The oldest established walking tour company in London has great walks and great guides. Popular routes include both central ... More
Original London Walks (The)
The oldest established walking tour company in London has great walks and great guides. Popular routes include both central London and Greater London sights (in which case you must pay rail fares yourself), but custom walks are also available. Shakespeare's London, the British Museum Walk, The Old Jewish Quarter Walk, London's Secret Village, Pub Crawls, Winnie the Pooh's England and the Harry Potter Walk are just a few of the choices. Some of the walks are not pure pounding of the pavement. For example, the London Panorama tour includes a boat ride. Private and seasonal walks (like Charles Dickens' Christmas Carol Walk) are also offered.
This tour was a complete waste of money and time.
I'm a big Harry Potter fan and thought it would be interesting, but I was extremely disappointed.
1) The tour guide basically said that there was really nothing Harry Potter related to see in London but the "London Walks" company had to start an HP tour because of all the people that called wanting one.
2) The tour guide showed up 5 minutes late then had to take everyones money so the tour didn't begin until at least 30 minutes after the scheduled time.
3) He talked for most of the tour about Dracula and Frankenstein and other irrelevant things (again apparently because there is nothing HP related in London).
4) The guide did quite a lot of Horribly cheesy "special effects" (bad 5 year-old birthday party magic).
5) The guide admitted to only having read the first book of the HP series and then went on to tell us what he "knew" would happen in the final book.
6) His sporadic mentions of Harry Potter were littered with inaccuracies and the guide continually mispronounced the authors name!!!
This was our favorite discovery in London. It is informal, you can just join in any tour so you are not overcommitted. And you see parts of London that only insiders really see. My favorite was the walking tour at the Inns of Court. Even my wife, an non-lawyer, liked it.
This was one of the best things we did at night during our stay in London. We had a great guide that really got into the part and told many stories, most I knew nothing about about(and being a english historian, that impressed me). The walk took us down many narrow streets of Old London around St. Pauls. This is not a hard or brisk walk and has many stops along the way, including a beer stop at a charming pub. Bring a jacket, gets chilly even during the summer months.
Affordable and informative...best bang for your buck!
By A Yahoo Contributor, 1/14/05
I went on the Greenich walk with Simon and found it to be entertaining and imformative. I would go with this company again, as it was affordable and interesting. Simon was a great speaker, as he told us the history of the Cuddy Sark in his well acted scottish accent.
We went on the GHOSTS, GASLIGHT & GUINNESS tour on Wed. night. It was supposed to be given by Richard III, but instead it was given by Peter. First off, it had a total of 4 ghost stories in two hours. Most of it was Peter walking by museums and recommending them to us. When we first got there, he had us all pay, but didn't take a headcount. It was 5.50 pounds, by the way, which is about $9 now. When we stopped at a pub halfway through, he almost left two of the people in the walk because he didn't bother to check if everyone was there. He also made several slurs against Americans and New Yorkers during the walk. Finally, he told us to check out the College of Surgeons, which has Hunter Museum in it. This has the elephant man's bones and the first attempt at an autopsy. We went the next day and discovered that it was closed for renovation during 2004 and wouldn't be open until 2005.
Even if the tour was given minus the misinformation and the racial slurs, it wouldn't have been worth the money or the time. However, I would have let it go. The main reason that this deserves a bad review is because a tour guide should be aware if museums he is recommending are open. The museum had been closed all of 2004 and he gave this walk in September. Sometime in the past 9 months he should have figured that out. He also spent too much time telling us about his wife's career and who he knew in the acting world rather than about ghosts.