FREE WALKS IN MIDTOWN – JULY > SEPTEMBER 2018

Summer is a great time to tour Midtown, and our tour guide can give you a new perspective on the area, filling you in on the history of the area, horrible and otherwise.

Our walks are always free, informative, and tailored to all fitness levels. Many of them are at lunchtime so you can pop out from the office, or right after work, following with a pint in a landmark pub optional.


“I had the good fortune to take part in the superb Museum Mile walk today, led by Aly Mir. He has exceptional qualities as a leader: expertise, humour and ability to engage with participants. It was a treat to be introduced to several museums which were new to me. I will certainly return for extended visits and will spread the word to my international visitors.”

Prof. Eileen O’Keefe, London Metropolitan University, 2017

Download our walks guide HERE.

FOUNDING FATHER

Wednesday 4 July, 5.30pm. Holborn Station Kiosk

A special walk for American Independence Day! In the 18th century one of the Founding Fathers of the United States, Benjamin Franklin, spent some time in London. We visit sites in Bloomsbury and Holborn connected to his stay here.
Duration: 90 minutes.

WALK IN THE SUN (NEW)

Thursday 5 July, 12.30pm. Farringdon Station

Today we go to sites in Farringdon connected to the stay in London in the 18th century of Benjamin Franklin, one of the Founding Fathers of the United States of America. We hear about his arrival in this country and his famous experiments about electricity.
Duration: 45 minutes.

WALKING OUT!

Friday 6 July, 1pm. Holborn Station Kiosk

The Pride London Festival is taking place this weekend. To celebrate the event we walk to sites in Bloomsbury and Holborn associated with lesbian and gay history, including the venue of the first Gay Liberation Front meeting in Britain.
Duration: 45 minutes.

THE BLOOMSBURY GROUP

Tuesday 10 July, 5.30pm. Holborn Station Kiosk

Visiting some of the many sites connected with the Bloomsbury Group of writers, artists and intellectuals.
Duration: 90 minutes.

UNLUCKY FOR SOME

Friday 13 July, 1pm. Holborn Station Kiosk

To celebrate Friday 13th we walk to sites connected to spells, superstition and prophecies.
Duration: 45 minutes.

CRAWLING ANTS!

Sunday 8 July, 2pm. Central Saint Giles

This walk visits locations in Bloomsbury, St Giles and Covent Garden telling the story of the rise, fall and rise again of pop star Adam Ant.
Duration: 120 minutes.

BLOOMSBURY BEATLES

Tuesday 17 July, 5.30pm. Holborn Station Kiosk

We visit locations in Bloomsbury from the careers of music legends The Beatles – including places where they stayed, recorded and were photographed.
Duration: 90 minutes.

WALK IN THE SUN (NEW)

Thursday 19 July, 12.30pm. Farringdon Station

Today we go to sites in Farringdon connected to the stay in London in the 18th century of Benjamin Franklin, one of the Founding Fathers of the United States of America. We hear about his arrival in this country and his famous experiments about electricity.
Duration: 45 minutes.

MAN OF OTHER WORLDS

Sunday 22 July, 2pm. Central Saint Giles

This walk visits locations in Bloomsbury and Holborn from the early life of H. G. Wells – the boy from Bromley who became the father of science fiction and author of the classic books The War of the Worlds and The Time Machine.
Duration: 120 minutes.

MAGICAL MIDTOWN (NEW)

Wednesday 25 and Friday 27 July, 1pm. Chancery Lane Station

This tour visits the site of the shop, still remembered by some as ‘Gamagic.’ We also go to the location of the magic store that described itself as ‘The largest mail-order house for novelties in the world,’ and we see the shop, still open today, that was visited by the famous magician Tommy Cooper!
Duration: 45 minutes.

PEPYS SHOW

Tuesday 31 July, 5.30pm. Holborn Station Kiosk

Samuel Pepys’ famous diary provides a fascinating record of life in London in the 1660s, covering the restoration of the monarchy and the Great Plague. On the walk we see sites in the Holborn area referred to by Pepys in his diary.
Duration: 90 minutes.

WALK IN THE SUN (NEW)

Thursday 2 August, 12.30pm. Farringdon Station

Today we go to sites in Farringdon connected to the stay in London in the 18th century of Benjamin Franklin, one of the Founding Fathers of the United States of America. We hear about his arrival in this country and his famous experiments about electricity.
Duration: 45 minutes.

SUFFRAGETTE CITY

Friday 3 August, 1pm. Holborn Station Kiosk

We visit several sites in Holborn and Bloomsbury linked to the struggle for votes for women.
Duration: 45 minutes.

RETURN TO HANGING ACRE (NEW)

Wednesday 8 and Friday 10 August, 1pm. Chancery Lane Station

We revisit the area bordered by Gray’s Inn Road, Clerkenwell Road and Leather Lane to hear more about its grisly history of death, disease and executions.
Duration: 45 minutes.

