Short read: “London turned crimson”
Long read: The dome of St. Paul’s seemed to ride the sea of fire like a great ship. Ludgate Hill was carpeted in hosepipes. Two hundred people died that night. On the north side of the cathedral 63 acres became a waste of smoking ash and rubble. Another 100 acres were completely devastated in other raids that autumn. At the finish, out of the City’s tight-packed 461 acres, 164 were reduced to ruin. And this was just 1940. And now, over to Kim, winner of the Guide of the Year Award, who’s going to take us through a great city in its finest and most desperate hour. Some of what you see and hear may be disturbing. *Or Brian, Rex or Andy R.
THE BLITZ – THE PRACTICALS
The Blitz takes place every* Thursday afternoon at 2.30 pm. The meeting point is just outside exit 2 of St. Paul’sTube. N.B. the Blitz Walk ends by St. Paul’s Cathedral, right next door to St. Paul’sTube *Except Dec. 26
LONDON WALKS REVIEWS
“We went on five London Walks tours while vacationing in London: ‘This is London,’ ‘Soho Unzipped’ (a pub tour), ‘St. Paul’s Cathedral,’ ‘The Blitz,’ and ‘In the Footsteps of Sherlock Holmes.’ All of them were fabulous! Better than we could have hoped for. The guides were friendly and incredibly knowledgeable – it felt almost like we were taking fun 2-1/2 hour college courses about some of the most fascinating aspects of London. The groups were small – never more than 20 people, and the guides spoke loud and clear, which was much appreciated. Definitely better than the hop-on / hop-off buses with faulty audio guides, and definitely a great value at just 10 pounds per person. We took advantage of the multiple-walks ticket and paid only 8 pounds per person for the last three tours. It was great! We’d recommend London Walks for anyone looking to learn more in-depth, fascinating facts about London’s history without the boiler-plate, pre-packaged feel of the hop-on / hop-off buses and audio guides.” Meredith R., New York City
“you can’t do better than London Walks” London Day by Day
LONDON WALKS PRIVATE WALKS
If you can’t make the regularly scheduled, just-turn-up, public Blitz Walk, why not think about booking it as a private walk? If you go private you can have The Blitz 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 walks – we go to great lengths to make sure the guide-walker(s) “fit” is well-nigh perfect. Ring Fiona or Noel on 020 7624 3978 or email us at email@example.com and we’ll set it up and make it happen for you.
GIVE THE GIFT OF LONDON WALKS
If you’re looking for an unusual and wonderful gift or Christmas present for a friend or family member – well, why not consider the gift of a private tour with a world-class guide. Merchandise schmerchandise – but giving someone an experience, now that’s special. Memories make us rich.
IT ALL COMES DOWN TO THE GUIDING
LONDON WALKS – STREETS AHEAD!
THE FAMOUS WHITE LONDON WALKS LEAFLET
“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.