Walks

Welcome to Footprints of London – the site that offers some of the best guided walks in and around the capital.

This October we are celebrating London Books and authors with our Literary Footprints Festival. We have a series of walks and talks that take literature out onto the streets – you can see the full programme here

Literary Footprints 2014

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Date
Walk
Guide
Description
Wed 01/10/14 14:00Embankment to Covent Garden - Literary HeroesSue BinghamStories of Wilde, Holmes, Dickens and others in this off- the-beaten-track walk in a popular part of town
Wed 01/10/14 18:30The 18th Century Gin CrazeFootprints of LondonGin Lane and Beer Street - come listen to Dr Richard Barnett author of the Dedalas Book of Gin talk about the C18th gin craze
Wed 01/10/14 18:30Literary Footprints Festival Season TicketFootprints of LondonThe season ticket that gives entry to all our walks - remember you do have to reserve a place on each walk
Wed 01/10/14 18:30Return of the KingRichard WatkinsCome round Whitehall and St James's to hear about the charismatic people and game-changing events of the early years of the Restoration, 1660.
Thu 02/10/14 10:30The Wild and Wonderful Women of Soho.Michael DuncanThree hundred years of Soho history and the women who helped shape London's most bohemian quarter.
Thu 02/10/14 11:00Print and the Press - Exploring Fleet StreetJill FinchExplore Fleet street, with it's alleys and courtyards, and hear about the people behind the printing industry
Thu 02/10/14 14:00Dickens in SouthwarkNeil SinclairRetrace the steps taken by young Charles Dickens as he trudged from his enforced job in a blacking factory to visit his spendthrift father John in Southwark's Marshalsea debtors' prison.
Thu 02/10/14 14:30A Child of the JagoJenny RossiterWalk based on Arthur Morrison's 1896 Novel about one of the toughest areas, exploring its influence on the creation of social housing
Thu 02/10/14 18:30Churches, Corners & Corridors Walking TourAmber the American Tour GuideStep off the beaten path, discover something new and uncover stories that will move you.
Thu 02/10/14 19:00Mrs Dalloway's DayRob SmithThis walk follows the route Clarissa Dalloway takes on her journey to buy flowers for her evening party in Virginia Woolf's classic London novel
Thu 02/10/14 19:00Gentlemen’s clubs of St James’s: Victorian London’s LinkedInMark RowlandWalk with Mark Rowland and explore the Victorian's equivalent of Linked-In and explore the influence on the growth of Victorian London.
Fri 03/10/14 11:00Follow the Footsteps of Oliver TwistHazel BakerVictorian London was a dangerous place especially after dark. Follow the footsteps of Oliver Twist & the Artful Dodger on their way to Fagin's lair..
Fri 03/10/14 14:00Marylebone MusesJen PedlerSherlock Holmes (and Conan Doyle), Charles Dickens and the Barrett-Brownings all feature in this Marylebone literary walk with cameo appearances by a few others.
Sat 04/10/14 10:30Walking with PoppinsAmber the American Tour GuideA walk for families, exploring the Mary Poppins stories of P L Travers, led by your own Singing Nanny...
Sat 04/10/14 10:30Brompton CemeterySheldonK GoodmanVisit our only Nationalised Cemetery, learn about social change in Victorian Society and meet the individuals whose lives resonate throughout the years.
Sat 04/10/14 14:00Civil War Connections around St Paul's and CheapsideRobin RowlesThe Civil War created modern Britain - explore how the City of London was involved in this conflict and hear about the impact on London's population.
Sat 04/10/14 14:00Clerkenwell. The Charles Booth Poverty Maps.Sean PattersonFollow social researcher Charles Booth around Clerkenwell and learn about London's sausage king
Sat 04/10/14 14:00To Make the Punishment Fit the CrimeDavid CharnickCome visit sites connected with judicial punishment; hear tales of a pickpocket prostitute and a she-wolf, of domestic abuse and the trade in human corpses.
Sat 04/10/14 16:00Soho - A Foodie & Bar Themed History TourJoanna MoncrieffDiscover Soho’s food and drink heritage together with its hidden cocktail bar scene on this late afternoon walk. Over 18s only.
