Dates for Your Diary 2019-20

Here are some of the walks until the end of April 2020 that anyone can join. For more information about the content of each walk, scroll to the end of the dates. Each walk lasts around two hours, and costs £10, £8 for over 65s and full-time card carrying students.

I shall update this page with more dates as time goes on.

You do not need to book in advance, just turn up and pay me at the start. I shall be wearing my Blue Badge,

Bermondsey: London’s Hidden Village
Thursdays 21st Nov, 28th Nov, 3rd Jan, 19th Dec, 30th Jan, 20th Feb, 12th Mar, 26th Mar, 9th April, 23rd April
10.30am Bermondsey tube

C the City!
Sunday 8th Mar 10.45am
St Paul’s tube, exit 2

Princes and Paupers
Saturday 18th Apr, 11th May 10.45
Kennington tube

Walworth Old and New
Saturday 6th June, 2.30pm Kennington tube
The walk ends at artists’ studios which will be open this weekend.

Fair Maids, Feminists and Philanthropists
Sunday 17th May, 10.45am Southwark tube

Bizarre London
Tower Hill tube

St Paul’s Cathedral
Tuesdays 26th Nov, 17th Dec, 14th Jan, 18th Feb, 3rd Mar, 24th Mar, 14th Apr, 10.30am
St Paul’s tube, exit 2
Please note much of this tour is inside the cathedral and there is an admission charge. We do however have a slight discount.

Roaming by the River: Fish ‘n’ Ships
Sunday 16th Feb, Saturday 19th Sept 10.45am Monument tube

The London Wall Walk
Sunday 16th Feb, Saturday 19th Sept, 2.30pm Tower Hill tube

Bank Junction In Focus
Please get in touch with me if you are interested in this tour. It is offered as a private tour only.

Slavery and the City
Sundays 23rd June, 4th October, 10.45am
Monument tube

Walking the Elephant: the Regeneration Game
Sundays 15th Mar, 11th September, 2.30pm
Elephant and Castle tube, L’don Road Southbank Uni exit

Denmark Hill and Camberwell
Sundays 29th Mar 2.30pm, 6th September 10.45am
Denmark Hill r’way station

Viva Vauxhall!
Sunday 23rd Feb, 10.45am, Saturday 26th Sept, 2.30pm
Vauxhall exit 2

Women of Holborn
Please get in touch with me if you want are interested in on this tour. It is offered as a private tour only.

Plague, Fire and Revolution
Tower Hill tube

Mondays 18th Nov, 2nd Dec, 23rd Dec, 13th Jan, 27th Jan, 24th Feb, 9th Mar, 6th Apr, 27th Apr,
10.15am Tower Hill tube
Please note, we travel to Greenwich by boat and there will be an additional cost of £6.50 per adult, £4.00 per child for the boat fare.

British Museum
Mondays 21st Oct, 20th Jan 2.30pm
Russell Sq tube

Please contact me if you would like to know more about this tour. It is offered as a private tour only.

Lower Marsh and The Cut
Please contact me if you would like to know more about this tour. It is offered as a private tour only.

Tower of London
Wednesday 13th Nov 11.00am
Tower Hill tube

C the City, exit 2 St Paul’s tube
If it begins with C you might see it on this walk and hear the stories about why it is here; cheese, camels, Churchill, cranes…See if you can spot them before I say them. And bring a camera if you have one. We have a lot of fun, and quite a bit of competitiveness, with this one usually. At the start and end of the walk there are also opportunities to ‘see’ the City from higher up.
It’s a cracker!

Denmark Hill and Camberwell, Denmark Hill overground station
Called ‘the Belgravia of South London’ by The Builder magazine, Denmark Hill, once home to John Ruskin, is close to central London and manages to retain a whiff of the countryside away from busily commercial Camberwell Green. Most of this walk is behind the scenes, The Denmark Hill and Camberwell you might have suspected existed, but had not yet explored. More than one person has consulted the estate agents after finishing this walk. There are pubs galore, including one celebrated for its food, so why not come along and make a meal of it.

