London Virtual Tours

London Walks is back. Back guiding. Back discovering London. Back exploring it. Doing what we do. Doing it live but in a somewhat different form than “before.”

2020 put us – London Walks guides – to the test but neither Covid nor the lockdown stopped us doing our thing: guiding London, showing it to people, showing them how to read it. The virtual walking tours available here are the best way to visit London from the comfort of your living room. We take you much further – drill down much deeper – than a simple, one-dimensional Google street view. Best of all it’s seeing London through the eyes of Londoners who are friendly, elite, world-class guides. So let’s roll. Let’s visit London – from the Tower of London to 10 Downing Street and the Houses of Parliament to Buckingham Palace and points beyond. Explore London – cruise the Thames from Tower Bridge to Westminster, skylark on the London Eye, go to Covent Garden and the National Gallery and the British Museum and Natural History Museum. Hidden gems and history aplenty await us.

To go on a London Walks Virtual Tour just click through to the Eventbrite link and register. Cometh the hour we’ll all gather round the Zoom ‘fireplace’ and off we’ll go. Into London at its fascinating best. An online tour lasts about an hour. Interactive, there’s Q & A afterward and, more often than not, some socialising (people from all over the world are round that ‘online fireplace’).

Ok, that’s enough lead-in, enough drum roll. Here. We. Go.

Bath – Romans to Georgian Virtual Tour

29 November 2020 @ 5 pm (Click here for more dates)

Discover the beautiful City of Bath, from its Roman remains to its spectacular Georgian architecture.

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The City of Wolf Hall

29 November 2020 @ 6 pm

Two men with much in common become deadly enemies as the Royal marriage crisis spirals into catastrophe.  This walk takes you to the places connected to the two Thomas's featured in Hilary Mantel's great Wolf Hall Trilogy.

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A Christmas Feast – Centuries in the Making

29 November 2020 @ 6 pm (Click here for more dates)

Tuck into this festive feast. Boar’s head to turkey, Twelfth Night cake to mince pies here's what makes these foods so Christmassy!

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The Story of London – the Full Monty

29 November 2020 @ 7 pm (Click here for more dates)

Follow the London trail through the centuries...

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The London of Charles Dickens' Christmas Carol

29 November 2020 @ 7 pm (Click here for more dates)

An affectionate celebration of the real places behind this timeless classic. A revealing virtual tour of the City Dickens knew so well.

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The Death of Kings (and Queens)

30 November 2020 @ 7 pm

The personal, private, romantic & medical lives & deaths of some British monarchs. A romp through history.

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Notting Hill and Holland Park

01 December 2020 @ 6 pm

The carnival, the market and the movie...

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Old Westminster – Virtual Tour

02 December 2020 @ 4 pm (Click here for more dates)

This tour will take you in and around the streets of Westminster, by Westminster Abbey, Houses of Parliament and Big Ben. Discover the Mecca of politicians throughout the ages and the place where kings and queens are crowned then laid to rest. Take a sneak peak into 10 Downing street, the home of the Prime Minister and where important meetings happen – the cabinet room

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Legal London – the Inns of Court

03 December 2020 @ 6 pm

"the legal equivalent of Buckingham Palace, but unlike the royal residence we can get inside, explore it, wander around the Inns Court..."

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Inside Covent Garden - Virtual Tour

04 December 2020 @ 5.30 pm (Click here for more dates)

  1. Privileged access     2) A guiding masterclass (Travel & Leisure crowned Karen "the world's greatest guide")

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Royal London

04 December 2020 @ 6 pm (Click here for more dates)

Parks, palaces, guards, naughty kings and saintly queens...

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The Famous Square Mile – the Virtual Tour

04 December 2020 @ 6.30 pm (Click here for more dates)

London labyrinth and highlights and shaping past. And – goes without saying, this – elite guide.

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London Lights – Christmas in the Capital

05 December 2020 @ 6 pm (Click here for more dates)

No place out-Christmases London!

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From Slavery to Hedge Fund – the Financial City

06 December 2020 @ 6 pm

In the words of Gordon Gekko, "the most valuable commodity I know of is information" – this tour will cram your mental bank vaults to bursting with great information.

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Agatha Christie & Dorothy L. Sayers – the Virtual Tour

06 December 2020 @ 7 pm (Click here for more dates)

On the trail of Hercule Poirot, Miss Marple and Lord Peter Wimsey

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East London Street Art – Virtual Tour

07 December 2020 @ 8 pm (Click here for more dates)

A virtual walking tour of this exciting corner of the capital to discover the very best street art in London

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James Bond - Virtual Tour

08 December 2020 @ 7 pm

Sauve, handsome, upper class – he could almost be 007’s double – Justin shows you round the Mayfair haunts of Bond and his creator, Ian Fleming.

