What we're about

Welcome to 'Walks and Tours!' Unique healthy walks combined with finding out some local history en route on our different walks. For anyone who likes walking about 3-6 miles (sometimes we have other walks 7-12 miles called history hikes) Walks connected with history, or sometimes just beautiful scenic walks, chat freely amongst the other walkers, beautiful views, meeting new friends and easy-going socials. For everyone who likes to go walking, hiking, seeing new things.

Tours, Weekend Trips, Coach Trips, socials, something different!

It's going to be a real fun ride, you'll love it!

Upcoming events (4+)

Secret London - Sordid Tales, Murderers and Deaths behind the doors of Belgravia

£5 cash payment on the day, please come join everyone for a fascinating walk, see the homes and what goes on behind the closed doors of Belgravia. The famous picture of Ghislaine Maxwell, Prince Andrew and Virginia Giuffre, we will see the home of Ghislaine Maxwell where the picture was taken and where her partner Jeffrey Epstein had sordid encounters, the home where famous Lord Lucan committed the murder, where Judy Garland (The Wizard of Oz), Vivien Leigh (Gone With the Wind), Brian Epstein (Beatles manager) and Mary Shelley (Frankenstein) died, the pub where the Great Train Robbery was planned, beautiful shops of Belgravia, beautiful mews, the most haunted pub in London and some of the most expensive homes in the World belonging to Jose Mourino (Chelsea Manager) Tony Curtis (Hollywood Star) Ian Fleming (James Bond) and Margaret Thatcher, where 'Upstairs, Downstairs' and 'Belgravia' was filmed. All this within a 4 mile walk!

4 mile Walk starts and ends at Victoria Station (Mainline and Underground) Please meet inside the mainline Victoria Railway Station, outside the main toilets situated underneath the old Victorian clock. Toilets are in between a Natwest Bank withdrawal machine and a Wasabi takeaway restaurant. NOT the toilets that sit right next to a train line. Allow lots of time to find!

BELGRAVIA
Belgravia is an affluent district in Central London, covering parts of the areas of both the City of Westminster and the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea.

Much of Belgravia, known as the Grosvenor Estate, is still owned by a family property company, the Duke of Westminster's Grosvenor Group,
The area is mostly residential, the particular exceptions being Belgrave Square in the centre, Eaton Square to the south, and Buckingham Palace Gardens to the east.

HISTORY
The area takes its name from the village of Belgrave, Cheshire, two miles (3 km) from the Grosvenor family's main country seat of Eaton Hall.
One of the Duke of Westminster's subsidiary titles is Viscount Belgrave.

During the Middle Ages, the area was a series of fields used for grazing, intersected by footpaths. The Westbourne was crossed by Bloody Bridge, so called because it was frequented by robbers & highwaymen, and it was unsafe to cross the fields at night. In 1728, a man's body was discovered by the bridge with half his face and five fingers removed. In 1749, a muffin man was robbed and left blind. It also made it a popular spot for dueling.

Despite its reputation for crime and violence, it was a pleasant area during the daytime with various market gardens. The area began to be built up after George III moved to Buckingham House and constructed a row of houses on what is now Grosvenor Place. In the 1820s, Richard Grosvenor, 2nd Marquess of Westminster asked Thomas Cubitt to design an estate. Most of Belgravia was constructed over the next 30 years; it attempted to rival Mayfair in its prestige.

Many houses in Belgravia are among the most expensive anywhere in the world, costing over £100 million pounds.

As of 2013, many residential properties in Belgravia were owned by wealthy foreigners who may have other luxury residences in exclusive locations worldwide; so many are temporarily unoccupied. The increase in land value has been in sharp contrast to UK average & left the area empty and isolated.

IMPORTANT TERMS AND CONDITIONS

PLEASE ensure ARRIVAL at least 15 minutes BEFORE the start of the walk, sorry no latecomers accepted for whatever reason.

WALKS GO AHEAD RAIN OR SHINE, Members attend the unique walks from our different meetup groups.

Loyalty cards on each walk, complete 3, then receive 4th walk at Early bird ticket cost! Sorry loyalty cards can not be used on PayPal events or other hosts' events.

Sorry, no refunds or transfers if pre-paid on an event.

IF LATE, SORRY WE ARE UNABLE TO RECEIVE CALLS OR ANSWER EMAILS AS WELCOMING MEMBERS, LEADING THE WALK, AND CONCENTRATING ON THE SAFETY OF THE GROUP. PLEASE DO NOT BE LATE, YOU WILL NOT BE ABLE TO CATCH THE GROUP UP, PLEASE ARRIVE EARLY TO AVOID DISAPPOINTMENT.

