Wednesday's Walks

Date Time Walk Meeting Point
23 Aug 2017 9.15am Oxford & the Cotswolds Paddington Railway Station (meet by the main ticket office, which is near Platforms 1 & 2)
30 Aug 2017 9.15am Oxford & the Cotswolds Paddington Railway Station (meet by the main ticket office, which is near Platforms 1 & 2)
6 Sep 2017 9.15am Oxford & the Cotswolds Paddington Railway Station (meet by the main ticket office, which is near Platforms 1 & 2)
13 Sep 2017 9.15am Oxford & the Cotswolds Paddington Railway Station (meet by the main ticket office, which is near Platforms 1 & 2)
20 Sep 2017 9.15am Oxford & the Cotswolds Paddington Railway Station (meet by the main ticket office, which is near Platforms 1 & 2)
27 Sep 2017 9.15am Oxford & the Cotswolds Paddington Railway Station (meet by the main ticket office, which is near Platforms 1 & 2)
4 Oct 2017 9.15am Oxford & the Cotswolds Paddington Railway Station (meet by the main ticket office, which is near Platforms 1 & 2)

10:00

Westminster Tube, exit 4 | Map

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

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Short description:  The Changing of the Guard & Highlights of London Tour

Long description: This is London! Welcome to the Flash-Bang-Lightning Highlights Tour. To the Guard Change Tour. To London in Two Hours. Everything you want to see in the famous heart of London can be seen on foot in two hours. Seen better. Seen up close. Guided better. Fraction of the cost. So why go on a bus tour? Ok, maybe digging deep into your pocket and ho-hum main roads are your thing. Big, straight, obvious, busy roads – maybe they are the strokes for some folks. Then again, maybe not. You don't "see" the English countryside by taking the motorway through it. Same goes for London. And so we come to the rem acu tetigiste moment: we go where the tourist buses can't go. So, hey ho and off we go – off to see all the classic sights in the heart of London. Tick 'em off: the Houses of Parliament, Westminster Abbey, Buckingham Palace, St. James's Palace, the quintessential Royal Park, classy St. James's, the Mall, Trafalgar Square, Admiralty Arch, Birdcage Walk, Queen Anne's Gate, you name it. They're all here – all the London pearls. N.B. the walk ends at Trafalgar Square, on the doorstep of Charing Cross Rail and Tube Station. On Wednesdays the Welcome to London Tour is guided by Fiona, Russell or Simon W. On Sundays it's Steven, Joanne or Andy R.

WELCOME TO LONDON – THE PRACTICALS

In the Summer 2017 London Walks programme – which kicks in on May 1 and runs through October 31 – the Welcome to London walk takes place every Wednesday at 10 am and every* Sunday at 10 am. The meeting point is just outside exit 4 of Westminster Tube.  *The Changing of the Horse Guards ceremony takes place every day. It's up close, right there, intimate. We'll be there. The Buckingham Palace ceremony isn't held every day. On the Wednesdays and Sundays when it is on we'll of course be right there, at a carefully chosen, superb vantage point. *Except Sunday, July 30 and Sunday, September 10 – the wall will not take place on those two dates.

LONDON WALKS REVIEWS

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

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

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

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

LONDON WALKS PRIVATE WALKS

If you can't make one of the regularly scheduled, just-turn-up, public Welcome to London walks do think about booking one as a private tour. If you go private you can have the Welcome to London Walk – or any other London Walk – on a day and at a time that suits your convenience. We'll tailor it to your requirements. And – always with private London Walks and tours – we go to great lengths to make sure the guide-walker(s) "fit" is well nigh perfect. Ring Fiona or Noel or Mary on 020 7624 3978 or email us at privatewalks@walks.com and we'll set it up and make it happen for you. A private London Walk – they're good value for an individual or couple and sensational value for a group – makes an ideal group or educational or birthday party or office (team-building) or club outing. 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.

10:30

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

Guided by Tom or Judy or Brian

Short version: "the most important mediaeval fortress in Europe"  

Long version: In the beginning William – the bastard – created the Tower. Biblical echo's deliberate. That's how important the Tower is. Crown jewels, battlements, Traitor's Gate, executioner's block, armour, centuries-old ceremonies, the stage on which so much of our history climaxed. The question isn't whether you'll go to the Tower – it's whether you'll go First Class. First Class isn't tacky and touristy. It isn't wandering aimlessly. What it is, is seeing the Tower with a great guide (it all comes down to the guiding). Because that thrilling, chilling past is still there – sighs run in blood down Tower walls – but you have to know where to look. And how to look. Go First Class – go in there with London Walks and a world class guide (and these three are) and you'll come out exclaiming, "that's the best upgrade* on the planet! Guided on Wednesdays by Tom or Brian; on Sundays by Tom, Brian or Judy.

