Walking Tours

Walking can be the best way of exploring London’s secrets and it doesn’t have to be strenuous. You could chose to visit the site of the Roman Arena where gladiators fought or find out where John Logie Baird first produced a television image.

The characters you meet on the range of walks available include household names like Winston Churchill, Nelson Mandela, Casanova, Captain Kidd and Jack the Ripper, the list is endless.

Whether it’s the buildings, the locations or the people they all come with an interesting past full of anecdotes. It is difficult to do the diversity London has to offer in such a summary but rest assured there genuinely is something for everybody. Whether it’s the past, the present, the people or the places there is much to educate and entertain

Walking tours generally last about 2 hours but can be tailored to be shorter or longer as you wish, they all start and end near a tube station.

Greenwich Past and Present   New

A View of Greenwich from the River c.1750-2 by Canaletto (Giovanni Antonio Canal) 1697-1768Full of history, tourist attractions and spectacular views. Learn a little about why the Cutty Sark did not last long as a tea clipper, see one of London’s “hidden gems” and  hear about the cricket match of the one legged versus the one armed. It all happened in Greenwich as did Henry VIII’s dramatic change of character, he was once fun loving apparently! I will take you off the beaten track and leave you in striking distance of interesting pubs and one of London’s oldest pie and mash establishments (with or without the eels!)  Get in touch

Fleet Street and Smithfield: An Experience!    New

Famous as the Street of ink but more than just a connection to newspapers; we have the Demon Barber, the watering hole of Samuel Johnson who was to say “a man tired of London is tired of life” and of course a church that modelled the famous tiered wedding cake. A little further on and we visit the “bloodiest” spot in London, Smithfield. One time slaughterhouse, execution site of Protestants and where Braveheart William Wallace was hung drawn and quartered. For those with an interest in Sherlock Holmes you won’t be left out. Get in touch

Covent Garden Walk

Not just tourists and the Royal Opera House. An area full of surprises with connections to Lawrence of Arabia, Jane Austen, The Masons and the Bow Street Runners. If that’s not enough wouldn’t you like to know what a Kate Middleton is and where Jeremy Paxman was black balled. We finish in Tin Pan Alley so maybe your last chance to see where the Rolling Stones recorded their first two albums before it all gets redeveloped.   Get in touch

Soho Walk

P1010411One of the last villages in London with a colourful and somewhat seedy past. We will meet “Private Eye”, Casanova, Karl Marx and watch the amazing animated mural near Carnaby Street. We will also be visiting some of those “Quirky” noses of Soho and the home of an “artist” who had himself sacrificed on the cross. Soho may be many things but the one thing it is not, is Boring!  Get in touch

 

East End Walk

A part of London not familiar to everybody but rich in diversity, an area of contrasts. We have Jack the Ripper and the Krays at one end and charities like the Salvation Army and heart rending stories like The Elephant Man at the other end. An area of London that has hosted many immigrant communities, Jews, Huguenots, Irish, Germans and now an area officially christened Banglatown.  Get in touch

Jack The Ripper

It’s 1888, it’s cold, it’s misty and Jack is loose in the East End of London. Five savage murders in the space of just 70 days leaving five badly mutilated bodies, a terrorised population and a string of suspects, but Jack was never caught!!! Jack the Ripper remains a mystery. Join me on a walk through some of Jack’s old haunts in Whitechapel, see where the atrocities took place and make up your own mind about who did it and why?? Get in touch

Take a Walk on the Wild Side

There was a time when a visit to the Southbank would have meant, drinking, bear baiting or worse but now….enjoy the river, wonder at the ever changing skyline and connect with a part of London’s less savoury past.  Shakespeare, Drake, Nelson Mandella, and the Winchester Geese all form part of London’s rich past whereas the Cheesegrater, the Walkie Talkie and the Shard say something of the future. Join me on a tour that connects the old, the new and the curious.            Get in touch

The Olympics have come and gone but……

The biggest show on earth has come and gone but many of the venues are staying with us, so if you would like to see firsthand the transformation from Dereliction and Decay to  site of sporting heroics then join me on a walk round the perimeter of the Olympic Park. Hear also about some of the stories that made the games great and about the quirkier side of the Olympics: Is it really obligatory to wear make up in one Olympic Sport and is Bridge really a recognised sport by the International Olympic Committee?   Get in touch

Pubs, Pirates and the occasional celebrity

 Fancy a walk through a part of London that conjures up visions of Captain Kidd, The Mayflower and for good measure Helen Mirren. Steeped in history with pirates regularly “dancing” on the gallows whilst hanging Judge Jeffreys watches from a safe distance whilst taking a leisurely lunch. We can also grab a bite to eat and take in the views and ambience of some of the best riverside pubs in London, The Town of Ramsgate, the Captain Kidd and the oldest riverside pub in London the Prospect of Whitby. History , celebrities and pubs, does it get any better? Get in touch

Romans to Riches

Bank of EngalndStart at St. Paul’s tube station and take in the magnificence of Sir Christopher Wren’s masterpiece and some of his other city churches alongside a 17th century gateway used to display traitors’ heads. We will also see the academy where they trained James Bond and Obi Wan Kenobi and a visit to the city wouldn’t be complete without going to the Bank of England and hearing stories about bankers past and present. In between we will connect with other famous figures like Winston Churchill, William Shakespeare and the infamous Hanging Judge Jeffreys. Get in touch

Princes and Parliament

Buckingham PalaceStart at Piccadilly Circus and take in landmarks like Trafalgar Square, Buckingham Palace, 10 Downing Street, the Houses of Parliament and Westminster Abbey. You might just meet the stars of the King’s Speech, a pelican, the founder of modern day Vietnam and Victory in a bottle. If that is not enough you will hear something about the theatre, the need to import Belgian sand for the Olympics and what Nick Clegg, Helena Bonham Carter and Christopher Wren all have in common. Get in touch

Docks: Poverty to Prosperity

Once a commercial failure now a commercial success. Nestling next to the Tower of London St. Kathryn’s dock is a remnant of our once great maritime past with connections to Shackleton, Churchill and Thomas Telford. Stories of times past where the wheel workers, jiggers and truckers used to work the docks and with modern day connections to the Royal Jordanian family and Bill Gates. St. Kathryn’s dock of today is a thriving marina with a selection of pubs, restaurants, appartments and a fantastic view over London’s ever changing sky line.  Get in touch

Warrior Monks to Warring Barristers

Take just a few short steps from the hurly burly of Fleet Street and find yourself in the calm and tranquil grounds of the Inner and Middle Temples where warrior monks have been replaced by warriors of a different sort, barristers. Love them or loathe them you certainly can’t ignore them. Pass the chambers once occupied by Hanging Judge Jeffreys of the “Bloody Assizes” and those occupied by modern day warrior monks  like Lord Goldsmith and Tony Blair. The buildings take us back to a time when Richard the Lionheart was leading crusades against the “infidels” and where some Knights remain “at rest” awaiting a further call to arms. You may recall this church featuring in the film of the Da Vinci code? There are connections to court reporter Charles Dickens and a failed lawyer namely W.S. Gilbert of Gilbert and Sullivan fame. Then with one short bound we are in the Royal Courts of Justice where modern day battles take place over topics like The Dale Farm Travellers, Phone Hacking and Rio Ferdinand’s super injunction!!     Get in touch

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