Thursday's Walks

10:00

Covent Garden Tube | Map

Guided by Karen or Katy

Short description: Inside Covent Garden – Really Inside!

Long description: Let's hear it for privileged* access! Was going to say Karen and Katy have emptied the pockets of several stunning London interiors and laid the contents out before us. Empty schmempty. It's better than that. They take us into those pockets. Some of them places** you wouldn't be able to get into if you weren't on this walk. Special places, privileged places. Here's Poet Laureate John Betjeman on one: "unique and irreplaceable and part of literary and theatrical London. It's historic – quite different from a museum because it's living and in use, not an exhibit." And its setting, its street? "It's unmitigated London – human in scale, irregular in height and width, the kind of street that's fast disappearing." So: Downton Abbey film location, lost rivers, faded menus, whipping post, ballet students, private dining rooms, portable flogging and beheading kit, Pearly king, silver-domed trollies, night watchman's tardis, famous actress' ashes in a tea caddy, horseshoes, personal letters and gifts, Grand Cigar Divan, cabinet particulaire where the prince and the actress dined (and, you can be sure, canoodled) privately, etc. here we come! Great walk. Guided by Karen (winner of the Guide of the Year Award***) or Katy.  Want a preview of the walk – and the guiding? Watch the video. 

*"privileged access" – not using the term lightly. One of the knock-offs tried to horn into one of these interiors ("London Walks comes in here, are you saying we can't" "Yes, that's what we're saying. Now there's the door – get out of here and don't come back.")     **On three floors, all of which we visit!    ***The Guide of the Year Award was just Karen limbering up. She hit her stride in the Travel & Leisure article that dubbed her "the world's greatest guide"

INSIDE COVENT GARDEN TOUR – THE PRACTICALS

The Inside Covent Garden – Really Inside!! walk takes place every Thursday at 10 am. Meet Karen or Katy just outside the exit of Covent Garden Tube. N.B. the walk ends in Trafalgar Square, seconds away from Charing Cross Station and only a couple of minutes away from Leicester Square Tube.

LONDON WALKS VIDEO

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LONDON WALKS REVIEWS

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

"Inside Covent Garden Walk – Best of the Best"  "I've been on over 20 of these walks and they are of a consistently high standard. I decided to review this particular one as it was probably the best overall in terms of guide 'performance', stories and especially locations visited. Katy was the great guide we had and she took us around Covent Garden. Not just the streets which we've covered numerous times in that part of London but inside some real gems that we wouldn't normally have visited or even known they were there. I won't give anything more away than that but just to add that the £10 tour took about 2 and a quarter hours and that we loved it. Go if you want to be pleasantly surprised by this part of London!!" Dylan W., Sheffield, United Kingdom

LONDON WALKS PRIVATE WALKS

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

LONDON WALKS MEME

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

LONDON WALKS – STREETS AHEAD!

Don't just take it from us.

10:30

Bermondsey Tube | Map

Guided by Isobel or Fiona or Ann

Short version: The Hidden Village on the South Bank.

Long version: Four words* that make my blood race. "Hasn't yet been discovered." And look, if you just want postcard London old Bermondsey's probably not for you. But if the sightseeing equivalent of Granny Bonds isn't your thing, well, step this way. This way for converted factories and disused old warehouses and ghostly scents of baking, jam and leather tanning – the industrial corsetry of the London Bridge Quarter. Yes, the wrong side of the tracks. But it's the right side of the tracks because something's happening here. This is a London neighbourhood coming out of its chrysalis. It's got the buzz. And I don't mean its apiary. More reasons? 1) you won't have seen this part of London; 2) it's very central; 3) there's a fab bit of riverscape; 4) it's got cutting edge little galleries and museums; 5) it's real London not touristy London; 6) Kate Moss was here (and if it's good enough for Kate Moss...); 7) it's just a short stroll to Borough Market (and today's market day); 8) we end with the only seven-star hotel this side of Dubai (let alone the tallest building in Europe). *Right up there with hidden places, hidden history. N.B. We end very near London Bridge Tube and railway station.

PRACTICALS

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

LONDON WALKS REVIEWS

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

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

LONDON WALKS MEME

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

LONDON WALKS – STREETS AHEAD!

Don't just take it from us.

 

10:40

Embankment Tube, river exit | Map

Guided by Robert

Short version: Brunel's London – Boat Trip, River Walk, Tunnel Descent...

Long version: This isn't just Brunel, it's a voyage – and a walk – into the birthplace of modern London. So, yes, under three Brunel bridges and over two Brunels' tunnels to the best kept secret in London. (And into the bargain a sightseer's London checklist, from the Houses of Parliament to the Tower of London.) Icons. And that secret. Several secrets, actually. A secret gateway for the Russian Czar. Six dead men on a haunted ship. Broken bones by the silent Harpy. Broken slipways on the Isle of Dogs. Shattered columns, shattered dancers, magic at the Tunnel Club. Mind-melting magic. Outcroppings of the past that haven't been swallowewed by the passage of time. That tell of the monster ship. And of the world's most important tunnel. That more than tell. That give us access to the tunnel where men died and Brunel met with destiny. N.B. Oyster/contactless recommended. We get you 50% off the price of the boat ride. And the Brunel Museum waives its £6 admission charge for us. But they ask for a £3 donation to help the museum charity look after "the underground cathedral."  Keith guides the walk on Tuesdays. On Wednesdays it's Tim P. On Thursdays and Fridays it's Martin. On Saturdays it's Robert himself. On Sundays it's Kevin.