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In the Footsteps of Matthew Shardlake

08 December 2020 @ 7 pm

We rediscover those ‘lost’ streets like a Tudor Rebus cutting through ‘the religious and political chaos of the 1540s with sinister élan’

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Regency London – essential touring, essential viewing to understand London

09 December 2020 @ 7 pm

"reveals the city which the Prince Regent thought would ‘eclipse Napoleon’s Paris'"

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London Houses – Homes for Queens

10 December 2020 @ 6 pm (Click here for more dates)

Discovering London residences used by queens over the past 500 years. All are historic, some destroyed, yet most still used today...

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Jack the Ripper Virtual Tour

11 December 2020 @ 7 pm (Click here for more dates)

“130 years ago I was a freak. Today I'm an amateur” -- Jack the Ripper

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Christmas in the Capital

11 December 2020 @ 7 pm (Click here for more dates)

Glad tidings of joy from London

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Sherlock Holmes - Virtual Tour

12 December 2020 @ 7 pm (Click here for more dates)

'The Game's Afoot!' Follow the fascinating adventures of Holmes and Watson (and Sir Arthur Conan Doyle) around London's West End.

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The Magic of London - Virtual Tour

12 December 2020 @ 7 pm (Click here for more dates)

Watch the video. It’s a small miracle – works wonders in 154 seconds. It’s an utterly charming introduction to our Virtual Tours generally and to this walk specifically. It's the handiwork of Magic of London guide Richard Walker. So it’s a chance to meet Richard. And let him tell you a little bit about the Magic of London tour – what it is and how it works. Let him show you a bit of it: magical landmarks, Tower Bridge, the London Eye, secret passageways you won’t have heard of, etc.

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Myths, Legends and the Origins of London – An Archaeology Virtual Tour

13 December 2020 @ 6 pm (Click here for more dates)

"both the archaeological evidence and the myths and legends of the origins of London"

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London Archaeology – Virtual Tour

13 December 2020 @ 6 pm (Click here for more dates)

The Roman settlement of the 1st and 2nd century AD offers up amazing remains at every turn: from the ruins of the amphitheatre lying beneath the City’s art gallery, to the sections of the Roman boundary wall revealed by Second World War bomb damage.

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Spies & Spymasters of London – Virtual Tour

13 December 2020 @ 7 pm (Click here for more dates)

The Cambridge Five. The first ‘C’. The origins of the Secret Service Bureau.  Wartime heroes and heroines of the OSS and SOE. Somerset Maugham and Ashenden. Le Carré and Smiley. The secret heart of their London.

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What Lies Beneath – the Archaeology of Crossrail Virtual Tour

13 December 2020 @ 8 pm (Click here for more dates)

"What gruesome discovery had to make way for a new ticketing hall?"

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London Gardens – Botanic to Urban

14 December 2020 @ 6 pm (Click here for more dates)

From the earliest, via the most famous London garden to the newest creation… a fascinating look at the development of gardens and the people who influenced them.

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London Shopping, Historical Retail Therapy – Virtual Tour

16 December 2020 @ 4 pm (Click here for more dates)

World-class history and retail therapy all rolled up into one...

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Disastrous London - Virtual Tour

17 December 2020 @ 7 pm (Click here for more dates)

So it’s historical alleyways, centuries-old architecture, the Tower of London and, yes, ahem, filthy street names. What more from an online history walk? Violence, mayhem, fire, sedition and sex. The virtual London Walk that just keeps on giving.

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Sherlock Holmes & Conan Doyle at Christmas

19 December 2020 @ 7 pm (Click here for more dates)

An affectionate Yuletide offering from the glory days of the Great Detective and his creator.

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Alfred Hitchcock in London – Virtual Tour

20 December 2020 @ 7 pm (Click here for more dates)

The Master of Suspense worked with many great stars, and here we visit one of his all-time favourites: London!

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Last Christmas London Music Special – Virtual Tour

20 December 2020 @ 7.30 pm

A Christmas stocking of delights: a musical tour of Christmas; West End history, its hidden places & hidden places; film locations in the movie Last Christmas.

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Mayflower in Rotherhithe – the 400th Anniversary

22 December 2020 @ 6 pm

The walk created for and endorsed by the National Mayflower 400 UK programme

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Salisbury – Virtual Tour

22 December 2020 @ 6 pm

See the tallest Cathedral spire in Britain. And the largest set of processional cloisters, set in a quintessential English landscape

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The Twelve Days of Christmas – Yuletide, the Song, London

24 December 2020 @ 6 pm (Click here for more dates)

A fun tour around London sites and attractions with a connection to the gifts sent in the famous festive song.

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The Jews in London – 1,000 Years of History in an Hour

26 December 2020 @ 7.30 pm

Ian makes the familiar new, not least by revealing the little-known Jewish associations of some of London's most famous landmarks.