*An upgrade because if you go with us – go First Class – you'll get a big discount on the Tower admission price. And we get you VIP admission.**  There's no "standing in line" in the public queue. Go Economy Class you pay more, get less and could queue for half an hour. Some Economy.

N.B. The normal adult entry charge to the Tower is £28. With London Walks adults get in for £20. The normal students/concs. entry charge to the Tower is £18.70. With London Walks students/concs. get in for £15. The normal child (5-15 incl.) entry charge to the Tower is £11. With London Walks children get in for £9.  

**Bears repeating: VIP admission means we're able to get you in very quickly. You won't have to endure that public queue. With London Walks there is no black holing your valuable time "standing in line" in order to pay more. No shuffling along in that long public queue for the "privilege" of  paying £8 more than our walkers have to pay to get in in a jiffy.

It's a no brainer.

TOWER OF LONDON TOUR – PRACTICALS

In the Summer 2017 London Walks programme – which kicks in on May 1 and runs through October 31 – the Tower of London Tour takes place every Sunday at 11 am and every Wednesday at 10.30 am. Meet Tom or Brian or Judy just outside the exit of Tower Hill Tube. Meet them by the "Tower Hill Tram" coffee stall, which is just outside the exit. As soon as you come through the turnstile you'll see the "Tower Hill Tram" coffee stall straight ahead of you, seven yards outside the exit. N.B. as this one's for all ages there's a £3 charge for kids for the tour plus the entry fee. Needless to say, the tour ends in the Tower of London, a 2-minute walk from Tower Hill Tube

LONDON WALKS HORS D'OEUVRE

"The White Tower, the great keep from which the Tower derives its name, was complete by the end of the 11th century. Even today one can sense the impact this structure must have had when new, towering over the mean timber houses of the City [my italics]. Neither the fancy turret tops, added in the 1530s, nor the alterations made in subsequent centuries detract from its significance as a symbol of conquest."

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

LONDON WALKS REVIEWS

"London Walks is the best, hands down."   Frommer's London

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

"Wonderful Tours! My husband and I were in London between Christmas and New Years. We did the London Tower tour and the Royal London tour. Both were excellent tours with great guides. For 10 GBP and discounted prices for the London Tower, these tours can't be beat. The day that we were at the London Tower, the line to buy tickets and then enter was so long, people probably waited for hours, but not with London Walks. We were able to enter in the group tours entrance with less than 15 minutes wait, that alone was worth the money. The Royal London Tour was also fantastic, we definitely had front row seats to the changing of the guard. The 'worst' thing about London Walks is having to choose which tours to do, because there are so many! We will definitely be back for more tours in the future!" Nicole Scotty, Fort Myers, Florida

HYGGE and LAGOM

And so we come to the Scandanavian cameos. Hygge is that wonderful Danish word meaning the emotional warmth created by being with good friends and well-loved family. Lagom's that equally wonderful and equally apt Swedish word meaning not too much or too little, but just the right amount. Hygge and lagom here mean you've made it and you can feel good about it. You've cut through all the crap on the Internet – all the hype and blandishments and mendacity and fool's gold and flimflam and chicanery – and made it to dependable, reliable, straight-shooting, multi-award-winning London Walks, the gold standard of urban walking tour companies. In short, you've cracked it – figured it out – got it that only a putz buys a pig in a poke and hopes for the best. And figuring it out – finding your way here – that's hygge. That's lagom. So, yes, come on in. Pull up a chair by the fire. Here's a cup of hot chocolate. Join us. Welcome to London Walks. In this instance, you'll be with our party, one of 15 or 20 people in the Tower. Rather than one of 10,000. You'll be doing the Tower intelligently and in-depth rather than aimlessly and superficially. The key – apart from not being part of the horde? You'll be going through there with one of the best guides in London. That's hygge. That's lagom.

LONDON WALKS PRIVATE TOURS

"A tour of the Tower of London should be a priority for any visitor to London." If you can't make any of the regularly scheduled, just-turn-up, public Tower of London Tours we run do think about booking a private tour. If you go private you can have the Tower of London Touror any other London Walk – on a day and at a time that suits your convenience. We'll tailor it to your requirements. Ring Fiona or Noel on 020 7624 3978 or email us at privatewalks@walks.com and we'll set it up and make it happen for you. 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.

