Specialists in London

Wartime Guided Walks

Currently, we offer a selection of guided walks through different areas of London.
All of our walks start and finish at convenient locations and last for approximately 2 hours 30 mins to 3 hours depending on the actual walk, weather conditions and the number of questions you might ask of the guide. Questions are always welcomed and form an integral part of the experience. Prices for our advertised walks are £12 pe‍‍‍r head, payable on the day.

Our Guided Walks

Duration approx 2 hours 30 mins
Starts at: Southwark Cathedral via Guys Hospital, Borough High Street, Union Street, Blackfriars Road, The Cut, St Georges Circus, Morley College, end outside the Imperial War Museum.

WALK 2

SOUTHWARK IN THE BLITZ

Duration approx 2 hours 45 mins
Starts at: All Saints Church, All Saints Drive SE3 0TY. On this walk, we start by learning why All Saints Church lost it's railings. We see the evidence of bombing in an earlier conflict as well as learning of a devastating V-2 rocket incident in the heart of Blackheath Village. We see surviving anti-invasion measures on the heath and learn of the work of the Civil Defence services before discovering how General Wolfe‘s statue acquired his ‘honourable scars‘ of war. We also tread in the footsteps of Churchill at the Old Royal Naval College as well as learning of the destruction of St Alfege's Church.

WALK 3

BLACKHEATH & GREENWICH AT WAR

Duration approx 2 hours 30 mins
Starts at: Sloane Square Tube Station SW1W 8EE. On this walk, we learn of a devastating incident at Sloane Square Station, before hearing how US Army soldiers and WACS became casualties of a V-1 incident from which bandleader Glenn Miller had a narrow escape. We also hear of several incidents at the Royal Hospital, Chelsea before learning of the life and death of a Canadian Fire Watcher at Chelsea Old Church as well as the exploits of the Civil Defence Services.

WALK 4 

CHELSEA AT WAR (Available on request only)

Duration approx 2 hours 30 mins
Starts at: Starts at Monument Station (Fish Street Hill entrance) EC4R 9AA. This walk focuses on the events of 29 December 1940 as well as other wartime incidents. We learn of the destruction in the area surrounding the Monument and hear of a tale of heroism from a Royal Navy officer attempting to thwart a wartime crime. We hear of a tragedy at one of London‘s tube station shelters and visit the site of a ruined church now re-born across the Atlantic. We learn of the near destruction of St Paul‘s Cathedral and how it was saved on more than one occasion and hear many eye-witness accounts of the events of that night.  

WALK 5

THE SECOND GREAT FIRE OF LONDON

Duration approx 2 hours 30 mins
Starts at: Old Aldywch Tube Station, Surrey Street, off The Strand WC2R 1EP. On this walk, we learn of the impact of war on what was the centre of Britain‘s newspaper industry. We examine shelter life and hear personal accounts of life at Aldwych Station before hearing of the destruction of the House of Twining. We hear of an act of bravery in Shoe Lane and the destruction of St Bride‘s Church as well as discovering how St Paul‘s Cathedral was saved and the wartime use of Dr Johnson‘s House as well as many more stories from Wartime London.

WALK 6

FLEET STREET UNDER FIRE

Duration approx 2 hours 30 mins
Starts at: All Souls Church Langham Place via Broadcasting House, Hallam Street, Howland Street, Tottenham Court Road, The American Church, Goodge Street Deep Level Shelter, Colville Place, Rathbone Street, Middlesex Hospital site, Great Portland Street and ends at Weymouth Mews.

WALK 7

FITZROVIA AT WAR (Available on request only)

Duration approx 2 hours 45 mins
Starts at: Apollo Victoria, Wilton Road SW1V 1LG. This walk has a definite Royal Air Force connection as we first learn of the events of Battle of Britain Day, 15 September 1940, which culminated in a major air battle over Central London. We then hear of the work of the Civil Defence services and discover surviving evidence of air raid shelters. We discover several American connections to Wartime London including a visit to the site of one of Ed Murrow‘s Blitz broadcasts. We learn about Air Chief Marshall Sir Keith Park, the ‘Defender of London‘ as well as hearing about a pre-war ‘Nazi‘ funeral in London. The walk passes through London‘s ‘Theatreland‘ where we hear how the industry ‘kept calm and carried on‘ before we finish our walk at St Clement Danes, Central Church of the RAF and learn of it‘s destruction on the last night of the Blitz.

