London Walking Tours    with Joanna Moncrieff

Are you looking for a walk for a social occasion for work, a lunchtime walk maybe or do you have a group of friends and want to book me for a private walk? Have a look at the choices below which are split into three sections:

  • Walks in the City of Westminster (aka the West End);
  • Walks in Clerkenwell & Islington;
  • Walks in Walthamstow & Chingford.

Groups can consist of up to 25 people but I can bring in guiding colleagues to help with groups bigger than this. 

Do you have limited time in London but want to see as many of the sites as possible without too much rushing around?

Then I would recommend a tour in one of London’s famous licensed  taxis with a knowledgeable driver (Ray Coggin is both a qualified walking guide and taxi tour guide). A taxi tour is much better value for a family than a bus tour. Read more about Ray’s Discover London tour here

Walks in the City of Westminster

Westminster: Highlights and Hidden Places

Are you looking for a tour that takes in Westminster’s highlights but a bit more besides? I can put together a tour where in addition to the Houses of Parliament, Westminster Abbey, Downing Street, Horseguards we could see:…

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Mercers, Maidens & Mozart – off the beaten track in the West End 

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On this walk we will discover the lesser known streets and alleys of the West End. We will go down an alley which has hardly changed in 300 years and which is still lit by gas. We will visit a court once known as Flicker Alley and visit a well-known shopping street and hear about its almost forgotten history as the centre of the coach and carriage making trade. We will also go on a search for Mercers’ Maidens, …

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St James’s – Coffee Houses and Clubs

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A food and drink themed walk around St James’s one of London’s most exclusive areas. Famous for its gentlemen’s clubs which were originally coffee and chocolate houses St James’s also houses one of the oldest and most expensive restaurants in town and Britain’s oldest wine and spirit merchant not to mention the Queen’s grocery store and a 200 year old cheese shop…

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Soho – A Foodie History & Cocktail Bar Tourslider-soho

Discover how Soho’s colourful history has made it what it is today – a place with a vibrant night life and myriad food and drink emporiums. Hear about the raucous parties that took place in the 18th Century and also the shenanigans in the private drinking clubs of more recent times…

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Victoria and its Secrets

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Do you work in Victoria? Away from the main street there is so much to discover. I can offer various walks in this neighbourhood including lunchtime circular walks either from a specific spot such as Westminster Cathedral in Victoria Street or maybe from your office.

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Gingerbread and Tea – A Food and Drink Themed History of Mayfair

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Known for its exclusive hotels such as Claridge’s and Brown’s with their expensive afternoon teas, Mayfair is also home to a famous auction house offering a bargain afternoon tea and a hidden café in a designer clothes shop. You will hear about the Georgian passion for ice cream, the binge-eating composer and the famous gingerbread seller Tiddy Doll…

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Palaces, People, Mansions and Monuments

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A riverside roam exploring the lost palaces and mansions of London’s riverside together with some of the City’s lesser known monuments.

Starting at Westminster Underground Station the walk wends its way east along the Thames seeking out remnants of a time when palaces and mansions lined the river – a set of steps, a water gate, the street names – these are all clues that connect us with the past and the stories of those who lived there.

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The hidden pubs of Belgravia

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Belgravia is one of London’s most exclusive areas but in the mews areas behind the grand squares can be found some of the most historic and picturesque pubs in the whole of London. I will take you to visit 3 of the most interesting pubs in the area…

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A Marylebone Meander (via its pubs)

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Tucked away from Marylebone’s famous high street can be found some amazing historic pubs. So what better way to spend an afternoon (not Sunday) than taking a walk that includes visiting two pubs (spending half an hour in each) whilst hearing about some of the characters and events associated with the area…

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Scandals and Secrets

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A walk discovering some of the West End’s scandals and secrets.

It’s surprising what you can discover in the vicinity of Europe’s busiest shopping street. This walk around the back streets of W1 includes hearing tales of the courtroom, discovering which theatre was built on top of a wine cellar (and the hidden bar within) and a building with a surprising interior…

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Heroes & Villains

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Sort the heroic from the horrific on this walk. This arch to arch walk (Marble to Wellington) includes James Bond, Bomber Command and the Duke of Wellington to name just a few. There are murders, a couple of scandals for good measure but we will hear about some real heroes too…

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Little Venice – Historic Pub Tour

On our way we will walk along the canal hearing abolittle-veniceut its history and the future developments including another sky high tower AKA The Cucumber! We will cross some quirky bridges, see some unusual sculptures plus lots of places you may want to return to including a hidden cafe in London’s oldest garden centre which is itself quite hidden…

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Poets, Prose and Paperbacks

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On this walk you will see the home of Raffles the fictional gentleman thief, hear about Oscar Wilde’s wife’s connection with the oldest bookshop in London, hear about a rhyming recipe for salad dressing and see the church that was the scene of many fashionable marriages both real and fictional…

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A Soho Sunday Pub Themed Stroll

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Discover Soho through its pubs on this Sunday lunchtime stroll. Soho’s diversity is reflected in its pubs so a pub-themed walk is the best way to explore the area. Discover what unsavoury things went on in the 19th Century in the upstairs room of one Soho pub, find out the story behind a teetotaller having a pub named after him…

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Christmas Lights Tour

The walk starts in a cosy Sam Smiths pub in Marylebone (with a fire) then meanders through the back streets of the West End (where the best lights can be found), through Mayfair and into Soho. The walk includes hidden passages, posh shops (usually with the best decorations) and lots of historical snippets along the way.

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Walks in Clerkenwell & Islington

The Perilous Pond, Pest House and Prostitute Walk

The back streets between Moorgate and Old Street are full of interesting links with the past, many of which we will see on this walk around the area known as St Luke’s.

Hear about the marketing genius who transformed a notorious drowning spot into a popular bathing location and see …

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Photo courtesy of Esprielle Kiefer

Clerkenwell: Not just a watering hole

This walk explores Clerkenwell, historically a place of gin and beer production. Hear how the abundance of fresh water in Clerkenwell shaped the area firstly with the religious settlements and later with distilleries and breweries. We will hear about the connection between gin and cricket …

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Walks in Walthamstow & Chingford

Chingford: Royals, Rogues & Retreats

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Although bearing a London postcode (E4) and only 10.5 miles from Central London, North Chingford still has a semi-rural feel to it.

By 1863 when the world’s first underground railway had opened between Farringdon and Paddington the only access into London from Chingford was by twice weekly stagecoach. Unlike its historically more accessible neighbour Walthamstow, Chingford* was practically cut off from civilisation until the arrival of the railway ten years later.  …

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Walthamstow – Artistes and Artisans

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On this walk you will discover Walthamstow’s historic shops (and some newer quirky ones too) together with its early cinema history. Find out how some local pub-goers ended up as film extras and what connection this same pub had with Wood Street’s own annual (but now long-gone) sporting activity. Hear how one current shopping emporium started off as a cinema and about another less successful but unusual entertainment venue in the vicinity…

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