BRUNEL'S LONDON – THE PRACTICALS

Brunel's London takes place at 10.40 am every Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday. The meeting point is just outside the river exit of Embankment Tube. Oyster or Day Travel Card recommended for our short train journey. There's an extra charge for the boat ride but we get you a whopping 50% discount off the price. And there's no queuing – our tickets are reserved. N.B. the walk ends at the Brunel Museum, just round the corner from Rotherhithe Railway Station, which is part of the London Overground network. Alternatively, Bermondsey Tube, which is on the Jubilee Line, is just a ten minute walk from where we end. 

FURTHER PARTICULARS

LONDON WALKS VIDEO

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LONDON WALKS REVIEWS

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

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

"I have been on several London walks but this was simply the best, with a boat ride thrown in and an amazing surprise at the end! Our guide was knowledgeable and great fun. I would and have highly recommend this to anyone, whether or not they are particularly interested in Brunel"  JoJ70

"I just wanted to let you know that we took the tour with Robert on Saturday. This was absolutely incredible. Robert is an amazing guide, really passionate about his subject. His knowledge and presentation is out of the ordinary. We had a group of 37 people and he handled this crowd with expertise and grace. Please give our big 'Thank you' to Robert."  Elizabeth Haimsky

"Brunel's London Walk – Just Amazing! We go to London every few years, and have always gone on at least one London Walk when we visit. They have always been at least worthwhile, and often wonderful. This particular walk was the best we have been on yet. It costs a little more, because the price covers the boat-trip down the Thames. It is also a little longer than most walks because it covers a lot of ground. As well as the boat, we walked and used the Tube and rail. I finally understand the geography of the area, including places like the Isle of Dogs. Our tour guide was passionate and informative, and we came away with a pretty good understanding of the Brunel family and their contribution to London. The walk ends at the pub which stands on the spot where the Mayflower left from, and we enjoyed a very tasty lunch there after our big walk. This was an excellent walk, and I can't recommend it highly enough. Go!!  Y.G. Adelaide, Australia

LONDON WALKS PRIVATE WALKS

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

LONDON WALKS MEME

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

LONDON WALKS – STREETS AHEAD!

Don't just take it from us.

10:45

St. James's Park Tube, Broadway/Westminster Abbey exit | Map

Guided by Tom or Mary or Gillian or Hilary or Brian or Chris

Click to check dates this walk isn’t taking place

Short version: England in microcosm and privileged admission – no standing in a ticket line for 45 minutes

Long version: The special place. The special time. The special tour. Yes, Westminster Abbey. Its secrets. The spell it casts. Let us count (some of) the ways. The Abbey is a three-dimensional walk-through history of England. It's the place where kings and queens are crowned (and often buried). It's royal weddings. It's a great religious centre. It's Poets' Corner. It's the reason London is "the unique city". It's the seed-bed of democratic government. It's the driving force of English music. Yes – this bears repeating – the Abbey is England in microcosm. It's also a building of splendour, intricacy and consummate virtuosity. It's particulars are astonishing: the world's finest stone roof, the greatest work of mediaeval art in Britain; the most splendid Renaissance tomb north of the Alps; priceless 13th-century wall paintings; the cosmic symbolism of its floor; waxworks far superior to Madame Tussaud's; monumental sculpture and memorial tablets that are a tableau of national biography. N.B. Because of the Abbey's strict limitations on the size of tour groups we have to charge £3 each for children. There's an admission charge to the Abbey but we get you a discount. And another huge bonus – we sail right in, so no queuing (no "standing in line"). The Secrets of Westminster Abbey are revealed by the crème de la crème of this profession – award-winning, elite, professionally qualified Blue Badge guides. On Mondays it's ChrisMaryHilary OBE or Tom MBE. On Thursdays it's MaryBrian or Tom MBE.

WESTMINSTER ABBEY TOUR PRACTICALS

The Westminster Abbey Tour takes place every* Monday and every** Thursday at 10.45 am. The meeting point is just outside St. James's Park Tube, the Broadway/Westminster Abbey exit (opposite 40 Broadway). There's an admission charge to the Abbey but we get you a discount. And what's even more important – we sail right in, so no queuing (no "standing in line"). Because of the Abbey's strict limitations on the size of tour groups we have to charge £3 each for children. The tour ends at the Abbey, a four-minute walk from St. James' Park and Westminster Tube Stations.  *Except Monday, Dec. 25   **Except Thursday, May 18

LONDON WALKS SOUPÇON

"the soil he's buried in is a composite of the soils of the six great French and Belgian battlefields of World War I: the Somme, Passchendaele, Arras, etc....which, if you think about it, is a precise reversal of the terms of Rupert Brooke's greart poem, 'If I should die, think only this of me, that there's some corner of a foreign field that is forever England'. By virtue of that foreign soil this is a corner of England that is forever a foreign field."