Sun 05/10/14 11:00Literary SohoAlan FortuneExplore the lives of famous literary figures, like William Blake, Fanny Burney, George Orwell, Dylan Thomas, William Blake, Paul Verlaine and Arthur Rambaud.
Sun 05/10/14 12:00Whitechapel. The Charles Booth Poverty Maps.Sean PattersonExplore London's East End, following in the steps of social reformer Charles Booth who explored this area in the 1890s
Sun 05/10/14 14:00Walking The EnemyRob SmithFollow the journey taken by the Waitrose kids in Charlie Higson's devastating post apocalyptic novel "The Enemy"
Sun 05/10/14 14:00The London of Oliver Twist - Dickens' ClerkenwellJenni BowleyWalk the streets of Oliver Twist and hear about life in nineteenth century "rookeries"; visit the site of Fagin's Den and Dickens' first marital home.
Sun 05/10/14 14:00The Dark Side of the GreenDavid CharnickBethnal Green’s past is littered with dark deeds and dodgy dudes, but these are also important moments in the history of law and order in this country.
Mon 06/10/14 14:00Shakespeare on BanksideNeil SinclairAct 2 - The Bard at his peak in Elizabethan London's notorious red light district with coaching inns, bear-baiting pits, theatres and brothels.
Mon 06/10/14 18:00Shakespeare in the CityAnne TickellAct 3 - Follow Shakespeare and his King's Men acting company as they transfer across the river to the wealthy City.
Tue 07/10/14 14:00London's TheatrelandPeter HendersonThe wakj lifts the curtain on stories of rags to riches, murder, intrigue, fashion and fame in London's West End Theatreland.
Tue 07/10/14 19:00Dickens After Dark: In the Steps of the Night WalkerMark RowlandExplore the City after Dark - as Charles Dickens did in his night walks, finding the inspiration for many of his tales
Wed 08/10/14 14:00Circles, Squares and Triangles - Virginia Woolf in BloomsburyStephen BentonA walk through the Bloomsbury of Virginia Woolf
Wed 08/10/14 14:00Literary Covent Garden. Towards A New SensibilitySean PattersonCovent Garden Literature from the Restoration to the Napoleonic Wars. Pepys, Fielding, Austen, Gay, Voltaire, Evelyn, Steele and Lamb.
Thu 09/10/14 10:30The Wild and Wonderful Women of Soho.Michael DuncanThree hundred years of Soho history and the women who helped shape London's most bohemian quarter.
Thu 09/10/14 11:00T S Eliot - The Wasteland in the CityTina BaxterA reading of the famous poem whilst exploring the streets of the City that helped to inspire the poet.
Thu 09/10/14 11:00Shardlake's LondonJill FinchFollow the footsteps of the characters in C J Sansom's 'Shardlake' novels set in 16th Century London at the time of the reformation.
Thu 09/10/14 19:00A Journal of the Plague YearRob SmithThe stories of the quack doctors, brave neighbours and doom-mongers who filled London in the plague year of 1665 in Defoe's classic account
Fri 10/10/14 11:00Literary HampsteadSue BinghamA beautiful trail with entertaining tales of writers who have lived in Hampstead.
Sat 11/10/14 11:00Wealth and Poverty in Soho and Covent GardenSean GayExplore Covent Garden and Soho - and see the extremes of wealth and poverty that existed side by side
Sat 11/10/14 11:00Print and the Press - Exploring Fleet StreetJill FinchExplore Fleet street, with it's alleys and courtyards, and hear about the people behind the printing industry
Sat 11/10/14 11:00The World in One City: Migration and the making of modern LondonMark RowlandLondon was called "The Clearing House of the World" - this walk with Mark shows how migrants to London created today's international City.
Sat 11/10/14 11:00Creatives, Canons and the New RiverSue Sinton SmithExplore Canonbury, one of the most sought-after areas of London, within one of London's poorest boroughs.