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

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

"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

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

Guided by Rachel or Shaughan or Steve or Judy

Short Version: "splinter-sharp guides, gripping history" 

Long Version: Traces the history of London's Jewish community in the East End. A tale that embraces the poverty of the pogrom refugees and the glittering success of the Rothschilds; the eloquence of Prime Minister Disraeli and the spiel of the Petticoat Lane stallholder; the poetry of Isaac Rosenberg and the poetry-in-motion of Abe Saperstein's Harlem Globetrotters. Set amid the alleys and back streets of colourful Spitalfields and Whitechapel, it's a tale of synagogues and sweatshops, Sephardim and soup kitchens. Whenever possible we visit the historic Bevis Marks synogogue (for which there's a small entrance fee). It's one of the highlights of the tour. Maurice, who's in charge there, lays on a fascinating talk, fields questions, etc. What's not to like?  Guided by Shaughan, Steve, Rachel (the author of Jewish London, Secret Whitechapel and Whitechapel in 50 Buildings) or Judy (winner of the London Tourist Board's Guide of the Year Award). Harry – "Britain's favourite guide" – makes the occasional guest appearance.  

THE OLD JEWISH QUARTER WALK PRACTICALS

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

On Sunday the Old Jewish Quarter Walk goes at 10.15 am and is guided by Judy or Shaughan.

On Wednesday the Old Jewish Quarter Walk goes at 10.45 am and is guided by Shaughan or Steve.

On Friday the Old Jewish Quarter Walk goes at 10.45 am and is guided by Rachel (author of Jewish London) or Steve.

LONDON WALKS VIDEO

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

LONDON WALKS PRIVATE WALKS

If you can't make one of the regularly scheduled, just-turn-up, public Old Jewish Quarter Walks do think about booking one as a private tour. If you go private you can have the Old Jewish Quarter Walk – or any other London Walk – on a day and at a time that suits your convenience. We'll tailor it to your requirements. And – always  – we go to great lengths to make sure the guide-walker(s) "fit" is well nigh perfect. And for this walk in particular, it's a dream time of guides. There's Rachel, the author of Jewish London (see below), Secret Whitechapel and Whitechapel in 50 Buildings. There's Judy, winner of the Guide of the Year Award. There's Shaughan "the cantor" – no guide's more captivating, more entertaining, more fun than songbird and actor and top flight Blue Badge Guide Shaughan; there's Steve, London Walks' fizziest guide (nuff said?); there's to the manor born Harry, voted "Britain's Favourite Guide" on Radio 4 – well, you get the idea.. So if you want a private Old Jewish Quarter Walk (or the Jewish West End or Jewish Hampstead) just ring Fiona or Noel or Mary on 020 7624 3978 or email us at  privatewalks@walks.com and we'll set it up and make it happen for you. A private London Walk is good value for an individual or couple and sensational value for a group. And the clincher: a private London Walk makes an ideal group or educational or birthday party or office (team-building) or club outing. 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

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

"Our guide this morning is named Harry; he is a middle-age man with a trim gray beard and a handsome Roman profile. His beat is the Old Jewish Quarter, a shtetl called Whitechapel. On the way, he will tell us about the history of Jews in the East End, a district much changed by the Blitz, subcontinental immigration and recent gentrification. Harry's grandparents lived in the neighborhood." The New York Times (Sarah Ferrell, Travel Editor, The New York Times)

"Service doesn't get much better" 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 MEME 

It all comes down to the guiding

MIND THE GAP!

Why London Walks? Because you're worth it...  

LONDON WALKS – STREETS AHEAD!

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

11:00

Warwick Avenue Tube | Map

Guided by Peter G. or Richard III

If you fancy something completely different this is the walk for you. Little Venice is the prettiest and most romantic spot in town. A unique combination of white stucco, greenery, and water, it boasts the finest early Victorian domestic architecture in London; a Who's Who of famous residents (Freud, Browning, Edward Fox, David Ben-Gurion, Ruth Rendell, Mark Bolan, Joan Collins, and Annie Lennox to name but a few); and a jewel of a "village" street. And that's not to mention its canals. One of them – Regent's Canal – is "the loveliest inland waterway in England." Part of the walk is along the canal towpath – which to this day is studded with fragments of evidence that bring the Age of Canals to life. And afterwards you can have tea – or a bite to eat – at a stylish canal-side cafe. Guided by Peter or Richard III.

LITTLE VENICE WALK – THE PRACTICALS

The Little Venice Walk takes place every* Wednesday at 11 am. The meeting point is just outside the exit of Warwick Avenue Tube Stop. N.B. the walk ends back at Warwick Avenue Tube*Except in Dec. and Jan. 

LONDON WALKS VIDEO

Want a preview of the walk? Watch the video

LONDON WALKS REVIEWS

"London Walks is by far the best"  Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

"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 Little Venice walks do think about booking one as a private tour. If you go private you can have the Little Venice Walk – or any other London Walk – on a day and at a time that suits your convenience. We'll tailor it to your requirements. And – always with private 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.

