Here are a few examples of my London walking tours. Entrances and lunch are not included in my fees.

Little Venice walk along the Regents Canal to Camden Town and Market. (2 hours)

We start our walk at Paddington Station where you see the magnificent Victorian station and meet Paddington Bear . We walk through trendy Paddington Basin towards Little Venice where famous residents have included Robert Browning, Lucian Freud, Noel Gallagher and Alan Turing.

 

Admire the beautiful billionaire mansion houses on our way past Regents Park and the Regents Park Mosque to London Zoo, where we might see the Columbus monkeys in the newly restored aviary and the African hunting dogs.

 

All this along the beautiful Regents Canal with its many colourful house boats along the way. We finally get to Camden Town on this leisurely walk, to enjoy the vibrant and varied market with funky fashions, retro clothing, records, great shoes and street gear with  great street food and restuarants, pubs etc and the eclectic street art of Camden Town, see Amy Winehouse’s favourite pub then enjoy a sample of Gin from micro distillery Half Hitch Gin in the heart of the market. A one hour Gin making lesson is bookable, where you can make your own flavoured gin! Extra cost.

Notting Hill, Portobello Market, Rockstars and Film Locations! (2 hours)

We start our walk at trendy Notting Hill, one of London’s and Europe’s best markets now open throughout  the week. The market is famed for its Antiques, bric a brac, vintage, records, fruit and vegetable, souvenirs, coloured houses, Gin Distillery, Bars and restaurants and a great foodie market. We see the house where George Orwell lived, where the Beatles bought their military jackets for Sergeant Pepper, see where Pink Floyd first performered, the famous recording studio’s where Bob Marley recorded Exodus, George Michael and Queen recorded many albums plus its still going today.

 

The Hotel where Jimi Hendrix took an over dose.The bookshop and blue door from the movie Notting Hill, market scenes from Bed knobs and broomsticks, Love Actually, the area frequented by Paddington Bear, he loved Notting Hill. One of London’s oldest cinema’s The Electric where the notorious murderer John Christie was a projectionist, a very trendy cinema part of Soho House today.

 

A chance to enjoy a locally made gin and tonic at a micro  Gin-Distillery in Portobello Road.

 

We end our walk at the Ladbroke Rd end of the market, great retro vintage market, Acklam Food Village with its fantastic food from around the world, vibrant street art  and near to Ladbroke Grove tube station.

Secret Soho, Rockstars, Dandies, Revolutionaries and Queers! (2 hours)

Walking tour of a very eclectic and unspoilt and vibrant part of London with its China Town, great old Victorian Pubs, narrow streets undamaged by WW2, Film Companies, Jazz Clubs, very cosmopolitan Gay Village with pubs and restaurants, sex shops for all tastes, foodie market, night clubs for all musical tastes,restaurants, hidden churches and lots more. On this walk you will see where Mods hung out in the 60’s, rockers pubs , clubs frequented by New Romantics and punks, the old Marque club, private members clubs and hotels, the recording studios and cafes. We will see where television was first shown, places the Beatles had some of their most famous pictures taken by Dezo Hoffman, London’s first real Italian all night coffee shop and real French patisserie from before the war.

 

This was an area known for revolutionaries, journalists and politicians, bohemians and dandies, aristocrats, emigrants, sex workers, the great and the bad, many current celebreties and bands, Trident recording studio’s used by David Bowie, Queen and the Beatles and many more. Still my favourite part of London to this day!!!

London, Spies and Secrets………Bond? (2 hours)

Our walk starts in Mayfair/StJames’s an area known as being exclusive for its Gentlelemen’s Clubs and outfitters, however over the years this has been an area for intrigue, double dealing and betrayal from Anthony Blunt the Queens advisor on the Royal collection to the Russian turned agent  and poisoned agent Litvinienko. On this walk you will learn about how spying started in Britain, the start and original buildings of MI5 and MI6, GCHQ, learn about the new underground HQ just built, spy drop offs and meeting places. A hotel used for Churchill’s secret army and where the Cambridge 5 betrayed their country and had their last drinks before defecting to the Soviet Union, the club where Ian Fleming was a member and was inspired to write James Bond and the bar where he discovered the Vespa Martini shhhhhhhhhh! Mine is skaken and not stirred over ice and a lemon slice.

