Sunday is a great day to explore London on one of Richard’s walks as the streets, alleyways and courtyards – especially those at the heart of the City – are often devoid of people. The walks that you can join on a Sunday are listed below.
Selected Sundays 11am
The London of Charles Dickens
This is a great tour for a Sunday morning as it takes you through locations that were known to England’s greatest novelist and explores some of the secret aspects of London whilst, in the later stages, affording you some magnificent views of the London skyline.
The walk begins with a visit to the church where Dickens heroine Little Dorrit was Christened and where she was also married.
It then heads round to the only surviving wall of the Marshalsea Prison where Charles Dickens father, John, was imprisoned for debt in 1824.
This period of Dickens childhood would prove truly traumatic for the sensitive young boy and, as a result, memories of it both haunted and fuelled his imagination ever after.
From here the tour makes its way via a lovely secret garden – a place that is so surprising it often draws gasps of genuine surprise from delighted tour participants to London’s only surviving coaching inn, a true time capsule of a place that fates from 1677.
The walk ends alongside London Bridge and, standing beneath its only surviving 19th century arch, we recall a memorable scene from Oliver Twist.
You can read the full details of the tour and make your booking here.
Selected Sundays at 2pm
Secret London – A Walk Back In Time
This is a truly special walk that is both fascinating and enchanting in equal measure.
It begins amongst a warren of old and secluded alleyways that still follow the pattern of the streets of medieval London.
Within a few minutes of setting out you will have encountered an old Cordwainer, still going about his business close to the place where his medieval counterparts carried on their trade 600 years ago; you will have uncovered an old building that was built by Sir Christopher Wren for the workmen who were building nearby St Paul’s Cathedral; and you will have pondered an historic building that stands at the exact centre of the City of London.
And all this within a few moments of setting out on your walk back in time! But this is a walk that is crammed full of special, magical and surprising places, so there will be much more to come.
Everything from an ancient tree that William Wordsworth wrote a poem about, to a tranquil garden where the walls are lined with memorials to men, women and children who sacrificed their lives to save the lives of others.
Add to all this the peaceful surroundings of London’s oldest hospital to still stand on its original site; the soaring walls of London’s medieval palace; a phone box that, for reasons you’ll discover on the walk, has become a place of pilgrimage to Sherlock Holmes fans from all over the world; and you have all the ingredients for a truly magical walk around London.
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The Jack the Ripper Tour
This tour probably needs no introduction and it makes a great walk with which to round off your Sunday in London.
This is the world famous Jack the Ripper Walk lead by the greatest authorities on history’s greatest murder mystery.
It begins at the epicentre of the Jack the Ripper crimes and takes you on a breathtaking murder hunt that will transport you back to a long ago era a gas lit terror when an unknown maniac stalked the shadows of the streets and alleyways through which you will be walking.
However, this is not your usual tourist walk but, rather, it is an intelligent and thought provoking journey that through the events of an infamous crime spree that will, quite literally, enable you to become your very own CSI as you explore the mystery and sift the evidence in the very streets where the mystery unfolded.
These streets are so atmospheric and so little changed since the autumn of 1888 when they became the focus of a huge manhunt that gathered momentum throughout the ripper’s reign of terror.
We really do believe that this is the most in depth Jack the Ripper tour in London and that its combination of expert guides, most of whom have written best-selling books on the case, atmospheric route and evocative Victorian photographs, that show the streets as they were in 1888, make it far and away the best Jack the Ripper experience on offer.
You can get full details of the walk and book your places via this link.
So there you have the London walks that we offer on Sunday and we hope that we’ll be able to welcome you onto one of our tours in the near future.