Westminster

Westminster

Footprints of London runs regular guided walks in Westminster throughout the year. Our walking tours will show you the hidden side streets of Soho, the elegant streets of St James as well as the background story behind all the well known sights. All our walks are led by qualified guides who really love their subject.

Here are the walks in Westminster that we have coming up

City of Westminster

Pomp and Power:  Tales from the heart of Westminster

Thu, 17 Aug

Your guide: Mark Rowland
Description: 1045. Edward the confessor fled what he saw as the moral turpitude of The City and built his Minster in the West.  600 years later its development exploded and
it became the hub of Royal, political, ecclesiastical and executive power.  Join me for a stroll around the grand buildings of Whitehall.

True Spy Stories

Fri, 18 Aug

Your guide: Rob Smith
Description: A walk about espionage and the security services. See buildings used by MI5 and SIS past and present, and hear true tales of treachery among spies

Soho - A Foodie & Bar Themed History Tour

Sat, 19 Aug

Your guide: Joanna Moncrieff
Description: Discover Soho’s food and drink heritage together with its hidden cocktail bar scene on this late afternoon walk. Over 18s only.

Soho Rock' n' Roll ! How Soho Clubs Shaped Rock and Pop

Sun, 20 Aug

Your guide: Chris Firmin
Description: On this tour of legendary venues we find out how rock and pop were forged in Soho’s trailblazing music clubs of the 1950’s, through the 1960’s up to the dawn of punk in mid 1970’s. We also look at associated youth fashions and the developing counter culture.

The Gentlemen’s clubs of St James’s:  Victorian London’s LinkedIn

Tue, 22 Aug

Your guide: Mark Rowland
Description: We take social networking for granted, but how did the Victorians go about it in the days of the horse and carriage and strait-laced social conventions?  Join me for a stroll around genteel St James’s to hear the story of the explosive growth (and dramatic decline) of the St James’s Gentlemen’s clubs.

James Bond and the Spies of Mayfair

Thu, 24 Aug

Your guide: Michael Duncan
Description: Mayfair: inspiration to Fleming and Le Carre. Home to real life traitors, defectors. A walk where fact meets fiction.

The Americans in Mayfair

Thu, 7 Sep

Your guide: Michael Duncan
Description: Take a walk round Mayfair to discover its special relationship with America. Explore the streets and squares that presidents, rock stars and Hollywood icons have called home.

Soho and all that Jazz !

Sun, 10 Sep

Your guide: Chris Firmin
Description: This walk explores nearly 100 years of jazz history in and around the streets, clubs, restaurants and drinking dens of Soho, from the first arrival of American musicians in 1919 through to the contemporary scene by way of legendary venues such as Ronnie Scott’s club.

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

Tue, 12 Sep

Your guide: Joanna Moncrieff
Description: Hear about the history of Mayfair via its food and drink connections plus discover hidden cafes and foodie places that can be visited today.

Beyond the Great Stink: Victoria Embankment then and now

Fri, 15 Sep

Your guide: Jen Pedler
Description: Explore the way in which Victoria Embankment transformed London’s riverside and uncover evidence of what was there before it was built. Learn about how the Thames had degenerated into a cess-pit by the mid-nineteenth century and how Joseph Bazalgette saved London from the Great Stink.

Soho Rock' n' Roll ! How Soho Clubs Shaped Rock and Pop

Sun, 17 Sep

Your guide: Chris Firmin
Description: On this tour of legendary venues we find out how rock and pop were forged in Soho’s trailblazing music clubs of the 1950’s, through the 1960’s up to the dawn of punk in mid 1970’s. We also look at associated youth fashions and the developing counter culture.

Marylebone Muses

Fri, 29 Sep

Your guide: Jen Pedler
Description: Sherlock Holmes (and Conan Doyle), Charles Dickens and the Barrett-Brownings all feature in this Marylebone literary walk with cameo appearances by a few others.

Savile Row and the birth of British style.

Sat, 30 Sep

Your guide: Michael Duncan
Description: Hardy Amies said “a man should look as if he had bought his clothes with intelligence, put them on with care and then forgotten about them.” Join my Saville Row stroll to hear tales of the London enclave where royalty and celebrities visit the world’s best designers to get the best bespoke look.

Mrs Dalloway's Day

Thu, 5 Oct

Your guide: Rob Smith
Description: This walk follows the route Clarissa Dalloway takes on her journey to buy flowers for her evening party in Virginia Woolf’s classic London novel

Soho Rock n' Roll: how Soho's clubs shaped rock and pop

Sun, 8 Oct

Your guide: Alan Fortune
Description: On this tour of legendary venues we find out how rock and pop were forged in Soho’s trailblazing music clubs of the 1950’s, through the 1960’s up to the dawn of punk in mid 1970’s. We also look at associated youth fashions and the developing counter culture.

