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).”
Wednesday, 01 February 2023 @ 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
Thursday, 02 February 2023 @ 2.30 pm (This walk goes every Thursday)
Just a little prick… from Edward Jenner to AstraZeneca
Thursday, 02 February 2023 @ 7 pm (Click here for more dates)
Friday, 03 February 2023 @ 2 pm (Click here for more dates)
"with a fine disregard for the rules"
Sunday, 05 February 2023 @ 10.45 am
the fun, the delight of getting to know a London neighbourhood that's a complete revelation
Sunday, 12 February 2023 @ 10.45 am (Click here for more dates)
"tiny gas-lit alleyways, unknown even to many Londoners..." Guided by Ian
Sunday, 12 February 2023 @ 2.30 pm
Saturday, 18 February 2023 @ 2.30 pm
"Marylebone – a magnet for so many inspiring women"
Saturday, 25 February 2023 @ 10.45 am
"the King's nickname was Tumtum, he had a 47" waist, and every night a cold roast chicken was placed beside his bedside..."
Saturday, 04 March 2023 @ 2.30 pm
This walk is sold out on Saturday November 26th "with a space-age American embassy tucked in behind it"
Sunday, 05 March 2023 @ 10.45 am
To mark International Women's Day
Sunday, 05 March 2023 @ 2.30 pm (Click here for more dates)
The London of a couple of centuries ago. A London of tunnels and bridges and narrowboats and locks.
Saturday, 01 April 2023 @ 2.30 pm
Phwoar! Wrong side of the Westminster tracks – crime, grime and where the bodies are buried
Saturday, 15 April 2023 @ 2 pm
"special not least because we'll be walking along one of the loveliest stretches of the Thames"
Sunday, 16 April 2023 @ 2.30 pm
"part gentrified, part solidly working class"
Sunday, 30 April 2023 @ 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..."
Sunday, 25 June 2023 @ 2.30 pm
History, architecture, films, the Gunners, a Ripper candidate and for good measure, a short nature walk
Sunday, 29 October 2023 @ 7 pm (Click here for more dates)
We run a ton of private walks. If you to go on any of the walks below, it’s eezy peezy as well. Just give Fiona, Peter, Niamh or Mary a ring on 020 7624 3978 – or email us at [email protected] and we’ll set it up for you and make it happen.
...incendiary publications, industrial strife, revolutionary trade unions, soup kitchens, housing charities and shelters for the homeless.
We could be in 1620. Or May 28, 1940. Or June 6, 1944.
"where they sang, wrote poetry and played rugby"
The best Dickens Christmas Festival in the world!
Guided by the author of The Lonely Planet Guide to London
"reveals the vast importance of horses in asserting the position of those in power"
"The first British Brexit?"
A get away from it all walk – down on that towpath it's 200 years ago.
On the Trail of the Huguenot Silk Weavers of Spitalfields. Rich history in a well-preserved neighbourhood.
"a secret corner of London closed to the public for 200 years"
Urban Geology < Fossils, Volcanoes, Seas, Asteroids and Time
"unseen, untrodden, unexplored, unknown London beckons"