from just outside the river exit of EmbankmentTube.

N.B. there's a £3 charge for kids as the HP walks are for all ages. £10 adults, £8 for concs.

LONDON WALKS VIDEO

Want to preview the walk and the guiding (that "high beam intensity and goblet-of-fire voice")? Watch the video. 

LONDON WALKS REVIEWS

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

It all comes down to the guiding – "If this were a golf tournament every name on the Leader Board would be a London Walks guide" 

*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 Daily Mail 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 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.

GIVE THE GIFT OF LONDON WALKS

A private London Walk makes a very special gift – be it a birthday or anniversary or Christmas present or whatever. Merchandise schmerchandise (gift wrapped or not) – but giving someone an experience, now that's special. Memories make us rich.

MIND THE GAP

It's not even close 

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 certainly 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 CircusTube 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.

GIVE THE GIFT OF LONDON WALKS

A private London Walk makes a fab present – be it a birthday or anniversary or get-to-know-your-new neighbourhood gift or Christmas present or whatever. Merchandise schmerchandise (gift wrapped or not) – but giving someone an experience, now that's special. Memories make us rich.

IT ALL COMES DOWN TO THE GUIDING

"If this were a golf tournament every name on the Leader Board would be a London Walks guide"

LONDON WALKS – STREETS AHEAD!

Don't just take it from us.

MIND THE GAP

It's not even close 

19:30

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

Guided by Molly or Donald

Click to check dates this walk isn’t taking place

7.30 pm every* evening 

Twice on Saturdays: a 3 pm matinee. Followed at 7.30 pm by the Saturday night Ripper Walk. 

Meet outside Tower HillTube. Meet by the Tower Hill Tram coffee stall 

*Except Dec. 24/25   

WATCH THE NEW JACK THE RIPPER VIDEO*    

WATCH THE DONALD RUMBELOW VIDEO*

*Donald Rumbelow is "internationally recognised as the world's leading expert on Jack the Ripper." Steve is a supremely gifted (Royal Shakespeare Company) actor.               Only at London Walks do you get guides of this calibre. 

"Exceptional...grim, compassionate, well-told" R. Narvaez President, Mystery Writers of America 

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 and gore 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 details – 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.

BACKGROUND

WATCH "the world's leading expert" VIDEO This is The Jack the Ripper Walk. The Ripper walk created, directed, curated, mentored and still occasionally guided by the world's leading authority on Jack the Ripper. Donald Rumbelow – "internationally recognised as the leading authority on Jack the Ripper" – is a London Walks guide. Britain's most distinguished crime historian, Don is the author of the definitive book on Jack the Ripper. The former Curator of the Police Crime Museum, he's been the chief consultant for every major film and television programme on Jack the Ripper for the past 30 years. "I patrolled Mitre Square when it was still gaslit" Donald Rumbelow WATCH the other Don video

PRIVATE WALKS

For a private Jack the Ripper walk e-mail us at london@walks.com or ring Fiona or Noel on 020 7624 3978. We'll set it up for you, tailor the walk to your requirements, make sure the guide-walker(s) "fit" is right.*   

*The guide-walker(s) "fit" is primus inter pares. By way of example, a student group. Think of that time-honoured adolescent combination of boredom, lethargy and free-floating belligerence. There, in a nutshell, is why it's critically important to have the right guide. A guide who can zap that "time-honoured adolescent combination." Snap them out of it and keep them out of it. Get their interest from the get-go. And hold it. Some guides can. Others can't. You're booking a private walk for a school group you want a guide who's "got it." Got the skill-set. Got the frequency. Got the master key to their wavelength.

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

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

"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 – STREETS AHEAD!

Don't just take it from us   

19:30

Monument Tube, Fish Street Hill exit | Map

Guided by Steve or Richard or Corinna or Andrew

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 cosy pub?

HAUNTED LONDON – THE 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 of MonumentTube Stop. On Friday it's guided by actors Steve or Corinna. On Sunday it's guided by actors Andy or Richard Walker.  

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 knowledgeable, 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 qualified 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 Haunted London walks do think about booking one as a private tour. If you go private you can have the Haunted 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.

GIVE THE GIFT OF LONDON WALKS

A private London Walk makes a very special, indeed, unique gift – be it a birthday or anniversary or Christmas present or whatever. Merchandise schmerchandise (gift wrapped or not) – but giving someone an experience, now that's special. Memories make us rich.

MIND THE GAP

It's not even close 

LONDON WALKS – STREETS AHEAD!

Don't just take it from us 

IT ALL COMES DOWN TO THE GUIDING (exponentially so with ghost walks)

"If this were a golf tournament every name on the Leader Board would be a London Walks guide"

Date Time Walk Meeting Point
18 Nov 2018 10.30am The Hampstead Spies Belsize Park Tube
16 Dec 2018 10.30am The Hampstead Spies Belsize Park Tube
20 Jan 2019 10.30am The Hampstead Spies Belsize Park Tube
17 Feb 2019 10.30am The Hampstead Spies Belsize Park Tube
17 Mar 2019 10.30am The Hampstead Spies Belsize Park Tube
21 Apr 2019 10.30am The Hampstead Spies Belsize Park Tube
4 Nov 2018 2pm The Unknown East End Whitechapel Tube, Whitechapel Road exit
2 Dec 2018 2pm The Unknown East End Whitechapel Tube, Whitechapel Road exit
6 Jan 2019 2pm The Unknown East End Whitechapel Tube, Whitechapel Road exit
3 Feb 2019 2pm The Unknown East End Whitechapel Tube, Whitechapel Road exit
3 Mar 2019 2pm The Unknown East End Whitechapel Tube, Whitechapel Road exit
7 Apr 2019 2pm The Unknown East End Whitechapel Tube, Whitechapel Road exit