What we're about

If you love London, love history and love walking then come join Paul and Tim's Walks and Talks. Paul is an accredited guide, a lecturer who is passionate about sharing the history of London with others.

Tim is a historian, lecturer and author of a best selling guide to London (Walking London's History: 2000 years in 15 walks).

Together, we have been lecturing on London's history and taking people round this wonderful city for over ten years. We have worked with education institutes, museums, London clubs and groups and guided Londoners and tourists alike.

We offer high quality talks on London's history from Whitechapel to White City, from Boudicca to Virginia Woolf. We offer walks (never more than 20 people) to the hidden London where tourists rarely go, and tell stories that they don't hear. This group is for those who love their history but want to explore it in a non-scholarly fashion with friendly and relaxed people, hopefully sharing a meal, a drink and good conversation.

We are delighted to be adding some guest guides to the team. Oonagh has been leading walks for 6 years, after a career as an official at Westminster. Her interests include uncovering more of women’s hidden stories, and lost political and revolutionary movements in London.She's a qualified Clerkenwell and Islington Guide <https://ciga.org.uk/> (https://ciga.org.uk/%3e);­, and Camden Guide <https://camdenguides.com/> (https://camdenguides.com/%3e);­ with several 5 star reviews on TripAdviser.

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Tim's Walks: The Lost World of the East India Docks

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Join Tim on a walk through a forgotten part of London's history.
We'll explore the lost world of the East India Docks. Once these were some of the greatest docks the world had ever seen, where the fruits of empire poured into London. It was also the home of some of the most noxious industries in London - fancy rendering blubber for whale oil anyone? It was where the great battleships of the Royal Navy were built and where some of the greatest scientific discoveries of the nineteenth century were made by Michael Faraday. Here, adventurers left to set up the first English speaking American colony and where Horatio Nelson and Emma Hamilton scandalised polite society with their passionate affair. Today it hosts London's only lighthouse, nature reserves, financial powerhouses and extraordinary views of the Thames
There are ghostly reminders of the past but much is threatened by redevelopment. Come quick to see this extraordinary area.
We meet at the coffee bar of the Ibis Hotel close to Canning Town station on the DLR or Jubilee lines. (As you pass the ticket barriers turn right and the Ibis is just opposite the exit across the road.) We meet at 10.45 to start walking at 11. We end two hours later at the wonderful Docklands Museum near Canary Wharf in a restaurant or cafe.
Fee is £10; cash on the day, PayPal or bank transfer.

All Around the Compass: West - Holborn

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photo taken by Stephen Richards.

My number is[masked] just in case.

We meet at Redemption Roasters, 71 Lincoln's Inn Fields, London WC2A 3JH for tea/coffee at 10.45

or at Holborn station at 11.15 for the start of the walk. We finish at 1.15 at Embankment.

This is a picture of the Adelphi building just down the hill from the Strand. Built in the 1930s it replaced the Adam brothers 18th century, ambitious project that left them not speaking to each other. Find out why.

We'll take in the landlocked 18th century watergate, hear why they drive on the right at Savoy and the unlikely other places where they follow suit.

We'll visit London's oldest building and find out why its neighbours were demolished in the early 1900s to outcry. All this and the unfortunate Lord John Russell.

if you see unpaid by your name only you can see it. It's just Meet up!

Suffragette City

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London was at the centre of the suffragette protests just before the First World War, when the capital was rocked by arson attempts, hunger strikes and massive demonstrations. The walk will visit the church where Emily Wilding Davison’s funeral cortège began, and the headquarters of the Women's Social and Political Union, and the site of the Suffragette Hospital where all the staff, including surgeons, were women, dealing with soldiers straight from the trenches. Along the way we will explore vegetarian restaurants and the 1911 Census boycott.

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Clerkenwell - The Charles Booth Poverty Maps

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