Tuesday, 10 January 2017

Streets Ahead: If #London Walks Didn't Exist, You Wouldn't Be Able To Invent It

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Streets Ahead is the column from London Walks' Pen & Daily Constitutional Special Correspondent David Tucker

In his first column of the year, David reads through the London walks Team Sheet…

If London Walks didn't exist, you wouldn't be able to invent it.

Legal London walking tours guided by a barrister. Medical London tours guided by a public health physician. Spies of Hampstead tours guided by the former Editor and CEO of Independent Television News and author of Guy Burgess The Spy Who Knew EverybodyLondon Building Stones tours guided by a professional geologist. Jack the Ripper tours guided by the distinguished crime historian who wrote the definitive book on Jack the Ripper and is “internationally recognised as the leading authority on Jack the Ripper.” 

Brunel Tours guided by the Curator of the Brunel Museum. Shakespeare’s London Tours guided by two actors who are members of the Royal Shakespeare Company. Thames Archaeology tours guided by the Intertidal Archaeologist who is the foremost expert on the central London stretch of the Thames. Magna Carta Tours guided by a criminal defence lawyer

Rock ‘n’ Roll Pub Tours guided by a musician who does a live 20 minute set on the stage of a historic R ‘n’ R venue. Dickens Tours guided by a literary historian who was invited to Buckingham Palace to meet the Queen in recognition of his work on Dickens. Royal London Tours guided by the author of Royal London. London Archaeology Tours guided by a former Museum of London ArchaeologistTheatreland Tours guided by a distinguished, Tony-nominated actor. 

Various tours guided by five different winners of the London Tourist Board’s Guide of the Year Award

Tours guided by the award-winning guide whom Travel + Leisure crowned “the world’s greatest guide.” 

Tours guided by an OBE. Tours guided by two MBEs. Tours guided by seven different London Walks guides who’ve been invited to meet the Queen in recognition of outstanding achievements in their chosen field. Tours guided by London’s most decorated guide. Tours guided by the legendary BBC producer and writer whom The Telegraph described as “the one true genius the BBC ever produced.” Target London Tours guided by a distinguished former member of Scotland Yard’s Anti-Terrorism Squad

Jewish London Tours guided by the author of Jewish London. Fleet Street Tours guided by a national journalist. Photography tours guided by a professional photographer. Various tours guided by historians who have authored a number of standard works on London’s history.

If this were a golf tournament every name on the Leader Board would be a London Walks guide.

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 www.walks.com.

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