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, 03 December 2023 @ 10.45 am
Whoa! Wow! Peekaboo HS2 & Javelin
Sunday, 03 December 2023 @ 10.45 am (Click here for more dates)
"London Walks puts you into the hands of an expert on the particular area and topic of a tour" The New York Times
Sunday, 03 December 2023 @ 2.30 pm (Click here for more dates)
Explores Spitalfields, chronicles the lives and times of the Huguenot silk weavers...
Wednesday, 06 December 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, 07 December 2023 @ 2.30 pm (This walk goes every Thursday)
Just a little prick… from Edward Jenner to AstraZeneca
Thursday, 07 December 2023 @ 7 pm (Click here for more dates)
Saturday, 09 December 2023 @ 10.45 am
"reveals the vast importance of horses in asserting the position of those in power"
Friday, 15 December 2023 @ 7.30 pm
Weaves an exploration of Victorian London with Dickens's London Life and writing...
Sunday, 17 December 2023 @ 2.30 pm (Click here for more dates)
"unseen, untrodden, unexplored, unknown London beckons"
Saturday, 23 December 2023 @ 6 pm
Tuesday, 26 December 2023 @ 10.45 am
We walk with Mrs Dalloway. Walk her London. See it with her eyes.
Saturday, 30 December 2023 @ 6 pm
"best medley of lost lanes and hidden passageways in all of London"
Sunday, 31 December 2023 @ 9 pm
Watch the Fireworks from the Roof of London. Auld lang syne in auld Hampstead.
Friday, 05 January 2024 @ 10 am (Click here for more dates)
Tom's a barrister, Joanne's a criminal defence lawyer. Small group guaranteed.
Saturday, 06 January 2024 @ 10.45 am
"People who love to eat are always the best people" Julia Child
Sunday, 14 January 2024 @ 2 pm
"special not least because we'll be walking along one of the loveliest stretches of the Thames"
Sunday, 21 January 2024 @ 2.30 pm
We go on the trail in the Square Mile, seeing a surprising amount that Holmes and Watson would still recognise.
Sunday, 21 January 2024 @ 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, 27 January 2024 @ 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..."
Sunday, 28 January 2024 @ 2.30 pm
This unusual, highly original walk – indeed, it's sui generis...
Saturday, 03 February 2024 @ 2.30 pm
How a capital city emerged fit to rule the greatest empire the world had ever known...
Sunday, 04 February 2024 @ 2.30 pm
"from the Age of Canals to cutting edge, 21-st century London"
Sunday, 11 February 2024 @ 7 pm
"Dickens' London was a place of the mind, but it was also a real place. Much of what we take today to be the marvelous imaginings of a visionary novelist turn out on inspection to be the reportage of a great observer"
Saturday, 17 February 2024 @ 10.45 am
"People who love to eat are always the best people" Julia Child
Saturday, 17 February 2024 @ 2.30 pm
"with a space-age American embassy tucked in behind it"
Sunday, 25 February 2024 @ 10.45 am
the fun, the delight of getting to know a London neighbourhood that's a complete revelation
Sunday, 25 February 2024 @ 2.30 pm
"a feast of stunning art and architecture"
Sunday, 17 March 2024 @ 2.30 pm
"part gentrified, part solidly working class"
Sunday, 24 March 2024 @ 2 pm
The history of Rock and Pop in the West End.
Sunday, 24 March 2024 @ 2.30 pm
"An amazingly varied walk..."
Sunday, 21 April 2024 @ 7 pm
The old City of London has been a haven for moviemakers for over a century, and here are some of the glorious highlights. Guided by Richard IV
Sunday, 05 May 2024 @ 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..."
Friday, 24 May 2024 @ 9.30 am (Click here for more dates)
A full day Rock'n'Roll exploration of historic southwest London - guided by Adam.
Sunday, 26 May 2024 @ 2.30 pm
Now a chic London neighbourhood but then 'a haunt of thieves and whores'
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.
What did the Romans ever do for us? We know what guide Ian does for the Ukraine and earthquake crisis appeals – he donates his fee.
