I have been a big fan of guided walks and tours for as long as I can remember. On the whole, guided tours are an amazing way to see somewhere and get some amazing expert knowledge at the same time – I have always come away feeling like I’ve got a whole new insight into somewhere. As a history lover this is always a wonderful feeling and I would recommend it to everyone! Walking tours in particular take things to a whole new level. By walking through an area of interest, you’ll notice things that you simply wouldn’t see if you were on a tour bus or coach. It’s the ultimate to get up close and personal with the history of an area!
When it comes to interesting UK destinations, London is definitely up there in the top five, making it a really excellent place to go on a walking tour. Every corner boasts some interesting history that is just waiting to be discovered, and there are some incredibly knowledgeable experts out there just waiting to share it with willing listeners. I recently came across londonguidedwalks.co.uk which really caught my attention for a number of reasons…
Firstly, I had a really good look on the website and the booking process is incredibly straightforward. This is a must for me, as I have had so many experiences where a tour sounds great, but actually booking onto it turns out to be a real trial!
The next thing that really struck me is the range of tours on offer. You only have to take a few minutes to scroll through the walks on offer to realise just how many options there are – there really is something for everyone, no matter what your interest is.
Guided Walks in London – highlights
As a history graduate, and general history nerd, there are a couple of the walks on offer that really stick out to me, and I endeavour to get booked onto one (or two or three..) of them. Some of the very spooky season appropriate walks that I love the sound of are the ‘Bleeding Hearts and Body Parts Walk’, and the ‘Heretics and Horrors City Walk’. These are both 90 minute walks with clearly marked meeting points – going on one of these walks really couldn’t be any simpler.
Another guided tour that has really caught my eye is the ‘Victorian Covent Garden Walk’ – for which the description is ‘Embark on this 90-minute guided walk exploring the area around Covent Garden during the Victorian period.’
Covent Garden is somewhere that I have visited countless times over the years, especially having attended college in central London, and it’s a place that has always fascinated me. The buskers, the lively street performers, the hustle and bustle around the shops – it’s an area that’s always full of life. Despite this, I actually know very little about the area, so being able to go on a guided walk that enables the participant to delve into the Victorian history of Covent Garden is just a brilliant opportunity!
If you want to explore the full range of walks on offer, simply head to the website and navigate through upcoming walks in chronological order.