Sat 11/10/14 14:00A Helping HandDavid CharnickA telephone, a bridge and a terrorist bomb have all been unlikely foundations for many enterprises which have sought to improve life in the City and beyond.
Sun 12/10/14 10:30Deptford. The Charles Booth Poverty MapsSean PattersonOne of London's top walks - around Deptford following in social researcher Charles Booth's footsteps
Sun 12/10/14 11:00Literary Secrets of Smithfield and ClerkenwellDavid BrownA literary exploration of two historic areas that attracted many writers including Dickens and Shakespeare
Sun 12/10/14 14:00The Lives and Loves of the Bloomsbury GroupJenni BowleyExplore the many literary connections of Bloomsbury where writers 'lived in squares and loved in triangles'.
Sun 12/10/14 14:00Behind the Magic CurtainDavid CharnickThe story of London’s Theatreland and of how it has contributed to the development of performance - as told by its playhouses and personalities.
Mon 13/10/14 14:00Shakespeare on BanksideNeil SinclairAct 2 - The Bard at his peak in Elizabethan London's notorious red light district with coaching inns, bear-baiting pits, theatres and brothels.
Mon 13/10/14 18:30Virginia Woolf and friends - her life, her loves, her booksFootprints of LondonA talk that looks at the life and work of Virginia Woolf, set in the atmospheric setting of St Olave Hart Street.
Tue 14/10/14 11:00The City LiteratePeter HendersonVisit one of the most famous streets in London, the heart of Britains newspaper industry and the home of some of the greatest names of English literature
Tue 14/10/14 19:00Dickens After Dark: In the Steps of the Night WalkerMark RowlandExplore the City after Dark - as Charles Dickens did in his night walks, finding the inspiration for many of his tales
Tue 14/10/14 19:00Literary SohoAlan FortuneExplore the lives of famous literary figures, like William Blake, Fanny Burney, George Orwell, Dylan Thomas, William Blake, Paul Verlaine and Arthur Rambaud.
Wed 15/10/14 14:00Embankment to Covent Garden - Literary HeroesSue BinghamStories of Wilde, Holmes, Dickens and others in this off- the-beaten-track walk in a popular part of town
Wed 15/10/14 19:00Follow the Footsteps of Oliver TwistHazel BakerVictorian London was a dangerous place especially after dark. Follow the footsteps of Oliver Twist & the Artful Dodger on their way to Fagin's lair..
Thu 16/10/14 11:00Chaucer - His life and work in the City of LondonTina BaxterExplore Medieval London through the eyes and ears of Geoffrey Chaucer
Thu 16/10/14 11:00Shardlake's LondonJill FinchFollow the footsteps of the characters in C J Sansom's 'Shardlake' novels set in 16th Century London at the time of the reformation.
Thu 16/10/14 18:30Churches, Corners & Corridors Walking TourAmber the American Tour GuideStep off the beaten path, discover something new and uncover stories that will move you.
Thu 16/10/14 18:30The Great Fire of WestminsterRichard WatkinsTo mark the 180th anniversary of the day the old Houses of Parliament burnt down, two Footprints guides tell the story of that grim night, around the streets and onto the bridge where thousands gawped at the destruction in horror and awe.
Thu 16/10/14 19:00London DestroyedRob SmithThis walk looks at the London locations that have featured in dystopian and post apocalyptic fiction.
Fri 17/10/14 11:00Literary HampsteadSue BinghamA beautiful trail with entertaining tales of writers who have lived in Hampstead.
Fri 17/10/14 14:00Sherlock Holmes - the returnJen PedlerExplore the mews and backstreets of Marylebone following Sherlock Holmes and Dr Watson in The Adventure of the Empty House
Sat 18/10/14 10:30Walking with PoppinsAmber the American Tour GuideA walk for families, exploring the Mary Poppins stories of P L Travers, led by your own Singing Nanny...
Sat 18/10/14 11:00Sherlock Holmes and the Red-Headed LeagueRobin RowlesFollow in the Footsteps of the great Dectective as we wind our way through streets that Sherlock Holmes would have recognised
Sat 18/10/14 14:00Sherlock Holmes of LondonRobin RowlesExplore some of Sherlock Holme's most puzzling and memorable mysteries.