11:00

St. Paul's Tube, exit 2 | Map

Guided by Corinna or Andrew

Short version: Shakespeare's & Dickens' London – the Old City

Long version: London was to Shakespeare and Dickens what Paris was to Balzac. It held them in its thrall, was both their canvas and their inspiration, their workshop and their raw material. They in turn made it their own, imaginatively colonising it. And, like "special correspondents for posterity", bequeathed it to us. Today, despite the ravages of time, riot, bombing, and especially fire, traces of their London – shipwrecks from the past – still abound in the City. Everything from superb half-timbered Elizabethan dwellings to the magnificent early 16th-century gatehouse where Shakespeare went with his plays to the offices of the Elizabethan Master of the Revels. And from London's grandest Tudor manor house to crooked little alleys which fed the fires of Dickens's "hallucinating genius". N.B. the walk ends a very short walk from St. Paul's Tube.

SHAKESPEARE'S & DICKENS' LONDON The Old City  – THE PRACTICALS

The Shakespeare's & Dickens' London – the Old City walk takes place every Wednesday morning at 11 am and every Sunday afternoon at 2 pm. The meeting point is just outside exit 2 ofSt. Paul's Tube. N.B. the walk ends very near St. Paul's Tube Station.

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 Shakespeare's & Dickens' London  the Old City walks do think about booking one as a private tour. If you go private you can have the Shakespeare's & Dickens' 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.  

MIND THE GAP!

Why London Walks? Because you're worth it.  

LONDON WALKS – STREETS AHEAD!

Don't just take it from us.

13:45

Sloane Square Tube | Map

Guided by Stephanie or Brian

Short version: Chelsea – Ancient riverside village 

Long verion: Starts with one of the great set-pieces of London architecture (and history). To set foot in there is to cross a threshold into another era. Because the "pensioners" – old soldiers – are Redcoats! They're resplendent in the 300-year-old scarlet uniform that was the garb of British soldiers in the 17th-century. As old as the cannon that guard the place. That's just the overture. Because Chelsea is also Whistler's Thames – best seen in the afternoon with the sun like a blob of melted butter burnishing the luminous water. And it's Sir Laurence Olivier's house (and Oscar Wilde's "Tower of Ivory" and Mick Jagger's house and Thomas Carlyle's). Yes, these gnarled old village lanes and byways are as clamorous with great names as rooks in a wood. The pageantry of the place continues to unfurl – because Chelsea is also artists' studios and the old Apothecary Garden that changed the course of American history (on Wednesday afternoons it's normally open to the public!) and Sir Thomas More's church and Crosby Hall (historical frissons don't come any more intense – because Crosby Hall was built nearly 20 years before Columbus discovered the new world – and Richard III was staying in it when he heard the "sad" news about the little Princes in the Tower). Great walk. Guided by Stephanie and Brian, winner of the Guide of the Year Award. N.B. the Chelsea Walk ends in Cheyne Walk, a 15-minute walk (or 5-minute bus ride) to Sloane Square Tube.

CHELSEA WALK PRACTICALS

The Chelsea Walk takes place every Wednesday at 1.45 pm. The meeting point is just outside the exit of Sloane Square Tube Stop.

LONDON WALKS REVIEWS

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

"My daughter and I went on the Wednesday afternoon Chelsea walk with the London Walks company last week. We've tried a number of this company's walks and always found them interesting, but in the hands of our guide, Stephanie, this was an exceptional experience. She gave us just the right mix of mind-boggling fact and quirky anecdote, without wasting a single word. The best guide we've ever had!"  Peter W.

LONDON WALKS PRIVATE WALKS

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

MIND THE GAP!

Why London Walks? Because you're worth it.  

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.

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Tottenham Court Road Tube, exit 1 | Map

Guided by Richard P

Click to check dates this walk isn’t taking place

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

Long version: It Rocks! Guided by "the pied piper of Beatlemania" (so let me introduce you to the one and only Richard P.), this 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... places I remember all my life...all we want is you, it'll be just like you want it to... 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.  *Tempted to say wraith-like – the 6th Beatle? 

