Unusual Walks

“London Walks makes the new familiar and the familiar new.”

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).”

Sherlock Holmes - Virtual Tour
Sherlock Holmes - Virtual Tour

Sunday, 29 January 2023 @ 7 pm

'The Game's Afoot!' Follow the fascinating adventures of Holmes and Watson (and Sir Arthur Conan Doyle) around London's West End. Guided by Richard IV

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The Lure of the Underground
The Lure of the Underground

Tuesday, 31 January 2023 @ 10.45 am (This walk goes every Tuesday)

"subterranean London" "there's a whole other world down there" "London created the Underground and the Underground created London" 

Undiscovered London, Butlers Wharf and Shad Thames
Undiscovered London, Butlers Wharf and Shad Thames

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

T. S. Eliot – The Waste Land Tour
T. S. Eliot – The Waste Land Tour

Wednesday, 01 February 2023 @ 11.30 am (This walk goes every Wednesday)

"in 20 years of London Walks this is the best one I've ever been on"

The Tate Modern Highlights Tour
The Tate Modern Highlights Tour

Wednesday, 01 February 2023 @ 2.30 pm (This walk goes every Wednesday)

 Guided by arts critic Rick Jones, Secretary of the Critics Circle

All Around the University – Firsts & Inventions in the History of Medicine
All Around the University – Firsts & Inventions in the History of Medicine

Thursday, 02 February 2023 @ 2.30 pm (This walk goes every Thursday)

Just a little prick…  from Edward Jenner to AstraZeneca

Jack the Ripper’s Whitechapel Tour (Small group tour)
Jack the Ripper’s Whitechapel Tour (Small group tour)

Thursday, 02 February 2023 @ 7 pm (Click here for more dates)

The City Churches Tour
The City Churches Tour

Friday, 03 February 2023 @ 10.30 am (This walk goes every Friday)

"Fan vaulting, Bow bells, a Mediterranean courtyard, a sermon timer and a mighty organ beneath Christopher Wren's most beautiful dome"

The Rugby Tour – to Accompany the Six Nations Tournament
The Rugby Tour – to Accompany the Six Nations Tournament

Friday, 03 February 2023 @ 2 pm (Click here for more dates)

"with a fine disregard for the rules"

The London of Oscar Wilde Tour
The London of Oscar Wilde Tour

Saturday, 04 February 2023 @ 11 am (Click here for more dates)

Brook Green – the Secret Side of Hammersmith
Brook Green – the Secret Side of Hammersmith

Sunday, 05 February 2023 @ 10.45 am

the fun, the delight of getting to know a London neighbourhood that's a complete revelation

The Regent's Canal – Mile End to Limehouse
The Regent's Canal – Mile End to Limehouse

Sunday, 05 February 2023 @ 2.30 pm (Click here for more dates)

"from the Age of Canals to cutting edge, 21-st century London"

The Nell Gwyn Special
The Nell Gwyn Special

Monday, 06 February 2023 @ 6 pm (Click here for more dates)

"the first great comedienne..."

Harlots – Covent Garden's sordid history (N.B. adults only)
Harlots – Covent Garden's sordid history (N.B. adults only)

Sunday, 12 February 2023 @ 10.45 am (Click here for more dates)

"tiny gas-lit alleyways, unknown even to many Londoners..." Guided by Ian

Love in London
Love in London

Sunday, 12 February 2023 @ 2.30 pm

Chaucer's Medieval London
Chaucer's Medieval London

Sunday, 12 February 2023 @ 7.30 pm

Your boon companions on this tour of London in the Middle Ages are a Museum of London archaeologist and the greatest medieval poet of them all... Guided by Kevin

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Pirates, Press-Gangs and Execution Dock
Pirates, Press-Gangs and Execution Dock

Saturday, 18 February 2023 @ 10.45 am (Click here for more dates)

Discover the dark side of the empire...

London's Spymasters
London's Spymasters

Saturday, 18 February 2023 @ 2.30 pm (Click here for more dates)

"a murky world marked by treason and treachery, betrayal and murder"

The Weird & Wonderful Women of Marylebone
The Weird & Wonderful Women of Marylebone

Saturday, 18 February 2023 @ 2.30 pm

"Marylebone – a magnet for so many inspiring women"

Foodies' London - The West End
Foodies' London - The West End

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..."

Docklands
Docklands

Saturday, 04 March 2023 @ 10.30 am (Click here for more dates)

"...the most extraordinary letter in London's alphabet"

The Power of the Thames – Battersea to Westminster
The Power of the Thames – Battersea to Westminster

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"

Saints Sinners Sisters
Saints Sinners Sisters

Sunday, 05 March 2023 @ 10.45 am

To mark International Women's Day

The Regent's Canal:   King's Cross-Granary Square-Camden
The Regent's Canal: King's Cross-Granary Square-Camden

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.