Part Tour - normal pace walk from 'Visit England' Award-Winning Guide

Please note: Some events, being a large attended meetup group it will be an organised walk only, but members are very welcome to organise their own get-togethers after the event.

You are required to be fit, healthy, appropriate footwear & clothing, responsible for meeting at the correct location and your own safety. Please bring water and some snacks.

The organiser is not responsible for any circumstances that may affect the group, such as personal accidents, rail delays, cancellations, engineering works, heavy traffic, tours affected, weather, walk paths or routes closed, postcodes for car parks or for when we arrive back at the station, or anything else not mentioned!

By joining the event you accept the terms and conditions.

I look forward to welcoming you on the walks/tours for a great day out!

Simply Walks - Beautiful Clissold Park, Stunning Stoke Newington & Abney Park

£5 cash payment on the day, please come join everyone for a beautiful 'simply walk' only, which consists of Stoke Newington, Clissold Park and Abney Park. 'Clissold Park' is a beautiful park in the area of Stoke Newington, a wonderful café which we will stop at for refreshments and restrooms, the park has an aviary, deer and goats we can meet up close and two small lakes hosting wild ducks, geese, swans and other water birds. The park also comprises remains of the New River, a stretch of water that wends its way around homes which was once part of the New River, an artificial waterway that supplied London clean water from Hertfordshire in the early 17 century.

Please dress up warm as the beautiful cafe has limited seating, staff and many of us will be drinking coffee/tea outside looking at the wonderful park.

WALK OPTIONS
You have 2 options, walk can be either 3 or 5 miles in length. The 3 mile walk ends at Stoke Newington Overground Station or the 5 mile option is a circular walk back to Finsbury Park Station for the Victoria Line.

On exiting the train, please follow the sign for 'Station Place' once you enter on to the main road we will meet you there. if you require toilets before meeting other members of the group, they are located on Platform 7.

STOKE NEWINGTON
The Manor of Stoke Newington gave its name to Stoke Newington the ancient parish. The historic core on Stoke Newington Church Street retains the distinct London village character which led Nikolaus Pevsner to write in 1953 that he found it hard to see the district as being in London at all. Being on the outskirts at this time, many expensive and large houses were built to house London's expanding population whose journey to the commercial heart of the capital was made possible by the birth of the railways and the first omnibuses.

Notable People lived in, or associated with Stoke Newington

Daniel Defoe, Isaac Watts, Edgar Allan Poe, Diane Abbott, Bad Manners
Marc Bolan, Eric Bristow, Paloma Faith, Reginald Fox, Nick Grimshaw,
Paul Jones, lead singer with Manfred Mann,Stewart Lee, comedian
Ken Livingstone, Malcolm McLaren, Warren Mitchell, Professor Green,
Pauline Quirke, Barbara Windsor, Caroline Flack, TV presenter, died in Stoke Newington

ABNEY PARK
In the early 1800s, London’s rapid population growth proved too much for inner city burial grounds, which were literally overflowing. Parliament passed a bill in 1832 to encourage the establishment of new private cemeteries. Within ten years, seven had been established (later dubbed 'The Magnificent Seven' by architectural historian Hugh Meller), one of which was Abney Park. In the 1970s after the cemetery company went into administration, Abney fell into disrepair and was abandoned, allowing a uniquely wild atmosphere to develop at the site. The London Borough of Hackney took over ownership of the site in the 80s and started to manage it in partnership with the Abney Park Trust as lessee.

Central to the design of Abney Park, the chapel is the oldest surviving non-denominational chapel in Europe, The chapel is Gothic.

There are over 200,000 people laid to rest in Abney Park Cemetery, from world-famous names such as William Booth to relatively unsung heroes, such as Betsi Cadwaladr who, aged over 60, worked as a nurse alongside Florence Nightingale in the Crimea War.

IMPORTANT TERMS AND CONDITIONS
PLEASE ensure ARRIVAL at least 15 minutes BEFORE the start of the walk, sorry no latecomers accepted for whatever reason.

WALKS GO AHEAD RAIN OR SHINE, Members attend the unique walks from our different meetup groups.

Loyalty cards on each walk, complete 3, then receive 4th walk at Early bird ticket cost! Sorry loyalty cards can not be used on PayPal events or other hosts' events.

Sorry, no refunds or transfers if pre-paid on an event.

IF LATE, SORRY WE ARE UNABLE TO RECEIVE CALLS OR ANSWER EMAILS AS WELCOMING MEMBERS, LEADING THE WALK, AND CONCENTRATING ON THE SAFETY OF THE GROUP. PLEASE DO NOT BE LATE, YOU WILL NOT BE ABLE TO CATCH THE GROUP UP, PLEASE ARRIVE EARLY TO AVOID DISAPPOINTMENT.