PRACTICALS

The Beatles Magical Mystery Tour takes place every* Wednesday at 2 pm. The meeting point is just outside exit 1 of Tottenham Court Road Tube Stop.  N.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 fromSt. John's Wood Tube Stop. *Except in December and January

REVIEWS

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

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

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Hampstead Tube | Map

Guided by Peter G. or Richard III or David

London's penthouse  This is a great walk.* They just don't come any better than this. Our setting is London's most picturesque neighbourhood – a perfectly preserved Georgian village crowning the top of a handsome hill and garnished with the capital's most elegant old world promenade, a medley of cobble-stone lanes, pretty cottages, surprising turnings, and unsurpassed views. As for our cast of characters... well, it's every bit as beguiling as our setting, ranging from the highwayman Dick Turpin to the painter Constable to the poet Keats; from Freud and D.H. Lawrence to Sting and Boy George; from Elizabeth Taylor and Judy Dench and Emma Thompson to Rex Harrison, Peter O'Toole, Alan Bates, Liam Gallagher and Jeremy Irons. And for good measure, there's London's most villagey atmosphere, white swans on a lake, and magnificent Hampstead Heath.

LONDON WALKS PRACTICALS

The Old Hampstead Village walk takes place every* Wednesday at 2 pm.  It also takes place every** Saturday evening at 7 pm as a pub walk. And every single Sunday morning year round at 10 am. The meeting point is just outside the exit of Hampstead Tube Stop. N.B. the walk ends just round the corner from Hampstead Tube Stop. *Except in January **Except in January and February.

LONDON WALKS REVIEWS

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

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

"the unfailingly fascinating London Walks... If you can't find one [of their tours] that captures your fancy, maybe you really are tired of life"   San Francisco Chronicle

London Walks offers guided walks throughout London, but the two-hour saunter (£9) through Hampstead’s centuries of architectural and cultural history is the jewel in their crown. The New York Times

LONDON WALKS VIDEOS

Want a preview of the walk? Here's a little hand-held video number David, cobbled together. It's called The Footpaths of Leafy Hampstead. He shot it to bring to the fore and underline a point that's often overlooked – namely that one of the things you're paying for on a walk is the route. A lot of these places and byways you wouldn't be able to find off your own bat. Let alone piece them together into the coherent narrative of a two hour walk. It's not a word that very often comes to mind in connection with a delightful stroll through, say, leafy Hampstead, but a quality walking tour is a wonderfully efficient creation. You'd have to get stuck into Hampstead many times over a period of years to discover and then piece together this route. Who – apart from a London Walks Hampstead Village guide – has the time, inclination and determination to do that? 

And – embarrassment of riches – we've got a second Hampstead film. This was about the 15th one we made in our lineup of London Walks videos. The ones that preceded it had all pretty much followed the same formula: shoot a few stretches of the walk, show the guide in action, show the walkers, soundtrack it, put up some credits, say "that's a wrap." We plumped for something entirely different with this one. We commissioned Keiko, a Japanese stills photographer. Took her over the route. And then turned her loose with that very special camera – and technique – of hers. Our in-house filmmaker Jon Klein edited it. Some musician chums of his composed and performed a piece specially for it. And here it is – unique, beautiful and mysterious. Which is just so right for Hampstead.

*Personal note: this is my (David's) favourite of the 57 different London Walks I'm able to guide. That's got to be some sort of recommendation.

LONDON WALKS MEME 

It all comes down to the guiding.  

MIND THE GAP

Why London Walks? Because you're worth it, that's why... 

LONDON WALKS – STREETS AHEAD!

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

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St. Paul's Tube, exit 2 | Map

Guided by Fiona

Short description: Old London – Secret Places & Hidden History

Long description: Secret Places! Hidden History! Flash! Bang! Lightning! City of London Highlights Tour! Star Power guides. What's not to like? Grand Tour. Stunning overview. St. Paul's to the Tower of London. Can't do better than that for a jumping off point and a final destination. But – whisper it – the getting there is the real fun, because along the way we explore twisty little alleyways and piquant nooks and crannies and a secret stretch of shoreline. Seeing this London is like hearing music you never would have known to listen for. N.B. the walk ends at the Tower of London, right next to Tower Hill Tube.

OLD LONDON – THE PRACTICALS

The Old London Walk takes place at 2.15 pm on Wednesdays. The meeting point is just outside exit 2 of St. Paul's Tube. The walk is guided by Fiona, Russell or Simon W. N.B. the walk ends near the Tower of London and Tower Hill Tube.

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

LONDON WALKS PRIVATE WALKS

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

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Russell Square Tube | Map

Guided by Margaret or Molly or Karen

Short version: The British Museum is the big one.

