David

David – the Seigneur of this favoured realm – broods over words, breeds enthusiasms and is “unmanageable.”* A balterer, literary historian, university lecturer, journalist, and lifelong thanatophobe, he’s also the London Walks “pen” – he writes “the famous white leaflet”, let alone the document you’re reading (this website). Or, for that matter, the “piece” you’re listening to! In short, this is what I sound like – chewy diphthongs and all. The Old Kensington, and Old Hampstead Village chapters in our book. Both of which, needless to say, were inspired by and draw on the walks that I guide in those two magical London neighbourhoods. And the Thames chapter, which opens the book, was inspired by my Along the Thames Pub Walk.

*He blames his gene pool, especially the contribution made to it by an American vice president in the dark backward and abysm of time. Yes, that vice president: the notorious bankrupt and womanizer who spread his seed across two continents; who wed, at 77, a 58-year-old former prostitute who had become the richest woman in America (she divorced him less than a year later on the grounds of his infidelity**); a notorious bankrupt and womaniser who was tried for treason.

And those were just his misdemeanours. 

**It wasn’t exactly good riddance: he made off with 13,000 very good reasons of hers – 13,000 very good reasons for having him up for larceny as well as infidelity. And it goes without saying, he went through the 13,000 reasons like a dose of salts.

See all of David's walks

Kensington – Royal Village
Kensington – Royal Village

Thursday, 26 May 2022 @ 2 pm (Click here for more dates)

"if you understand this Kensington house you understand London"

Shakespeare's and Dickens' Old City
Shakespeare's and Dickens' Old City

Tuesday, 31 May 2022 @ 11 am (Click here for more dates)

A walk, a performance, a clinic in how Shakespeare's lines should be delivered                                                            

Hampstead Village & Heath
Hampstead Village & Heath

Wednesday, 01 June 2022 @ 2 pm (Click here for more dates)

"the jewel in the London Walks crown" The New York Times  

The Christmas Day Charles Dickens' London Walk – meet by the Christmas tree in Trafalgar Square
The Christmas Day Charles Dickens' London Walk – meet by the Christmas tree in Trafalgar Square

Sunday, 25 December 2022 @ 2 pm (Click here for more dates)

We set our course by Dickens's life and books and influences and of course Christmas and Christmas traditions in the magic lantern of his London