LONDON WALKS REVIEWS

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

"Although the big companies tend to just shuttle vast hordes of people about, one tour company does give you an in-depth, personalized insight  to the city, offering a dizzying array of themed tours conducted by very qualified guides." London

"the best London has to offer"  Culture Trip

LONDON WALKS PRIVATE WALKS

If you can't make one of the regularly scheduled, just-turn-up, public Westminster Abbey Tours do think about booking one as a private tour.* For a singleton or a couple or foursome a private tour is obviously quite a bit more expensive than going on one of the public tours but they're still good value. Indeed, best value if you compare them with what's on offer in the wider marketplace. And for a reasonably sized group they're superb value – cost you less than going on one of the public outings. If you go private you can have the Westminster Abbey Tour – or any other London Walk – on a day and at a time that suits your convenience. We'll tailor it to your wishes and 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  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.  *And, yes, with a private tour – like on our public Westminster Abbey Tours – you'll benefit from Fast-Track Admission and the favourable Group Discount London Walkers get.

LONDON WALKS MEME

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

LONDON WALKS – STREETS AHEAD!

Don't just take it from us.

THE FAMOUS WHITE LONDON WALKS LEAFLET

"Nah, don't need it, got it all here," you say. Er, roaming charges? Er, dead battery? Er, reading your phone in the bathtub and you drop it? [Smelling salts interval: sick as a parrot. ashen-faced.] Er, read the famous white leaflet in the bathtub and you drop it what do you do? Er, you dry it out. Anyway, maybe worth making a mental note that you can always pick up the iconic white London Walks leaflet at the Cafe in the Crypt at St. Martin-in-the-Fields, the old church in Trafalgfar Square. They're on the Information Table there, right by the box office. And indeed they also display them on the shop counter, right by the cash register. And it's win-win because the Cafe in the Crypt is one of the town's delights. Should be on everybody's London itinerary.

11:00

Monument Tube, Fish Street Hill exit | Map

Guided by Tom or Judy or Fiona

Short version: The Famous Square Mile – the great classic London Walk

Long version:  2,000 Year of History – the London Walk of Walks! This walk through the Famous Square Mile explores the very heart of the City – the most historic part of the capital. Threading their way through an intricate network of narrow alleys and cobble-stone lanes, Tom, Judy and Fiona chronicle the 2,000 years of London's rich and tumultuous history.* And illustrate 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 (the walk includes, whenever possible, a visit inside Guildhall). N.B. the walk ends very near St. Paul's Tube Station. *Includes a guest appearance by the ugly Turkish enchantress

PRACTICALS

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

LONDON WALKS SOUPÇON

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

LONDON WALKS REVIEWS

 "London's best city tours" The Telegraph

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

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

LONDON WALKS PRIVATE WALKS

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

LONDON WALKS MEME

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

LONDON WALKS – STREETS AHEAD!

Don't just take it from us.

THE FAMOUS WHITE LONDON WALKS LEAFLET

"Nah, don't need it, got it all here," you say. Er, roaming charges? Er, dead battery? Er, reading your phone in the bathtub and you drop it? [Smelling salts interval: sick as a parrot. ashen-faced.] Er, read the famous white leaflet in the bathtub and you drop it what do you do? Er, you dry it out. Anyway, maybe worth making a mental note that you can always pick up the iconic white London Walks leaflet at the Cafe in the Crypt at St. Martin-in-the-Fields, the old church in Trafalgfar Square. They're on the Information Table there, right by the box office. And indeed they also display them on the shop counter, right by the cash register. And it's win-win because the Cafe in the Crypt is one of the town's delights. Should be on everybody's London itinerary.

11:00

Green Park Tube, north exit | Map

Guided by Peter G. or Richard III

Swank it on "the champagne and caviar of London Walks." The best address in London and a bon vivant of a guide. A patrician promenade through the parallelogram of purses. Pip pipping where Old Masters and old money, Rollers and Rolexes are par for the course. A boulevardier and a bailwick of butlers, titles and glamour. Pip pipping, hob-nobbing with knobs on it – because Mayfair's been home to Clive of India, Disraeli, Handel, Florence Nightingale, Jimi Hendrix, Dodi Fayed and the Earl Mountbatten, to name but a few. And that's before we move in the big artillery – the cartwheeling knickerless American actress and the $10,000,000 casket, for example. Last but certainly not least, it boasts London's best village within a village – Shepherd Market, a charming little nest of lanes and alleyways that hasn't lost a jot of its 18th-century scale and village atmosphere, let alone its raffishness. Guided by Peter or Richard III.

