Cat Tails – A Feline Take on London History

(17 customer reviews)

Westminster Underground station, London (exit 4, opposite Big Ben)

Guided by Ann

Walk Times

Day Walk Type Start Time End Time
17 March 2024 Special 10.30 am 12.30 pm Winter Reserve Online
11 April 2024 Special 10.45 am 12.45 pm Winter Reserve Online

Here’s Ann’s delightful podcast introduction to the Cat Tails walk.

“Cats keeping dogs in their place” – Ann’s Flipside Purrfect Podcast about Cats

And This Makes Three, Giving Us a Clowder of Cat Podcasts

Ok, that’s got you in the mood, let’s paws for a word from Freud and then on to the walk

“Time spent with cats is never wasted,” Sigmund Freud.

Which national heroine had 60 cats? Who had his late cat’s paw mounted on a letter opener? Which cat ate Princess Margaret’s bouquet?

Enjoy these and other feline delicacies on a walk which combines places, people and the cats who lived there.

Including, of course, Larry of Downing St. and his predecessors.

17 reviews for Cat Tails – A Feline Take on London History

  1. Anne C.

    Re Cats Tails 7th February.
    Just had to say how much I enjoyed this walk. It was one of the best walks I have joined, and that is saying something because they have all been wonderful. Cats Tails was both informative and great fun, with a lovely group of people which included someone from Cats Protection who was there to write an article about the walk. Thank you, Ann. Brilliant

  2. Judith Phillips

    Ann has put together an excellent and entertaining walk that is filled with interesting facts about London cats and their owners, including the current cat inhabitant at 10 Downing Street. Cat lovers and non-cat lovers will enjoy the stories and photos that Ann has found.

  3. Francesca

    Such a wonderful walk led by the very knowledgeable Ann. The two hours whizzed past. I thought I knew a lot about famous cats but there were quite a few things I learnt that day. No matter how many loud distractions that just happened to start up as Ann began her stories (police sirens, Big Ben, demonstrations, lawn mowers) she was not put off, and it all added to the hustle and bustle that London is. So many amazing felines in just one city. This tour is a must for anyone that loves cats.

  4. Celia Hyde

    Wasn’t sure what to expect, cats greeting us at every street corner? But these were cats who feature in London’s history right up to the present day. Anne’s knowledge and delivery along with a good smattering of humour made this an incredibly interesting and charming way to spend a couple of hours exploring some of our capital city. A most enjoyable and entertaining experience from start to finish.

  5. Molly Johnson

    This tour was so much fun! Ann was entertaining and informative and brought many deceased cats come back to life with charming stories. The walk was through gardens and many historic buildings were pointed out

  6. Joanna

    This was a fantastic walk for any cat lover with an interest in history. Ann has really done her research and the walk really helped to bring her brilliant stories to life. Who knew there was so much cat history in one small area of London!? It’s also a great opportunity to connect with like-minded cat fans, as everyone was chatting between stops about their love of felines.

  7. Theodore Langer

    Very nice walk around central London with a tale of cats at every stop. This walk is interesting, entertaining and humourous with funny remarks. At the same time, it contains pictures and stories of cats which is a cat lovers dream. My mother and I enjoyed it very much.

  8. Lynn Ryder

    Very enjoyable walk at a fairly easy pace.Ann is very knowledgeable and gave extra information as well as cat details.Very interesting about the Savoy cat. One for cat lovers and history lovers both.

  9. Sue

    We had a noisy start to our tour with singing protesters, but we thoroughly enjoyed the tour. Ann had some amazing stories about cats and their owners – who knew about the Savoy cat! I particularly loved the names of some of the historical cats – what a hoot!
    Cat lover or not, I highly recommend this tour. Ann is a great guide!

  10. Jim

    We joined the walk on a breezy and cold November day. The ambient noise level, police sirens, helicopters, shouting protestors, all posed a problem. We learned about cats in historical settings which sometimes related to where we were standing, and other times were a bit of a stretch. Ann is light-hearted and theatrical but was sometimes hard to hear. I had mistakenly assumed the walk would end where it began and had no idea where we were at the end. It would be helpful to have that information ahead of time.

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