Tuesday's Walks

Date Time Walk Meeting Point
18 Apr 2017 8.45am Stonehenge & Salisbury Waterloo Railway Station (meet by the main ticket office – it's opposite Platform 16)
23 May 2017 8.45am Stonehenge & Salisbury Waterloo Railway Station (meet by the main ticket office – it's opposite Platform 16)
30 May 2017 8.45am Stonehenge & Salisbury Waterloo Railway Station (meet by the main ticket office – it's opposite Platform 16)
6 Jun 2017 8.45am Stonehenge & Salisbury Waterloo Railway Station (meet by the main ticket office – it's opposite Platform 16)
13 Jun 2017 8.45am Stonehenge & Salisbury Waterloo Railway Station (meet by the main ticket office – it's opposite Platform 16)
27 Jun 2017 8.45am Stonehenge & Salisbury Waterloo Railway Station (meet by the main ticket office – it's opposite Platform 16)
4 Jul 2017 8.45am Stonehenge & Salisbury Waterloo Railway Station (meet by the main ticket office – it's opposite Platform 16)
11 Jul 2017 8.45am Stonehenge & Salisbury Waterloo Railway Station (meet by the main ticket office – it's opposite Platform 16)
18 Jul 2017 8.45am Stonehenge & Salisbury Waterloo Railway Station (meet by the main ticket office – it's opposite Platform 16)
25 Jul 2017 8.45am Stonehenge & Salisbury Waterloo Railway Station (meet by the main ticket office – it's opposite Platform 16)
1 Aug 2017 8.45am Stonehenge & Salisbury Waterloo Railway Station (meet by the main ticket office – it's opposite Platform 16)
8 Aug 2017 8.45am Stonehenge & Salisbury Waterloo Railway Station (meet by the main ticket office – it's opposite Platform 16)
15 Aug 2017 8.45am Stonehenge & Salisbury Waterloo Railway Station (meet by the main ticket office – it's opposite Platform 16)
22 Aug 2017 8.45am Stonehenge & Salisbury Waterloo Railway Station (meet by the main ticket office – it's opposite Platform 16)
29 Aug 2017 8.45am Stonehenge & Salisbury Waterloo Railway Station (meet by the main ticket office – it's opposite Platform 16)
5 Sep 2017 8.45am Stonehenge & Salisbury Waterloo Railway Station (meet by the main ticket office – it's opposite Platform 16)
12 Sep 2017 8.45am Stonehenge & Salisbury Waterloo Railway Station (meet by the main ticket office – it's opposite Platform 16)
19 Sep 2017 8.45am Stonehenge & Salisbury Waterloo Railway Station (meet by the main ticket office – it's opposite Platform 16)
26 Sep 2017 8.45am Stonehenge & Salisbury Waterloo Railway Station (meet by the main ticket office – it's opposite Platform 16)

10:30

St. Paul's Tube, exit 2 | Map

Guided by Margaret or Mary or Judy

Click to check dates this walk isn’t taking place

Short version: Secrets & splendours of St. Paul's

Long version: "Afloat upon ethereal tides St. Paul's above the city rides"  "St. Paul's is much more than a place of worship. It is a specific against grossness, brutality and despair." And "to set foot into St. Paul's is to experience that cold shock straight from the past, beauty as a genius conceived it, grace that we had forgotten." Now as to practicals. There's an admission charge to St. Paul's, but there is a Group Rate. More to the point is your other "spend": your time. To refract it through a great guide will "buy" you inestimable riches in St. Paul's. Knowing where to look and what to look for – and seeing these things through the translucent integument of their "stories" – it's like going from blurry near-sighted to 20:20.

The London Walks St. Paul's Cathedral Tour is guided by star power guides Mary, Margaret and Judy, winner of the London Tourist Board's Guide of the Year Award. Afloat upon its golden reputation – Winner, Best Tourism Experience in London Award – London Walks above the imitators glides. 

