Recommended walks led by Blue Badge guide Mark King. See more details on the next page.

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St. Bart’s the Great & Smithfield.

Transforming King’s Cross & St. Pancras.

Tracking Crossrail - Part 1: Paddington to Bond Street.

City of London ceremonies.

City of London Ceremonies (2)

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Guided Walks 2016 1 2


Good Friday March 25, 10.30am-12.30pm

'The Butterworth Charity, Widows’ Sixpence and Other City Ceremonies’
Experience the annual Butterworth Charity service and learn about other ancient City ceremonies.

Our ancient City of London has customs, pageantry and traditions stretching back through the proverbial ‘mists of time’. One of these is the annual gift of the Butterworth Charity – hot cross buns, traditional Easter food – and giving of the Widows’ Sixpence. We’ll participate in this year’s ceremony at St. Bart’s the Great, as well as stopping by several venues associated with other curious ceremonies celebrating livery companies, deceased citizens or the City’s unique form of governance.

I’ll be using a radio mic. system, you are welcome to bring your favourite headphones. Please note that there will be a charity collection during the ceremony at St. Bart’s and I cannot guarantee that you will receive a piece of hot cross bun!

Meet near St Paul’s Tube station, details will be confirmed after you book.

Book via Eventbrite: Good Friday - City Ceremonies Walk



April 3, 2pm-3.45pm

Modernist Architecture in Hampstead

Discovering some of Hampstead’s finest pre-World War Two modern architecture

In the 1930's the London suburb of Hampstead was famous for its intellectuals, politicians and creative types of all kinds, who inhabited a leafy, lofty ecosystem characterised by an architectural tone of neatly-tended red-brick mansions. 

Into this sedate architectural setting was to burst a radically new architecture and lifestyle promoted by the Bauhaus, Weimar Republic's revolutionary incubator of new ideas in art, design and building. Soon, with the rise to power in Germany of the Nazis and 'Anschluss' with Austria, Hampstead was also to become home-from-home and spiritual refuge of a disparate coterie of émigrés. These included Bauhaus founder, Walter Gropius and associates such as Marcel Breuer, as well as renowned pioneer of psychoanalysis, Sigmund Freud and his family including child psychologist, Anna and architect, Ernst.

The architectural tranquillity of NW3 found itself under challenge from a number of London's most exciting - if controversial - experiments with the Modernist style. This guided walk will look at several examples and will include options to spend time in Erno & Ursula Goldfinger's unique home at 2 Willow Rd. and the Isokon Gallery in the eponymous block of flats on Lawn Rd.
(Note: Entrance to 2 Willow Rd. is free after 3pm. Isokon Gallery will close at 4pm)

Meet in Hampstead, details will be confirmed after you book.

Book on Eventbrite: Hampstead Modernist Architecture Walk


April 16, 2.30pm-4.30pm

'All aboard!’ Tracking Crossrail, Part 4: Limehouse to Canary Wharf

All-new for 2016! The fourth in my series that tracks above ground the route of Crossrail - sorry, the ELIZABETH LINE - as it travels from Paddington in west London out east into Docklands.

Whether you have been along on one of the previous walks or are tracking the new line for the first time, this is an enjoyable opportunity to find out about this major addition to London's transport infrastructure. We'll explore the most stunning new station at Canary Wharf and visit its roof-top garden, we can enjoy fine views over the Thames riverside around Limehouse Basin and West Ferry, and see once more those tell-tale signs of accelerating property development in the neighbourhoods touched by the golden tracks of London's newest through-link.

SEE ALSO MAY 20 - another opportunity to track Crossrail from Liverpool St. in the City into the East End at Whitechapel.

Meet in Limehouse, details will be confirmed after you book.

Book on Eventbrite: Crossrail 4 - Limehouse-Canary Wharf Walk

April 21, noon-2.00pm

Guildhall: Heart of the City - Session of Ct. of Common Council, Art Gallery Highlights, and Yard Lunch Market

See the City of London’s governing body in session, then enjoy fine art and fine food in Guildhall Yard.

On this Spring day, the City's elected representatives - Aldermen and Common Councilmen - meet with the Lord Mayor and officials in Guildhall as the Court of Common Council. Here they decide matters affecting governance of this great city. Cue formal dress, traditional ceremonies, fancy cars, mercifully short speeches and much doffing of hats!

So it's an ideal opportunity to take a short tour inside this great Guildhall and actually sit in briefly on the Court in session. Then we'll head next door to appreciate some of the fine art and historic documents in the Guildhall Art Gallery. Our tour ends outside in the historic yard, where you will be free to enjoy foody delights and craft stalls of the monthly lunch market. 

