This excursion will be back soon. In the meantime we’d be happy to organise a private tour for you. Please contact us on 020 7624 3978 | privatewalks@walks.com to make a booking.

Albertopollis – An Urban Geology Walk

South Kensington underground station, London (meet just beyond the ticket barrier)

Guided by Matt

Short description: The Building Stones of Albertopolis. An urban geology walk.

Long description: Albertopolis – a monument to an Empire, a memorial to a man. An area of London rich in history and striking architecture. But a closer look and the buildings of South Kensington will reveal a story both older and more mysterious. Geologist Matt Loader will guide you through the past lives of the ancient stones which make up some of Albertopolis’ most famous buildings, from the Museums to the gilded statue of Albert himself, and take you back to an aeon where southern England was a tropical sea, and the Scottish highlands a Himalayan mountain chain…

David description: These urban geology walks are out of leftfield wonderful. And wondrous. They don't just change the way you see London and its buildings. They stun you. Stun you because of the timescales involved. Stun you because of the "life stories" of these stones and what our earth was like when they were formed. Stun you because Matt and Ruth – professional Geologists both – will get you to properly look at these stones for the first time. You'll see what you'll never have noticed before: the characteristics of the stone, millions of years old fossils in them in some cases, etc. And as for this one, well, this neighbourhood may well be the best acre in the world to do an Urban Geology Walk because as well as having a hit parade of wonderful building stones it's also got the Geology Museum. And Matt just might take you in there toward the end of the walk. He's got an entree – he's a resident Geologist there.

THE BUILDING STONES OF ALBERTOPOLIS TOUR – THE PRACTICALS

In the Summer 2018 London Walks programme – which kicks in on May 1 and runs through October 31 – the Building Stones of Albertopolis walk takes place at 10.45 am on Saturday, xxxxxx. The meeting point is just beyond the ticket barrier of South Kensington Tube.

LONDON WALKS REVIEWS

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

"Although the big companies tend to just shuttle vast hordes of people about, one tour company does give you an in-depth, personalized insight  to the city, offering a dizzying array of themed tours conducted by very qualified guides." London

"the best London has to offer"  Culture Trip

LONDON WALKS PRIVATE WALKS

If you can't make one of the regularly scheduled, just-turn-up, public Building Stones of Albertopolis Tours do think about booking one as a private tour. For a singleton or a couple or foursome a private tour is obviously quite a bit more expensive than going on one of the public tours but they're still good value. Indeed, best value if you compare them with what's on offer in the wider marketplace. And for a reasonably sized group they're superb value – cost you less than going on one of the public outings. If you go private you can have the Building Stones of Albertopolis Tour – or any other London Walk – on a day and at a time that suits your convenience. We'll tailor it to your wishes and 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  makes an ideal group or educational or birthday party or office (team-building) or club outing.

GIVE THE GIFT OF LONDON WALKS

A private London Walk makes 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.  

"IF THIS WERE A GOLF TOURNAMENT EVERY NAME ON THE LEADER BOARD WOULD BE A LONDON WALKS GUIDE"

It all comes down to the guiding

LONDON WALKS – STREETS AHEAD!

Don't just take it from us.

THE FAMOUS WHITE LONDON WALKS LEAFLET

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