Specialists in London

Wartime Guided Walks

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. NB: My scheduled "public" walks usually take place irregularly on Sundays as I have to fit them around private group bookings. Midweek dates are exclusively devoted to private groups and other work commitments.

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Forthcoming Walks

If you would prefer a private Blitz walk along one of our walks for a group, whether it be family, friends, a club, society or school group on a date of your choice, we can normally cater for groups of up to approximately 35 people.
So if you're interested, contact us for a quotation.

Starts outside Farringdon Station, Cowcross Street, London EC1M 6BY.

This walk looks at London at War during two conflicts, starting with a V-2 rocket attack in 1945 on Smithfield Market, the scars of which can still be seen today. We then travel back in time over one hundred years to look at the very first Zeppelin airship raid that reached central London, which created terror close to St Bartholomew's Hospital. A nearby V-1 attack from the subsequent conflict is also looked at, before we settle down to studying the events of 29 December 1940 at various locations in the Square Mile, as we take a meandering route that culminates at St Paul's Cathedral, where we look at the wartime incidents that affected Wren's masterpiece. Walk guided by Steve Hunnisett

The walk is approximately 2 hours 45 minutes duration and finishes near to St Paul's Underground Station.

The walk costs £12.00 per head (pay on the day). Payment in advance is also possible - please enquire.

Pre-booking is required and can be done via the contact page when we will provide full contact/meeting details.

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ZEPPELINS, BOMBERS & ROCKETS

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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 guided by Steve Hunnisett.

The walk is approximately 2 hours 45 minutes duration and finishes at St Alfege's Church in Greenwich Town Centre.

The walk costs £12.00 per head (pay on the day). Payment in advance is also possible - please enquire.

Pre-booking is required and can be done via the contact page when we will provide full contact/meeting details.

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BLACKHEATH & GREENWICH AT WAR

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Starts outside 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 the centre of London. We then learn of the work of the various arms of the Civil Defence services and discover evidence of surviving air raid shelters. We look at several American connections with wartime London, including a pause at the site of one of Edward R Murrow's Blitz broadcasts. We learn about Air Chief Marshal Sir Keith Park, the 'Defender of London' as well as hearing of a pre-war 'Nazi' funeral in London. We walk through London's 'Theatreland', where we learn how show business  carried on in wartime before ending our walk at St Clement Dane's Church in the Strand and learn of it's destruction in the Blitz and post-war resurrection as the Central Church of the RAF. Walk guided by Steve Hunnisett

The walk is approximately 2 hours 45 minutes duration and finishes at St Clement Dane's in the Strand (close to Temple Tube)

The walk costs £12.00 per head (pay on the day). Payment in advance is also possible - please enquire.

Pre-booking is required and can be done via the contact page when we will provide full contact/meeting details.

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WESTMINSTER AT WAR

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With the latest changes to the COVID-19 lockdown regulations in the United Kingdom, we remain able to offer private tours for small groups of no more than FIVE people. We would insist that all members of the group should wear face coverings and maintain the correct social distancing.

However, with the current restrictions, we remain unable to offer our scheduled Sunday "pay on the day" group walks.

If you would like to book a private tour, please get in touch via the contact page or via email if you have previously been contacted by us. We can then provide you with a quotation and arrange a mutually suitable date for the tour. The situation here continues to develop and it is to be hoped that normal service will be allowed to resume in the not too distant future.

COVID-19 UPDATE - SEPTEMBER 2020