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London Calling: The Story Of London Through Music

27 December 2020 @ 5 pm

London Calling! The Story Of London Through Its Music…  a series of six online tours looking at London history through its musical sounds & stars.

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London Calling: Musical Marylebone

27 December 2020 @ 5 pm

London Calling! The Story Of London Through Its Music…  

One neighbourhood at a time. In Marylebone we will meet:

• The Beatles

• The BBC

• The origin of the famous Proms season… and more

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London Calling: Musical St James's & Mayfair

03 January 2021 @ 5 pm

London Calling! The Story Of London Through Its Music…  

One neighbourhood at a time. In St James's & Mayfair we will find:

• The musical history of Buckingham Palace

• George Frideric Handel

• David Bowie

• The Beatles… and more

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P G Wodehouse in London - Virtual Tour

03 January 2021 @ 7 pm (Click here for more dates)

On the trail of Jeeves, Bertie Wooster, Lord Emsworth and many other classic Wodehouse characters in Mayfair and Piccadilly.

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Jimi Hendrix in London – Virtual Tour

07 January 2021 @ 7.30 pm

For Jimi Hendrix the wind whispered London. Here he could ride the breeze. Here he made it big.

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London Calling: Musical Kensington

10 January 2021 @ 5 pm

London Calling! The Story Of London Through Its Music…  

One neighbourhood at a time. In Kensington we will find:

• The Royal Albert Hall

• The Royal College of Music

• The Music of Queen Victoria & Prince Albert

• Freddie Mercury

• Jimi Hendrix… and more

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Curtain Up! The Story of Theatreland

10 January 2021 @ 7 pm

"from soaring successes to first night flops to stage door secrets..."

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MUSICAL COVENT GARDEN VIRTUAL TOUR

10 January 2021 @ 7.30 pm

400 years of musical history and "goings-on" – Thomas Arne to Franz Zappa. When you walked down these streets did you debate the whys and wherefores of Rule Britannia? No? Then let's all go down the Strand!

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One Westminster, Six Palaces – The Virtual Tour

13 January 2021 @ 7 pm

One Westminster, six palaces and a thousand years of monarchs

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Lionel Bart's London! – Virtual Tour

14 January 2021 @ 7.30 pm

He made and squandered a fortune.. and the Greek chorus of tabloid middle England thrilled to his Icarus fall.

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London Calling: Musical Chelsea

17 January 2021 @ 5 pm

London Calling! The Story Of London Through Its Music…  

One neighbourhood at a time. In Chelsea we will meet:

• The Rolling Stones

• Judy Garland

• Arthur Sullivan

• Bohemian London… and more

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Pink Floyd in London - Virtual Tour

17 January 2021 @ 7.30 pm (Click here for more dates)

Pigs WILL fly as we hit Regent Street Polytechnic, Battersea, Tottenham Court Road, Covent Garden in search of the band’s genesis and 1970s pomp.

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The Thames from Hampton Court to Kew – Virtual Tour

20 January 2021 @ 6 pm (Click here for more dates)

Three palaces, two stately homes and one very special river...

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Handel in London – Virtual Tour

21 January 2021 @ 7.30 pm (Click here for more dates)

What does English history sound like?

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London Calling: Musical Covent Garden

24 January 2021 @ 5 pm

London Calling! The Story Of London Through Its Music…  

One neighbourhood at a time. In Covent Garden we will find:

• Opera

• Patriotic Music

• Bob Marley

• Gilbert & Sullivan

• Bob Dylan… and more.

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St. Paul's Cathedral – Virtual Tour

24 January 2021 @ 6 pm (Click here for more dates)

Discover the wonders of this magnificent cathedral on this London Walks Virtual Tour of Christopher Wren’s baroque masterpiece

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Radio Days – the Science & Show Business Virtual Tour

28 January 2021 @ 7.30 pm

The science and show business virtual tour...

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London Calling: The East End

31 January 2021 @ 5 pm

London Calling! The Story Of London Through Its Music… 

One neighbourhood at a time. In the East End we'll find:

• Marie Lloyd

• The Clash

• Calypso

• Jazz… and more

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The Kinks in London – Virtual Tour

31 January 2021 @ 7.30 pm

Ready, Steady, Go…

5 years that changed the face of pop & rock 1964-69

4 of the unlikeliest pop stars of all-time

3 number one hits

2 warring brothers

1 unique story

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Natural History Museum - Virtual Tour

04 February 2021 @ 6 pm (Click here for more dates)

N.B. THIS ONE IS FAMILY FRIENDLY!  BIG TIME!

Enter the stunning Natural History Museum to discover the Natural World from Dinosaurs and Jurassic Marine Reptiles to Hope the Blue Whale

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Judy – In Search Of Judy Garland In London

11 February 2021 @ 7.30 pm

A virtual tour of Judy Garland's London… blending scenes from her life in Chelsea, Marylebone & the West End with locations from the Rene Zellweger movie.

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