London Walks – Summer

Footprints of London
Various locations around London
Mondays 2.00pm - 4.00pm

Summer term 2023: 17 April 2023 – 26 June (8 weeks)
Half Term Monday 29th May 2023. Bank Holidays 1st and 8th May 2023
Members:  £94. Non-members: £120
Concessions:  £10  (call the office 020 8340 3343)

Discover London with Footprints of London - HLSI Summer Term 2023 London Walks Programme

Footprints of London is delighted to partner with HLSI to bring you a programme of Monday afternoon walks and tours. We are a collective of independent, qualified and insured London tour guides. All our guides research and write their own walks and tours based on their own interests bringing unrivalled knowledge and enthusiasm to the stories they tell. We are where Londoners walk. We look forward to meeting you and helping you to love London just a little bit more with our Summer programme outlined below.

Walks will commence at 2.00pm and last two hours. Indicative location of the start point for each tour is shown below. The guide will send you precise details of the meeting point six days prior to the tour.

Conservation Finchley – Church End - Your Guide: Marilyn Greene
Explore the preserved features of Finchley Church End with its medieval church and church yard, Victorian and Edwardian shops and buildings and features that make it a conservation area. We will visit the grounds of Stephen’s House before making our way back to Finchley Central Station.

Start/Finish: Finchley Central Station

Livery Company Connections - Your Guide: Joanna Moncrieff
Discover the history of some of the 110 Livery Companies via plaques, street names and street furniture on this walk around the City of London with Joanna. Apart from passing a number of halls all with fascinating histories we will visit former churchyards and venture down a number of ‘hidden’ alleyways with surprises in store.

Start: Liverpool Street Station
Finish: St Paul's Underground Station

Bec to Broadway - untold tales of Tooting - Your Guide: Stephen Benton
Tooting started off as a little settlement just off the Roman road to Chichester. But by the first years of the 20th Century, it had become completely developed with housing both private and council and there were no less than 5 hospitals. It became an important suburban shopping centre and by the 1930s a place of entertainment with 7 cinemas, including the magnificent Granada, now a Grade 1 listed building. Let Stephen take you round Tooting from Bec to Broadway and tell you the story of this unassuming but nonetheless fascinating suburb.

Start: Tooting Bec Underground Station
Finish: Tooting Broadway Underground Station

Markets, Martyrs and Monasteries Smithfield - Your Guide: Jill Finch
Once the smooth field outside the City Walls; Smithfield has been the site of an outrageous fair, an enormous market, four religious houses & London's oldest hospital - but it was also the place where heretics and traitors met a fiery end.

Start/Finish: Barbican Underground Station

The New Woman in Bloomsbury - Your Guide: Oonagh Gay
Discover how Victorian women first attempted to live independently of family as wage earners, attracting political and literary attention.

Start/Finish:  Russell Square Underground Station

Beckenham Place Park - Your Guide: Rob Smith
This walk explores a beautiful piece of parkland around the Ravensbourne river, visiting the newly restored flower gardens, and Beckenham Place Mansion – a Georgian House built for the wealthy Cator family. The walk also takes in some beautiful woodland.

Start/Finish: Beckenham Hill Station

A Stroll in Hampstead Garden Suburb (followed by tea) - Your Guide: Anthony Davis
A walk round the highlights of Hampstead Garden Suburb followed by cream tea as guests at Anthony's house near Central Square

Start/Finish:  Near Golders Green Station

Samuel Pepys at Large - Your Guide: Neil Sinclair
Follow in the footsteps of celebrated 17th century polymath Samuel Pepys around his old stamping ground near the Tower of London.

Remaining Spring Term Walks

Legal London from Inn to Bar
Your Guide: David Charnick
The tour explores aspects of legal London such as the Inns of Court and the Royal Courts of Justice, but includes also lesser bodies like the Law Society and examples of the barristers’ chambers and the solicitors’ partnership.

Lesnes Abbey and Woods
Your Guide: Rob Smith
Near the Elizabeth Line terminus at Abbey Wood you will find the romantic ruins of Lesnes Abbey, an Augustinian religious house built as a response to the murder of Thomas Becket. This walk explores the ruins and some of the surrounding woodland.