So every London Walk – by definition – is “unusual.”
But what we mean here by the term “unusual” is walks that aren’t immediately obvious. For the most part they fall into two categories.
1. Walks – like Brook Green: The Secret Side of Hammersmith – that go off the beaten path, that explore an unfamiliar, largely unregarded part of London – a part of London it wouldn’t have occurred to you to visit. A part of London you perhaps haven’t even heard of.
2. Walks – like T.S. Eliot’s The Waste Land Tour – that follow a rarefied thread. A thread you hadn’t noticed – or didn’t know was there – through an otherwise well-known part of London.
And don’t be under any misapprehensions – these are not “junior varsity” walks. Every one of them is A-List* – they’re just A-Listers that are less well known. See, by way of example, the review, below, of Rick Jones’ Wasteland Tour.
*Jessica’s February 2022 review of The Waste Land Tour: “In 20 years of London Walks, I think this is the best one I have ever been on. Rick is simply marvellous. I studied the Waste Land extensively at university but I never understood it the way I did after this tour. The stops are thoughtfully chosen to illustrate certain passages and Rick peppers in sprinklings of music and literature and history – he also sings beautifully and tells stories beautifully – it gives the Waste Land a new depth and humour. He recites long passages of the poem so that you can hear the music in them and speaks in the voices of the characters – all at once you recognize them as people, the kind of people who weave in and out of the streets all around you. It’s a beautiful homage to the City, to London, to Eliot, and to thousands of years of history that swirl around in the Waste Land. (But to be clear, even if you don’t care about this poem, this is still a WONDERFUL walk – the poem just serves as the anchor and you bob in and out of the poem and the history).”
Sunday, 29 May 2022 @ 10.45 am (Click here for more dates)
Wednesday, 01 June 2022 @ 10.45 am (This walk goes every Wednesday)
Four words* that make my blood race: “hasn’t yet been discovered.” *Right up there with hidden places, hidden history
Saturday, 04 June 2022 @ 2.30 pm
Urban Geology < Fossils, Volcanoes, Seas, Asteroids and Time
Sunday, 05 June 2022 @ 2.30 pm (Click here for more dates)
A get away from it all walk – down on that towpath it's 200 years ago.
Saturday, 11 June 2022 @ 2.30 pm
"their excesses, their maladies, their treatment, their cadres of medical attendants, their post-mortems..." Guided by a Physician
Sunday, 12 June 2022 @ 10.45 am
the fun, the delight of getting to know a London neighbourhood that's a complete revelation
Sunday, 19 June 2022 @ 2.30 pm
"An amazingly varied walk..."
Sunday, 19 June 2022 @ 2.30 pm (Click here for more dates)
"we step into a different world here, a different world bouquet’d with incidental delights – 'The Upside Down House', for example..."
Tuesday, 21 June 2022 @ 7.30 pm
As the Sun and Moon move around our skies we look at how Londoners organised and celebrated their year throughout history. Guided by Kevin
Saturday, 02 July 2022 @ 10.45 am
Guided by the author of The Lonely Planet Guide to London
Sunday, 10 July 2022 @ 10.45 am
"how much horsepower each bus route needed – amazing eye-opener into a lost city"
Saturday, 16 July 2022 @ 2.30 pm
Walk the same streets as Colin Firth in Fever Pitch...
Sunday, 07 August 2022 @ 2.30 pm (Click here for more dates)
"unseen, untrodden, unexplored, unknown London beckons"
Saturday, 20 August 2022 @ 11 am
"he was so angry he ended up sculpting a horse urinating"
Saturday, 20 August 2022 @ 2.30 pm
Temperatures of more than 1000° meant everything was consumed in the inferno...
Saturday, 15 October 2022 @ 10.45 am (Click here for more dates)
"reveals the vast importance of horses in asserting the position of those in power"