Part Tour - normal pace walk from 'Visit England' Award-Winning Guide

Please note: Some events, being a large attended meetup group it will be an organised walk only, but members are very welcome to organise their own get-togethers after the event.

You are required to be fit, healthy, appropriate footwear & clothing, responsible for meeting at the correct location and your own safety. Please bring water and some snacks.

The organiser is not responsible for any circumstances that may affect the group, such as personal accidents, rail delays, cancellations, engineering works, heavy traffic, tours affected, weather, walk paths or routes closed, postcodes for car parks or for when we arrive back at the station, or anything else not mentioned!

By joining the event you accept the terms and conditions.

I look forward to welcoming you on the walks/tours for a great day out!

Secret London - Lost Magical Mayfair, St James & St James Park - 3 mile circular

SORRY FULLY BOOKED

Hi all, cost & info below, where 'The Beatles' performed their famous last live performance on top of a roof, where the Queen was born down a street in Mayfair, some of the oldest shops in the World dating back to the 1600's - old wooden shops all twisted, bent and torn that stood here before The Great Fire of London and the Great Plague, lost alleyways, stunning Banksy Art, lovely walking in London's oldest park, St James and beside it's beautiful lake, the delight of Green Park, the gambling club of the infamous Lord Lucan, stand and watch at the very front of Buckingham Palace with the Queen's Guards wearing large bearskin hats and marching, the famous balcony for Royal weddings and historical events, where Kingsmen movie was filmed, the incredible St James Palace the residence of Kings and Queens before Buckingham Palace & of course the famous shops of New Bond Street, All within 3 miles, wow!

A beautiful 3 mile short walk, find out some interesting local history along the way while meeting new friends

Starts and ends by Green Park Station (Next to the famous Ritz Restaurant)

PAYMENT OPTIONS
2 choices.. £5.50 Limited Early Bird Tickets in advance (check out as a guest for a faster transaction), or the option of £8 cash/card payment on the day without a pre-purchased ticket.

Sorry, no refunds or transfers for Early Bird Tickets, if tickets are not available to purchase they have sold out. Waiting list members can also attend, but only with an advanced ticket.

Please here click for the 'WE GOT TICKETS' link
https://www.wegottickets.com/event/534467/

Mayfair
Is an affluent area in the West End of London, It is one of the most expensive districts in London and the world.

It became well known for the annual "May Fair" that took place from 1686 to 1764, Its prestigious status has been commemorated by being the most expensive property square on the London Monopoly board!

Notable Residence
Her Majesty The Queen, Winston Churchill, Lord Nelson, Florence Nightingale, Lawrence Olivier, Andrew Lloyd Webber, Sean Connery, Roger Moore, Virginia Woolf, Lord Tennyson.

St James's Palace
The most senior royal palace in the United Kingdom.

Built by order of Henry VIII in the 1530s, the palace was secondary in importance to the Palace of Whitehall for most Tudor and Stuart monarchs.

The palace increased in importance during the reigns of the early Georgian monarchy but was displaced by Buckingham Palace in the late-18th and early-19th centuries.

Charles I spent his final night at St James's before his execution.

St James's Park
Named after a leper hospital dedicated to St James the Less.

The park is Grade I listed on the Register of Historic Parks and Gardens.

Green Park
Between Hyde Park and St. James's Park, Together with Kensington Gardens and the gardens of Buckingham Palace, these parks form an almost unbroken stretch of open land, In 1746, named Green Park.

TERMS AND CONDITIONS
PLEASE ensure ARRIVAL at least 15 minutes BEFORE the start of the walk, sorry no latecomers accepted for whatever reason.

WALKS GO AHEAD RAIN OR SHINE, Members attend the unique walks from our different meetup groups.

IF LATE, SORRY WE ARE UNABLE TO RECEIVE CALLS OR ANSWER EMAILS AS WELCOMING MEMBERS, LEADING THE WALK, AND CONCENTRATING ON THE SAFETY OF THE GROUP. PLEASE DO NOT BE LATE, YOU WILL NOT BE ABLE TO CATCH THE GROUP UP, PLEASE ARRIVE EARLY TO AVOID DISAPPOINTMENT.

Part Tour - normal pace walk from 'Visit England' Award-Winning Guide

Please note: Some events, being a large attended meetup group it will be an organised walk only, but members are very welcome to organise their own get-togethers after the event.

You are required to be fit, healthy, appropriate footwear & clothing, responsible for meeting at the correct location and your own safety. Please bring water and some snacks.

The organiser is not responsible for any circumstances that may affect the group, such as personal accidents, rail delays, cancellations, engineering works, heavy traffic, tours affected, weather, walk paths or routes closed, postcodes for car parks or for when we arrive back at the station, or anything else not mentioned!

