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

Behind the Magic Curtain

Sun, 30 Apr

Your guide: David Charnick
Description: The story of London’s Theatreland and of how it has contributed to the development of performance – as told by its playhouses and personalities.

Literary Covent Garden. Towards A New Sensibility

Mon, 1 May

Your guide: Sean Patterson
Description: Covent Garden Literature from the Restoration to the Napoleonic Wars. Pepys, Fielding, Austen, Gay, Voltaire, Evelyn, Steele and Lamb.

Keeping up with the tides: The Thames in the City and its changing history

Tue, 2 May

Your guide: Marilyn Greene
Description: The tidal Thames has witnessed the City’s turbulent changing history. We walk from the Pool of London to Blackfriars and see the features which reflect the history of the City and Southwark and reflect on what future developments the tides will witness .

James Bond and the Spies of Mayfair

Wed, 3 May

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

Tue, 9 May

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.

Mr Selfridge and his competitors: tales of the greatest West End stores

Sun, 14 May

Your guide: Stephen Benton
Description: Fascinating stories about some of the West End’s major stores and the characters behind them.

Soho and all that Jazz !

Sun, 14 May

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.

True Spy Stories

Thu, 18 May

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

Literary Soho

Thu, 18 May

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.

The Wild and Wonderful Women of Soho

Sat, 20 May

Your guide: Michael Duncan
Description: Three hundred years of Soho history and the women who helped shape London’s most bohemian quarter.

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

Sun, 21 May

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 Americans in Mayfair

Sat, 3 Jun

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.

Behind the Stucco: the scandals of Belgravia

Fri, 9 Jun

Your guide: Michael Duncan
Description: Belgravia is an area of grandeur and apparent calm. But behind the stucco, there’s often a different story. This walk contrasts public image and private behaviour.  We’ll meet reckless gamblers, scandalous peers and lonely billionaires who made this exclusive enclave their home.

Soho and all that Jazz !

Sun, 11 Jun

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, 18 Jun

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 Battle of Waterloo Remembered

Sun, 18 Jun

Your guide: Rob Smith
Description: On the 200th Anniversary of The Battle of Waterloo this walk looks at how the news reached London, and how victory was celebrated

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.

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.

Gunpowder, Treason and Plot!

Sun, 5 Nov

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

 

 

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