ST. PAUL'S TOUR – THE PRACTICALS

The Secrets & Splendours of St. Paul's Tour takes place every* Tuesday at 10.30 am. The meeting point is just outside exit 2 of St. Paul's Tube. N.B., the St. Paul's tour ends – where else? – at St. Paul's Cathedral, right bySt. Paul's Tube Stop. *Except May 23

LONDON WALKS REVIEWS

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

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

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

LONDON WALKS PRIVATE WALKS

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

LONDON WALKS MEME

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

LONDON WALKS – STREETS AHEAD!

Don't just take it from us.

THE FAMOUS WHITE LONDON WALKS LEAFLET

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

10:30

Covent Garden Tube | Map

Guided by Tom or Brian

Click to check dates this walk isn’t taking place

This walk opens doors. So for sure, let's hear it for the life-giving tingle of new experience. For the tonic of delightful discovery. For a walk that shakes you gently, like a sieve, and drops you into places of long ago – places you probably wouldn't get into off your own bat. Into's the mot juste. We're going into these places. Into the Royal College of Surgeons to see an astonishing – and unique – collection bequeathed by the greatest surgeon of them all. Into the venerable – and passing strange – RAF church. Into the Royal Courts of Justice to watch a trial (when the Royal Courts are in session). And the kicker? Guide Tom is a barrister. And Guide Brian read Law at university. And location, location, location: at walk's end you can grab a spot of lunch at Ye Olde Cheshire Cheese or The Bank of England (another interior where you'll gasp with wonder) or an ancient haunted pub. And then nip off to St. Petersburg-on-Thames or the Courtauld!

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

N.B. the Behind Closed Doors Walk ends at the Royal Courts of Justice, very nearTemple Tube Stop.

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 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. (*Privileged access to the Royal Box – the eyrie, the viewing platform – that looks down into "the underground cathedral.") Keith guides the walk on Tuesdays. On Wednesdays it's Tim P. On Thursdays and Fridays it's Martin. And on Saturdays it's Robert himself.

PRACTICALS

In the Winter-Spring 2016-17 London Walks programme – which kicks in on November 1 and runs through April 30 – Brunel's London takes place at 10.40 am every Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday. 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. 

LONDON WALKS VIDEO

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

LONDON WALKS REVIEWS

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

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

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

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

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

Baker Street Tube, Baker Street north exit | Map

Guided by Harry or Fiona or Anne-Marie

Short version: Mind the Gap!

Long version: Down the Tubes. 150 Years of engineering and artistry from the inside. See things you've seen but not seen. Things you've not registered, not understood, not made sense of. We're go places on this walk so get an Oyster Card or a Day Travel Card. Yes, some of the walk's outside but a lot of it's down the Tube: inside stations, on platforms, in trains. Now a bit more background info. A couple of years ago the London Underground marked its 150th birthday. This tour explores that extraordinary "journey", "trajectory", "trip", call it what you will. We explore several stations, inside and out. And bears repeating, this: you'll see things that you won't have seen before. Let alone things that you did see before but didn't "see", if you know what, I mean. I (David) went on this one with Fiona a year ago. It was a revelation. I've been taking the Tube for 40 years. She pointed things that I'd never noticed – never noticed in stations that I've been in well over 10,000 times. Lots and lots of "well, I never" moments, jaw hanging open moments. The Tube. It's a great London story. An integral part of the calculus of London life. So that in itself is a great foundation for a walk.

And to it you can add three great guides. Fiona, the Phi Beta Kappa of her Blue Badge graduating class (she won the Guide of the Year Award). has put this walk together brilliantly. And she delivers it with consummate artistry. As do the other two members of Trio: Harry and Anne-Marie. This is a special couple of hours. Strongly recommended.

THE LURE OF THE UNDERGROUND WALK – THE PRACTICALS

The Lure of the Underground walk takes place every Tuesday at 10.45 am. The meeting point is just outside Baker Street Tube, the Baker Street North exit (by Boots).