The Krays In London Walking Tour
The Krays In London Walking Tour

Sunday, 12 March 2023 @ 10.45 am (Click here for more dates)

The East End Gangland & The Dark Side Of The Swinging 60s

Fables, Fashion & Feasts
Fables, Fashion & Feasts

Sunday, 26 March 2023 @ 2.30 pm (Click here for more dates)

"200 years in 2 hours"

The Devil's Acre
The Devil's Acre

Saturday, 01 April 2023 @ 2.30 pm

Phwoar! Wrong side of the Westminster tracks – crime, grime and where the bodies are buried

William Morris & Friends
William Morris & Friends

Saturday, 15 April 2023 @ 2 pm

"special not least because we'll be walking along one of the loveliest stretches of the Thames"

Limehouse - Thames - Docklands
Limehouse - Thames - Docklands

Sunday, 16 April 2023 @ 2.30 pm

"part gentrified, part solidly working class"

London, A Heart of Stone
London, A Heart of Stone

Sunday, 23 April 2023 @ 2.30 pm (Click here for more dates)

"a feast of stunning art and architecture"

The Regent's Canal – River Tyburn to Little Venice
The Regent's Canal – River Tyburn to Little Venice

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..."

The Music Of Royal London
The Music Of Royal London

Sunday, 14 May 2023 @ 10.45 am (Click here for more dates)

Scandal! Adultery! Big Bangs! Our royal story is an opera in itself – and this tour traces the soundtrack from Handel to The Beatles via Louis Armstrong & Purcell. Guide by Adam.

Rock'n'Roll Covent Garden
Rock'n'Roll Covent Garden

Saturday, 20 May 2023 @ 2 pm (Click here for more dates)

The history of Rock and Pop in the West End.

Elizabethan Clerkenwell
Elizabethan Clerkenwell

Sunday, 28 May 2023 @ 2.30 pm (Click here for more dates)

Now a chic London neighbourhood but then 'a haunt of thieves and whores'

David Bowie in 1960s London
David Bowie in 1960s London

Sunday, 04 June 2023 @ 10.45 am (Click here for more dates)

Before Ziggy… Before the Thin White Duke… A walking tour of Bowie's Soho 1963-71Guided by Adam

The Rolling Stones In 60s Soho
The Rolling Stones In 60s Soho

Sunday, 18 June 2023 @ 10.45 am (Click here for more dates)

Celebrating 60 years of the Rolling Stones. Guided by Adam

Highbury – Grand Houses & Grander Stadiums
Highbury – Grand Houses & Grander Stadiums

Sunday, 25 June 2023 @ 2.30 pm

History, architecture, films, the Gunners, a Ripper candidate and for good measure, a short nature walk

London Before London – Prehistoric London Virtual Tour
London Before London – Prehistoric London Virtual Tour

Sunday, 29 October 2023 @ 7 pm (Click here for more dates)

henges, barrows, hill forts, hut circles and genetic evidence

 

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Christmas with Jane Austen  Virtual London Tour
Christmas with Jane Austen Virtual London Tour

Saturday, 23 December 2023 @ 7.30 pm

"It is a truth universally acknowledged that a Jane Austen devotee must be in want of this virtual tour"

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Tours available upon request

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.

The Decline and Fall of Roman London
The Decline and Fall of Roman London

What is the evidence?  And can we trust it? Archaeologist-guided.

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The London Winter Solstice Virtual Tour
The London Winter Solstice Virtual Tour

we use ancient methods to divine what is in store for us in 2023

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19th Century East End – Jews, Anarchists & Workers' Rights
19th Century East End – Jews, Anarchists & Workers' Rights

...incendiary publications, industrial strife, revolutionary trade unions, soup kitchens, housing charities and shelters for the homeless.

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Hampstead's Other Half
Hampstead's Other Half

"more about those forgotten than those remembered"

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The Grand Union Canal – Kensal Green to Alperton
The Grand Union Canal – Kensal Green to Alperton

"there are places along the towpath that are little changed"

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Grand Surrey Canal – Rotherhithe, Russia Dock Woodland, Greenland Dock
Grand Surrey Canal – Rotherhithe, Russia Dock Woodland, Greenland Dock

We could be in 1620. Or May 28, 1940. Or June 6, 1944.

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River Lee Navigation – Enfield to Ponders End
River Lee Navigation – Enfield to Ponders End

"the source and inspiration for one of the great classics of English literature"

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The London Equinox and Solstice Walk
The London Equinox and Solstice Walk

As the Sun and Moon move around our skies we look at how Londoners organised and celebrated their year throughout history. Guided by Kevin 

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International Women's Day Charity Walk
International Women's Day Charity Walk

Trailblazers of the East End – Guided by Laura

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 The History & Archaeology of London Bridge
 The History & Archaeology of London Bridge

"London bridge is the key to much of the history of London"

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How the British Fell in Love with Curry
How the British Fell in Love with Curry

"The national dish is no longer fish and chips, it's curry"

