London Walking Tours    with Joanna Moncrieff

An alternative Christmas party idea

I know it’s only October but if you’re thinking of booking an office party you need to start organising something soon.

So here’s a different idea for you – how about booking me to take you on a Christmas walk? My foodie-themed Christmas walk has all the ingredients for a fun festive time and there will be a mince pie or two along the way. 

The walk starts with the cosy glow of a fire in a Marylebone pub, then meanders through the back streets of the West End, through Mayfair and into Soho. The walk includes hidden passages, superbly decorated posh shops and lots of historical snippets along the way. As with most of my walks there is a food/drink theme plus Christmas traditions and decorations throughout.

Bond Street Christmas lights

Ribbon shop

Atkinsons Burlington Gardens

Lancashire Court

The walk finishes in Carnaby Street where there are plenty of places for refreshment. The walk can be altered to finish anywhere in the vicinity if you want to conclude the walk with a meal or drinks. 

This is a walk that can be done more than once!  I have had a number of clients who have come on this walk twice, or even three times!


LJC01 (December 2016) “This year was the 2nd year I’ve done this tour & loved it. … There are prettier lights than Oxford & Regent Streets & really interesting little bars & restaurants. As well as so many historical facts on pretty much every street corner. I took my young three children & whilst my three year old struggled with the walking, my six year old asked for more facts at the end. Keep up the good work & next time we’ll try something new. Thoroughly recommend.”

Margot W (December 2016) “Enjoyed tour, which included some lesser known areas. The guide was well prepared and knowledgeable.”

Tessa R (December 2015) “Such fun and so beautiful! Loved the foodie tips and historical tidbits on the way. Thank you Joanna!”

Lesley S (December 2015) “This fascinating walk to see the Christmas lights of the West End … was perfect, taking us into tiny arcades and hidden courtyards which I would never have found by myself.”

EssexKat2014 (December 2014) “I can honestly say that the walk was the highlight of my Christmas – Joanna provided an informative and entertaining ramble around Mayfair and Soho, at a comfortable pace … It’s a lovely way to get in the Christmas spirit…” 

Christmas Carnaby 2015

Private walks

To book me on a date of your choice please either email me at or send a message via my contact page

Public walksclick on the dates below for booking details

Saturday 2nd December at 5.10pm – 12 places left

Sunday 10th December at 5.10pm – 15 places left

Monday 18th December at 7.10pm – 13 places left

Thursday 21st December at 7.10pm – 3 places left

Boxing Day, 26th December at 5.10pm15 places left

More public walk dates may be added. Follow me on Facebook or Twitter and keep your eye on this page

Mayfair Christmas

Eating/drinking before or afterwards

A couple of my favourite locations for post-walk supper include the lovely Italian Mele e Pere in Brewer Street, upstairs at the Queen’s Head pub in Denman Street and the amazing French Brasserie Zedel in Sherwood Street right next to Piccadilly Circus. I am of course happy to give you more ideas and should mention (if you don’t know already) that I only recommend places that I love myself.

Prior to the walk there are plenty of options in Marylebone High Street but I tend to go for a quick sandwich in the lovely traditional deli and sandwich bar Paul Rothe & Son in Marylebone Lane.

Any questions please drop me a line or comment below.

The author of this blog (Joanna Moncrieff) leads mostly food and drink themed walks in the West End, Islington and further afield. Details of all walks bookable by groups are listed here 

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