LONDON WALKS SOUPÇON

"The Underground is still for me the most romantic and mysterious part of London"  David Piper, museum director and author of The Companion Guide to London, the finest guide book ever written on London

West Ashfield Station. Heard of it? It sits on the third floor of an office building in West Kensington. A mocked-up station, it's used as a training facility for London Underground staff. It's fully kitted out with all the signage you'd find in a modern Tube station: LED displays, platforj markings and a small section of Tube train.No trains enter or leave West Ashfield but you can hear them and feel them, thanks to the rumbling sound effects and fans that simulate a train's arrival.

"With 11 different lines serving 270 stations [271 if you count West Ashfield], over 249 miles (402 kms) of track, on which up to 500 t4rains can be in operation during peak hours, ikt's a complex network that requires thousands of pairs of skilled hands to keep it running."  Emily Kearns

A previously unknown breed of mosquito, adapted to life underground, was discovered living in the Tube network in 1998.

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

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

LONDON WALKS PRIVATE WALKS

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

LONDON WALKS MEME

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

LONDON WALKS – STREETS AHEAD!

Don't just take it from us. 

THE FAMOUS WHITE LONDON WALKS LEAFLET

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

10:45

Chancery Lane Tube, exit 3 | Map

Guided by Kim or Hilary

Short version: "I love a little bit of secret history" said Dr. Johnson.

Long version: The Great Cham of Literature would have been well served on this walk through his old neighbourhood. Its concealed courts and alleys are keyholes into London's past, harbouring everything from traces of Roman London to a forgotten Norman crypt; and from the musty cells of an ancient prison to a beautiful but virtually hidden 300-year-old courtyard and hall. Let alone some fine old churches and a venerable inn or two. And betwixt and between Hilary and Kim conjure up – out of the bend of a road, the shape of a doorway, an old badge on a wall, a place-name, a custom or ritual, even out of a turn of phrase – a millennium and more of London's history.

Guided by Hilary, OBE or Kim, winner of the London Tourist Board's Guide of the Year Award. Let's play it again, Sam: "There's no secret, kid. It all – Winner, Best Tourism Experience in London Award and all the rest of them – comes down to the guiding." But don't just take our word for itN.B. the Secret London Walk ends nearBlackfriars Tube Stop.

PRACTICALS

Secret London takes place every Tuesday morning at 10.45 am. The meeting point is just outside exit 3 of Chancery Lane TubeN.B. the Secret London Walk ends nearBlackfriars Tube Stop.

LONDON WALKS REVIEWS

"London's best city tours" The Telegraph

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

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

LONDON WALKS MEMO

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

 

11:20

Marylebone Tube | Map

Guided by Richard P

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

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

PRACTICALS

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

LONDON WALKS 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

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

LONDON WALKS PRIVATE WALKS

If you can't make one of the regularly scheduled, just-turn-up, public Beatles Walks do think about booking one as a private tour. If you go private you can have the Beatles in My Life Walk or The Beatles Magical Mystery Tour or Rock 'n' Roll London – or any other London Walk – on a day and at a time that suits your convenience. We'll tailor it to your requirements. And – always with private London Walks and tours – we go to great lengths to make sure the guide-walker(s) "fit" is well nigh perfect.* Ring Fiona or Noel or Mary on 020 7624 3978 or email us at london@walks.com and we'll set it up and make it happen for you. A private London Walk is good value for an individual or couple and sensational value for a group. And even more to the point, a private London Walk makes an ideal group or educational or birthday party or office (team-building) or club outing. Or indeed a fab present – be it a birthday or anniversary or get-to-know-your-new neighbourhood gift or Christmas present or whatever. Merchandise schmerchandise (gift wrapped or not) – but giving someone an experience, now that's special. Memories make us rich. Richard is of course "the Pied Piper of Beatlemania."  But "the 6th Beatle" shares top billing with co-star Beatles Walks colleagues: musician-guide Adam – who performs a live, on-a-famou-stage, 20-minute set on his Rock 'n' Roll London Pub Walk – and Beatles era top model and latter day London Walks guide Desiree, who knew them

LONDON WALKS MEME

It all comes down to the guiding

LONDON WALKS – STREETS AHEAD!