PRACTICALS

The Old Mayfair walk takes place every Thursday at 11 am year-round. In the Summer 2017 London Walks programme – which runs from May 1 - October 31 – the Old Mayfair walk also takes place every Monday morning at 10.45 am. The meeting point is just outside the north exit (on the corner) of Green Park Tube.

LONDON WALKS VIDEO

Want a preview of the Old Mayfair Walk – and the guiding? Watch the video.

LONDON WALKS MEMO

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

LONDON WALKS MEME

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

LONDON WALKS – STREETS AHEAD!

Don't just take it from us.

N.B. the walk ends in New Bond Street, near Bond Street Tube and Oxford Circus Tube.

11:00

Tottenham Court Road Tube, exit 1 | Map

Guided by Richard P

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

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

PRACTICALS

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

LONDON WALKS SOUPÇON

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

LONDON WALKS REVIEWS

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

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

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

LONDON WALKS PRIVATE WALKS

If you can't make one of the regularly scheduled, just-turn-up, public Beatles Walks do think about booking one as a private tour. If you go private you can have the Beatles Magical Mystery Tour or The Beatles 'In My Life' walk or Rock 'n' Roll London – or any other London Walk – on a day and at a time that suits your convenience. We'll tailor it to your requirements. And – always with private London Walks and tours – we go to great lengths to make sure the guide-walker(s) "fit" is well nigh perfect.* Ring Fiona or Noel or Mary on 020 7624 3978 or email us at london@walks.com and we'll set it up and make it happen for you.  A private London Walk is good value for an individual or couple and sensational value for a group. And even more to the point, a private London Walk makes an ideal group or educational or birthday party or office (team-building) or club outing. Or indeed a fab present – be it a birthday or anniversary or get-to-know-your-new neighbourhood gift or Christmas present or whatever. Merchandise schmerchandise (gift wrapped or not) – but giving someone an experience, now that's special. Memories make us rich.  Richard P. is of course "the Pied Piper of Beatlemania."  But "the 6th Beatle" shares top billing with co-star Beatles Walks colleagues: musician-guide Adam – who performs a live 20-minute set* on his  Rock 'n' Roll London Pub Walk – and Beatles era top model and latter day London Walks guide Desirée, who knew them*Performed on a famous stage no less!

LONDON WALKS MEME

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

LONDON WALKS – STREETS AHEAD!

Don't just takle it from us.

LONDON WALKS LEAFLET

The famous white leaflet. "Nah, don't need it, got it all here," you say. Er, roaming charges? Er, dead battery? Er, reading your phone in the bathtub and you drop it? [Smelling salts interval: sick as a parrot. ashen-faced.] Er, read the famous white leaflet in the bathtub and you drop it what do you do? Er, you dry it out. Anyway, maybe worth making a mental note that you can always pick up the famous white London Walks leaflet at the Cafe in the Crypt at St. Martin-in-the-Fields, the old church in Trafalgfar Square. They're on the Information Table there, right by the box office. And indeed they also display them on the shop counter, right by the cash register. And it's win-win because the Cafe in the Crypt is one of the town's delights. Should be on everybody's London itinerary.

14:00

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

Guided by David or Adam or Angela

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

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

KENSINGTON WALK PRACTICALS

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

LONDON WALKS REVIEWS

"If you want to know London better, if you want to learn some things about the world's most cosmopolitan city that most people who spend their lives there never learn... I can think of no better investment than London Walks" The New York Times

"London's best walking tours"  Travel & Leisure

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

LONDON WALKS VIDEO

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

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

LONDON WALKS PRIVATE WALKS

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

LONDON WALKS LEAFLET

The famous white leaflet. "Nah, don't need it, got it all here," you say. Er, roaming charges? Er, dead battery? Er, reading your phone in the bathtub and you drop it? [Smelling salts interval: sick as a parrot. ashen-faced.] Er, read the famous white leaflet in the bathtub and you drop it what do you do? Er, you dry it out. Anyway, maybe worth making a mental note that you can always pick up the famous white London Walks leaflet at the Cafe in the Crypt at St. Martin-in-the-Fields, the old church in Trafalgfar Square. They're on the Information Table there, right by the box office. And indeed they also display them on the shop counter, right by the cash register. And it's win-win because the Cafe in the Crypt is one of the town's delights. Should be on everybody's London itinerary.

LONDON WALKS MEME

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

LONDON WALKS – STREETS AHEAD!

Don't just take it from us.

