We got a chance to meet the previous tenant of our new London flat and she was kind enough to give us her London Binder which she created and filled with brochures from all over London and beyond. Having lived in London for 5 years, she accumulated a lot of brochures!! I came across a London Walks brochure from 2007 ~ a bit dated but it at least had all the pertinent information for us to find them online. And I’m so glad we did since we went on two walks this weekend and enjoyed both a lot.
On Saturday, we joined in on the “Ghosts of the Old City” walk which started at 7:45 pm at the Queen Anne Statue at St Paul’s Cathedral.
There was a slight drizzle while we waited at St Paul’s Cathedral ~ the rain and impending darkness added to the “scary” side of the ghost stories.
Our guide, did a great job and even broke into a song or two along the way. The stories were interesting but the only place I felt really uncomfortable was the St Bartholomew the Great church’s graveyard. The church was originally founded as an Augustinian priory in 1123 and has been the location for several movies including the 4th wedding in Four Weddings and a Funeral, Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves, Shakespeare in Love, The Other Boleyn Girl, and The End of the Affair. I checked more on its history and it turns out, there were numerous executions (burnings) there during the time of Mary Tutor.
On Sunday, we decided to lighten it up and went on the “Harry Potter Film Locations in the City” walk. Very enjoyable and the walk included more than just Harry Potter references. I was especially thrilled when our guide, Richard Walker, pointed out Bridget Jones locations along the way, including the ending scene where Bridget kisses Darcy in the snow. So romantic.
We will no doubt go on many more walks during our year here. There’s so many interesting ones ~ and it’s so nice to get the history from very talented and knowledgeable guides. I’m so impressed with both of the guides we’ve had so far. London Walks has guided tours everyday so there are lots of choices. Most walks are about two hours and cost £9 unless you get a frequent walker card which costs £2 pounds. With the discount card, the walks are £7. The discount card is worth it with just two walks. No reservations ~ just show up by the start time. More information available at the London Walks website http://www.walks.com/