Every weekend I do three fun and informative (hopefully) guided walks in London. They work on a 'pay what you want' basis, so if it's rubbish, then I've obviously wasted a few valuable hours of your life that you'll never get back, but at least it hasn't cost you anything in a monetary sense. If however, it turns out you quite enjoy the experience and would like to pay something at the end of the walk, then you are most welcome to do so. The group sizes are rarely massive, and could range from one person, up to twenty. There's no knowing. The photos below will give you an idea.
On Saturday mornings I do a walk from just near Trafalgar Square to St Paul's cathedral, taking in Covent Garden and Fleet Street. On Saturday afternoons I do a walk which starts near St Paul's cathedral and from there we head over the Millennium Bridge to Bankside & Borough on the south side of the river and return over London Bridge before finishing at Monument. On Sundays I do a walk around east London, including Old Street, Shoreditch and Spitalfields, including amongst other things a fair bit of street art. The theme of my walks is that there is no theme, and I very selfishly furnish people with bits of information, that I find interesting. Also, a great deal of the things we discuss might simply pop up in conversation on the day, so therefore very much depends on the group.
If you contact me about coming on one of the regular weekend walks, make sure the date is up on the home page first, then let me know which walk you'd like to join, the number of places you'd like to book and I'll send you the relevant meeting point details and wot not. The reason I don't put those details on the website, is so I know how many people, and who to expect.
Here are some of the people that have come on my weekend walks in recent memory.
This is Alison, Joe, Katarine and the rather brilliantly named Surma Surma (although turned out not to be his real name) in Covent Garden. A French artist had decided to fill it with 100,000 latex balloons ... all in the name of art.
This is one of the Sunday groups at the end of our walk outside Christchurch Spitalfields. There are loads of markets and food stalls around here on Sundays, so is a good place to get lunch or just have a wander around. Just look how much fun Julia there in the middle had, and that was having listened to me warbling on about stuff for 3 hours.
This is Matt and his mum Sue, who you can see standing outside St Paul's cathedral where we finish the Saturday morning walk. The rest of the group weren't really, really small. Matt & Sue were the only two people there. It was an emotional day as they were completing their third and final weekend walk with me, having done one a year over the last 3 years, completing what is known as THE TRILOGY.
This is a Saturday morning group at the beginning of October, and they're in Victoria Embankment Gardens, which we don't visit too often, but was probably because there was an event on in Trafalgar Square. Paul and Trish were back for a second walk with me.
At the beginning of September, I appeared in a German magazine called Mobil in an article about Shoreditch that was distributed throughout Germany's rail network on the Deutsch Bahn. For this reason, there has been an influx of German people coming along on my walks, particularly the east London one on Sundays, which includes Shoreditch. The above group is a good example of this, as they all came from Germany. They are standing beneath one of street artist Christiaan Nagel's ubiquitous mushrooms.
Here is another Sunday group, this time in Spitalfields.
Finally, here are two photos from both the morning and afternoon walks, one Saturday in September. On the left is Eric & Beth visiting from the States, and they were joined by Dawn & Paddy who had been on a walk with me previously. Eric & Beth evidently enjoyed themselves so much (which probably had more to do with Dawn & Paddy than myself) that they came back for a second helping in the afternoon; this time joined by Jonny & Caroline down from Scotland, who were also on their second walk with me. I took their photo in Borough Market, which is a 1000 year old food market, nestling in the shadow of Southwark cathedral, just to the south of London Bridge.
So there you have it. That's the kind of stuff we get up to on the weekend walks. If you fancy joining one, please do get in touch. Don't forget, if you're visiting London during the week and would like me to show you around a bit, then I do private walks, which are usually just for couples, families or small groups, and are very much based around what those people would like to get out of it.
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