City of London and Blue Badge guide Mark King will explain the finer workings of this remarkable corporation that has governed the city since before the Norman invasion in 1066.

Altogether an enjoyable occasion that gives a comprehensive insight into the traditions, heritage and running of our modern City.

Meet near Guildhall, details will be confirmed after you book.

Book on Eventbrite: Guildhall Tour


May 6, 10.30am-12pm

Thames, Trade, Jack Tars and Torpedoes - Maritime London in the First World War

On 7 May 1915, RMS Lusitania was sunk by torpedoes fired from a German U-boat off the coast of Ireland on its way to Liverpool from New York, resulting in great loss of life. Find out about the causes, consequences and controversy surrounding this fateful event.

This walk explores how our island nation prepared for war and the crucial role expected to be played by the ‘Senior Service’ (Royal Navy).  Looking at London's mighty river, discover the war's dramatic impact on this port‘s vital, global trade routes, and the brave contribution of sailors in the navy, merchant marine and fisheries fleet. Hear about one of only three Great War military ships remaining in British waters, learn about submariners, Master Mariners and ‘ships of the desert’, and discover what makes 'Cleopatra's Needle' look slightly bashed about even today.

Meet near Victoria Embankment, details will be confirmed after you book.

For other First World War walks and tours with expert Blue Badge tourist guides see: World War One Walks website

Book on Eventbrite: WW1 Riverside Walk

May 20, 2.15pm-4.15pm

All Aboard! Tracking Crossrail, Part 3 – Liverpool St. Station to Whitechapel

Back by popular demand - another opportunity for exploration east of centre on streets above the route of London’s new Elizabeth Line.

This third in my series of Crossrail walks takes us above the central-eastern section of London’s 26 miles of new tunnels. Highlights along this section include some of the most interesting of all Crossrail archaeology challenges as bodies buried in cemeteries and plague pits are carefully removed, and the risk from vibration damage and settlement under fragile Huguenot 18th century weavers' homes in Spitalfields.

Come out again with your friends, family and colleagues for this enjoyable walk exploring London’s future and heritage!

The newly-christened Elizabeth Line will increase capacity, scythe time and reduce complex interchanges when travelling through London. It’s simply Europe’s largest construction project: over 10,000 people have been working across 40 construction sites. We’ll hear about Ada & Phyllis, Elizabeth & Victoria, Jessica & Ellie, Mary & Sophia. We’ll see above ground exciting signs of new stations and major subterranean spoil-making – and find out where 4.5m tonnes is ending up – as well as unearthing neighbourhoods and narratives that may not be well-known to you.

Depart from a location near Liverpool St. station, end at Whitechapel station; details will be confirmed after you book.

NEW FOR 2016 - the fourth of my Crossrail walks is on April 16. Join the walk from Limehouse to Canary Wharf, see listing on Eventbrite.

Book on Eventbrite: Crossrail 3 - Liverpool St.-Whitechapel Walk

June 7, 2.30pm-4.30pm

A Right Royal Tour!

On 11 June, the longest-reigning monarch in British history will attend the Trooping of the Colour, the official celebration of her 90th birthday. Get in the party mood on this royal tour from the City of London into the City of Westminster. Discover interesting local connections with our current Queen and many of her predecessors, as well as stories from London’s famous ‘Street of Ink’. We’ll be making stops to offer toasts to Her Majesty’s health in some of the area’s finest pubs (drinks at your own expense).

Due to its nature, this walk is not suitable for children or ardent republicans!

Walk will start near St Paul's Cathedral and end near Aldwych; details will be confirmed after you book.

Book via JW3.org.uk: JW3 - A Right Royal Tour!

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1. My 2015 Gift Vouchers are accepted on all my walks as payment for guiding fee only. Vouchers are available to buy as gifts throughout the year.

2. Guide reserves right to alter route or timing of an advertised walk due to unavoidable circumstances (e.g. weather, construction work, re-hang) or to re-schedule or cancel if numbers are too low to be viable in his professional opinion. In the latter event, payment shall be refundable or may be transferred to another his walks, at client’s request.

3. Check for anticipated disruption to your journey on public transport at: www.tfl.gov.uk and www.dlrlondon.co.uk/Planned-Engineering-Works/ 

4. It may not be possible on certain days to go inside places of worship on the routes but please wear appropriate clothing.

5. Guide will sometimes use a radio microphone system. You are welcome to bring your own headphones or to use a single-use, personal earpiece supplied on the day.

6. Please be aware of additional charges e.g. entry to venues; drinks not included on evening tours. See details of each tour.

Trooping The Colour