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Guided by Ruth

This geological walk along Piccadilly to Hyde Park Corner will take in the main building stones used at the western end of the famous street of Piccadilly, as it crosses the valley of the lost River Tyburn. We will end the walk at Hyde Park Corner, traditionally the home of War Memorials commemorating the fallen of the UK and the Commonwealth. A wealth of building stones are used in this area, from ancient Australian granites to Norwegian Marbles and English Limestones. Come and find out how countries are commemorated in stone and how stone could make buildings a target for WW1 Zeppelin attacks! Guided by University College London Geologist Ruth. (It all comes down to the guiding.) 

WAR MEMORIALS & EMBASSIES: THE BUILDING STONES OF MAYFAIR – THE PRACTICALS

The War Memorials and Embassies – the Building Stones of Mayfair walk takes place at 2.30 pm on Saturday, January 5. The meeting point is just outside the Green Park exit – by the fountain – of  Green ParkTube Stop. 

LONDON WALKS REVIEWS – WALKERS

"Have done many London Walks over the past 40 years or so – today's special was Westminster geology, led by Ruth (doctorate in Geology no less). Very interesting and very friendly guide, as has been my experience with so many of these knowledgeable walk leaders. I now know where to find a 50 million-year-old sea urchin in a wall just round the corner from Westminster Abbey, and where to find probably the oldest rock I will ever touch in London (over 2 billion years old). These walks are an absolute bargain for a tenner (or less), and I can't recommend them highly enough." Mick O. from London (Mick's review can be found on TripAdvisor)

LONDON WALKS REVIEWS – QUALITY PUBLICATIONS

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

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

(The New York Times knows whereof it speaks: Ruth is a distinguished professional Geologist.)

But don't just take it from us and the New York Times.

LONDON WALKS PRIVATE WALKS

If you can't make one of the regularly scheduled, just-turn-up, public Urban Geology London walks do think about booking one as a private tour. If you go private you can have the War Memorials & Embassies: the Building Stones of 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. Ring Fiona or Noel or Mary on 020 7624 3978 or email us at privatewalks@walks.com and we'll set it up and make it happen for you. A private London Walk – they're good value for an individual or couple and sensational value for a group – makes an ideal group or educational or birthday party or office (team-building) or club outing. Or indeed a fab present – be it a birthday or anniversary or get-to-know-your-new neighbourhood gift or Christmas present or whatever. Merchandise schmerchandise (gift wrapped or not) – but giving someone an experience, now that's special. Memories make us rich.

LONDON WALKS CREDO

It all comes down to the guiding.  

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