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'Secrets of the Strand' Guided Walk

  • Jun 21, 2014 · 1:45 PM
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Come along on Saturday 21st June at either 1:45pm, 2:00pm or 2:15pm for a guided walk around the historic Strand!

We have 3 guides and we will be starting the walk in 15 minute gaps, so please indicate which time/guide you wish to go with when you RSVP.  If you've never attended before, all three guides are extremely good and qualified Blue Badge Guides, so just choose a random time (when you RSVP it may come up as 1:45pm for the time to attend, but just ignore that and just come along at your chosen time).

About the walk

The word 'Strand' is formed from the Old English word meaning shore. Initially it referred to the shallow bank of the once much wider River Thames, before the construction of the Victoria Embankment. The name was later applied to the road itself. Part of its length was known in the 13th century as 'Densemanestret' or 'street of the Danes', referring to the community of Danes in the area.

The Strand is one of London's main thoroughfares, but this walk looks at some of the courtyards, buildings and secret places behind this famous street.  We will see a little known chapel, a hidden archway which inspired Dickens, a 'Roman Bath', a 17th century Watergate and a 'ghost station.

We'll also walk through the elegant courtyard of Somerset House following in the footsteps of royals, sailors, artists, musicians, actors and skaters.  The walk always surprises people who thought they knew this area!

The walk is a private walk for the group, we will split into 3 groups and we will be guided by Val (1:45pm), Diane (2:00pm) and Rachel (2:15pm).  It will last about 2 hours.

Cost for the guided walk is £7 per person for Full Member's of the group and £9 per person for non-Members. (payable on the day).

Afterwards we will head to The George pub, 213 Strand for a chat over a drink.

If you can't see us outside the station, please call.

Hope to see you there!


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  • Robert

    Very good walk around the backstreets of the Strand.

    June 23, 2014

  • Jean

    I enjoyed my walk with Rachel very much - nice company too! Thank you.

    June 22, 2014

  • Sally-Anne

    Brilliant! One of the best and Val as ever a great guide

    June 22, 2014

  • Christine

    Very interesting. I know this part of London fairly well but never knew the history and development behind it. A lovely ambling pace to accommodate the heat of the afternoon too.

    June 22, 2014

  • fatima

    Was very informative and thoroughly enjoyable.

    June 21, 2014

  • Tricia

    Gained an enormous amount of knowledge which was imparted in a very interesting and entertaining way. Many thanks.

    1 · June 21, 2014

  • Antonella

    Top leader very informative.

    June 21, 2014

  • Vera

    I'm really sorry but i can't make it...

    June 21, 2014

  • Elayne

    Apologies apologies Robert - so looking forward but am not going to be able to make it - Enjoy

    June 21, 2014

  • jade

    I can only make it at 2.15 pm . Travelling is a hassle

    June 21, 2014

  • Marcello

    Running a bit late, but should be on time for my slot

    June 21, 2014

  • Ros d.

    Have changed by reply to NOT coming
    Sorry-too hot for me

    June 21, 2014

  • Laura

    just realised i have an appointment this morning so might not be able to make it but will try. Was really looking forward to this so do hope I can get there in time. Don't wait for me if not there by 2.15pm.

    June 21, 2014

  • Shelley


    June 20, 2014

  • Shelley


    June 20, 2014

  • Meredith S.

    I know & love this part of London but I bet I'd still learn a lot I didn't already know! Fantastic guides!! Enjoy the walk everyone! x x

    June 12, 2014

  • Carmen K.

    I would like to join the 2.15 walk.

    May 30, 2014

  • Suvarna S.

    I would like to join the 1.45 walking tour

    May 29, 2014

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