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“Steve Nails It With Dickens and Shakespeare”
Review of London Walks

London Walks
Ranked #142 of 785 Tours in London
Certificate of Excellence
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Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Owner description: London Walks is London's award-winning, original, foremost, walking tour company. *"London's best guided walks" Time Out "London Walks was the first - and is the best - of the walking tour firms" Fodor's Great Britain
Reviewed 23 October 2017

Perfect end to a yearly visit to London. Steve’s Tour which was more like a grand tour was a perfect way to end it all. The weather was fine, although not managed by him and we were energetically led about for 3 1/2 interesting hours. We were treated to history, quotes from works and other facts. Steve was not merely an actor and gentleman but also a scholar.

3  Thank annasenf
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Reviewed 22 October 2017

Went on this tour today and although the guide is a nice guy the tour itself was not very interesting. Hardly any stories about Brunel (although key things pointed out). It was more boat, train and underground than walking too. We do a walking tour 5-6 times a year and this was the worst and most boring one we have ever done - not boring because of the subject matter (which I am really interested in) but because of the lack of information.

Thank Frances L
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David T, Owner at London Walks, responded to this reviewResponded 23 October 2017

David T, Owner at London Walks, responded to this review
Dear Frances,

We're at a loss with this one. We've had a lot of good reports in about this tour and almost no negative stuff. Indeed, less than a week ago – October 18 – someone with whom you would appear to have a fair bit in common – i.e., like you, she's English and has been on a goodly number of walks – gave this walk a ringing endorsement. Judith, a Londoner no less, said, "I have been on many London Walks and this is one of the best...The guide (Martin) was excellent and very informative." So, yes, mystified. Nothing for it but to clap on the tin hat and hunker down in the bunker my friend has christened the "that's what makes a horse race" refuge.

With the proviso that none of this gainsays in the least your personal experience and evaluation of the walk.

We're all judges as regards our personal take on everything, whether it's a walking tour or the whiff of a bouquet or the comfort and auditory richness of a pair of headphones. But in the bigger picture these matters are pretty democratic in nature. And a good definition of democracy is that it's a discussion. In the interests of same cue Robert, the Curator of the Brunel Museum and the creator of both of our Brunel Walks (Brunel's London and Maritime London). Here's what Robert says, his contribution to the discussion.

"So sorry you did not enjoy our popular Brunel’s London heritage boar tour. If you’re interested in London, then the river gives the best view of the history. If you’re interested in Brunel, then we cover all the major Brunel sites in London (except Paddington), including his first and his last projects. There is more Brunel in London than in Bristol, and unlike Bristol we cover three Brunels: three Brunel bridges, three Brunel ships (one built in London, one fitted out in London). The Thames Tunnel is, of course, the birthplace of the tube system, and is open again after 150 years…

"From reviews, people really enjoy the boat trip but in fact we spend more time walking along the river walk looking at Brunel’s launch ways and Canaletto’s views of Greenwich. The train journey to the underground chamber takes twenty five minutes, but on the way there are panoramic views on the Docklands Light Railway and the last bit is actually through the old shopping arcade, now part of the Overground."

David here again, signing off. Signing off perhaps a little wistfully. You said, Frances, you've been on half a dozen London Walks and implied that you pretty much liked the others but Trip Advisor doesn't hear from you about the ones you liked.

Gresham's Law – bad money drives out good money – applies to walking tours as well as to currency.

If people want high quality walking tours to be around five years from now our advice would be to give some thought to what they're up against, how the system's being gamed, etc. – and then couch their say in that wider, bigger picture.

Many thanks.

David Tucker
London Walks

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Reviewed 22 October 2017

An excellent orientation of London. Our guide Simon was engaging and exceptionally well informed. He was a walking encyclopedia of facts, dates and historical trivia. The cost of 10 pounds was great value. Would look for tours he leads in future.

1  Thank Verna M
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Reviewed 21 October 2017

We spent two hours with Peter our guide and another nine London visitors wandering the street of Soho. Peter was excellent, funny, knowledgeable, but also charming. He knows his stuff and made the walk good fun. It's a great was to find the places to visit and we wished we had done the tour at the start of our time in London, so we could go back and visit the places Peter mentioned. We would most certainly join this tour company again. It's so easy, turn up, pay, join and have fun. The price is very reasonable too.

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Reviewed 19 October 2017

These folks have been around a long time. You can pick up a schedule in the crypt of St. Martin in the Field's Church. Or you can google "London Walks" They have many walks every day to chose from. They are affordable, have good guides, and are easy to locate, you just meet at a tube station designated for the walk on their schedule. The walks usually take 2 hours. They do have "special" walks on Sunday, I think...it's all on the schedule, where they go out of town....The Cotswalds is a really nice one. But we go on a special walk when we are there. There are so many, it is easy to fit it into your schedule in London.

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