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).”

The City Churches Tour
The City Churches Tour

Friday, 27 May 2022 @ 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"

London's Spymasters
London's Spymasters

Saturday, 28 May 2022 @ 2.30 pm (Click here for more dates)

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

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

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

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

Wednesday, 01 June 2022 @ 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 Music Of Royal London
The Music Of Royal London

Wednesday, 01 June 2022 @ 2 pm (Click here for more dates)

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

The Tate Modern Highlights Tour
The Tate Modern Highlights Tour

Wednesday, 01 June 2022 @ 2.30 pm (This walk goes every Wednesday)

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

Immigration and Food Walk
Immigration and Food Walk

Saturday, 04 June 2022 @ 10.45 am (Click here for more dates)

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

Eastcheap & the Tower – Reading the Stones
Eastcheap & the Tower – Reading the Stones

Saturday, 04 June 2022 @ 2.30 pm

Urban Geology < Fossils, Volcanoes, Seas, Asteroids and Time

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

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. 

Monarchs and Maladies
Monarchs and Maladies

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

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

Sunday, 12 June 2022 @ 10.45 am

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

Mrs Dalloway's London
Mrs Dalloway's London

Saturday, 18 June 2022 @ 2.30 pm (Click here for more dates)

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.

Up the Cally
Up the Cally

Sunday, 19 June 2022 @ 2.30 pm

"An amazingly varied walk..."

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

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..."

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

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 

The Devil's Acre
The Devil's Acre

Saturday, 25 June 2022 @ 2.30 pm (Click here for more dates)

 This Walk is now fully Booked on February 19th Phwoar! Wrong side of the Westminster tracks – crime, grime and where the bodies are buried

Docklands
Docklands

Saturday, 02 July 2022 @ 10.30 am (Click here for more dates)

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

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

Saturday, 02 July 2022 @ 10.45 am

Guided by the author of The Lonely Planet Guide to London

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

Sunday, 03 July 2022 @ 2.30 pm (Click here for more dates)

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

When Horses Ran London
When Horses Ran London

Sunday, 10 July 2022 @ 10.45 am

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

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

Tuesday, 12 July 2022 @ 7 pm (Click here for more dates)

Celebrating 60 years of the Rolling Stones. Guided by Adam

The Arsenal Story
The Arsenal Story

Saturday, 16 July 2022 @ 2.30 pm

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

Limehouse - Thames - Docklands
Limehouse - Thames - Docklands

Sunday, 17 July 2022 @ 2.30 pm (Click here for more dates)

"part gentrified, part solidly working class"

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

Sunday, 07 August 2022 @ 2.30 pm (Click here for more dates)

"unseen, untrodden, unexplored, unknown London beckons"

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

Monday, 15 August 2022 @ 7 pm (Click here for more dates)

The history of Rock and Pop in the West End.

Whitehall Affray – Statues of Discord
Whitehall Affray – Statues of Discord

Saturday, 20 August 2022 @ 11 am

"he was so angry he ended up sculpting a horse urinating"

Great Balls of Fire
Great Balls of Fire

Saturday, 20 August 2022 @ 2.30 pm

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

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

Sunday, 21 August 2022 @ 10.45 am (Click here for more dates)

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

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

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"