Sunday, 11 October 2015

Walk of the Week: Inside Covent Garden

Every Sunday we’ll pluck just one walk from the vast London Walks repertoire and put it centre stage.

You can check out the full schedule at

But if you only take one walking tour this week, why not make it…


10 am on Thursdays from Covent Garden Tube

There's no need to book. A London Walk takes about two hours and costs £10 or £8 for concs. (kids under 15 accompanied by their parent[s] go free)

Ok, let's hear it for privileged access! Was going to say Katy and Karen have emptied the pockets of four stunning London interiors and laid the contents out before us. Empty schmempty. It’s better than that. They take us into those pockets. Some of them are places* you wouldn’t be able to get into if you weren’t on this walk. Special places, privileged places. Here’s John Betjeman on one: “unique and irreplaceable and part of literary and theatrical London. It's historic – quite different from a museum because it's living and in use, not an exhibit.” And its setting, its street? “It’s unmitigated London – human in scale, irregular in height and width, the kind of street that's fast disappearing.” So: Downton Abbey film location, lost rivers, faded menus, whipping post, ballet students, private dining rooms, portable flogging and beheading kit, Pearly king, silver-domed trollies, night watchman’s tardis, famous actress's ashes in a tea caddy, horseshoes, personal letters and gifts, Grand Cigar Divan, cabinet particulaire where the prince and the actress dined privately, we come! Great walk. So come on in! Anything to add? Yes, world class guides. Travel & Leisure put Karen in its Pantheon of The World's Greatest Tour Guides; and Katy's our Juv Lead – that voice of hers, you'll hear it on the film, it's vintage tawny port made audible.  *On 3 floors, all of which we visit!

The Inside Covent Garden walk takes place every Thursday at 10 am

Meet Katy or Karen just outside the exit of Covent GardenTube is on the Piccadilly Line

Guided by Katy or Karen

A London Walk costs £10 – £8 concession. To join a London Walk, simply meet your guide at the designated tube station at the appointed time. Details of all London Walks can be found at

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