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

THE FAMOUS WHITE LONDON WALKS LEAFLET

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

14:00

Embankment Tube, river exit | Map

Guided by Stephanie or Steve

"a thrilling discovery – the real deal" What a delightful goulash this walk is. It gets you into streets that you'd never find off your own bat - streets that look like an old movie shot through a vaselined lens. Into a neighbourhood that precious few Londoners have seen, let alone visitors. There's no better sense of place in London – and no finer architectural effect. Yellow brick, perfectly preserved, all unselfconscious self-respect, real Cockney – unaltered Dickensian London. And the miracle is that it's still there, embedded in central London – screwed into the big city. That discovery alone makes this one of those bewitching "somewhere else" London Walks. And getting there is a bit of all right too – because there's a dramatic river crossing, a stroll along the Thames, the world's foremost arts complex, London's best loved old theatre, a real London street market (instead of a tourist trap), a stunning bird's eye view of the capital (and there's a lift, so we won't have to climb hundreds of stairs!), and buckets of character. Guided by Steve or Stephanie.

'SOMEWHERE ELSE LONDON' – THE PRACTICALS

The 'Somewhere Else' London Walk takes place every Tuesday at 2 pm. The meeting point is just outside the river exit of Embankment Tube Stop.  N.B the 'Somewhere Else' London Walk ends close toWaterloo Tube Stop.

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

"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 the regularly scheduled, just-turn-up, public 'Somewhere Else' London Walk,* why not think about booking it as a private walk?  If you go private you can have the 'Somewhere Else' 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 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 or birthday present for a friend or family member – well, why not consider the gift of a private tour with a world class guide. 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 our word for it.

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

Holborn Tube | Map

Guided by Tom or Brian or Andy R.

Bloomsbury & the Museum Quarter  What larks! What plunges! Because this walk also explores "the other Bloomsbury" – the Bloomsbury the tourists don't get to see. The problem – for them, not us – is the sheer gravitational "pull" of the British Museum and Virginia Woolf and co. "We take chairs and sit on our balcony after dinner... Really Gordon Square, with the lamps lit and the light on the green is a romantic place" (V. Woolf). And, sure, we explore that quarter. But we also go centrifugal – do undiscovered Bloomsbury. And you'll be very glad we do because that marvelous old writ – "London specialises in hiding the best of itself" – applies here in spades. A taster? We flaneur London's most literary street (no, it's not in Virginia Woolf's Gordon Square neighbourhood); take in a Sylvia Plath-Ted Hughes house; clock the "nodal point" where the most important moment in the 20th century occurred; savour London's most beautiful square; squeeze into its tiniest street, etc. – and trust me, it's a capacious, cup-runneth-over "etc.". Bottom line: this is a joy of a jaunt, a very special walk. Guided by Brian or Andy R

It all comes down to the guidingbut don't just take it from us.

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.

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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