14:00

St. Paul's Tube, exit 2 | Map

Guided by Tom or Richard III or Brian

Short version: London – Prototype of Hell*

Long version: The City of the Gallows. And the city of beheadings, whippings and brandings. Of hanging, drawing and quartering. Of bodies of the executed delivered to Surgeons Hall for dissection (or else hung in chains). Of hundreds of capital offences. Of the house of the rack and gyves. Of lairs of vice. Of pillories, pressing with heavy weights, suffocating dungeons and jail fever that killed countless prisoners (and four out of six judges on the bench). Of prisoners awaiting trial with no legal claim to food. Of vicious tortune and punishments both cruel and unusual. Of the cauldron for the carriage, and, all too often, miscarriage of justice in England. Of Londoners going on with their daily life not a stone's throw away from shocking scenes of slaughter. Now brace yourself. There are, to this day, visible traces – horrifying traces – of that London. And since it all comes down to the guiding this one's guided by specialists. Tom's a barrister. Brian has a legal background (and a Law degree). And Richard III has an illegal background (a charge sheet as long as your arm, a charge sheet to be proud of). 3) At the end of the walk there's a chance to visit something very nasty indeed – what's believed to be an ancient, surviving prison cell. *You couldn't enter London without passing the bodies of the hanged – or heads on stakes. N.B. the walk finishes at Smithfield or Charterhouse. Very near to three Tube stops: St. Paul's, Farringdon, and Barbican.

CRIME & PUNISHMENT WALK PRACTICALS

The Crime & Punishment walk takes place every Thursday afternoon at 2 pm. The meeting point is just outside exit 2 of St. Paul's Tube.

LONDON WALKS SOUPÇON

"Newgate Prison was an abode of sorrow, suffering, and unspeakable woe, a kind of terrestrial inferno, to enter which was to abandon every hope....Gaol deliveries were rare, and the boon of arraignment and fair trial was strangely and unjustly withheld, while even those acquitted in open court were often haled back to prison because they were unable to discharge the gaoler's illegal fees....Light scarcely penetrated their dark and loathsome dungeons; no breath of fresh air sweetened the fetid atmosphere they breathed....The only principle of classification was a prisoner's ability or otherwise to pay certain fees; money could purchase the squalid comfort of the master's side, but no immunity from the baleful companionship of felons equally well furnished with funds and no less anxious to escape the awful horrors of the common side of the gaol. The weight of the chains which innocent and guilty alike wore depended upon the price a prisoner could pay for 'easement of irons' and it was a common practice to overload a newcomer with enormous fetters and so terrifying him into labvish disbursement. The gaol at all times was so hideously overcrowded that plague and pestilence perpertually ravaged it and the deadly infection often spread into the neighbouring courts of law." The Chronicales of Newgate

"In the early part of the 18th century, for every person hanged at Tyburn, four would die of 'jail fever' in Newgate Prison before they could be executed."  Murderous Contagion

LONDON WALKS REVIEWS

"London's best city tours" The Telegraph

"the best walking tour operator in London"  London The AA Key Guide

"London Walks is a superlative walking tour company"  Visit London

LONDON WALKS PRIVATE WALKS

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

LONDON WALKS MEME

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

LONDON WALKS – STREETS AHEAD!

Don't just take it from us.

THE FAMOUS WHITE LONDON WALKS LEAFLET

"Nah, don't need it, got it all here," you say. Er, roaming charges? Er, dead battery? Er, reading your phone in the bathtub and you drop it? [Smelling salts interval: sick as a parrot. ashen-faced.] Er, read the famous white leaflet in the bathtub and you drop it what do you do? Er, you dry it out. Anyway, maybe worth making a mental note that you can always pick up the famous white London Walks leaflet at the Cafe in the Crypt at St. Martin-in-the-Fields, the old church in Trafalgfar Square. They're on the Information Table there, right by the box office. And indeed they also display them on the shop counter, right by the cash register. And it's win-win because the Cafe in the Crypt is one of the town's delights. Should be on everybody's London itinerary.

14:00

Westminster Tube, exit 4 | Map

Guided by Shaughan or Judy or David

Short version: Classic old Westminster – 1,000 Years of History

Long version: This is the cornerstone, the seminal London Walk. Miss it and you've missed London. For Old Westminster is London at its grandest: the place where kings and queens are crowned, where they lived, and often were buried. It's the forge of the national destiny, the place where the heart of the Empire beat, the Mecca of politicians throughout the ages. The past here is cast in stone and we take it all in: ancient Westminster Hall, the Houses of Parliament, the Jewel Tower, Westminster Abbey, etc. And to see it with a great guide is to have that past suddenly rise to the surface, like seeing a photographic print come up in a darkroom. It doesn't get any better than this. Embarras de richesse, we'll also explore the private face of Westminster – the London equivalent of Georgetown. Unlike the tourist hordes who never find them, we get to see the hidden and ever so picturesque Georgian back streets where all the political salons are! We end very near the Cabinet War Rooms, the fortified bunker that housed Winston Churchill's centre of operations during the war. You'll get a brilliant discount on the price of admission if you want to visit the Churchill Museum (as the War Rooms are known today). N.B. So, yes, the walk ends very near Parliament Square, just a stone's throw from Westminster Tube.

On Tuesdays the walk is guided by the Guide of the Year Award-winning Judy; on Thursdays it's Shaughan or David at the helm.

LONDON WALKS VIDEO

Want a preview of the walk? Watch the video.