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

Tue, 10 Oct

Your guide: Joanna Moncrieff
Description: Hear about the history of Mayfair via its food and drink connections plus discover hidden cafes and foodie places that can be visited today.

Literary Soho

Sun, 15 Oct

Your guide: Alan Fortune
Description: Explore the lives of famous literary figures, like William Blake, Fanny Burney, George Orwell, Dylan Thomas, William Blake, Paul Verlaine and Arthur Rimbaud.

Soho and all that Jazz !

Sun, 15 Oct

Your guide: Chris Firmin
Description: This walk explores nearly 100 years of jazz history in and around the streets, clubs, restaurants and drinking dens of Soho, from the first arrival of American musicians in 1919 through to the contemporary scene by way of legendary venues such as Ronnie Scott’s club.

Walk Wilkie's Way

Thu, 19 Oct

Your guide: Jen Pedler
Description: Wilkie Collins led a life that was as sensational as his novels. This walk explores Marylebone where he was born and spent most of his life – places he lived and worked, the women he loved and his close friendship with Charles Dickens.

Soho Rock' n' Roll ! How Soho Clubs Shaped Rock and Pop

Sun, 22 Oct

Your guide: Chris Firmin
Description: On this tour of legendary venues we find out how rock and pop were forged in Soho’s trailblazing music clubs of the 1950’s, through the 1960’s up to the dawn of punk in mid 1970’s. We also look at associated youth fashions and the developing counter culture.

Literary Soho

Tue, 24 Oct

Your guide: Alan Fortune
Description: Explore the lives of famous literary figures, like William Blake, Fanny Burney, George Orwell, Dylan Thomas, William Blake, Paul Verlaine and Arthur Rimbaud.

Sherlock Holmes - the Return

Thu, 26 Oct

Your guide: Jen Pedler
Description: Explore the mews and backstreets of Marylebone following Sherlock Holmes and Dr Watson in The Adventure of the Empty House

Mayfair's Bright Young Things

Sat, 28 Oct

Your guide: Jen Pedler
Description: A literary romp round Mayfair; the playground of the Bright Young Things in the 1920s. Hear how writers including Michael Arlen, Anthony Powell and Evelyn Waugh portrayed the era.

Gunpowder, Treason and Plot!

Thu, 2 Nov

Description: Discover the men behind the plot and why we celebrate its foil.

Gunpowder, Treason and Plot!

Fri, 3 Nov

Description: Discover the men behind the plot and why we celebrate its foil.

Gunpowder, Treason and Plot!

Sat, 4 Nov

Description: Discover the men behind the plot and why we celebrate its foil.

Soho - A Foodie & Bar Themed History Tour

Sat, 4 Nov

Your guide: Joanna Moncrieff
Description: Discover Soho’s food and drink heritage together with its hidden cocktail bar scene on this late afternoon walk. Over 18s only.

Mr Selfridge and his competitors: untold tales of London department stores

Sun, 5 Nov

Your guide: Stephen Benton
Description: Fascinating tales of some of London’s famous shops and the characters who created them, including Liberty, John Lewis and Selfridges

Gunpowder, Treason and Plot!

Sun, 5 Nov

Description: Discover the men behind the plot and why we celebrate its foil.

Soho and all that Jazz !

Sun, 19 Nov

Your guide: Chris Firmin
Description: This walk explores nearly 100 years of jazz history in and around the streets, clubs, restaurants and drinking dens of Soho, from the first arrival of American musicians in 1919 through to the contemporary scene by way of legendary venues such as Ronnie Scott’s club.

Soho Rock' n' Roll ! How Soho Clubs Shaped Rock and Pop

Sun, 26 Nov

Your guide: Chris Firmin
Description: On this tour of legendary venues we find out how rock and pop were forged in Soho’s trailblazing music clubs of the 1950’s, through the 1960’s up to the dawn of punk in mid 1970’s. We also look at associated youth fashions and the developing counter culture.

A Foodie Themed Christmas Lights Walk

Mon, 18 Dec

Your guide: Joanna Moncrieff
Description: Discover the West End’s best Christmas lights on this foodie themed tour

A Foodie Themed Christmas Lights Walk

Thu, 21 Dec

Your guide: Joanna Moncrieff
Description: Discover the West End’s best Christmas lights on this foodie themed tour

 

 

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