Unexpected London

Temple underground station, London

Guided by Alison or Hilary or Kim

Walk Times

DayWalk TypeStart TimeEnd Time
Friday Weekly11 am1 pm Winter Summer

Short read: Secret places and hidden interiors…

Long read: “If you want to know London better, if you want to learn some things about the world’s most cosmopolitan city that most people who spend their lives there never learn I can think of no better investment than London Walks” New York Times. Could have been describing this walk. Teems with quirkiness, odd places and passing strange things and people. A taster or two? Try hidden palaces. The King’s Speech Royal Chapel. The hotel where George Orwell worked. The chair with a flying guinea pig. The jewel in the crown – a gothic chapel hidden away from public view and not visited on any other London Walk. Well, you get the idea. What’s not to like? And come winter – hey, all those sheltering, hidden interiors – say hello to the parfait winter London Walk! Guided by Alison, Hilary OBE or Kimwinner of the London Tourist Board’s Guide of the Year Award.

And the rainy day big plus: This walk has three interiors so it’s perfect for inclement Fridays!

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”

UNEXPECTED LONDON – THE PRACTICALS

Unexpected London takes place every* Friday at 11 am. The meeting point is just outside the exit of TempleTube. N.B. the Unexpected London walk ends in Embankment Gardens, right next to Embankment Tube.

*Except Dec. 27

 

LONDON WALKS SOUPÇON

“The implications of this are as disturbing as Einstein’s second law of relativity. The _ _ _ _ _  _ _ _ _ _ _ is a quiet little late Gothic building, almost as black as it would be in Newcastle. Rearing above it is the glazed white backside of the _ _ _ _ _  _ _ _ _ _. Neither part is memorable but the tension between them is. And the tension not only comes by accident but depends on it. Only a sadist would design this kind of affront, yet the affront is the essence of the place: and the final effect is not disgust but compassion for the tired old animal down below.”  Ian Nairn

N.B. this walk will not take place on the following dates:

27-12-2019

LONDON WALKS PRIVATE WALKS

If you can’t make one of the regularly scheduled, just-turn-up, public Mountain Building & Meteorites in the City of London walks it can always be booked as a private tour. If you go private you can have the Unexpected London 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 or Mary on 020 7624 3978 or email us at privatewalks@walks.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.

GIVE THE GIFT OF LONDON WALKS

A private London Walk makes a fab 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.

LONDON WALKS – STREETS AHEAD!

Don’t just take it from us.