Cat Tails – A Feline Take on London History

(5 customer reviews)

Westminster Underground station, London (exit 4)

Guided by Ann

Walk Times

Day Walk Type Start Time End Time
15 October 2023 Special 10.30 am 12.30 pm Summer Reserve Online
15 November 2023 Special 10.45 am 12.45 pm Winter Reserve Online

Here’s Ann’s delightful podcast about/introduction to the walk.

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.

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

  1. McKenna & Jo Ann

    Whether you’re a cat lover or not, this is a fun and informational walk. We enjoyed hearing the various cat stories as well as the history of the various buildings and places we visited. Ann is highly knowledgeable and brought along great photos, quotes, and poems to share with us. At the end of our tour, we successfully found Eliza Doolittle (one of the cats who lives at St Paul’s in Covent Garden)!

  2. Maxwell Kates

    Very entertaining and informative tour on the history of London and its historical and cultural figures, all from the perspective of our four legged furry friends, the cats. Learn about cat stories associated with Churchill, Wolseley, and Nightingale, not to mention Royals and Prime Ministers. A trip to the Savoy Hotel is a highlight, where we learned the legend of the hotel’s cat superstition. Ann has done her research and is passionate about the material. My only suggestions would be to wear a microphone when attractive a large group, and more explicit London Walks signage at the beginning of the tour, otherwise the experience was formidable. I did subsequently search for the cats in St. Paul’s, but much like T. S. Eliot’s Macavity, they weren’t there.

  3. Helen

    This was good fun and had lovely stories and photos of cats who have been kept by historical figures.

    Ann is a wonderful guide and knew her subject thoroughly. .

    I managed to find one of the cats who lives at St Paul’s in Covent Garden mentioned by Ann.

  4. Karen

    A must for all cat lovers, expertly and lovingly crafted and guided by Ann (despite the pouring rain 08/08/23). Includes photo images, quotes, poems, and a very brief look inside the Savoy Hotel foyer. No “live” cats were to be seen anywhere of course (those kitties are so very clever at hiding), but you definitely won’t be disappointed with this delightfully interesting walk.

  5. Mary

    This is an absolutely gorgeous walk for any cat lover. Ann is a fantastic guide, has fully researched her subject and has brought lots of feline photos and quotations to illustrate the walk. It also takes place in interesting and picturesque parts of London. I highly recommend it and hope it will become a regular and much loved feature on the London Walks programme!

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