Public Walks & Talks

I am now using Eventbrite to handle bookings for all my public walking tours and talks in London.

You can still pay cash on the day or book by email if you prefer.

Please see the calendar on the right for upcoming dates or scroll down for more details about each walk or talk.

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 at all, please email or phone me.

The Seven Noses of Soho

Seven Noses of Soho

The Seven Noses of Soho

Legend has it that if you see all the “Seven Noses of Soho” you will  attain infinite wealth. If the legend is true then this has to be the best value walking tour that has ever been offered! If the legend doesn’t quite live up to expectations you will still be able to proudly boast of your achievement.

The tour takes in all Seven Noses, a very grand eighth nose, a ghost nose and a false nose.

Along the way you will learn about the creation of the noses and the myths surrounding them. You will also see numerous other “hidden gems” including an unusual  Victorian fund-raising device, some comic mosaics in an unlikely location and  some “secret” art, to top it all there is even a bonus ear!

The noses are dotted around the Soho area. Guided by a fully qualified City of Westminster Guide you will also be seeing some great architecture, hearing about the history of the area and walking in the footsteps of Mozart, Marx and Jimi Hendrix, through some of Soho’s finest and most atmospheric streets.

This tour lasts roughly 2 hours.

The tour starts near Covent Garden Tube, and ends near Charing Cross, full details given upon booking.

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.

Bookable via Eventbrite

 

Oddities of  Strand

Strand

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

Bizarre Bowes Park

This little area of North London is a total mystery to most Londoners and is certainly completely off the traditional tourist trail. Yet this bit of suburban London is packed with interest. A small and intrepid group of us will be exploring an area that few visitors ever have.

On our morning in Bowes Park we will see Ovi the dinosaur, an odd collection of eagles, view London’s most interesting underpants, see part of The New River and a ramshackle “pop-up” church that has recently been saved, look at some interesting late Victorian and Edwardian architecture, stop off for a drink in one the area’s most interesting bars, explore Bowes Park’s musical links and view the most disturbing window display in the entire city. There will also be an opportunity to shop for delicious Turkish and Greek food in some wonderful and very inexpensive local shops.

Most Londoners live in suburbs like Bowes Park, if you are a visitor and want to see “real London” this tour is for you. If you live in East, South or West London and want to spend a morning getting to know a “new area” then I don’t think Bowes Park will disappoint.

The tour starts near Bounds Green Tube, and ends near Wood Green Tube, full details given upon booking.

This tour lasts roughly 3 hours. We will finish in a typical local pub to debrief.

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.

Bookable via Eventbrite

Secrets of Dorset Square

Dorset Square

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

Hidden Mayfair

Mayfair

Mayfair

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

Other Popular Walks

I offer a wide variety of tours throughout Westminster including Belgravia, Elephants in Westminster, Fitzrovia, The Royal Parks, Little Venice, Luxury Cocktail Crawls, Paddington, Piccadilly, Pimlico, Political Westminster, Pubs,  Smoker’s Westminster, Soho, Victoria & Westminster’s  Top Ten Sights.

Most tours are only 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 walks@peterberthoud.co.uk or see the Contact tab for more ways to get in touch.

I also offer Private Tours, 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.

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Peter Berthoud


  • A City of Westminster Guide
  • A Member of the City of Westminster Guide Lecturers Association (CWGLA)
  • A Founder Member of London Historians
  • An Associate Member of The Royal Institution

You can contact me via:

Email Walks@peterberthoud.co.uk

Phone (00 – 44) 7584 319 263

Skype peter.berthoud