Sun 19/10/14 11:00T S Eliot - The Wasteland in the CityTina BaxterA reading of the famous poem whilst exploring the streets of the City that helped to inspire the poet.
Sun 19/10/14 12:00Whitechapel. The Charles Booth Poverty Maps.Sean PattersonExplore London's East End, following in the steps of social reformer Charles Booth who explored this area in the 1890s
Sun 19/10/14 14:00Made in ChelseaStephen BentonHear about Artists and Writers, people like Ellen Terry, Oscar Wilde, Bram Stoker and Mark Twain
Sun 19/10/14 14:00Venture CapitalDavid CharnickThe story of how engineering ventures, familiar and surprising, came to the aid of the City of London, to help it grow and to shape its future.
Sun 19/10/14 14:00East of the East End - Around East HamSue Sinton SmithIf you thought East London stopped at Stratford think again. Join Sue on a walk around her local area and expect some surprises.
Mon 20/10/14 14:00Shakespeare on BanksideNeil SinclairAct 2 - The Bard at his peak in Elizabethan London's notorious red light district with coaching inns, bear-baiting pits, theatres and brothels.
Mon 20/10/14 18:00Shakespeare in the CityDavid BrownAct 3 - Follow Shakespeare and his King's Men acting company as they transfer across the river to the wealthy City.
Tue 21/10/14 11:00Literary BloomsburyPeter HendersonDiscover Bloomsbury, the inspiration and backdrop to some of the great writers of English Literature
Tue 21/10/14 19:00Dickens After Dark: In the Steps of the Night WalkerMark RowlandExplore the City after Dark - as Charles Dickens did in his night walks, finding the inspiration for many of his tales
Wed 22/10/14 14:00Made in ChelseaStephen BentonHear about Artists and Writers, people like Ellen Terry, Oscar Wilde, Bram Stoker and Mark Twain
Wed 22/10/14 18:30Poets, Prose & PaperbacksJoanna MoncrieffA walk discovering literary connections in Mayfair including stories behind its famous bookshops.
Thu 23/10/14 11:00Shardlake's LondonJill FinchFollow the footsteps of the characters in C J Sansom's 'Shardlake' novels set in 16th Century London at the time of the reformation.
Thu 23/10/14 18:00Shakespeare in the CityDavid BrownAct 3 - Follow Shakespeare and his King's Men acting company as they transfer across the river to the wealthy City.
Thu 23/10/14 18:30The Great Fire of WestminsterRichard WatkinsTo mark the 180th anniversary of the day the old Houses of Parliament burnt down, two Footprints guides tell the story of that grim night, around the streets and onto the bridge where thousands gawped at the destruction in horror and awe.
Fri 24/10/14 14:00Bright Young ThingsJen PedlerA literary romp round Mayfair; the playground of the Bright Young Things in the 1920s. On this walk you will hear how their outrageous exploits were portrayed by writers of the era.
Sat 25/10/14 11:00Sherlock Holmes of LondonRobin RowlesExplore some of Sherlock Holme's most puzzling and memorable mysteries.
Sat 25/10/14 11:00Chaucer - His life and work in the City of LondonTina BaxterExplore Medieval London through the eyes and ears of Geoffrey Chaucer
Sat 25/10/14 14:00Sherlock Holmes and the Red-Headed LeagueRobin RowlesFollow in the Footsteps of the great Dectective as we wind our way through streets that Sherlock Holmes would have recognised
Sun 26/10/14 09:00Queenhithe Ward and Foreshore WalkTina BaxterExplore Queenhithe and the Foreshore from Hanseatic Walk to the Millenium Bridge. This is a three hour walk, and appropriate footwear is needed.
Sun 26/10/14 11:00Literary SohoAlan FortuneExplore the lives of famous literary figures, like William Blake, Fanny Burney, George Orwell, Dylan Thomas, William Blake, Paul Verlaine and Arthur Rambaud.
