St. James' Park underground station, London (Westminster Abbey/Broadway exit, opposite 40 Broadway)
|Day||Walk Type||Start Time||End Time|
|Friday||Weekly||10.15 am||12.15 pm||Winter Summer|
Walk alongside the Guards and their band. Check. Watch the old Guard march off. Check. Cut through to Wellington Barracks to watch the new Guard march out. Check. Buckingham Palace and the Mall. Check. The balcony – see what’s behind it. Check. Clarence House to see the Guards march through. Check. The Sentry Box ceremony. Check. Horse Guards for the ceremonial climax and the parade to Hyde Park. Check. Horse Guards history. Check. Parade ground and its history. Check. Downing Street and its history. Check. War Rooms and its history. Check. Westminster Abbey and its history. Check. Glory, pomp and ceremony. Check. Best vantage points. Check. Photo-ops to die for. Check. Royal iconography. Check. Landmark London. Check. Up close, right there, intimate. Check. The London Walks hallmark of Big Ticket stuff and an astonishing degree of granularity. Check. Elite, professionally qualified guides who know what they’re doing. Check. Timed* to perfection. Check. *Has to be to fit all of the above together. Revealed by Anne-Marie, Jan or Delianne
Short read: A royal walkabout, a refulgence, a red carpeting, a roll call of Royal London – Palaces, Pomp, Pageantry, Panorama & the Royal Flush of Guard Changes
Short listen: Guide Claire on “the balcony”
The Royal Walkabout takes place every Friday at 10.15 am. The meeting point is just outside the Broadway/Westminster Abbey exit of St. James’s Park Tube Stop.
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If you can’t make the regularly scheduled, just-turn-up, public Royal Walkabout do think about booking one as a private tour. If you go private you can have the Royal Walkabout – 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@example.com 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.
A private London Walk makes a very special, indeed, unique gift – be it a birthday or anniversary or Christmas present or whatever. Merchandise schmerchandise (gift wrapped or not) – but giving someone an experience, now that’s special. Memories make us rich.
“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 famous 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.