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

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For a taster of Mark’s walks, see these videos on Vimeo:

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)

Blue Badge tourist guides

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Guided Walks 2017 1 2

MAY

Sat 13 May, 13:30 – 17:00

Canary Wharf and Isle of Dogs - gastropub lunch and guided walk

Lunch in a fine gastropub on the Isle of Dogs, then take a guided walk through the ever-changing cityscape on the northern end of this peninsula.

Canary Wharf has risen up as the symbol of regeneration of the former docklands - a shiny, high-rise financial district where 100,000 Londoners now work. On this walk, we'll come to understand the masterplan for the redevelopment of the former West India Docks into London's most modern business district., as well as seeing how the next chapter is focusing on residential accommodation.

Meet at Canary Wharf Jubilee line Tube station, walk to the restaurant, then continue our walk after meal. End near DLR and Tube lines.

https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/canary-wharf-and-isle-of-dogs-gastropub-lunch-and-guided-walk-tickets-34162793836

 

Tue 16 May, 14:00 – 16:30

Centres of Power: London's Royal Story

A walk from the Palace of Westminster to Kensington Palace charting the development of the royal family and its changing relationships with the people and their parliament.

On this walk we shall trace the development of the royal family and parliamentary democratic institutions as symbolised by the locations and styles of several central London palaces in use since 11th century. Our route will include the Palaces of Westminster, Whitehall, St James's, Buckingham and Kensington, and several Royal Parks. By the end, we shall have revealed 900 years of the remarkable story of our monarchy.

On this special day, we shall also enjoy the ceremonial and spectacle of ladies and gentlemen in their finery as they attend one of the season's garden parties at Buckingham Palace.

Walk starts at the Jewel House opposite the Palace of Westminster (Victoria Tower), ends at Kensington Palace. Please note that this is a lengthy route and does not include entering any of the palaces.

https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/centres-of-power-londons-royal-story-guided-walk-tickets-34182151736

 

Wed 24 May, 18:15 – 21:15

St Katherine Dock & Wapping: Port, Pirates, Police, Press, Gangs - and Pubs

Visit the old docks of St Katherine and Wapping, including taking refreshment in several fine pubs.

Heave to! my hearties, as we set off to explore one of London's most transformed districts: the former London Docks in Wapping.

Once the world's busiest port, Docklands has been given a new lease of life. During this walk, see how former warehouses have been put to good use in recent years. There'll be tales of saucy sailors, shady ladies, thieving and skulduggery. Hear about the gruelling life of dock-workers’ families and the dubious hiring practices of the Royal Navy's infamous press-gangs. Enjoy a drink in several of London's finest riverside pub-restaurants and stay on if you wish for a bite to eat (Meal booking recommended. Drinks and food at your own expense).

Start outside Tower Gateway DLR station (near Tower Hill Tube). Route via St Katherine Dock, Wapping High St. and Wapping Wall. End near Wapping station (Overground).

This walk is not suitable for children.

https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/st-katherine-dock-wapping-port-pirates-police-press-gangs-and-pubs-guided-tour-with-pubs-tickets-34168497897


JUNE

 

Fri 2 June, 10:30 – 12:30

Bermondsey: Markets, Manufacturing and Monks
Friday morning is the time to catch the famous Bermondsey Antiques Market, as well as discover this buzzy riverine neighbourhood. Come along on a tour that will share the sights, the sounds, the feel and the tang (but hopefully, gloss over the none-too-pleasant medieval smells) of this fascinating district.
Hugging the south shore of the Thames, Bermondsey is connected intimately with London's riverside histories - shipping, seamen and their families, wharfs, warehouses and distribution. Also, with brewing and manufacturing - the area became a major centre for production of baked goods including ship's biscuits, sweet biscuits, even dog-biscuits - as well as stinky industries, such as leather tanning.

Bermondsey Abbey became a major Cluniac monastery in the 11th century and the Knights Templar were thereabouts too, their name living on in corrupted form in a local street. For a while, the area achieved fame as a spa, although by the 19th century it was such a notorious slum that Charles Dickens used it as the locale of nefarious villain Bill Sikes in Oliver Twist.

London's first railway bisected the area and London Bridge station is undergoing a major revamp to cater for population and commercial growth in what is now seen as an increasingly desirable central neighbourhood. Its fashionable vibe is reflected in new specialities - food markets, coffee roasters, eateries, antiques and gin distilleries, for instance.

Start in front of City Hall. Nearest Tube - London Bridge.

https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/bermondsey-markets-manufacturing-and-monks-guided-walk-tickets-34156187075

 

Wed 14 June, 14:30 – 16:30

Tune in to Brixton - guided walk with snack stops

Explore the history of one of London's most vibrant neighbourhoods and sample its distinctive favours, sounds and sights.

Like other areas of London being visited on some of my other walks this summer, Brixton is undergoing rapid transformation. On this guided walk, we'll discover some of its remarkable history and have plenty of opportunities to celebrate its uniquely rich cultural influences including foods, clothing, street culture, music and business life. Come along and feel the changes!

Tour begins in Windrush Square outside the Ritzy Cinema and Cafe (5 mins. walk from Brixton Tube station), ends back at Brixton Tube station.

https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/tune-in-to-brixton-guided-walk-with-snack-stops-tickets-34169003409

 

Thu 29 June, 18:00 – 21:00

Exploring the Elizabeth Line (Crossrail) - guided walk with pubs

Back by popular demand! My series of walks that track the underground route of London's newest rail line.

This series of walks will track above ground the route of the 26 miles of new tunnels that will start to come into service from late 2017. This is the first walk in the series, starting near where those tunnels begin.

If you missed out last time (or loved it so much), come along and see the effects that the new line is already having on the surface, as it drives redevelopment of central London.
From 2017-18 we’ll all benefit from this sparkling new rail line stretching from Maidenhead in the west, deep into Essex and south-east London. Breaking down its route into several parts, this first walk tracks west of centre, looking at the area above the first section of new tunnels.
The Elizabeth line (formerly Crossrail) will increase capacity, scythe time and reduce complex interchanges when travelling through London. It has been Europe’s largest construction project: over 10,000 people working across 40 construction sites. We’ll hear about Ada & Phyllis and Elizabeth & Victoria (while Jessica, Mary & Sophia were busy out east), we’ll see above ground signs of new stations and major subterranean station fit-out and spoil-making – and find out where 4.5m tonnes will end up – as well as unearthing neighbourhoods and narratives that may not be well-known to you. 
This is a walk about London’s future and heritage rather than a walk for railway enthusiasts. In fact, you may say I’ve put in extra spadework to prevent it becoming just ‘boring’! And there will be refreshment stops in a couple of fine pubs along the way.

WATCH THIS VIDEO about the walk: Crossrail walk

Note: Oyster card or travel pass needed as part of the route will involve travel by bus. Due to stops in pubs along the route, this walk is not suitable for children.

Depart from the entrance to the Hammersmith & City line inside Paddington Station, end near Bond St. Tube station.

https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/exploring-the-elizabeth-line-crossrail-guided-walk-with-pubs-tickets-34162684509

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Wapping

Whitehall


NOTES

1. My 2016 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.

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Bermondsey