The Blitz

(18 customer reviews)

St. Paul's underground station, London (exit 2)

Guided by Fiona or Tom

Walk Times

Day Walk Type Start Time End Time
Thursday Weekly 2.15 pm 4.15 pm Winter Summer Reserve Online

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.

NONPAREIL GUIDES

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 everyThursday 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 Peter 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”

LONDON WALKS – STREETS AHEAD!

Don’t just take it from us.

MIND THE GAP

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18 reviews for The Blitz

  1. Marlene R.

    Our guide Jonathan provided a thorough, informative, and moving glimpse into London and the spirit of its citizens during the time of The Blitz. His knowledge and insights made for a memorable 2-hour tour. Bravo, Jonathan; thank you!

  2. Hazel

    I went on this walk on 6.6.24. It just happened to be the most convenient one on a day I had to be in town, but it had not occurred to me that the date was also the 60th anniversary of D-Day. Our walk was VERY well attended with people in town for other celebrations.
    Our guide Tom was taken by surprise too, as instead of his usual 10 walkers he had 27! However, he managed to get us all herded round without loss of life, and the walk was great.
    As an ex-barrister, he has a voice that projects and a good sense of delivery, which kept us all entertained. With a subject that many of us are very familiar with, it was great to hear all the detailed background information he knew, which makes it all so much more understandable on a personal level.
    Excellent.

  3. Amy

    Having read many novels set in London during the Blitz, it was really interesting to see all the sites of the destruction. Tom did a great job imparting information and putting it into context. Anyone with an interest in WWII London or England should consider taking this tour.

  4. Kim and Adrian

    Hi there,
    We wanted to leave a very positive review for Tom, who led our Blitz tour today with great humour and an incredible amount of knowledge. It was pouring rain for half the walk, which didn’t dampen Tom. He tooks us into a fabulous St.Mary le Bow Church to get us out of the rain and told us fascinating history of the lovely church.
    We loved that Tom highlighted the incredible work of the “average people” during the Blitz, noting that they, too, were heroes.
    We’d highly recommend Tom and this walk!
    Thank you,
    Kim and Adrian (Canadian couple.)

  5. Linda Tournade

    Fascinating tour on the 20th of July, led by a fellow whose name I don’t recall. He was a substitute but did an excellent job.

  6. Sue Burgess

    Fabulous knowledgeable guide to the Blitz tour. Couldn’t be better.

  7. Ted Engel

    Fiona was a wonderful guide! She is always knowledgeable, friendly, and eager to answer questions.

  8. 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!

  9. Henry

    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.

  10. 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.

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