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.
Far be it from me – David – to say London Walks are the best guides in London but they’re certainly in the top one.
THE BLITZ – THE PRACTICALS
The Blitz takes place every* Thursday afternoon at 2.15 pm. The meeting point is just outside exit 2 of St. Paul’s Tube. N.B. the Blitz Walk ends by St. Paul’s Cathedral, right next door to St. Paul’s Tube
*Summer programme only. Please check winter dates as it runs less regularly in the winter, and make sure to check out other things to do in London in Winter.
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 protected] 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
“If this were a golf tournament every name on the Leader Board would be a London Walks guide”
Ted Engel –
Fiona was a wonderful guide! She is always knowledgeable, friendly, and eager to answer questions.
Rachel Fielhauer –
Fiona is a delight…personable and knowledgeable about the stories of the Blitz. We learned so much and at the end, I wish we could have continued on! Her commentary vividly allowed us to see what that life was like during that time and the brave citizens who heroically carried on in impossible circumstances. Don’t miss this walk!
A fantastic couple of hours spent being led by Fiona on this tour. She was really informative and interesting to listen to. It was well paced and easy for people of all ages to follow. Would thoroughly recommend due to Fiona’s passion and interest for the subject.
Andy Mear –
Brilliant Blitz walk on 16th March with Fiona. She was absolutely charming, really knowledgeable and very interesting and entertaining to listen to. A terrific 2 hours around a part of central London discovering stories and hidden streets and buildings. Fantastic.
Amazing experience. Russell was very professional, knowledgeable and it was very interesting to listen to him. I would highly recommend!
Linda Amar –
Fiona led a fascinating walk, which I highly recommend. She has a great depth of knowledge of the period and shared her knowledge with humor and with pathos and brought the turbulent period to life.
Joanna Butler –
Jo Butler -14th July 2022. Wonderfully informative walk with Fiona. Fiona’s knowledge and enthusiasm enabled us to understand what the City of London and East End went through during the Blitz. Added to this it was fascinating to learn about the the archeology discovered long afterwards. Highly recommended.
Bruce Hislop –
Fascinating trip around the City with the knowledgeable and enthralling Fiona.
Not just death and destruction but the rising of a phoenix
Helen R –
This was a fantastic walk – the guide knew so much about the subject and conveyed this with excellent examples and stories making the whole walking tour such an interesting way to learn about all that happened in London in the Blitz. Thank you so much!
Laura Hayden –
Re:The Blitz. What a great tour! Aaron had the perfect balance of presence, professionalism, personality and excellent knowledge of his subject. He was well-organized, well-informed and well-spoken. This is why we come back to London Walks every time we’re in London. We’re guaranteed a great guide and a great walk.
Ian Wright –
Fiona led us on a fantastic tour through the destruction, bravery and human experience of being in London during the dark days of the blitz. From the close escapes of St Pauls to the remarkable archaeology uncovered during the bombing, she made this dark topic both enthralling and uplifting. Another fantastic London Walk
Jane Gabel –
Fiona gave us a fantastic Blitz walk. Very knowledgeable, very enthusiastic, and very organized. She brought the story to life. Another great London Walks tour.