Spitalfields and Brick Lane, Immigrants, Slums and Murderers. (2 hours)

We meet at Liverpool station at the Kinder memorial to war time children evacuees, walking to the original Jewish market Petticoat Lane market, past vibrant restaurants to the slums where many 19 th century poor Irish and Jewish and other emigrants lived in over 200 Doss houses, see the original soup kitchens which fed the poor and starving, a surviving Synagogue onto the the very vibrant Spittlefields Market with its varied produce.

 

We then cross to the area around the spectaculer and recently restored Christchurch Spittlefields to see the beautifully preserved French Huguenot Weavers houses, home to many artists to this day. See a church that became a Synagogue then became a Mosque, explore vibrant Brick Lane known now as Banglatown with it’s famed Bengali Restaurants, Bagel Shops, vibrant Street Art and vintage markets. We end our tour at a pub where two of the victims of Jack the Ripper were often seen!!!

 

Also there is a Chance to visit Dennis Sever’s house at specified times when open, seperate fees apply. Described as an amazing experience!

Southwark, Borough Market, Bards and Stews. (2 hours)

Walking tour of an area once infamous for everything the authorities didn’t want across the river in the City of London. There were Breweries, Stews and Bath Houses, Bear and Dog Baiting, thieves and pick pockets, 5 Prisons, several theatre’s including Shakespeares original Globe and lots more.

 

On our walk we start at the sight where Chaucer’s pilgrims stayed before going to Canterbury on pilgramage, we see the remains of the prison where Charles Dickens father was incarcecerated, the moving Cross Bones Cemetry, burial place of thousands of working women of the night and their babies. The original site of the Globe and Rose theatre then onto a spectacular walk along the River Thames to see fantastic views of the new Globe theatre, Tate Modern, St Paul’s Cathedral and the City of London with views of some of its iconic high rises, then along the river past the ruins of Winchester Palace and replica of the Golden Hind, ship of Sir Francis Drake onto Southwark Cathedral, a church well known to Shakespeare and the fantastic foodie Borough market.

 

See film locations from Harry Potter, Lock Stock and Two Smoking Barrels and Bridget Jones, maybe try the best Oysters and bubbly from Essex or award winning fish and chips, we then finish at the George Inn, a lovely galleried 17 th c Inn, which Dickens frequented. Maybe try a drink in his favourite bar in the pub? Cheers !!!

Royal Warrant Holders shopping walk. (2 hours)

Enjoy a walk around two exclusive areas of London, Mayfair and St James’s. Visit some of the Royal Warrant holders shops. These are businesses who supply the Queen, Prince Philip and Prince Charles for over 5 years. We will visit Berry Bro & Rudd the Queen’s wine merchant, Lock and Co Hatters, Gieve’s and Hawke, Ritz hotel, Fortnum and Mason and many more. See behind the scenes at some of the stores. Some of shops have historic examples of items sold to famous Patrons from the Queen to Churchill. This tour is a shoppers delight !!!

Wimbledon Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club. (1.5 hours)

Very privileged to be working at this prestigious tennis venue. I do their Public tours but can also arrange private tours with a reduced entry for my private guests. This tour can be included in a London tour or done as a half day. On the tour we will visit all diffrent parts of the club, from  members and players areas, normally restricted areas. Centre Court and Court 1, the television studios, main interview rooms for players after winning or losing and the best views of most of the Championship Courts. Ladies and Gentlemen silence please!!!

 

The club is located at Southfields 45 minutes journey by tube or car from central London.

PAYMENTS & CANCELLATION FEES

 

Payments can be made by bank transfer or paypal in advance of the tour.

Cancellations must be made 5 days before the tour or full fees apply. If there is a cancellation before please ask me, I can move your tour to a diffrent time up to one year.

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