London Literature Walking Tours
Bloomsbury Literature Walking Tour
Lived in squares, read in circles and loved in triangles! Bloomsbury has much more to be scared of than the Woolfs. There is Arthur Machen prowling the fringes, Ben Aaronovitch's wizard HQ in Russell Square, Disraeli in Bloomsbury Square not to mention messrs Orwell, Betjeman, Gorky, Yeats and Eliot.
Peckham Literature Walking Tour
Literary giants to classic genres Peckham has a wealth of writing talent associated with it spanning 400 years. Poets and novelists have written in it, about it and around it and whilst Blake saw angels, King saw stars and Dickens his mistress! Muriel Spark wrote a balled of the Rye and John Donne a sonnet and Evie Wyld about whales. Join us on a stroll across the Rye and through the heart of SE15.
Southwark Literature Walking Tour
"The man who is tired of reading Borough writers is tired of life, for there is in the Borough all that literature can afford!" But Dr Johnson is just one of a stellar collection in an area which has more world class writers than anywhere else on the planet! Tour starts at Southwark Tube Station and ends at Borough Tube Station.
Family Walking Tours London Focused
London Animals Walking Tour East
Geese tethered to the Monument, mice and camels on buildings, lions and bears at the tower, horses everywhere, an "immortal"ť cat not to mention dolphins, elephants and birds of prey. Lovely stroll along the banks of one of the world's cleanest urban waterways, after all 130 species of river wildlife can't all be wrong.
London Animals Tour West
Horses, pelicans, lions and camels not to mention the grave of a "nazi" dog, the famous Brown Dog riots, an elephant running amok on the Strand and buried dinosaurs under Trafalgar Square. Both animal tours come with "spot the animal" score cards and prizes.
Tree tour Brockwell Park
The nursery rhyme walk
Always fond of stretching a point this walk takes in a number of themes dealt with in popular favourite nursery rhymes such as politics, debt, fire and sacrifice. It starts at Bank Station (London's burning) and crosses London Bridge (which is not falling down). From there it meanders along the streets once walked by the Southwark geese (goosie, goosie, gander) before crossing back over the Millennium Bridge to the old parish of St Clements (oranges and lemons) and pays homage to Dick Whittington (Turn again Whittington). On the way a number of other rhymes (Baa baa black sheep and Rub a dub) also get a passing mention.
Ghosts and Folklore
London Bridge to St Pauls. Ghost bears, haunted ferries, mummies and the strange case of the mummified cat are all mentioned along with other Southwark and riverside spookiness and folklore.
Herds of feral swine, a well hung Italian, giant dogs, wall crawlers, huge rats and the ghost of the pig nosed princess, what's not to like on this stroll around Blackfriars? Along with the folklore there's literature, politics and the law and remember that underneath your feet is the Fleet.
Plague Pits, Revolution, Occultists, Substance abuse, Screaming Queens, and are possibly not what the 4th Lord Southampton had in mind when he laid out Southampton (now Bloomsbury) Square in 1660. Take a short tour of the area involving dueling specters, haunted clocks and dead parliamentarians.
Brockwell Park is waiting in the dark!
Wild West heroes, a lure for fairies, the devil's fruit and deadly mermaids are just part of the cast in this stroll around Brixton's magnificent Brockwell Park. Tree folklore and local legends combine. Alternatively known as the oaklore tour this covers such topics as how ash can cure impotence, how horsechesnut trees helped create the state of Israel.
The City of London
Architectural Melting Pot of the World: the development of English Baroque from St. Paul's Cathedral to Christchurch Spitalfields with Gothic Revival, Hi-Tech and late Arts & Crafts in between.
Romantics, Rationalists & Housing Reformers
from Lambeth North to the Borough through Blake's poetic Eden to Octavia Hill's garden suburb.
Classical Future or Gothic Past?
from Whitehall to Victoria to decide if London is a classical city looking to the future or a Gothic city living in the past
Russian Revolutionaries, Merchant Adventurers and Peter the Great in Greenwich. Greenwich's role in 200 years of Russian history as the capital of Britain's maritime empire.
REVOLUTION, REFORMATION AND UNDERGROUND RAILWAYS
Walking tour of historic London’s most politically radical district – Clerkenwell – with London Blue Badge Guide, Sean Mitchell.
Tour will mark the 100th anniversary of the Russian Revolution, the 500th anniversary of the Protestant Reformation, and we will see where both these world-cParliament.
War & Peace in Waterloo
a walk through Waterloo's historical development as a response to war and peace in her architecture and the literary character of Frankenstein's monster!
Hammersmith Radicals & Revolutionaries tour
a walk that takes in escaped slaves, executed anti royalist rebels, William Morris, Irish republicans and Russian revolutionaries dotted throughout the charming riverfront and backstreets of Hammersmith.
From the Muscovy Company to the Menshevik Split
a walk from Tower 42 (former NatWest Tower) to the Whitechapel Road - a journey through 350 years of Anglo-Russian history in the City of London and the East End.
THE RUSSIAN RADICAL INTELLIGENTSIA IN BLOOMSBURY
From the very first Free Russian Press in history set up by Alexander Herzen in 1853 to the aristocratic Russian literary critic who died in the Gulag in 1939 for his preference for the ideological intensity of the Soviet Union over the political banality of the Bloomsbury Set, we will touch on all the main stages of the Russian Revolutionary Movement up to and beyond 1917 in this extraordinary area of London!
We will see the house where Lenin finished formulating the ideology of the new Soviet order. We will encounter the Romantic revolutionary who stabbed to death the head of the Tsarist secret police and then pursued the overthrow of the autocracy through winning over British public opinion with an English-language newspaper. We will reveal where the Populist who inspired the idealistic Russian youth to ‘go to the peasantry’ ended his time in London having failed to persuade the Revolutionary Movement to persist with his political education programme. We will meet the Revolutionary Populist who had just finished serving a sentence in Wormwood Scrubs for calling for the assassination of the Tsar but would still go on to be the very first political prisoner of the Bolsheviks in Petrograd in 1917. We will discover the place where Nechaev, the sinister nihilist who inspired the main character of Dostoevsky’s novel “The Devils”, published the sole edition of his London-based newspaper. And we will encounter the British architect who was inspired by Soviet Constructivism personally from his Soviet émigré mentor.
All on the streets of Bloomsbury!