Urban walking tour company London Walks (walks.com) have revealed the most popular walks in the capital for tourists are Old Westminster, Disastrous London, Jack the Ripper, Little Venice and Old Hampstead Village. The popularity of these walks suggests that tourists continue to be drawn to London for its history a
nd intrigue but are also keen to explore lesser known areas of the capital. Owner of London Walks David Tucker commented: “London is one of only four or five cities in the world that people return to again and again. They come back because London is inexhaustible. As evidenced by the most popular tours in London, tourists want to see London’s famous buildings and the locations frequented by characters through history, but they also want to uncover London’s villages.”
“Old Westminster takes in 1000 years of history and some of London’s iconic buildings like Westminster Abbey and the Houses of Parliament. Disastrous London trawls the scenes that are imprinted in history, from plague pits and Shakespeare’s pub to pre Great Fire of London structures, whilst Jack the Ripper is a grizzly look into the past of one of London’s most notorious figures.” “The Little Venice walk takes in one of London’s prettiest and lesser known areas, a celebrity hotspot and home to tranquil canals and examples of Victorian architecture. Another celebrity hotspot is the Old Hampstead Village walk, in the ‘rooftop’ of London
. This is my own personal favourite of all of our walks.” London Walks have restarted over 40 walks in late July. The walking company halted their walking tours at the outset of the pandemic, offering virtual tours as an alternative, a service that they will continue for the foreseeable future. Other walking tours back up and running include the Beatles Magical Mystery Tour with visits to Abbey Road and the world famous zebra crossing, 7 Deadly Sins, Gruesome London, Rock ‘n’ Roll London, Shakespeare’s and Dickens’ London, Darkest Victoria London, Crime and Punishment and Royal London. David Tucker says this summer presents an unexpected opportunity to visit the capital: “London is calmer this summer, there are no crowds. There will never be another opportunity to see the capital like this.”
“Even though walks are outside, we’ve still adapted our walks to make them safer during the pandemic era. We’re cashless, guides avoid closed spaces, social distance is maintained and guides are masked too.” London Walks has an impressive roster of guides that includes a barrister, a crime historian, a geologist, an archaeologist, Royal Shakespeare Company actors and former journalist Adam Scott-Goulding, who suggests that a walking tour is a family friendly educational experience: “A walking tour is a unique opportunity for a fully integrated 360° family experience. Many London Walks guides are not only academics and excellent storytellers – they are parents, too.
They know exactly how to pitch a perfect family learning experience without it feeling like homework.” London Walks taking place in August 2020 Old Westminster, runs Tuesdays and Thursdays at 2pm, Saturdays at 10am and Sundays at 2.30pm through August and beyond. £15 per person, £10 concessions. Disastrous London, runs Saturdays at 2pm through August and beyond. £15 per person, £10 concessions. Jack the Ripper, runs every evening at 7.30pm, except Saturday which is at 3pm, through August and beyond. £15 per person, £10 concessions. Little Venice, runs Wednesdays at 11am and Saturdays and Sundays at 2pm through August and beyond. £15 per person, £10 concessions. Old Hampstead Village, runs Wednesdays at 2pm and Sundays at 11am through August and beyond. £15 per person, £10 concessions.
To find out more visit: https://www.walks.com