By joining the event you accept the terms and conditions.

I look forward to welcoming you on the walks/tours for a great day out!

Secret London - Lost Streets underneath London and the hidden gems of Soho!

The Hippodrome Casino London

£5 cash payment on the day, please come and join everyone for very different hidden gems of Soho! Beneath a part of Soho there are lost alleyways from the 19th Century, you cannot enter, but it is possible to see part of the street signage and section of a lost alleyway. We also have lost amazing gardens, tin pan alley, where television was first demonstrated, where the disease Cholera broke out, proved to be linked to a hand water pump in Soho, where British rock 'n' roll started and famous bands performed, view cool giant pieces of art, where the start of the Profumo affair started, Jimi Hendrix performed for the first time in the UK, Diagon Alley from Harry Potter, a very small basement club where Paul Simon and Bob Dylan performed in the 60's, the birth of Alternative comedy in Britain, the location of the smallest shop in the UK, where Elton John's 'Your Song' was written, the famous Marquee Club, incredible music studios where some of the most famous songs ever were recorded on the Planet and also Music from the Human jukebox (Me!)

At the end of the walk we have the option of visiting a very warm rooftop bar with plenty of heaters for socialising, drinks/meal, or (drink downstairs in the bar/restaurant) The bar is situated 1 minute from Piccadilly station.

2.5 mile Walk starts at Leicester Square and ends at Piccadilly Station

Soho is an area of the City of Westminster, part of the West End of London. Originally a fashionable district for the aristocracy, it has been one of the main entertainment districts in the capital since the 19th century.

The area was developed from farmland by Henry VIII in 1536, when it became a royal park. It became a parish in its own right in the late 17th century, when buildings started to be developed for the upper class, including the laying out of Soho Square in the 1680s.

Since the 1980s, the area has undergone considerable gentrification.

Soho's reputation as a major entertainment district of London stems from theatres such as the Windmill Theatre on Great Windmill Street and the Raymond Revuebar owned by entrepreneur Paul Raymond, and music clubs such as the 2i's Coffee Bar and the Marquee Club. Trident Studios was based in Soho, and the nearby Denmark Street has hosted numerous music publishing houses and instrument shops from the 20th century onwards. The independent British film industry is centered around Soho, including the British headquarters of Twentieth Century Fox and the British Board of Film Classification offices.

The name "Soho" first appears in the 17th century. The name may possibly derive from a former hunting cry. James Scott, 1st Duke of Monmouth, used "soho" as a rallying call for his men at the Battle of Sedgemoor on 6 July 1685, half a century after the name was first used for this area of London.

Soho Square was first laid out in the 1680s on the former Soho Fields. Firth built the first houses around the square, and by 1691, 41 had been completed.Though the Earls of Leicester and Portland had intended Soho to be an upper-class estate comparable to Bloomsbury, Marylebone and Mayfair, it never developed as such. Immigrants began to settle in the area from around 1680 onwards, particularly French Huguenots after 1688. The area became known as London's French quarter.

IMPORTANT TERMS AND CONDITIONS

PLEASE ensure ARRIVAL at least 15 minutes BEFORE the start of the walk, sorry no latecomers accepted for whatever reason.

WALKS GO AHEAD RAIN OR SHINE, Members attend the unique walks from our different meetup groups.

Loyalty cards on each walk, complete 3, then receive 4th walk at Early bird ticket cost! Sorry loyalty cards can not be used on PayPal events or other hosts' events.

Sorry, no refunds or transfers if pre-paid on an event.

IF LATE, SORRY WE ARE UNABLE TO RECEIVE CALLS OR ANSWER EMAILS AS WELCOMING MEMBERS, LEADING THE WALK, AND CONCENTRATING ON THE SAFETY OF THE GROUP. PLEASE DO NOT BE LATE, YOU WILL NOT BE ABLE TO CATCH THE GROUP UP, PLEASE ARRIVE EARLY TO AVOID DISAPPOINTMENT.

Part Tour - normal pace walk from 'Visit England' Award-Winning Guide

Please note: Some events, being a large attended meetup group it will be an organised walk only, but members are very welcome to organise their own get-togethers after the event.

You are required to be fit, healthy, appropriate footwear & clothing, responsible for meeting at the correct location and your own safety. Please bring water and some snacks.

The organiser is not responsible for any circumstances that may affect the group, such as personal accidents, rail delays, cancellations, engineering works, heavy traffic, tours affected, weather, walk paths or routes closed, postcodes for car parks or for when we arrive back at the station, or anything else not mentioned!

By joining the event you accept the terms and conditions.

I look forward to welcoming you on the walks/tours for a great day out!

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