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Walking Tours of London

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Royal Westminster

This walk takes you through the very heart of London!  Starting in London’s most strategic Square and then taking the Royal processional route to Buckingham Palace, passing Clarence House where Prince Charles and Camilla, the Duchess of Cornwall, live.  Then through the lovely Royal park of St James’ and on to Westminster Abbey where coronations have taken place since 1066, and a few royal weddings, too!   We also throw a bit of politics into this walk for good measure!

The City of London

This walk takes you into the oldest part of the capital where you will hear about the events that had a profound impact on the history of London.  You will explore this financial heart of the city as well as discovering hidden gardens and medieval alleyways that hide traces of its 2,000 year history.

You will see one of the world’s best loved cathedrals completed 300 years ago, as well as more contemporary buildings of iconic note.  You will walk through the street of architects, seeing cutting-edge building designs of their day and hear stories of the everyday heroes of 19th century London whilst visiting some of the quaintest open spaces and alleyways in the Square Mile.

Soho

Soho has been the Playground of London for centuries. It has all happened here: Carnaby Street and the boutiques of the Swinging Sixties; top nightclubs: rock and roll and world-class jazz. Sample the colours, flavours and atmosphere of London’s China Town. Soho has been known for its after dark pleasures, and it is now renowned for its coffee bars, drinking clubs and restaurants.

Spitalfields and Shoreditch

A visit to London should now include a visit to the East End areas of Spitalfields, Brick Lane and Shoreditch.  These areas have transformed from being amongst the most run-down of London to becoming fashionable, exciting and vibrant, with a myriad of bars, restaurants, clubs and galleries, as well as independent and quirky shops.  These areas are a centre for street culture and street art.  Anne-Marie leads tours that focus on the dynamic street art scene as well as the historical and cultural aspects of the area.

Financial  London

The City of London, or the Square Mile as it is often called, is the financial capital of the UK and is one of the leading financial centres of the world.  Our tour in the Square Mile  includes the key financial institutions including the Bank of England, the London Metal Exchange, Lloyds Market and the Stock Exchange.  We will also step off the main streets to visit some of the alleyways and hidden corners where city workers have wined and dined for hundreds of years. We will learn about the history of the City and its development into a major financial centre.

Olympic Legacy Walk

The Olympics and Paralympics were very successful and also great fun!  This walk talks about the Olympic venues and the athletes.  It also shows the important regeneration that has - and continues - to take place in the Stratford area as part of the legacy of the Olympics.

Best of British

This is a varied walk around the prestigious areas of Mayfair and St James that shows examples of the “Best of British”.  This includes gentlemen’s clubs, Savile Row tailors, contemporary fashion, the favourite foodhall of the Queen and much, much more.

Dedicated Follower of Fashion

This walk takes us past the land of Bohemia and to the heart of the swinging '60s, then through the classic and stylish Regent Street to where the bible of fashion is produced, Mayfair. We then walk along the golden mile of tailoring, and through the street where Royalty likes to shop.  You will hear about British designers including the first Knight of fashion, the Dame of fashion, the Godmother of fashion and the Bad Boy of fashion!

Fashion and Shops Knightsbridge

This walk starts outside the Victoria and Albert Museum, known as the cathedral of decorative arts and where the history of the London fashion scene is showcased.  You will walk along some of the larger shopping streets and into the smaller quirky areas. Our walk will lead you along some of the best known shops in the world and into a street of designers where those in the know like to be seen shopping! 

You will hear about couture designs and see where some of the designers who were a favourite of Diana, Princess of Wales, have their outlets. You will see where fashion blends with art in the world of window dressing and where shopping is the whole experience!

Fashion on the Edge

This tour starts on the edge of the City and takes us through the historical setting of the rag trade in this part of London, from silk weaving to vintage!  See some of the old shop frontages and where Queen Victoria had her wedding dress made.  Learn about the markets here today and feel the buzz of this very upbeat area with numerous outlets for vintage and retro fashionistas.

Street Art

This tour takes us through one of London’s most vibrant areas, the East End.  Walking through Spitalfields, Brick Lane and Shoreditch, we will see how these streets act as galleries showcasing the current dynamic street art scene.  We will see different styles of art ranging from stencils to aerosol painting, from paste ups to mini sculptures.  We will see the works of many artists such as Stik, Nathan Bowen, Eine Pabalo Delgado, Roa, Jimmy C and the scarlet pimpernel of the street art scene, Banksy!

Architecture of London

This walk explores the urban character and the  history of London as shown by its buildings.  We can see Roman walls,  Norman churches, Georgian mansions,  Victorian Workhouses, as well as the latest additions to the skyline.  This walk  can be wide ranging, or tailored to a particular area or type of architecture.

The Legal Walk

Visit the Inns of Court, one of the most picturesque parts of London, steeped in history, where lawyers have lived and trained since medieval times.  Walk through the warren of court yards and passageways whilst hearing stories of the colourful characters of the legal world.  Continue on until we find the distinctive round nave of the Temple Church where the 13th century effigies of the Templar Knights lie.  See where Shakespeare’s play Twelfth Night was premiered and learn why the Royal Courts of Justice was named the Legal Cathedral.  See where our legal friends shop for wigs and gowns and where they find the time to play!

Playtime in Southwark

Come and see how the other half lived or rather played!  This walk takes you into an historical world of theatre, inns, brothels, bear baiting, prisons, fairs and markets  to the present day world of foodies, theatre, and art!  Join me in this tour of the South Bank!

Roman City

This walk starts at one of the gates of Roman London!  See the original Roman wall and the remains of one of the Roman temples and learn about the Roman way of life, the fort, the soldiers, the ordinary folk, the market place and the central administrative centre.  You will understand why the Thames was so important to the development of London and the origins of it as a great trading port under the Romans.  You will also hear about what the Romans did in their spare time!

Tailor-Made Tours

If you have ideas of your own on what you would like to see and do in London, Anne-Marie can plan an itinerary to fit in with your interests and suit your timetable and needs.