I have been leading unusual public walking tours of London for more than 9 years.
I keep my groups small and sociable and try and tailor each one to the specific interests or requests of my guests. Hence, no two tours are exactly the same experience!
If you like a long tour that goes in-depth on one area and includes a few pub and venue stops, take in Every Street in Soho in a day with me. If you prefer a shorter walk jam-packed with fascinating facts, I recommend Oddities of Strand.
New walks in 2018 include a Grinling Gibbons Day Out in London and Winston Churchill in London. New in 2019, A Bag of Gold in Bloomsbury! Details of other popular London walking tours are below, and there is even one of Hertford, a surprisingly Londony place at the northern end of the River Lea.
All my public walks are also available for booking by private groups or individuals. I can tailor any tour to your requirements, make them shorter, longer, include pub stops or finish near a restaurant in the area for example. If you would like to have a chat about the options or have any questions please email or phone me.
Oddities of Strand
As you walk along a former beach you will discover, London’s and possibly the world’s first wine bar, the scene of an elephant’s execution and the oldest family-run shop of its type on earth. You will also see a bizarre sculpture that most people have never noticed, a back-to-front church and the city’s largest clock face, no, not that one!
You will learn about the death of the bowler hat, the birth of blue plaques, see a Victorian “Apps Store” and a steeple that should never have been and we’ll finish our tour with a drink in the close company of Dracula, close to one of the greatest, yet least known, collections of art anywhere.
This tour lasts roughly 2 hours. The tour starts and ends near Covent Garden Tube, full details given upon booking.
The regular version of this tour is not suitable for wheelchairs, there are some stairs, steep inclines, kerbs and narrow pavements, please contact me if you want to talk in more detail about a specially adapted version.Bookable via Eventbrite
South Bank Walking Tour
On this new tour you'll learn about the transformation of the area, hear about some plans for its future, experience development as it should be done, see at least three places where you can enjoy free entertainment, be serenaded to a rooftop view, have a glimpse inside a national institution and whisk through a cool new destination. We'll finish off with a pint in a wonderful pub on a street that has barely altered in almost 200 years.
Everybody on the tour will receive a free guidebook to aid further explorations. This tour is guaranteed to have no more than 12 people taking part. The tour lasts roughly 2 hours. The tour starts and ends near The London Eye, full details given upon booking.
Accessibility: The regular version of this tour is suitable for wheelchairs, push-chairs etc please contact me if you want to talk in more detail about accessibility.
The London Pub
This tour is one of a series that will cover Pete’s favourite London pubs area by area once or twice a month on Sunday afternoons. Civilised, conversational pub crawls, four interesting pubs and a drink in each one, all over the course of four hours. Hangovers are definitely not the objective!
There will be a little history along the way and some relevant original documents and old maps to look at but the real focus of these tours is to enjoy the pubs, and the conversations to be had in them, with small groups of like minded enthusiasts.
Currently on offer in Mayfair, Paddington, Camden and Borough. This tour is guaranteed to have no more than 10 people taking part. This walk is not suitable for children so over 18s only.
The tour can be adapted to be fully accessible with notice.Bookable via Eventbrite
Ritz, glitz, glamour, the word Mayfair evokes a James Bond spirit – high-living, high-rolling, fast cars, faster women, quality cocktails, luxury hotels, discretion, secrecy and espionage. Mayfair is also known for its numerous American links forged both in leisure and in War.
But there is also much of Mayfair that is little known and often missed by visitors and Londoners alike. So in addition to seeing sites synonymous with the area, you will also see a minimum of three elephants, London’s oldest street art, a sheep-free zone, some clubs fit for a future King and Queen, many places where even Roman Abramovich could easily run out of money, many scientific firsts, some great new public art, the finest terraced house in Britain and the country’s first one way street.
This tour lasts approximately 2 hours.
The tour starts and ends near Green Park Station, full details given upon booking.
The tour is fully accessible there are dropped kerbs throughout but there are two inclines, please contact me if you want to talk in more detail about accessibility.Bookable via Eventbrite
Secrets of Dorset Square
Dorset Square and the surrounding streets are on the face of it a typical Georgian development. But packed into this tiny area are some great stories and some fascinating associations. So in addition to seeing some Great Georgian architecture, you will also some trees that were once visited by a very famous dog, an unlikely and historic sporting arena, the scene of an armed siege, WWII associations, a very tiny pub, and the birthplace of a classic car.
Marylebone has had some very interesting residents over the years and along the way we will be seeing some of their homes, both fictional and real, including the homes of the world’s most filmed character and a man now credited as a founding father of modern computer gaming. We will also pass a land-bound lighthouse and meet a working detective. We will finish at the site of a technological and social revolution, close to some of London’s most popular attractions.
This tour lasts approximately 1.5 hours.
The tour starts near Marylebone Station, and ends near Baker Street, full details given upon booking.
The tour is fully accessible there are dropped kerbs throughout and no steep inclines or other barriers, please contact me if you want to talk in more detail about accessibility.Bookable via Eventbrite
Hertford's Pubs and History
Hertford is a stunningly beautiful and historic County town with lots of links to London, hundreds of listed buildings, four rivers, some fantastic pubs and it is just 50 minutes by train from Moorgate or Liverpool Street.
During our day out we'll wander through the town, see the end of the navigable Lee River, the remains of a Castle which was the country retreat of numerous monarchs and one time home to Parliament. We'll pass many examples of 15th and 16th century architecture and an amazing 19th Century brewery. We will also look at the miniature local version of a Georgian “Egyptian Hall”, as well as the splendid Adam Shire Hall and much much more. En route we will refresh ourselves in three of the loveliest pubs in the area.
After the tour you'll have time to return to anywhere that caught your eye, shop in the local market, browse the numerous independent shops or have a meal in one of the excellent local restaurants.
The group size will be kept deliberately small, a maximum of ten people, to encourage a convivial and chatty atmosphere.
This tour will last approximately 4 hours.
The tour starts near Hertford North Station and finishes near Hertford East Station.
The tour is fully accessible but there are some kerbs and narrow pavements, please contact me if you want to talk in more detail about accessibility.
This walk is not suitable for under 18s on account of the pub stops.Bookable via Eventbrite
Private Tours and Corporate Events
Most tours are also available for corporate or private bookings and each is then fully adapted to the specific requirements of the group. If you are interested in me adapting any tour for you please do email me at firstname.lastname@example.org or see the Contact tab for more ways to get in touch.
I also offer Public Walks, Private Events and provide Consultancy Services for media and education professionals in London. You can read Reviews of Walks and see some recent projects here. Please feel free to contact me about any of these services.