A TASTE OF INDIA

Wednesday 15 August, 1pm. Holborn Station Kiosk

A special walk for Indian Independence Day going to sites near Holborn associated with Indian history and culture.
Duration: 45 minutes.

FRIGHTFUL FARRINGDON

Thursday 16 August, 12.30pm. Farringdon Station

Farringdon is today an area of exciting change, however, it has a frightful past which this tour uncovers. Included on the walk are a visit to the site of a notorious rookery from the 19th century, the scene of gruesome events during the time of the Reformation, and we hear about the execution of the famous Scottish rebel Sir William Wallace.
Duration: 45 minutes.

SMOOTH FIELD

Saturday 25 August, 11am and 1pm. Farringdon Station

A special walk to commemorate the 150th anniversary of Smithfield Market’s opening in 1868. The tour explores the area surrounding the Market with highlights from some of Midtown’s best Farringdon walks, including Frightful Farringdon’s grisly executions; how local roads got their names from Farringdon Streets and their Story; the turmoil of the Peasants’ Revolt in our Peasants are Revolting tour; the history of the Charterhouse from our Charterhouse Square walk; plus the story of the famous Market itself from our Smithfield tour. We also include some new material about this fascinating and rapidly changing area that will soon be home to the Museum of London and new Crossrail stations.
Duration: 90 minutes.

REAL CINDERELLA

Wednesday 29 August, 1pm. Holborn Station Kiosk

The first walk in our series about the rags-to-royalty life of Nell Gwynn, one of the most interesting characters from Restoration England. You don’t need to go on both parts of this series because each walk is designed to be enjoyed either on its own or together with the other.
Duration: 45 minutes.

MISTRESS OF THE KING

Friday 31 August, 1pm. Holborn Station Kiosk

The second part in our series about Nell Gwynn, who became the mistress of King Charles II. You don’t need to go on both parts of this series because each walk is designed to be enjoyed either on its own or together with the other.
Duration: 45 minutes.

DR FEELBAD

Tuesday 4 September, 5.30pm. Holborn Station Kiosk

Today we visit sites connected to Dr Crippen – a notorious murderer from a century ago.
Duration: 105 minutes.

BETWEEN THE WARS

Wednesday 5 September, 1pm. Holborn Station Kiosk

Today’s walk takes us to sites in Holborn linked to the political history of Britain in the 1920s and 1930s.
Duration: 45 minutes.

CRUEL CLERKENWELL

Thursday 6 September, 12.30pm. Farringdon Station

Although present-day Clerkenwell is creative and cool, it has a cruel history. The tour visits the site of a notorious prison and a court that sentenced criminals to be transported down under. We also hear about a terrible murder that shocked the area 200 years ago and the story of a man eaten by a bear!
Duration: 45 minutes.

MUSEUM MILE: INDIA

Friday 7 September, 2pm. Holborn Station Kiosk

A special Indian theme for today’s Museum Mile walk. We start with a visit to the recently refurbished Sir Joseph Hotung Gallery at the British Museum. Our guide has selected five of this beautiful gallery’s amazing artefacts from different periods of India’s history. We then go to the Brunei Gallery to see its two temporary exhibitions – A Most Cosmopolitan Court – Foreign Influences in the Sikh Kingdom of Punjab and Madras to Bangalore: Historical Indian Postcards.

The walk last 3 hours and will end near Russell Square at 5pm.

Our guide will also mention the other eleven members of the Museum Mile to encourage people to visit them in the future. For a full list of all members of the Museum Mile visit www.museum-mile.org.uk

20 places only. Booking is required and admission to the walk is by ticket only.
Duration: 180 minutes.

MAGICAL MIDTOWN (NEW)

Wednesday 12 and Friday 14 September, 1pm. Chancery Lane Station

This tour visits the site of the shop, still remembered by some as ‘Gamagic.’ We also go to the location of the magic store that described itself as ‘The largest mail-order house for novelties in the world,’ and we see the shop, still open today, that was visited by the famous magician Tommy Cooper!
Duration: 45 minutes.

TOY STORIES

Wednesday 19 September, 1pm. Holborn Station Kiosk

The world famous Hamleys toyshop in Regent Street has its origins in Holborn. This walk visits the site of the first Hamleys toyshops and considers the wider history of toys.
Duration: 45 minutes.

WALK IN THE SUN (NEW)

Thursday 20 September, 12.30pm. Farringdon Station

Today we go to sites in Farringdon connected to the stay in London in the 18th century of Benjamin Franklin, one of the Founding Fathers of the United States of America. We hear about his arrival in this country and his famous experiments about electricity.
Duration: 45 minutes.

OLD ST GILES

Friday 21 September, 1pm. Holborn Station Kiosk

Today we go to the site of the notorious St Giles Rookery and hear about its history.
Duration: 45 minutes.