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Short version: "The most exciting walk in London... does more to interpret the city than anything else, a real skeleton key."
Long version: If you only have time for one walking tour, this is the one to go on – it's the classic London pub walk. It takes in London's last remaining galleried coaching inn, its best riverside walkway, its oldest market, the most sensational art gallery in the world (we usually pop inside for a quick look), the church where Harvard University's founder was baptised, and an 18th-century pub that brews its own beer – plus lashings of Shakespeare, a jot of Dickens, lots of pub lore, and London's best skyline panorama. It gets better. Because there's also, four centuries on, the recently discovered remains of Shakespeare's Globe Theatre (and its sister playhouse The Rose), to say nothing of the thrilling, thatch-roofed reproduction that's risen, Phoenix-like, only a stone's throw away. Let alone the astonishing replica of Sir Francis Drake's Golden Hinde, the ship that the great Elizabethan mariner sailed around the world over 400 years ago. Anchored there in the murky Thames, its timbers creaking eerily in the misty London night and The Globe just yards away – it's a ghost ship lost in time. Say it again, "the most exciting walk in London..." Guided by David or Adam.
The Along the Pub Walk takes place every Friday evening at 7 pm. The meeting point is just outside the exit of Blackfriars Tube. N.B. the walk ends less than a minute's walk from London Bridge Tube and Railway Station.
"Best Tourism Experience in London" Gold Medal Winner, Visit 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
"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
"The best walking tours are organized by London Walks" USA Today
If you can't make one of the regularly scheduled, just-turn-up, public Along the Thames Pub Walks do think about booking one as a private tour. If you go private you can have the Along the Thames Pub Walks – or any other London Walk – on a day and at a time that suits your convenience. We'll tailor it to your requirements. And – always 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 email@example.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.
It all comes down to the guiding. If you're not assessing you're guessing – buying a pig in a poke.
"Nah, don't need it, got it all here," you say. Er, roaming charges? Er, dead battery? Er, reading your phone in the bathtub and you drop it? [Smelling salts interval: sick as a parrot. ashen-faced.] Er, read the famous white leaflet in the bathtub and you drop it what do you do? Er, you dry it out. Anyway, maybe worth making a mental note that you can always pick up the iconic white London Walks leaflet at the Cafe in the Crypt at St. Martin-in-the-Fields, the old church in Trafalgfar Square. They're on the Information Table there, right by the box office. And indeed they also display them on the shop counter, right by the cash register. And it's win-win because the Cafe in the Crypt is one of the town's delights. Should be on everybody's London itinerary.