LONDON WALKS REVIEWS

"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

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

"If you want to know London better, if you want to learn some things about the world's most cosmopolitan city that most people who spend their lives there never learn... I can think of no better investment than London Walks"  The New York Times

LONDON WALKS PRIVATE WALKS

If you can't make one of 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 london@walks.com and we'll set it up and make it happen for you. A private London Walk – they're good value for an individual or couple and sensational value for a group – makes an ideal group or educational or birthday party or office (team-building) or club outing. Or indeed a fab present – be it a birthday or anniversary or get-to-know-your-new neighbourhood gift or Christmas present or whatever. Merchandise schmerchandise (gift wrapped or not) – but giving someone an experience, now that's special. Memories make us rich.

LONDON WALKS MEME

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

LONDON WALKS – STREETS AHEAD!

Don't just take it from us.

THE FAMOUS WHITE LONDON WALKS LEAFLET

"Nah, don't need it, got it all here," you say. Er, roaming charges? Er, dead battery? Er, reading your phone in the bathtub and you drop it? [Smelling salts interval: sick as a parrot. ashen-faced.] Er, read the famous white leaflet in the bathtub and you drop it what do you do? Er, you dry it out. Anyway, maybe worth making a mental note that you can always pick up the famous white London Walks leaflet at the Cafe in the Crypt at St. Martin-in-the-Fields, the old church in Trafalgfar Square. They're on the Information Table there, right by the box office. And indeed they also display them on the shop counter, right by the cash register. And it's win-win because the Cafe in the Crypt is one of the town's delights. Should be on everybody's London itinerary.

14:30

St. Paul's Tube, exit 2 | Map

Guided by Rex or Kim or Fiona or Andy R.

Short Version; "London turned crimson"

Long Version; The dome of St. Paul's seemed to ride the sea of fire like a great ship. Ludgate Hill was carpeted in hosepipes. Two hundred people died that night. On the north side of the cathedral 63 acres became a waste of smoking ash and rubble. Another 100 acres were completely devastated in other raids that autumn. At the finish, out of the City's tight-packed 461 acres, 164 were reduced to ruin. And this was just 1940. And now, over to Kim, winner of the Guide of the Year Award, who's going to take us through a great city in its finest and most desperate hour. Some of what you see and hear may be disturbing.  *Or Brian, Rex or Andy R.

THE BLITZ WALK – PRACTICALS

The Blitz Walk takes place every Thursday afternoon at 2.30 pm. The meeting point is just outside exit 2 of St. Paul's Tube. N.B. the Blitz Walk ends by St. Paul's Cathedral, right next door to St. Paul's Tube

LONDON WALKS REVIEWS

"We went on five London Walks tours while vacationing in London: 'This is London,' 'Soho Unzipped' (a pub tour), 'St. Paul’s Cathedral,' 'The Blitz,' and 'In the Footsteps of Sherlock Holmes.' All of them were fabulous! Better than we could have hoped for. The guides were friendly and incredibly knowledgeable – it felt almost like we were taking fun 2-1/2 hour college courses about some of the most fascinating aspects of London. The groups were small – never more than 20 people, and the guides spoke loud and clear, which was much appreciated. Definitely better than the hop-on / hop-off buses with faulty audio guides, and definitely a great value at just 10 pounds per person. We took advantage of the multiple-walks ticket and paid only 8 pounds per person for the last three tours. It was great! We’d recommend London Walks for anyone looking to learn more in-depth, fascinating facts about London's history without the boiler-plate, pre-packaged feel of the hop-on / hop-off buses and audio guides."  Meredith R., New York City

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

LONDON WALKS PRIVATE WALKS

If you can't make the regularly scheduled, just-turn-up, public Blitz Walk, why not think about booking it as a private walk?  If you go private you can have The Blitz Walkor 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 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. Or if you're looking for an unusual and wonderful gift or Christmas present for a friend or family member – well, why not consider the gift of a private tour with a world class guide. Merchandise schmerchandise – but giving someone an experience, now that's special. Memories make us rich.

LONDON WALKS MEME

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

LONDON WALKS – STREETS AHEAD!

Don't just take it from us.

THE FAMOUS WHITE LONDON WALKS LEAFLET

"Nah, don't need it, got it all here," you say. Er, roaming charges? Er, dead battery? Er, reading your phone in the bathtub and you drop it? [Smelling salts interval: sick as a parrot. ashen-faced.] Er, read the famous white leaflet in the bathtub and you drop it what do you do? Er, you dry it out. Anyway, maybe worth making a mental note that you can always pick up the famous white London Walks leaflet at the Cafe in the Crypt at St. Martin-in-the-Fields, the old church in Trafalgfar Square. They're on the Information Table there, right by the box office. And indeed they also display them on the shop counter, right by the cash register. And it's win-win because the Cafe in the Crypt is one of the town's delights. Should be on everybody's London itinerary.

18:30

Bank Tube, exit 3 (meet by the Wellington statue) | Map

Guided by Peter G.