Sun 26/10/14 11:00Clerkenwell. The Charles Booth Poverty Maps.Sean PattersonFollow social researcher Charles Booth around Clerkenwell and learn about London's sausage king
Sun 26/10/14 14:00Virginia Woolf in BloomsburyStephen BentonA walk through the Bloomsbury of Virginia Woolf
Sun 26/10/14 14:30Whitechapel. The Charles Booth Poverty Maps.Sean PattersonExplore London's East End, following in the steps of social reformer Charles Booth who explored this area in the 1890s
Mon 27/10/14 14:00Literary Covent Garden. Towards A New SensibilitySean PattersonCovent Garden Literature from the Restoration to the Napoleonic Wars. Pepys, Fielding, Austen, Gay, Voltaire, Evelyn, Steele and Lamb.
Mon 27/10/14 18:00Poets, Prose & PaperbacksJoanna MoncrieffA walk discovering literary connections in Mayfair including stories behind its famous bookshops.
Tue 28/10/14 14:00The City LiteratePeter HendersonVisit one of the most famous streets in London, the heart of Britains newspaper industry and the home of some of the greatest names of English literature
Tue 28/10/14 19:00Dickens After Dark: In the Steps of the Night WalkerMark RowlandExplore the City after Dark - as Charles Dickens did in his night walks, finding the inspiration for many of his tales
Wed 29/10/14 11:00Literary ClerkenwellSean PattersonExplore Smithfield and Clerkenwell's literary connections and hear readings from authors who wrote about this fascinating area.
Wed 29/10/14 14:00Literary Secrets of MaryleboneDavid BrownExplore the literary places and authors (including readings) around the lovely Marylebone area.
Thu 30/10/14 11:00Samuel Pepys' DiaryElaine WeinPepys wrote about his family, friends and about the Great Fire. Visit places known to Pepys and hear about the events that shaped this unique social document.
Thu 30/10/14 18:30Churches, Corners & Corridors Walking TourAmber the American Tour GuideStep off the beaten path, discover something new and uncover stories that will move you.
Thu 30/10/14 18:30The Great Fire of WestminsterRichard WatkinsTo mark the 180th anniversary of the day the old Houses of Parliament burnt down, two Footprints guides tell the story of that grim night, around the streets and onto the bridge where thousands gawped at the destruction in horror and awe.
Fri 31/10/14 19:00Bleeding LondonFootprints of LondonEvent includes readings of Geoff Nicholoson's 1997 Whitbread shortlisted-novel Bleeding London with a preview of some of the photos from the most ambitious photo project the planet has seen
Wed 05/11/14 18:30The Great Fire of WestminsterRichard WatkinsTo mark the 180th anniversary of the day the old Houses of Parliament burnt down, two Footprints guides tell the story of that grim night, around the streets and onto the bridge where thousands gawped at the destruction in horror and awe.
Thu 06/11/14 18:30Churches, Corners & Corridors Walking TourAmber the American Tour GuideStep off the beaten path, discover something new and uncover stories that will move you.
Sun 16/11/14 11:00Walbrook where art thou?Tina BaxterExplore one of the hidden Rivers that shaped the City of London.
Thu 20/11/14 11:00Secret Spaces and Public Places - City Gardens TourTina BaxterVisit the gardens and spaces of the City of London and learn about why they are so important to the City of London
Sat 22/11/14 11:00Women Through Time - Inspiring ChangeTina BaxterStroll through the City of London and meet the extraordinary women that contributed to 1,500 years of our history
Sat 22/11/14 11:00East of the East End - Around East HamSue Sinton SmithIf you thought East London stopped at Stratford think again. Join Sue on a walk around her local area and expect some surprises.
Sun 10/05/15 13:00Working River - An Industrial History of the Lower LeaRob SmithExplore the River Lea, the industrial heritage of the area, and the fantastic Victorian (and earlier) architecture that remains

Footprints of London offers a fresh and vibrant series of walking tours researched and delivered by enthusiastic, talented, independent and qualified guides. We’re a little different to other operations in that all our walks are only bookable through the internet. This enables us to limit numbers, so you will never join a group with too many people – enabling us to navigate some of the lesser known byways in our travels.

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