Long version: The most important museum on the planet. It's an incomparably rich treasure-chest, brimming with things of world historical importance. The Rosetta Stone, the Egyptian antiquities and mummies, the Assyrian lion-hunt reliefs, the Parthenon Sculptures, the Black Obelisk, the Enlightenment Gallery, 4,500-year-old "Ginger" (the "pre-dynastic" red head!), the Sutton Hoo treasure, the Portland Vase, Roman gold, Celtic gold, ivories and enamels, tiles and pottery, an astonishing display of instruments for measuring time... here is civilisation, manifest. Here the past turns on its pivots to face the 21st century. The snag is that you can't see for looking. Both because of the embarrassment of riches and the sheer size of the place (the building covers 13.5 acres – set off in the wrong direction and you have to walk three times too far). Indeed, how you see it is almost as important as what you see. "The best commentary on the revolution of Greek art and the quality of its achievement is...simply to come direct to the Elgin room from the Egyptian and Assyrian ones, as if into an explosion of life, even, as in the frieze, of gaiety." Which is by way of saying, to see these things with a great guide... well, you'll never be quite the same again. In short, the secret is to use your time at the British Museum well. The walk ends in the British Museum. The BM is very near to three tube stops: Russell Square, Holborn and Tottenham Court Road.

THE BRITISH MUSEUM TOUR – THE PRACTICALS

The British Museum Tour takes place every Wednesday at 2.15 pm, every Saturday at 2.15 pm, and every Monday at 2.30 pm. The meeting point is just outside the exit of Russell Square Tube.

LONDON WALKS VIDEO

Want a preview of the tour – and the calibre of the guiding? Watch the video.

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

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

LONDON WALKS PRIVATE WALKS

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

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

Guided by Richard Walker

Short version: Harry Potter Film Locations in the City of London.

Long version: Harry Potter: "Can we find all this in London?" Hagrid aka Guide Richard: "If yeh know where to go." Where to go on this wicked walking tour that burns with the hard, gem-like flame of film locations from Harry Potter and the Philospher's Stone, The Prisoner of Azkaban, The Order of the Phoenix and Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince. And that hits the sweet spots betwixt and between – the very best of mysterious, quirky, peculiar, curious, lost old London. It's all very Harry Potter and Co. Guided by actor, adventurer and Prince of Potter Guides – he of the spookily perfect name – Richard Walker. Or as Daily Mail puts it, "actor Richard Walker delivers his Potter particulars with high-beam intensity and a goblet-of-fire voice. No one gets off the hook on this walk – Richard engages eyeball to eyeball with everybody and they love him!"*

HARRY POTTER TOUR – THE PRACTICALS

In the Summer 2017 London Walks programme – which kicks in on May 1 and runs through October 31 – the Harry Potter Film Locations in the City walk takes place at 2.30 pm every Wednesday afternoon. It also takes place – year round – at 2 pm every Sunday afternoon. To go on the Harry Potter Film Locations in the City walk meet Richard Walker just outside exit 3 (by the war memorial in front of the Royal Exchange) of Bank Tube. N.B. there's a £3 charge for kids as this one's for all ages. £10 adults, £8 for concs. The walk ends atSt. Paul's Tube.

The other Harry Potter walk – Harry Potter on Location in London Town – takes place at 2 pm every Saturday afternoon from Embankment Tube, the river exit

LONDON WALKS VIDEO

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

LONDON WALKS REVIEWS

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

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

*From the Daily Mail's late Summer 2016 Best Guided Tours in Britain article. For the record, London Walks was the headline act. Out of the thousands of guided tours across the length and breadth of the country the DM singled out 10 as "the best." Three of the ten were London Walks tours: Richard's Harry Potter Tour, David's Dickens Walk and Richard Bartlett's Stonehenge & Salisbury Tour. Our two London tours – Richard's Harry Potter Walk and David's Dickens Walk – made the running in London. I.E. London Walks was the only London touring company in the DM's Winners' Circle.

London Walks – Winner, Best Tourism Experience in London  (Visit London)

London Walks – Winner, Best Tourism Experience in England (Visit Britain)

Let's get it said once and for all. The Internet being the Internet (or Carny if you prefer) every walking tour company under the sun is forever up on its dunghill thumping its chest and bellowing, "look at me, my tours are the best." Well, every walking tour company but one – London Walks. We don't need to. Visit London, Visit Britain, the New York Times, the Telegraph, Time Out, Fodor's, Frommer's, the Daily Mail, Rick Steves, Let's Go, the Toronto Globe & Mail, etc. etc. etc. say it for us.

LONDON WALKS PRIVATE WALKS

If you can't make one of the regularly scheduled, just-turn-up, public Harry Potter Walks do think about booking one as a private tour. If you go private you can have the Harry Potter Film Locations in the City Walk or Harry Potter on Location in LondonTown Walk  – or any other London Walk – on a day and at a time that suits your convenience. We'll tailor it to your requirements. And – always  – we go to great lengths to make sure the guide-walker(s) "fit" is well nigh perfect. Ring Fiona or Noel or Mary on 020 7624 3978 or email us at  london@walks.com and we'll set it up and make it happen for you. A private London Walk is good value for an individual or couple and sensational value for a group. And the clincher: a private London Walk makes an ideal group or educational or birthday party or office (team-building) or club outing. 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.