WALK 8

WESTMINSTER AT WAR

Duration approx 2 hours 30 mins
Starts at: Monument Station (Fish Street Hill entrance) EC4R 9AA. “London, thirty generations in the making, thirty minutes in the destruction.“ - US journalist Ben Robertson, eye-witness to the start of The Blitz, 7 September 1940. On this date, the Luftwaffe attacked London in earnest for the first time in great numbers. One of their primary targets were the Docks to the east of the City on both sides of the Thames. We look at some of the incidents and evidence from this raid and others in the period September 1940 to May 1941. We also look at the role of the Merchant Navy and hear some stories of the Tower of London during the Blitz. We then cross the Thames to recall the V-Weapon attacks of 1944 and 1945, rounding off the walk with a tale of real heroism.

WALK 9

THE POOL OF LONDON IN THE BLITZ

Duration approx 2 hours 30 mins
Starts at: Marble Arch (beneath the Arch). This walk has a distinctly American feel to it as we hear about the famous US Eagle Squadrons that served so gallantly in our skies. We move through the heart of Mayfair taking in bomb damage at a World famous store. Berkeley Square and Bond Street are next en route as personal stories of the Blitz unfold. Our journey takes us into Piccadilly and St James’s via Burlington Arcade. We hear of the demise of the legendary crooner Al Bowlly in his London apartment, before moving into St James’s Square for more eye witness accounts. Our penultimate stop is in Pall Mall for more personal accounts in “Clubland” before we finish in Trafalgar Square.

WALK 10

MAYFAIR & ST. JAMES’S AT WAR

Duration approx 2 hours 30 mins
This walk takes in parts of the old boroughs of Finsbury and Holborn. We start at Clerkenwell Green before winding our way up to the old Finsbury Town Hall to look at a still extant air raid shelter. We move through Exmouth Market to Mount Pleasant and learn about a major incident here. Our winding route takes us into Holborn right in behind Hatton Garden and Gray’s Inn Road. Excellent wartime photos allow us to determine the damage caused in the tight streets of one of London’s most bombed boroughs. We work our way to our finish in Smithfield Market, where we hear about one of the most horrific incidents of the war.

WALK 11

CLERKENWELL AT WAR (Available on request only)

Further walks are always under development. The organisers reserve the right to amend or truncate walks due to inclement weather, construction works or any other reason, whether outside their control or not.

Duration approx 2 hours 45 mins
Starts at: Bermondsey Tube Station via Jamaica Road, St Mary's Church Rotherhithe, Bermondsey Wall, Paradise Street Police Station, Bermondsey War Memorial, Dockhead Church, Druid Street Arch, St John's Horsleydown Church, Crucifix Lane, Stainer Street Arch. Finishes at London Bridge.

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BERMONDSEY’S BLITZ

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Duration approx 2 hours 45 mins
Starts at: Old Aldwych Tube Station, Surrey Street, Strand WC2R 1EP. “There never was a raid like it, another one like that and they'd have had us on our backs.“ So said one eye-witness of the great raid of 10th/11th May 1941. This new walk focuses on that fateful night as well as other major raids together with V-Weapons incidents affecting the area. On this walk, we learn of the destruction of London's "Oranges & Lemons" church and it's post-war resurrection. We will hear personal accounts of the gallantry of Salvation Army staff during the destruction of their headquarters building and learn of a survivor of the Battle of The Atlantic now in the heart of London. We will discover how a fortunate change of wind direction saved London from losing communications with the rest of the world, as well as hearing from eye-witnesses how All Hallows by the Tower Church was destroyed despite gallant efforts to save it. There are many other tales of heroism and destruction on this walk as well as a few surprises.

WALK 12

THE THAMES ON FIRE NEW WALK