Short read: Rendezvous with history
Long read: Best mix of all for a London Walk – turbulent times, private passions, rarefied route, iconic interiors, bewitching byways, gifted guides. (Not just gifted – award-winning: Isobel, Simon W. and Fiona, winner of the big one, the Visit London Guide of the Year Award.) Welcome to the special place – the classical city. And the special time – the 17th-century: “that supremely interesting period of English history.” What a city it was. Every view inflected, steeples above the houses, St. Paul’s o’ertopping all – Sir Christopher Wren ringing the changes infallibly. Three centuries on a surprising amount of the classical city survives. But it’s hidden – the pearl in the oyster. Come upon it unawares you feel you’ve walked into another dimension – London cracks into poetry. That’s the London we discover* on this walk. Everything from a rare surviving mediaeval church – there’s no better gauge of Wren’s achievement – to St. Paul’s itself. Betwixt and between we take in* the church regarded as the world’s most perfect building (if it doesn’t stop you in your tracks nothing will – miss the Tower of London, if you have to, but don’t miss this little church). And that rarefied route? Try cobble-stone, crook-backed little lanes and alleyways that breathe the history of bloody, flaming, poxy London.
*The London we discover. The classical city and trimmings. Some trimmings. This walk’s an outdoor museum. The Museum of the Lost City. Its 17 stops – 17 pearls in a pan of gravel – are core samples into London’s past. Into its history. Yes, we concentrate on the classical city. But Roman, Saxon, Mediaeval, Renaissance, Jacobean, Georgian, Victorian, Manhattanisation – it’s all here.
PLAGUE, FIRE, HELLFIRE – THE PRACTICALS
Plague, Fire, Hellfire takes place at 2 pm every* Tuesday. The meeting point is just outside the exit of Tower Hill Tube (by the Tower Hill Tram coffee stall).
*Every Tuesday in the Summer London Walks programme, which runs from May 1 – October 31.
LONDON WALKS REVIEWS
“Even jaded Londoners find these London Walks a source of astonishing gems of information about the city in which they live.” Daily Mail, Top London Treats
“by far the most impressive series of walks that I have ever encountered are those offered by London Walks” Travel & Enjoy
“Best Tourism Experience in London” Gold Medal Winner, Visit London
LONDON WALKS PRIVATE WALKS
If you can’t make one of the regularly scheduled, just-turn-up, public Plague, Fire, Hellfire, Revolution walks do think about booking one as a private tour. If you go private you can have the Plague, Fire, Hellfire, Revolution walk – or any other London Walk – on a day and at a time that suits your convenience. We’ll tailor it to your requirements. Ring Fiona or Noel on 020 7624 3978 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org and we’ll set it up and make it happen for you. A private London Walk is good value for an individual or couple and sensational value for a group. And the clincher: 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 very special, thoughtful, unusual gift. Be it a birthday or anniversary or graduation or Christmas present or whatever. Merchandise schmerchandise (gift wrapped or not) – but giving someone an experience, now that’s special. Memories make us rich.