Let us wander through this most prestigious of London addresses. We’ll see the six million pound brace of elephants, where the rich and famous get their firearms, where Nigella was strangled, Madonna’s had her boozer and a Banksy masterpiece. We’ll also see the crime-scene for a notorious KGB ‘hit”, a sixties riot, the Queens birthplace and find out why nightingales definitely don’t sing in Berkeley Square.
Does your heart sink at the prospect of Team Building go-karting?
Fed up with being shot with paintballs on a Works Do ?
Can’t wait to escape another Escape Room?
Why not do something oh-so more civilised and Pubbify Your Walk? For only ten pounds extra per person any of the described walks extended by two hours and to include stops to refresh yourselves at some of London’s most magnificent boozers.
Cost absolutely and incontrovertibly doesn’t include the price of your drinks!
Meeting outside of Shadwell Overground Station, we start at the site of a huge commemorative mural to the East Ends resistance to fascism, a Docklands church with a sinister past, and the location of an infamous Victorian surplice riot. We will visit the cradle of London river policing, one of Turner’s boozers that hosted a Kray twins fight, two ships-that-never-were, the statue to a boy-eating tiger, a Blitz-proof pub, the pub where Captain Bligh set off on his breadfruit expedition and the homes of two famous film Dames. We will go through the first under river tunnel ever built, visit the pub where the Founding Fathers shoved off for America, where the NHS was born, and where Turner painted “The Fighting Temeraire” (and why he got it all wrong!). We will find the spot where Bill Sykes met his doom and where John Cleese was dangled by his ankles.
N.B. There is an additional £6 entrance fee to the Brunel Museum on this tour and clients will require a ticket or use of a travel card for a one-stop journey on the underground.
We will start at the best place to take a photograph of Trafalgar Square and explain why Nelson’s Column was almost Nelson’s Pyramid and how it was almost dismantled and taken to Berlin. We will see one of the mysterious Soho noses and find out why opticians sponsor turtles. We will find Benjamin Franklin’s house and the pub of two halves and why a drowned admiral inspired watchmaking. We will find a beached boat taxi stop and some brilliant Art Deco buildings. We will pause for a photo shoot outside of No.10… but not the one you’re thinking of. There will be the chance to stand on the saviour of the capital’s masterpiece and see the damage done by explosives to the Oldest Thing in London. We will walk through a royal palace that used to be a car park and finish at the Bombers church that got Bombed.
We will start outside of St James’s Underground Station. Walk to the Mall and explain how it got its name, see where London had its only full state Nazi funeral attended by a King,the curious grave of a true companion and the crime scene of an Egyptian generals murder. We will wend our way through the capitals clubland and visit various purveyors of Gentlemen’s Requisites. We will sit where Churchill used to smoke his cigars and visit the man who dressed us all. We will squeeze into the smallest square in London and see the oddest and shortest lived embassy. We will explain why a notorious London Bobby’s murder went unpunished despite the perpetrator being trapped literally “in a corner”.
Starting in Soho Square, we will explain how Soho got its name and where it’s four brothers are. We will uncover the kinky history of the “Crooked Square Mile” and the home address of the other Florence Nightingale. We will see some of Soho’s famous noses and where a photograph was taken that brought down a government. We will visit a brothel that’s no longer open for business but was home to a man who crucified himself for arts sake. We will see the scene of the notorious Fight That Never Was, the first ever television show and where Karl Marx was very, very naughty. We shall see the pub that only serves halves and visit the beating heart of Gay London that a terrorist couldn’t destroy.
We shall meet in a church with it’s own tunnel to heaven before walking to the home of two eminent Victorian cross dressers. We shall visit the best orphanage in London before seeing the (briefly) most infamous pillar box in the world. We shall see the original Orwellian Ministry of Truth and say hello to the pickled remains of the the two hundred year old philosopher who liked to design prisons. On we will walk to where Dylan Thomas liked to booze away his days and we shall take a flight across the entirety of London…without ever leaving the ground. We shall amble through the treasure trove of the worlds heritage, then have a gander at the best umbrella shop in the Britain before lastly settling outside a church made famous by Hogarth.
N.B. There is an additional £13 entrance fee for the Foundling Museum on this tour subject to availability.
This walk concentrates on legal London. The region devoted to the training in, administration of, and execution of the law. We shall start from Temple Underground Station and work our way through the four Inns of Court. En route we will discover the bones of a giant, a Georgian car boot sale, a treasure trove of silver, go ‘round a round church, and visit the cathedral to English law. We will see where Shakespeare premiered one of his plays and find where lawyers go to be-wig themselves. We will visit the superb and opulent home of an American lord and drink in “Queer Street”.
N.B. There is an additional £5 entrance fee to Temple church on this tour.
This walk is devoted to old, old London. The Square Mile of the city. We shall meet outside of the Lord Raglan pub before walking through a garden commemorating everyday heroism, we shall see the youngest listed building, we shall pass under the original Temple Bar, visit the naughty Hell Fire club. We shall drink in a Jam Pot before visiting the Leaky Cauldron. We shall see a million pound note and take a flight over the city …without ever leaving the ground.
We shall meet outside of Leicester Square tube station before diving into London’s first Piazza.
Would you prefer a smut, a mawke or a trugmoldy? We shall delve into Covent Gardens seedy and violent past as the epicentre of London’s sex industry and refer to Mr Harris’s Big Boy’s Own Bumper Book of Brothels.
We shall wander through the church devoted to the commemoration of some of Britain’s most loved Luvvies before visiting London’s oldest restaurant – the favourite dining rooms for Kings and spy chiefs. We will see the biggest royal throne before walking through the Royal Opera House and see the bridge over which all aspiring Billy Elliot’s hope to cross.
Next we will walk through the cradle of the British organic movement (also the location of Monty Python’s flat) before seeing London’s tallest door. Lastly we shall stroll to the chic and beautiful Seven Dials and find out why it’s out of time.
We shall meet at the base of a terrible telescope that found a ghastly second career. Then we will walk across the latest of the many, many London Bridges and find out their histories as homes, bastions, tourist attractions and grisly warnings. Then we will plunge into the racy, saucy, drunken epicentre of debauchery that was Borough and Bankside. We will visit Bridget Jones’s flat, the site of an Austrian generals’ humiliation and the saddest corner of Southwark. We will visit a spectacular Victorian warehouse before we settle down and learn how to saw off a leg.
We will continue past the tallest building in Europe and see a swarm of giant petrol-head ants.
Finally we will sample the terrific wares of the booming micro-brewery phenomenon and totter down the fabulous Bermondsey Beer Mile.
NB- There is an additional fee of £7 to enter the Old Operating Theatre.