London Literature Tours
Lived in squares, read in circles and loved in triangles! Bloomsbury has much more to be scared of than the Woolfs. There is Arthur Machen prowling the fringes, Ben Aaronovitch's wizard HQ in Russell Square, Disraeli in Bloomsbury Square not to mention messrs Orwell, Betjeman, Gorky, Yeats and Eliot.
Literary giants to classic genres Peckham has a wealth of writing talent associated with it spanning 400 years. Poets and novelists have written in it, about it and around it and whilst Blake saw angels, King saw stars and Dickens his mistress! Muriel Spark wrote a balled of the Rye and John Donne a sonnet and Evie Wyld about whales. Join us on a stroll across the Rye and through the heart of SE15.
"The man who is tired of reading Borough writers is tired of life, for there is in the Borough all that literature can afford!" But Dr Johnson is just one of a stellar collection in an area which has more world class writers than anywhere else on the planet! Tour starts at Southwark Tube Station and ends at Borough Tube Station.
Animals Tour East
Geese tethered to the Monument, mice and camels on buildings, lions and bears at the tower, horses everywhere, an "immortal" cat not to mention dolphins, elephants and birds of prey. Lovely stroll along the banks of one of the world's cleanest urban waterways, after all 130 species of river wildlife can't all be wrong.
Animals Tour West
Horses, pelicans, lions and camels not to mention the grave of a "nazi" dog, the famous Brown Dog riots, an elephant running amok on the Strand and buried dinosaurs under Trafalgar Square. Both animal tours come with "spot the animal" score cards and prizes.
Tree tour Brockwell Park
The nursery rhyme walk
Always fond of stretching a point this walk takes in a number of themes dealt with in popular favourite nursery rhymes such as politics, debt, fire and sacrifice. It starts at Bank Station (London's burning) and crosses London Bridge (which is not falling down). From there it meanders along the streets once walked by the Southwark geese (goosie, goosie, gander) before crossing back over the Millennium Bridge to the old parish of St Clements (oranges and lemons) and pays homage to Dick Whittington (Turn again Whittington). On the way a number of other rhymes (Baa baa black sheep and Rub a dub) also get a passing mention.
Ghosts and Folklore
London Bridge to St Pauls. Ghost bears, haunted ferries, mummies and the strange case of the mummified cat are all mentioned along with other Southwark and riverside spookiness and folklore.
Herds of feral swine, a well hung Italian, giant dogs, wall crawlers, huge rats and the ghost of the pig nosed princess, what's not to like on this stroll around Blackfriars? Along with the folklore there's literature, politics and the law and remember that underneath your feet is the Fleet.
Plague Pits, Revolution, Occultists, Substance abuse, Screaming Queens, and are possibly not what the 4th Lord Southampton had in mind when he laid out Southampton (now Bloomsbury) Square in 1660. Take a short tour of the area involving dueling specters, haunted clocks and dead parliamentarians.
Stroll through London's dark past of epidemic disease, murdered poets, apparitional actors, corpses put on trial and the execution of a king over a question of artistic taste!
Brockwell Park is waiting in the dark!
Wild West heroes, a lure for fairies, the devil's fruit and deadly mermaids are just part of the cast in this stroll around Brixton's magnificent Brockwell Park. Tree folklore and local legends combine. Alternatively known as the oaklore tour this covers such topics as how ash can cure impotence, how horsechesnut trees helped create the state of Israel.
The City of London
Architectural Melting Pot of the World: the development of English Baroque from St. Paul's Cathedral to Christchurch Spitalfields with Gothic Revival, Hi-Tech and late Arts & Crafts in between.
Romantics, Rationalists & Housing Reformers
from Lambeth North to the Borough through Blake's poetic Eden to Octavia Hill's garden suburb.
Classical Future or Gothic Past?
from Whitehall to Victoria to decide if London is a classical city looking to the future or a Gothic city living in the past
Russian Revolutionaries, Merchant Adventurers and Peter the Great in Greenwich. Greenwich's role in 200 years of Russian history as the capital of Britain's maritime empire.
From the Muscovy Company to the Menshevik Split
a walk from Tower 42 (former NatWest Tower) to the Whitechapel Road - a journey through 350 years of Anglo-Russian history in the City of London and the East End.
This is not a Daily Express headlines or Tory howl of outrage but rather a radical history tour of Whitechapel that tests you on your Lenin & Lennon, your Karl Marx and Marks & Sparks, Stalin & Stollen. As well as Lenin, Stalin and Prince Kropotkin there is a heady brew of nationalism, migration, the Elephant Man, gentlemen of murder and the founding of the English Parliament.
Wolf Hall Walk
How Working Class Hero Thomas Cromwell Changed the World. A walk from Bank Junction to Brick Lane focusing on how the English Reformation that Thomas Cromwell 'slipped in under the radar' of Henry VIII's dynastic concerns set the agenda of British history to our own day. The walk takes in the site of Thomas Cromwell's palatial London house where much of the action of "Wolf Hall" is set and the church that was founded to make London the HQ of the Protestant revolution for the whole of Europe! And the plaque in the City of London, which no-one can ever find without a guide, that marks the birthplace of nothing less than the English Scientific Revolution!
War & Peace in Waterloo
a walk through Waterloo's historical development as a response to war and peace in her architecture and the literary character of Frankenstein's monster!
Bloomsbury, Herzen and the Revolutionary Tradition
discover the site of the very first Free Russian Press in history and its place in the story of Bloomsbury.