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The Original London Walks

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A December 2004 trip to London by MissKitty

Tour Group Photo, London, England More Photos
Quote: While there are many tour companies offering walking tours in London, The Original London Walks are the most comprehensive. All of the guides are Blue Badge Guides, graduates of a rigorous 2-year training course. There are walks to suit anyone's interests, and at 5.5 pounds, the price is right.

The Original London Walks

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Tour Group Photo, London, England
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Beware! Once you take your first walk, you may become addicted. The guides are entertaining and knowledgeable, and the walks are a wonderful way to meet people with your interests. The Original London Walks website lists about a dozen walks per day, along with special Explorer Days walks that may involve a train ride to Hampton Court, Oxford, or other destinations. The schedule changes a couple of times per year, so check the website before making plans.Quick Tips: If you have a London Pass, you receive a £1 discount from the normal £5.5 price of a walk. If not, you can also buy a discount card from your guide on your first walk. The card costs £1, so...Read More

Lincoln's Inn (Inns of Court)

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Attraction | "The Inns of Court: Legal and Illegal London"

Lincoln's Inn (Inns of Court) Photo, London, England
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Our small group of about a dozen was evenly split between lawyers and Da Vinci Code fans. Our guide, Shaughan, led us through the labyrinth of alleyways and courtyards that comprise the legal district in London, with fascinating stories and observations that made the two hours fly by. After meeting outside the Holborn tube stop, we were led first to Gray's Inn, then to Lincoln Inn, Middle Temple, and Temple Church. Along the way, we explored beautiful courtyards, stood aside as frantic law students and lawyers rushed by, and soaked in the history all around us. Visitors are not normally allowed inside the inns of court, since they are in daily use by the members of the bar. However, s...Read More

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Lincoln's Inn (Inns of Court)
Lincoln's Inn Fields
London, England WC2A 3TL
+44 20 7405 1393

London Walks: Ghosts of the Old City

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Attraction | "Ghosts of the Old City"

London Walks: Ghosts of the Old City Photo, London, England
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Beginning at the St. Paul Tube Stop, we had no trouble spotting our guide. He was dressed in a long, black hooded cape, and his tall, thin frame and ghostly pallor certainly set the mood for the walk. We roamed the area around St. Paul's, down dark passageways and into secret courtyards, accompanied by Shaughan's insightful commentary. We then walked northwest past the Old Bailey, a haunted bombed-out churchyard that has been turned into a rose garden, West Smithfield (where William Wallace and many Protestant martyrs were put to death), and then into the churchyard of St. Bartholomew the Great. There is apparently a ghost every few feet in London, and I don't want to spoil the walk fo...Read More

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London Walks: Ghosts of the Old City
St. Paul Tube Stop
London, England
+44 (020) 7624 3978

London Walks: Old Westminster - 1,000 Years of History

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Attraction | "Old Westminster: 1,000 Years of History"

London Walks: Old Westminster - 1,000 Years of History Photo, London, England
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We met our guide outside the Westminster Tube Stop, right across the street from Big Ben. The tour takes place entirely outdoors and gives a great overview of the Westminster area, so you can go back and explore in more depth the things that interest you most. We walked around Westminster Hall and Westminster Abbey, and our guide was very entertaining and informative. Many of the facts she gave us were new to me, and she was able to answer everyone's questions. Formerly employed by the House of Commons, she knew many inside stories and gave us some real insight into the history of English government. One of my favorite parts of the tour was a walk throught the residential area behind W...Read More

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London Walks: Old Westminster - 1,000 Years of History
Westminster Tube Stop
London, England
+44 (020) 7624 3978

British Museum

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Attraction | "The British Museum Tour"

British Museum Photo, London, England
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We met our guide (Tom) at the Holborn tube stop, then wound our way through Bloomsbury on our way to the British Museum. Tom pointed out the homes of the famous and infamous, past and present, and we then arrived at the British Museum. As would be expected, the place is huge and crowded, and one could easily spend weeks there without seeing everything. Tom took us directly to the highlights, and his commentary was insightful and informative, adding immensely to the experience. After seeing the Rosetta Stone, the Parthenon Marbles, the Assyrian friezes, and a wealth of other artifacts, we were left on our own to explore further the things we found most interesting. My friend and I had t...Read More

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British Museum
Great Russell Street
London, England WC1B 3DG
+44 (207) 7323 8299

Original London Walks

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Attraction | "Jack the Ripper Haunts"

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This is the most popular of the Original London Walks and begins at the Tower Hill Tube Stop. We were there in November, which is definitely the off-season, and at least 200 people showed up for the walk. Donald Rumbelow, the foremost expert on Jack the Ripper and his crimes, was to be our guide. However, once the size of the crowd became apparent, he called for reinforcements, and the group was split in two. Our group was guided by Steve, who did a wonderful job. After a brief stop at one of the largest remaining segments of the original Roman city walls, we began our tour of the Jack the Ripper murder sites. As we wound our way through the dark passages of Whitechapel while listening to the de...Read More

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Original London Walks
PO Box 1708
London, England NW6 4LW
+44 20 7624 3978