Take another look. If I were going to take Julius Caesar, Charlemagne, Dante, Elizabeth I, Adam Smith, George Washington and Claude Monet on a London Walk this would be the one. Because of where it goes and what we see. It's the oldest part of London; it's also the most aggressively modern part. After-hours it's transfigured: crystalline, transparent as a dragonfly, submerged in its past. We can peer into its depths. And then rub our eyes and wonder at a church that "transcends originality," at the only private house in the country with its own court and cells, at a lost river, at a jewel box of a market (going there is a little touch of Harry Potter in the night), at Dirty Dick's, at the architectural equivalent of a butterfly collection. And to see it at night – washed in blue and green light – it's like moving, stunned, through the crevasses of a mountain glacier! And that's just first impressions, a quick scratch at the surface. The behind-the-scenes stuff – hidden courtyards, dimly lit alleyways and wonderful old pubs* – will take us right down into the depths of London's ancient past. Guided by Peter*Pubs included, post-walk curry an optional extra.

PRACTICALS

The Ancient City at Night walk takes place every Thursday evening at 6.30 pm. The meeting point is outside exit 3 (by the Wellington statue) of Bank Tube Stop.  N.B. the walk ends at Dirty Dick's, very near Liverpool Street Station

LONDON WALKS REVIEWS

"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

"We went on the Ancient City By Night tour on a recent visit to London. Our tour guide Peter was absolutely brilliant at bringing the history of the City of London to life. It was a highlight of our visit. His knowledge of his subject seemed infinite and his delivery was so professional. He was funny, clever and engaging and the two hour tour went far too quickly. We enjoyed it enormously and when next in London will be seeking out another London Walks tour - preferably with Peter!"  dtolly (Derby, United Kingdom).

LONDON WALKS PRIVATE WALKS

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

LONDON WALKS LEAFLET

The famous white leaflet. "Nah, don't need it, got it all here," you say. Er, roaming charges? Er, dead battery? Er, reading your phone in the bathtub and you drop it? [Smelling salts interval: sick as a parrot. ashen-faced.] Er, read the famous white leaflet in the bathtub and you drop it what do you do? Er, you dry it out. Anyway, maybe worth making a mental note that you can always pick up the famous white London Walks leaflet at the Cafe in the Crypt at St. Martin-in-the-Fields, the old church in Trafalgfar Square. They're on the Information Table there, right by the box office. And indeed they also display them on the shop counter, right by the cash register. And it's win-win because the Cafe in the Crypt is one of the town's delights. Should be on everybody's London itinerary.

LONDON WALKS MEME

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

STREETS AHEAD!

Don't just take it from us.

19:30

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

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

Click to check dates this walk isn’t taking place

He came silently out of the midnight shadows of August 31, 1888. Watching. Stalking. Butchering raddled, drink-sodden East End prostitutes. Leaving a trail of blood that led... nowhere. Yes, something wicked this way walked, for this is the Ripper's slashing grounds. We evoke that autumn of gaslight and fog, of menacing shadows and stealthy footsteps as we inspect the murder sites, sift through the evidence – in all its gory detail – and get to grips, so to speak, with the main suspects. Afterwards you can steady your nerves in The Ten Bells, the pub where the victims – perhaps under the steely gaze of the Ripper himself – tried to forget the waking nightmare. Guided on Monday and Tuesday by Molly; on Wednesday and Saturday by Steve; on Thursday by Shaughan or Adam; on Friday by Donald, Andy or Richard Walker; on Sunday by Donald. Donald is Donald Rumbelow, "internationally recognised as the leading authority on Jack the Ripper." Britain's foremost crime historian, he's the author of the definitive book on the Ripper.

JACK THE RIPPER TOUR PRACTICALS

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

LONDON WALKS SOUPÇON

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

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

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

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

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

LONDON WALKS MEME

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

LONDON WALKS VIDEO 

Preview the walk and the guiding – watch the video.

LONDON WALKS REVIEWS

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

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

"Led by the world’s leading expert on all things Jack the Ripper, Donald Rumbelow - and with glowing reviews from The New York Times and Time Out - this tour from London Walks is the definitive guide to one of history’s most fascinating unsolved mysteries. Starting at Tower Hill, the tour traverses some of London’s hidden alleyways and secret hideaways. With fascinating commentary on contemporary police conflicts, London Walks transports guests back to 1888, to the scene of the crimes..." Huffington Post

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ABOUT BOOKING A PRIVATE JACK THE RIPPER WALK

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Ring Fiona or Noel or Mary on 020 7624 3978 or email us at london@walks.com and we'll set it up and make it happen for you. A private London Walk – they're good value for an individual or couple and sensational value for a group – makes an ideal group or educational or birthday party or office (team-building) or club outing. Or indeed a fab present – be it a birthday or anniversary or get-to-know-your-new neighbourhood gift or Christmas present or whatever. Merchandise schmerchandise (gift wrapped or not) – but giving someone an experience, now that's special. Memories make us rich.

LONDON WALKS – STREETS AHEAD!

Don't just take it from us. 

