Eccentric London

Embankment underground station, London (river exit)

Guided by Alison

Walk Times

Day Walk Type Start Time End Time
25 May 2024 Tour du Jour 2.30 pm 4.30 pm Summer Reserve Online
23 June 2024 Tour du Jour 2.30 pm 4.30 pm Summer Reserve Online

Short read: London is stranger than fiction.  

Long read: A little something for the connoisseur. A collector’s piece of a walk. A walk that’ll change the way you see central London. A walk that teems with unexpected delights, odd places and passing strange things and people.

Item: the Watergate that appears to lead nowhere but was the river entrance to the Duke of Buckingham’s palace. If you’ve been watching the new Sky series Mary and George you will know all about ‘Steenie’ and his scandalous life and loves. If you haven’t, Eccentric London will start you down that primrose path. How are you going to be proof against it when you discover the Duke’s reputation and the truth about his lovely legs! Item: the eccentricities of Samuel Pepys – and for good measure the story behind the fan lights in the street where he lived. 

Item: the first – the grandpappy – the gold standard of  ‘theme pubs’ (‘Excellent’ you’ll cry; ‘elementary’ says Alison). Item: cracking the mystery of the Trafalgar Square lions and the mysterious disappearance of the pigeons (hint: God’s assassin did for them).

Item: Benjamin Franklin (what a carry on: his carrying on with his landlady’s daughter, his narrow escape, his… well, just you wait). Item: George Washington and that portable flogging and beheading kit. Item: the grand old dame of crime fiction, Agatha Christie. And that’s just for starters. 

The walk finishes in one of the most peaceful courtyards in London. The perfect place to unwind (and ring the Terry Farrell* changes, from egg cups to that ‘flesh-coloured ziggurat’ nest of spies to the still point of the turning London world where we touch down).  

*That’s Terry Ferrell the British architect not Star Trek’s Jadzia Dax; but like Jadzia, our Terry F. has left deep space with this sublime courtyard.



Eccentric London – London is Stranger than Fiction takes place at 2.30 pm on Saturday, May 25 and at 2.30 pm on Sunday, June 23. The meeting point is just outside the river exit of Embankment Tube.

Eccentric London – London is Stranger than Fiction is guided by Alison.


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If you can’t make any of the regularly scheduled, just-turn-up, public Eccentric London walks do think about booking one as a private tour. If you go private you can have the Eccentric London Walk – or any other London Walk – on a day and at a time that suits your convenience. We’ll tailor it to your 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 [email protected] and we’ll set it up and make it happen for you. A private London Walk – they’re good value for an individual or couple and sensational value for a group – makes an ideal group or educational or birthday party or office (team-building) or club outing. Or indeed 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.


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