Embankment Tube, Villiers Street exit | Map

Guided by Karen or Katy

Hidden Places & Hidden History This one isn't on the balcony – it's through the keyhole. It's hideaways and nooks and crannies and boltholes with a difference: they're royal hideaways, boltholes, nooks and crannies. It's where the goings on went down. It's kings who were queens. It's 16 coffin bearers, beheaded lovers and a questionable birthright. It's a square coffin, a fake lesbian wedding and "a bat instead of a woman". It's curses and betrayals, heartaches and hearth-aches and unhealthy habits. It's ugly sisters and poisonous makeup and war and head lice. It's between the kings' sheets and a cabinet particulaire and a royal brothel. It's £40 million of debt, swinging parties, debauchery and treachery. It's unofficial history, real history. It's guides with that tiara tingle. Here's how a walker put it: "This walk had my head spinning. Not just because of the dizzying array of funny and fascinating stories and often hilarious incidents but also because of the star power of the guide herself. What a wonderful way to spend an afternoon in London." It's a royally, royally good walk. Guided by Katy and Karen, winner of the London Tourist Board's Guide of the Year Award. (Hard act to follow but Karen did it – did it in spades. The august American travel magazine Travel & Leisure recently crowned her "the world's greatest tour guide.") 

PRACTICALS

The Past the Palace walk goes every Tuesday at 2.30 pm. The meeting point is just outside the Villiers Street exit of Embankment Tube.   N.B. the Past the Palace walk ends very near Green Park Tube.

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LONDON WALKS REVIEWS

"London's best walking tours"  Travel & Leisure

"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 MEMO

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

 

19:00

Temple Tube | Map

Guided by Steve or Andrew

Short version: The hidden pubs of old London Town

Long version: Cheek-by-jowl, higgledy-piggledy, quintessential London. Gnarled, brooding back-alleys, secluded courtyards and tortuous zigzag passages. Oh there are famous sights, but to get to them we have to walk crookedly, through a maze of curiosities. We set our course by the best old pubs in town – including the most famous London inn of all. Old pubs that are, as every English pub should be, a solace and a delight. And all the more special for being hidden away down this or that dark alley, like precious gems in rumpled velvet. Here, like no other place in town, we have 2,000 years of London and its inns in the palm of our hand. The echoes are of Roman tabernas and Shakespearean ale-houses and Dickensian coaching inns – of feasting and wine and song, of the souls of poets dead and gone. The very zeitgeist of London. And what better company to keep than the shades of Dr. Johnson, Oscar Wilde, and Dickens himself. Guided by Andy and Steve. 

THE HIDDEN PUBS OF OLD LONDON TOWN – THE PRACTICALS

The Hidden Pubs of Old London Town walk takes place every Tuesday evening at 7 pm. The meeting point is just outside the exit of Temple Tube.

LONDON WALKS REVIEWS

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

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

LONDON WALKS PRIVATE WALKS

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

LONDON WALKS 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.

19:30

St. Paul's Tube, exit 2 | Map

Guided by Shaughan or Karen or Adam

Click to check dates this walk isn’t taking place

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

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

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

THE PRACTICALS

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

HERE'S WHY

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

LONDON WALKS VIDEO

Want to preview the walk and the guiding? Watch the video. And here's its sidekick. It's the Shadow Walker (Adam), introducing his Ghosts of the Old City Walk.

LONDON WALKS REVIEWS

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

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

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

LONDON WALKS PRIVATE WALKS

Want a private ghost walk – or any other London Walk for that matter? Get in touch. Ring Fiona or Noel or Mary on 020 7624 3978 – or email us at london@walks.com – and we'll set it up for you and make it happen.

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It all comes down to the guiding (exponentially so on Ghost Walks). 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. (If you're not assessing you're guessing. If you're guessing you're buying a pig in a poke.)

19:30

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

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

Click to check dates this walk isn’t taking place

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

JACK THE RIPPER TOUR PRACTICALS

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

LONDON WALKS SOUPÇON

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

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

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

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

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

LONDON WALKS MEME

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

LONDON WALKS VIDEO 

Preview the walk and the guiding – watch the video.

LONDON WALKS REVIEWS

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

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

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

LONDON WALKS PRIVATE WALKS

ABOUT BOOKING A PRIVATE JACK THE RIPPER WALK

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

LONDON WALKS – STREETS AHEAD!

Don't just take it from us. 

THE FAMOUS WHITE LONDON WALKS LEAFLET

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