| London walks designed by professional Blue Badge Guide, Brian Cookson, are a great way to get to know the real London. As well as seeing the major attractions close up, you will delve into some of the "Hidden city" which tourists often miss. You will also hear about the extraordinary people who make up the city's past and present. Each walk will enhance your appreciation of London's architecture and history and, above all else, will be fun.
After obtaining a BA Honours Degree at Oxford University, I spent most of my working life as an IBM Consultant. Now a London Tourist Board Blue Badge Guide and writer and lecturer on London and the River Thames, I specialise in London walking tours. A best-selling author who attended several of my walks suggested I should write a book about them, and Mainstream Publishing have now published two of my books on London themes - London Waterside Walks and Crossing the River.
Group and personal bookings
I can arrange a wide variety of London walks tailored to your requirements. Coach tours can also be arranged, possibly in combination with a walk or visit to a place of interest. The following selection have proved popular with both visitors and Londoners including Women's Institutes, WEA, U3A, Conferences, Local Societies, Anniversary celebrations and Student groups:
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Adult Education courses of London walks
ROYALTY & PARLIAMENT - Westminster Abbey, Buckingham Palace & Houses of Parliament
THE CITY, ANCIENT & MODERN - Walk the City alleyways & churchyards to discover 2,000 years of London's history
OLYMPIC ODYSSEY - The Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park
CABLE CAR DOCKLANDS EXPLORER
LONDON'S THEATRELAND - Secrets of Covent Garden & The Strand
REBELS, RADICALS AND ROUGH JUSTICE - Historic Clerkenwell & Smithfield
BLOOMSBURY BOHEMIANS AND BLUESTOCKINGS - Literary London
MODERN CITY ARCHITECTURE - Explore London's dramatic new buildings
My series of walks for Sutton College of Learning for Adults (SCOLA) are heavily overbooked and consistently rated as excellent by the students, one of whom recently commented "I cannot explain how, but you make it all come alive!"
London quartiers and Olympic Park
London Heights - Highgate and Hampstead
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DISCOVERING LONDON guided walks and tours
This is a club for people who are interested in all aspects of London life and buildings. We visit places not normally open to the public, or where expert guides are available for group bookings.
For further information and how to join, see:: Discovering London
London history lectures tailored for your group
Lectures normally take about two hours, including a break. They are illustrated by about 80 slides showing both contemporary and historical views of London. Shorter one hour versions are also possible. For a full day event, a lecture can be combined with a guided walk and or visit.
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London walks recordings on iphone
Westminster - Heart of the Nation
Using the iphones app 'Voicemap' you can download commentaries on London walking tours, based on locations tracked by GPS. My Voicemap walks are based on my book 'London Waterside Walks. Currently the following tours are available:
Southwark - London's Historic Entertainment District
Wapping and the old London Docks
See further information on: Voicemap London walks
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