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A Team of London History Experts

Posted by Hazel Baker, Director of London Guided Walks on Friday, February 28, 2020, In : Guided Walks 
London Guided Walks is growing from strength to strength



As a solopreneur moving into a leadership role I wanted to get all our tour guides together and work on our core principles and our identity as London Guided Walks. 

Wanting to set the right tone, instead of meeting in a pub (the usual hang out for London tour guides) we met at our office's meeting room (bribed by sandwiches, coffee and cake). 

In this session, complete with a colourful presentation and a whiteboard, we delved into the det...


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A fabulous start to 2020

Posted by Hazel Baker, Director of London Guided Walks on Friday, February 28, 2020, In : Guided Walks 
We have had our busiest January and February to date.

Over the last two months we have delivered 22 guided walks and private tours to a total of 539 people, covering a mere 54.2 miles.

Ian's Roman London walk has been very popular:

"5 stars. This was my perfect walking tour. The group was the right size, I could hear everything the guide had to say. There was some walking (much preferable to ambling very short distances). The content was excellent: a mix of history, art and civilisation. I learn...
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Growing from strength to strength

Posted by Hazel Baker, Director of London Guided Walks on Thursday, February 27, 2020, In : Guided Walks 
Becoming a London tour guide wasn't originally on my career ladder. For a couple of years I had been writing a London history blog and by default had ended up on the most specialist London tours going. "You should really move your blog onto the streets" I was told. And so that's what I did. I went back to university to become a qualified London tour guide. 

For four years I have worked on my own, always with the vision of creating a space where other professional guides would be able to share...

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Susan's River Thames Walk

Posted by London Guided Walks on Monday, October 7, 2019, In : Guided Walks 

Susan's City of London River Thames walk helps us all make sense of the changing scene on London's river. The Thames rapidly became the most important river in the country following the Roman invasion, and has remained so ever since.

Starting at Blackfriars walk along the length of the City of London's edge of the Thames to the Tower of London. Susan's walk puts everything into perspective and looks at how it developed and changed through the ages. 

Hear the origins of the nursery rhy...


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St George's Day Walk

Posted by Hazel Baker on Friday, April 12, 2019, In : Guided Walks 

It's back!

Celebrate St George's Day 2019 with us on our dragon walk.

The City of London is surrounded by dragons. On this walk we explore the city of London in search of these elusive beasts.

Although dragons occur in many legends around the world, different cultures have varying stories about monsters that have been grouped together under the dragon label. Some dragons are said to breathe fire or to be poisonous, such as in the Old English poem Beowulf. Which dragons will we find?

Start: London...


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London's Burning

Posted by London Guided Walks on Sunday, September 4, 2016, In : Guided Walks 

350 years ago the Great Fire of London tore through the medieval streets of London, destroying 80% of the city in four days. 373 acres of the City - from the Tower in the East to Fleet Street and Fetter Lane in the West - and burning around 13,200 houses, 84 churches and 44 company halls.

Learn more about this major event, how the royals and the regulars dealt with this disaster as well as other historical events on our Heretics and Horrors walking tour.

Further reading: Was the Great ...
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Farewell Christmas Lights

Posted by London Guided Walks on Sunday, January 4, 2015, In : Guided Walks 
It's not yet the 6th day of Christmas and yet many retailers in the West End have taken down their Christmas decorations. The 2 tonne Christmas canopy of Selfridges on Oxford Street disappeared overnight. Where is Harry the Golden Goose now?

Even though each season has it's own charms, there is an air of sadness when the darkness returns to the West End, when the Christmas lights are removed and the wait for lighter evenings begins.

Christmas 2014 saw nearly 200 attendees on our Christmas light...
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Hampstead Village Highlights - A Guided Walk

Posted by London Guided Walks on Friday, September 12, 2014, In : Guided Walks 

Hampstead Village has a rich history of intellectual and artistic associations and, of course, Hampstead Heath. With Hampstead having attracted the rich and famous over the last two centuries it's not surprising there are plenty of historical plaques which show a glimmer of its glamorous inhabitants.

This guided walk starts at Hampstead Tube station (Northern Line). There will also be a post walk drinks option too. The terrain does have a few inclines (Hampstead is on a hill you know). Ther...


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How did King's Cross get its name?

Posted by London Guided Walks on Thursday, August 28, 2014, In : Guided Walks 

How did King's Cross get its name? 


What it was King's Cross called before that and why? 

Ever wanted to know how we got the expression to dance on someone's grave? Or what a circus really is?


Explore with us a hidden London on this 90 mins walk. There will also be a post walk drinks option. Feel free to bring friends or come on your own. 

This walk involves 2 flights of stairs and so not suitable for the less able.

"Who needs Ibiza when you have Kings Cross!" Billy Reilly, Nightclub Entrepreneur

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