Five London Parks

Themed Walks in London A visit to London Parks No visit to London feels complete without a trip to one of the capital’s great parks. The Central London parks belong to the city’s greatest tourist attractions – in fact, London is nearly as famous for her green spaces as she is for her furry-hatted guardsmen and the receding chin lines of her royals.

Visitors are spoilt for choice: there are

Five London Parks

The Odd One Out Among London Parks

London Parks: Hampstead Heath: bigger, wilder, gayer than the rest – and it’s got a major Rembrandt, too. One of the many things for which London is rightfully famous is its large number of parks such as Regent’s Park, Hyde Park, Kensington Gardens, Green Park, all shading into one another at times but nevertheless preserving their own unique character – even though it may take more than a single visit to identify and appreciate the

The Odd One Out Among London Parks

Walking for English Food on the East End Menu

Walking London: by Mrs. Easy Hiker Rediscovering English Food on the East End Menu The ports of the East End of London have welcomed several waves of immigrants throughout their history. First, the French Protestants, then the Jews of Eastern Europe followed by the Chinese, the Italians and some Germans. In the last century, it was a wave from the Indian Subcontinent.

All these immigrant groups have left vestiges of

Walking for English Food on the East End Menu

Continue Walking London with Charles Dickens

Themed Walks in London Continuing our London Walk with Charles Dickens For part 2 of our themed walk, we visit the part of London where Dickens spent the most traumatic years of his life.

We start at Southwark tube station, walking straight into Union Street before turning right into Great Suffolk Street and right again into David Copperfield Street. This area, called “The Mint” in the 19th century, was notorious for its overcrowded,

Continue Walking London with Charles Dickens

A Walk with Charles Dickens

Themed London Walks Walking London with Charles Dickens Charles Dickens was the greatest urban walker of all times. By which I mean to say that he was not only the most famous, that goes almost without saying, but also second-to-none in terms of proficiency and stamina. He roamed through the streets of London for four or five hours every night (usually from midnight to dawn as was his routine) at a pace that made it

A Walk with Charles Dickens

Poetry in Motion Part 2

Themed London Walks Poetry in Motion Part 2: T. S. Eliot’s The Waste Land

The Waste Land is the most famous English poem of the 20th century, but also the one most likely to scare readers away.

For this, T.S. Eliot himself is to blame. The notes he published alongside the poem – mainly to “pad out” what would otherwise have been an even slighter book – appear to tell

Poetry in Motion Part 2

Poetry in Motion

Themed London Walks Poetry in Motion Literature and (easy) hiking have always gone together well. As a way of exploring nature, for one. Nature, after all, has provided a source of inspiration for poets since the dawn of literature.

But for many, I suspect, the more important thing has been the act of walking as such: new experiences and impressions slowly sinking in, set to the background patter of one’s own movement, the

Poetry in Motion

London Crime Trail Part 2

Themed London Walks The London Crime Trail Part 2 Welcome back for our London crime trail part 2, a walk through Dark London which mainly concentrates on the deeds of the most notorious London murderer of them all: Jack the Ripper

… who is the undisputed star of London’s Themed Walk industry. For one because the story ticks all the right boxes – bloodshed, mystery and a caricature Victorian London of gaslights, drunks

London Crime Trail Part 2

London Crime Trail Part 1

Themed Walks in London Walking the London Crime Trail Crime is, of course, not unique to London, nor was it invented here, although it may sometimes feel that way. It is certainly true that no other city revels more in it, and no other city would dream of bestowing semi-mythical status to its mass murderers such as Sweeney Todd or Jack the Ripper who are as deeply ingrained in the city’s cultural fabric as its

London Crime Trail Part 1

Swinging London – Part 2

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Themed London Walks Take a Walk in Swinging London – Part 2.

Read part 1 here

Today, in the finale of the first of our themed London walks, we are crossing from Soho over into Mayfair and beyond. We start at the Spirit of Soho mural on the corner of Broadwick and Carnaby Street.

Turn left into Carnaby Street and right into Beak Street. Cross Regent Street and continue, more or

Swinging London – Part 2