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Myths, Legends & Halloween Walk
Myths, Legends & Halloween Walk

  The walk tells the story of London's myths , legends and the celtic origins of Halloween. Guided by Kevin

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An American in London: Famous Visitors from Across the Pond
An American in London: Famous Visitors from Across the Pond

Guided by the author of The Lonely Planet Guide to London

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Immigration and Food Walk
Immigration and Food Walk

Almost a third of all Londoners are now foreign-born, representing 270 different nationalities and  300 languages. Guided by Steve F

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Myths, Legends & Halloween Virtual Walk
Myths, Legends & Halloween Virtual Walk

“Tis the night—the night. Of the grave's delight"

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Horses Past, Horses Present – Horse Power in London Society
Horses Past, Horses Present – Horse Power in London Society

"reveals the vast importance of horses in asserting the position of those in power"

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Harlots & Bawds - the Georgian sex trade.
Harlots & Bawds - the Georgian sex trade.

 Alex takes a look at the world of the 18th Century sex and brothel trade. 

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Slavery in the City
Slavery in the City

A story showing people at their worst and best, tells the horrors of the slave trade, the extreme cruelties and yet contains seeds of hope. Guided by Isobel

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Saints, Sinners and Sisters
Saints, Sinners and Sisters

Tradeswomen, writers, lawyers, feminists, martyrs, muses and murderers: women’s stories aren’t always nice, nor are they niche. Guided by Isobel

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Great Balls of Fire
Great Balls of Fire

Temperatures of more than 1000° meant everything was consumed in the inferno...

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Up the Cally
Up the Cally

"An amazingly varied walk..."

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The Arsenal Story
The Arsenal Story

Walk the same streets as Colin Firth in Fever Pitch...

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Mary Wollstonecraft & Mary Shelley in Somers Town
Mary Wollstonecraft & Mary Shelley in Somers Town

"a place of poverty and political exiles and refugees and revolutionaries"

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Grand Surrey Canal, Royal Navy Victualling Yard, Greenland Dock
Grand Surrey Canal, Royal Navy Victualling Yard, Greenland Dock

A get away from it all walk – down on that towpath it's 200 years ago. 

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When Horses Ran London
When Horses Ran London

"how much horsepower each bus route needed – amazing eye-opener into a lost city"

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Riches to Rags – The Huguenot Silk Weavers of Spitalfields
Riches to Rags – The Huguenot Silk Weavers of Spitalfields

On the Trail of the Huguenot Silk Weavers of Spitalfields. Rich history in a well-preserved neighbourhood.

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Monarchs and Maladies
Monarchs and Maladies

"their excesses, their maladies, their treatment, their cadres of medical attendants, their post-mortems..." Guided by a Physician

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The Grand Union Canal – Little Venice & Paddington Green
The Grand Union Canal – Little Venice & Paddington Green

"a secret corner of London closed to the public for 200 years"

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Regent's Canal – Islington to Mile End
Regent's Canal – Islington to Mile End

Jollying our way along a handsome, tree-lined canal on a sunny Sunday afternoon. Perfect.

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Mrs Dalloway's London
Mrs Dalloway's London

We walk with Mrs Dalloway. Walk her London. See it with her eyes. The walk is guided – and performed – by Stephen, a Royal Shakespeare Company actor.

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The Sherlock Holmes Christmas Walk
The Sherlock Holmes Christmas Walk

We follow the crisscrossing paths of Sherlock Holmes and Dr John Watson as they solve their only original Christmas-time case, and Arthur Conan Doyle as he reaches a crisis in his professional life.  

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Guy Fawkes – Gunpowder, Treason & Plot
Guy Fawkes – Gunpowder, Treason & Plot

  "Guy Fawkes was hanged, cut down while still alive, castrated, disembowelled... onlookers were never able to forget that he was conscious throughout the process"

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The Hampstead Spies – the KGB in NW3
The Hampstead Spies – the KGB in NW3

Guided by ITN Editor & CEO Stewart Purvis CBE

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London in Poetry
London in Poetry

Free booklet of London poems. Double act. David guides. RSC actor Steve performs the poems.

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Doctors' London – Guided by a Physician
Doctors' London – Guided by a Physician

Doctors' London – Pox & Plague, Leeches & Quacks. Guided by a Physician.

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Classic London Mews & Hidden Passageways
Classic London Mews & Hidden Passageways

Urban oases, havens of 19th-century tranquillity

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The Regent's Canal - King's Cross, Granary Square, St. Pancras
The Regent's Canal - King's Cross, Granary Square, St. Pancras

"unseen, untrodden, unexplored, unknown London beckons"

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Slavery & the City
Slavery & the City

"No country profited more from slavery and the slave trade..."

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Cholera & Casanova
Cholera & Casanova

"Sex and death, the two subjects everybody's interested in..." Guided by a Physician

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Cambridge -
Cambridge - "can such places be?"

"Miraculum orbis. Wonder of the world, annexe to heaven..."

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