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Green Park Tube, Green Park exit (by the fountain) | Map

Guided by Karen or Katy or Kim or Hilary or Alison

Short description: Party Town!

Long description: if you're prim and prudish better give this one a miss. Because this walk's, well, juicy. It's the historical 'Rock n' Roll' walk of the swinging 1660s and beyond. Real life 'Game of Thrones' stuff. Bedroom antics back then – and hey presto it's Jon Snow the bastard today. Not to mention Samamantha Cameron. So, yes, Hello Party Town! Welcome to Love Nests out West! The chapter headings are delicious and salacious – let alone dizzzying, dazzling, sizzling, dumbounding. Maiden Lepers. The Return of the King. Boots Washed in the Froth of the Finest Champagne. Duels in Pickering. Legover London & Mistresses off the Mall. Bowler Hats. Human Toilets. James Bond. Raindrops Keep Falling on My Bet. Her Majesty's Secret Service. The Assassinated Racehorse. The American Bar Associations. The Man Who Laid Down His Wife for His Country. The Prime Minister and the Actress. 'Well [Giggle] He Would, Wouldn't He?' And that's just for starters. Anything else? Just this. "I'd put this one in the top four of the 57 different London Walks that I'm personally able to guide. It's got everything I want in a walk" (David). Okay, that's the "opinion" – here's what it's based on. 1) It's olde, vintage London. There are secret passageways that take you into the 16th-century. And the 18th-century is par for the course. It's so well preserved it's a miracle the whole neighbourhood hasn't been sold off to a museum. 2) So, as you'd expect, visually it's very appealing. 3) It's storied. It's storied because it's full of character, full of characters, and marinated in history. 4) It's nooked and crannied. Why is that important? "Well, maybe it's just me, but I like to see things other people don't get to see" (David again). 5) It's got wonderful guides. Their names are Hilary OBE, Alison and Kim (winner of the big one –the Tourist Board's Guide of the Year Award) on Friday's walk; Karen (winner of the big one – the Tourist Board's Guide of the Year Award), Jan or Peter on Wednesdays.

THE OLD PALACE QUARTER – PRACTICALS

The Old Palace Quarter walk takes place at 2.30 pm every Wednesday and at 2.30 pm every Friday. The meeting point is just outside the Green Park exit – by the fountain – of Green Park Tube Stop. N.B. the walk ends at St. James' Palace, a couple of minutes' walk in the Park from Green Park Tube. Though putting it thus – "walk in the Park" – borders on lèse-majesté. Because it's the most exclusive walk in the Park. It's the Queen's Walk – the royal promenade!

LONDON WALKS VIDEO

Want a preview of The Old Palace Quarter Walk and the guiding? 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

"award-winning London Walks are unrivalled for quality and range"  American in Britain Magazine

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

LONDON WALKS PRIVATE WALKS

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

LONDON WALKS SOUPÇON

"a world of clubby, oak-panelled rooms"

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.

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Bermondsey Tube | Map

Guided by Tim T.

Short version: Mayflower to Brunel's Tunnel – "the eighth wonder of the world"

Long version: Gulliver's Travels. Ancient Riverside Village. Mayflower, Sea to Shining Sea...  Now the curtain rises on a different scene. 1st Miracle: we're only a 7-minute tube ride from the Houses of Parliament. 2nd Miracle: we're 500 years away. 3rd Miracle: this place still looks like – feels like – what it once was. 4th Miracle: the Mayflower – the Pilgrim Father's pub – is here (let alone a king's palace, a Dickensian mortuary, a villain's gibbet, a prince's tomb and a pirate's pub). 5th Miracle: the 8th Wonder of the World is here – "the underground cathedral" (as the BBC called it) – the Grand Entrance Hall to Brunel's tunnel under the Thames. 6th Miracle: we've got privileged* access to the Royal Box – the eyrie, the viewing platform – that looks down into "the underground cathedral." going down into the 8th Wonder of the world, down into "the underground cathedral." Coda anyone? River-lulled in ancient Rotherhithe we'll hear the cool lapse of hours pass, until the centuries blend and blur. In Rotherhithe, in Rotherhithe... Tim guides the Monday morning at 10.45 am walk and the Wednesday evening at 6.15 pm walk; the Sunday morning at 10.45 am walk is guided by Robert or Tim. *Explanation: Tim's boss Robert is the Curator of the Brunel Museum and he's got the key! N.B. the walk ends just round the corner from Rotherhithe Station on the London Overground. Want a preview? Watch the video.