THE FAMOUS WHITE LONDON WALKS LEAFLET

"Nah, don't need it, got it all here," you say. Er, roaming charges? Er, dead battery? Er, reading your phone in the bathtub and you drop it? [Smelling salts interval: sick as a parrot. ashen-faced.] Er, read the famous white leaflet in the bathtub and you drop it what do you do? Er, you dry it out. Anyway, maybe worth making a mental note that you can always pick up the iconic white London Walks leaflet at the Cafe in the Crypt at St. Martin-in-the-Fields, the old church in Trafalgfar Square. They're on the Information Table there, right by the box office. And indeed they also display them on the shop counter, right by the cash register. And it's win-win because the Cafe in the Crypt is one of the town's delights. Should be on everybody's London itinerary.

 

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Embankment Tube, river exit | Map

Guided by Peter G. or Oliver or Katy or Andrew

Click to check dates this walk isn’t taking place

Short version: "This part of London is like a haunted house..."

Long version: Gas-lit alleyways. Film set-perfect Georgian streets that nobody goes to. A gloomy old palace in the gloaming. A plague-pit with lit (to this day) corpse candles above it. Spectral walls and towers and domes across a fen. Faded grandeur. Old buildings frozen in another time... London's parallel universe. And yes, there have been some really eerie goings-on here. Haunted house analogy is spot on. The walk starts off as jolly and fun and eccentric but as the shadows lengthen – as we get into the deepest recesses of the haunted house – it really does get quite creepy. As does the lore. "They" can touch you but you can't touch them. And the trace evidence (the "signs" of a haunting). And the just-in-case exorcism paraphernalia the guides always carry with them. And the world's most haunted theatre. And the creepiest statue in London. The walk ends in an eyeball to eyeball confrontation with the most haunted statue in London, just round the corner from St. James' Park Tube. Guided on Monday by Captain Spooky aka Peter; on Thursday by Andy or Oliver.

THE WEST END GHOST WALK – THE PRACTICALS

The West End Ghost Walk takes place at 7.30 pm every* Monday evening and every Thursday evening. The meeting point is just outside the river exit of Embankment Tube Stop. N.B. the West End Ghost Walk ends right by "the most haunted statue in London," a 60-second walk from St. James's Park Tube Stop. *Except Dec. 25

LONDON WALKS VIDEO

Preview the Walk – and the guiding. Watch the video.

LONDON WALKS REVIEWS

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

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

LONDON WALKS LEAFLET

The famous white leaflet. "Nah, don't need it, got it all here," you say. Er, roaming charges? Er, dead battery? Er, reading your phone in the bathtub and you drop it? [Smelling salts interval: sick as a parrot. ashen-faced.] Er, read the famous white leaflet in the bathtub and you drop it what do you do? Er, you dry it out. Anyway, maybe worth making a mental note that you can always pick up the famous white London Walks leaflet at the Cafe in the Crypt at St. Martin-in-the-Fields, the old church in Trafalgfar Square. They're on the Information Table there, right by the box office. And indeed they also display them on the shop counter, right by the cash register. And it's win-win because the Cafe in the Crypt is one of the town's delights. Should be on everybody's London itinerary.

LONDON WALKS MEME

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

LONDON WALKS – STREETS AHEAD!

Don't just take it from us.

Date Time Walk Meeting Point
6 Jul 2017 THE JULY 6th 7.15 am LONDON WALKS RUN Temple Tube
3 Aug 2017 THE AUGUST 3rd 7.15 am LONDON WALKS RUN Barbican Tube
28 Sep 2017 10am Installation of the Sheriffs – Ancient Ceremonial London Monument Tube, Fish Street Hill exit
25 May 2017 10am Magna Carta 1215 – Lawyer-guided! Temple Tube
8 Jun 2017 10am Magna Carta 1215 – Lawyer-guided! Temple Tube
22 Jun 2017 10am Magna Carta 1215 – Lawyer-guided! Temple Tube
6 Jul 2017 10am Magna Carta 1215 – Lawyer-guided! Temple Tube
13 Jul 2017 10am Magna Carta 1215 – Lawyer-guided! Temple Tube
13 Jul 2017 10am Magna Carta 1215 – Lawyer-guided! Temple Tube
10 Aug 2017 10am Magna Carta 1215 – Lawyer-guided! Temple Tube
31 Aug 2017 10am Magna Carta 1215 – Lawyer-guided! Temple Tube
7 Sep 2017 10am Magna Carta 1215 – Lawyer-guided! Temple Tube
21 Sep 2017 10am Magna Carta 1215 – Lawyer-guided! Temple Tube
5 Oct 2017 10am Magna Carta 1215 – Lawyer-guided! Temple Tube
19 Oct 2017 10am Magna Carta 1215 – Lawyer-guided! Temple Tube
13 Jul 2017 10.30am Inside London Blackfriars Tube
10 Aug 2017 10.30am Inside London Blackfriars Tube
21 Sep 2017 10.30am Inside London Blackfriars Tube