This walk has been specially created for the Mayfair Times Literary Festival. The charge for this walk is £20 (there are no concessions).
follows the events of the Revolt as the Peasants move through London in June 1381
Rocks of Ages – Urban Geology in the City (guided by a professional geologist)
an archaeologist-guided portrait of London in the early 16th-Century
"we look at evidence for 'Celtic' origins of London and how May Day was celebrated in London"
"most of what has passed has left plenty of traces"
"from the deep past to a vision of the future"
"the general rule in medicine in Stuart England is ‘better out than in’"
"with a fine disregard for the rules"
Discover the dark side of the empire...
What is the evidence? And can we trust it? Archaeologist-guided.
...incendiary publications, industrial strife, revolutionary trade unions, soup kitchens, housing charities and shelters for the homeless.
"more about those forgotten than those remembered"
"there are places along the towpath that are little changed"
We could be in 1620. Or May 28, 1940. Or June 6, 1944.
"the source and inspiration for one of the great classics of English literature"
As the Sun and Moon move around our skies we look at how Londoners organised and celebrated their year throughout history. Guided by Kevin
"where they sang, wrote poetry and played rugby"
Trailblazers of the East End – Guided by Laura
"London bridge is the key to much of the history of London"
"The national dish is no longer fish and chips, it's curry"
The best Dickens Christmas Festival in the world!
The walk tells the story of London's myths , legends and the celtic origins of Halloween. Guided by Kevin
Guided by the author of The Lonely Planet Guide to London
Almost a third of all Londoners are now foreign-born, representing 270 different nationalities and 300 languages. Guided by Steve F
“Tis the night—the night. Of the grave's delight"
Alex takes a look at the world of the 18th Century sex and brothel trade.
Ever since William the Conqueror (aka William the Bastard) hit the scene in 1066, legitimacy has been a life or death issue for the Royals. Guided by Ian
"The first British Brexit?"
"tiny gas-lit alleyways, unknown even to many Londoners..." N.B. Guide Ian donates all of his fee to the World Jewish Relief's Ukraine Crisis Appeal!
To mark International Women's Day
This walk tells the epic tale of the uncovering of London's past by Archaeologists...
Temperatures of more than 1000° meant everything was consumed in the inferno...
"Marylebone – a magnet for so many inspiring women"
"Welcome to an English rainforest of different types of trees and plants. Then a POW! of a contrast..."
"William the Conqueror!" N.B. Guide Ian donates 100 percent of his fee to the Horizon Scandal Fund! And London Walks donates 75 percent of its commission to the Fund.
Walk the same streets as Colin Firth in Fever Pitch...
"a place of poverty and political exiles and refugees and revolutionaries"
A get away from it all walk – down on that towpath it's 200 years ago.
St. Petersburg on Thames – the cradle of the Russian Revolution. Guided by a fetching young Russian historian.
"how much horsepower each bus route needed – amazing eye-opener into a lost city"
"their excesses, their maladies, their treatment, their cadres of medical attendants, their post-mortems..." Guided by a Physician
The achingly beautiful Cotswolds...
"a secret corner of London closed to the public for 200 years"
Phwoar! Wrong side of the Westminster tracks – crime, grime and where the bodies are buried
"see the invisible and understand the inscrutable"
Jollying our way along a handsome, tree-lined canal on a sunny Sunday afternoon. Perfect.
"Guy Fawkes was hanged, cut down while still alive, castrated, disembowelled... onlookers were never able to forget that he was conscious throughout the process"
Urban Geology < Fossils, Volcanoes, Seas, Asteroids and Time
Free booklet of London poems. Double act. David guides. RSC actor Steve performs the poems.
Dulwich is a world – a hamlet – unto itself. There's no other place like it in London. Be sure to bring your camera.
Doctors' London – Pox & Plague, Leeches & Quacks. Guided by a Physician.
Urban oases, havens of 19th-century tranquillity
Spring in Kew Gardens. Includes the newly opened, breathtakingly beautiful Temperate House.
Follow Dr Barry Walsh in footsteps of the famous surgeon Dr John Hunter
"No country profited more from slavery and the slave trade..."
"...the most extraordinary letter in London's alphabet"
"Sex and death, the two subjects everybody's interested in..." Guided by a Physician
"Miraculum orbis. Wonder of the world, annexe to heaven..."
Fitzrovia: central London's best-kept secret