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Tottenham Court Road Tube, exit 1 | Map

Guided by Rex or Adam

IT'S BACK! THE ROCK & ROLL LONDON PUB WALK … WITH LIVE MUSIC!

Watch the video. Comes with a warning. this one. I.E. it'll make you want to go on the walk

Headin' to their haunts and hangouts. Where they riffed and let rip, these men of wealth and taste. Please allow me to introduce The Rolling Stones, The Who, Jimi Hendrix, Pink Floyd, The Beatles, David Bowie, The Sex Pistols, The Clash, Blur, Oasis... It's a Who's Who of the music. Each act has a London tale to tell… Very often a tale so decadent – so down and dirty – that Caligula himself would blush!*  Guided by Adam or Rex.

Not suitable for children (for a short video explaining why, click HERE. And another HERE)

ROCK 'N' ROLL LONDON PUB WALK – THE PRACTICALS

The Rock 'n' Roll London Walk takes place every Wednesday evening at 7 pm. The meeting point is just outside exit 1 of Tottenham Court Road Tube Stop.  N.B. the Rock 'n' Roll London Walk ends very near Oxford Circus Tube

And, yes, we go whatever the weather. As this fab video attests.

NEW! Now there's free LIVE MUSIC on the Rock & Roll London Pub Walk

The Rock  'n' Roll Pub Walk features live music at the first pub stop! Your guide Adam will perform a live acoustic set at the Alley Cat bar in Denmark Street. Here's Adam in action…

 

LONDON WALKS VIDEOS

Want a preview of the walk? Here's the professional video, shot by a filmmaker who in an earlier incarnation was the guitarist in a well known group – i.e. Jon Klein knows the scene.  Want more? Here's another video.

LONDON WALKS REVIEWS

"London Walks is the best, hands down." Frommer's London

"Unmissable: Rock 'n' Roll really rocks. Adam is an amazing guide and incredible story-teller and since this walk is all about landmarks and stories you cannot hope to get a better guide. My husband and I are addicted to London Walks and this is really one of the best ones that we have been on."  rh24  from Ithaca, New York

LONDON WALKS PRIVATE WALKS

If you can't make the regularly scheduled, just-turn-up, public Rock 'n' Roll Pub Walk,* why not think about booking it as a private walk?  If you go private you can have The Rock 'n' Roll Pub 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 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. *Or its day time cousin, the Rock 'n' Roll London Walk.

LONDON WALKS MEME

It all comes down to the guiding

MIND THE GAP!

Why London Walks? Because you're worth it.  

LONDON WALKS – STREETS AHEAD!

Don't just take it from us.

 

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Holborn Tube | Map

Guided by Peter G. or Richard III

Short version: This is the most haunted city on earth 

Long version: Unutterably old, built over a fen of undisclosed horrors, believed to contain occult lines of geometry. A city where the very mist is like a sigh from a graveyard. Now I don't want to weird you out, but where we're going tonight time past and time present can fuse... especially when the daylight bleeds away. If in a dark window you see an even darker silhouette staring back, or if the branches of a tree suddenly shiver like a spider's web that's caught something, or if you follow a stranger into a graveyard or a pub where everything isn't as it seems... you could well be wayfaring to the rebecks of eternity. Fancy a pint? Guided by actors Richard III and Captain Spooky aka Peter

GHOSTS, GASLIGHT & GUINESS – THE PRACTICALS

Ghosts, Gaslight & Guinness takes place every Wednesday evening at 7.30 pm. The meeting point is just outside the main exit of Holborn Tube.  N.B. the Ghosts, Gaslight & Guinness Walk ends in Covent Garden, very near Covent Garden Tube Stop.

LONDON WALKS VIDEOS

The video of the Ghosts, Gaslight & Guinness walk is still in the pipeline. But you can get an idea of the calibre of the guiding by looking at this video of Captain Spooky aka Peter guiding his West End Ghost Walk and this one of Richard III guiding his Mayfair Walk

LONDON WALKS REVIEWS

"Without a doubt the best walking tour company currently operating in London"  Stardust

"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

LONDON WALKS PRIVATE WALKS

If you can't make one of the regularly scheduled, just-turn-up, public Ghosts, Gaslight & Guinness walks do think about booking one as a private tour. If you go private you can have the Ghosts, Gaslight & Guiness 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 (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

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

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

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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.

 

Date Time Walk Meeting Point
20 Sep 2017 10.30am Corridors to the Past – Secret Passageways & Hidden Byways Leicester Square Tube, exit 1
18 Oct 2017 10.30am Corridors to the Past – Secret Passageways & Hidden Byways Leicester Square Tube, exit 1
27 Dec 2017 2pm Regent's Canal - from Little Venice to Camden Town Warwick Avenue Tube