Fair Maids, Feminists and Philanthropists, Southwark tube
This is one of four walks I do on the subject of women. Please get in touch if you would like to know about the others. Originally entitled Unsung Women, I created it several years ago for Southwark Council to celebrate International Women’s Day. It’s much too good to keep to a once a year slot. You’ll have heard of some of the women I imagine, but others, no less remarkable, such as Janet Johnson whose pioneering work with children is still having an impact half a century after her death, seem to slipped through the cracks of history. Come along to learn about and celebrate them. We’ll be near Gordon Ramsey’s new gaff, but as he is not the right gender for this walk, he won’t get more than a mention. Let’s hear it for the girls!

The London Wall Walk, Tower Hill tube
Another City walk that compliments the morning one nicely. We make our way from east to west, keeping inside the boundaries of the old City walls, built around 200 AD as a sign of the settlement’s prosperity. That’s a lot of history and this walk is like taking a cross section of time; glimpses of the layers from the Romans onwards. Think of the City is time capsule. Although much has changed, the echoes of past people and events can be heard if you know how to listen.

Princes and Paupers, Kennington tube
This walk is around lovely Kennington with its excellent independent bookshop and vibrant community feel. It takes in a rare spirit door, Rural Economy, an art gallery in a converted public lavatory, tw royal princes, Charlie Chaplin and the worst disaster of the Blitz in Lambeth. There’s an Indian restaurant that is patronised by MPs of all parties, and it finishes conveniently close to a friendly pub that serves food. What more could you want?

Roaming Down By the River, Monument tube Fish Street Hill
This City walk, aka Fish ‘n’ Ships, is one of my favourites and the first one London Walks accepted from me for their repertory slot. So the river is the Thames, the reason why London is here, and an important port since Roman times. I can’t promise any fishing, but you may see cormorants diving for their dinners. We weave east from our starting point, taking in churches and pubs, finding quiet corners in this commercial Square Mile, enjoying the historical and the contemporary City.

Slavery and the City, Monument tube
London has done a pretty good job of disassociating itself from the triangular trade, but it had the monopoly for some time. Prepare for your blood to be chilled by tales of man’s inhumanity to man, then warmed by the compassion, empathy and commitment of a loose group of individuals who managed to abolish the slave trade in the British Empire two hundred years ago.

Walking the Elephant, Elephant and Castle tube, London Road exit
One of the most unloved places in London, the Elephant and Castle deserves more than a shuddered glance from from the inside of a car or bus. This is your chance to see why the area inspires such loyalty, and affection in its populace. Away from the notoriously busy junctions, the Elephant walks to a different rhythm. Georgian terraces, a nightclub that is a global phenomenom, the Cinema Museum, and great coffee courtesy of the thriving Latin American community will remind you what Sunday mornings are all about.

Viva Vauxhall! exit 2 Vauxhall tube
So much more than a transport hub and multi-lane pedestrian nightmare. Think Lily Savage, pleasure gardens, James Bond, community spirit, hymns ancient and modern. Throw in a garden designed with the help of Dan Pearson, mosaics hidden in railway arches, alpacas, and cake, yes lots of cake. Or Welsh rarebit and real tea served in cosy-covered teapots. Yum!

Walworth, Old and New Kennington tube
I’m on home turf here. This is the Walworth Walk. Distinct from the Lambeth one. More fun I’d say, but I could be biased. @ThisisWalworth tweeted “just when u think u know all there is to know about #walworth #se17, along comes @GuidedbyIsobel”. Bring your cash to enjoy the artists’ Open Studios. Terence Conran raves about it, and Keith Richards came here for a bespoke guitar. There’s a café or a pub for lunch. Unless you fancy Thai food, in which case, I’ll give you directions. It is also Open Gardens Weekend, so why not make day of it and enjoy our green spaces on the edge of the city.

Eltham Palace
A must see for anyone returning to London and for people who love house and gardens. Henry VIII spent large amounts of his childhood here, conversed with Erasmus at the palace. In the C20 a modern house was attached to all that remained of the palace Henry knew. Stephen and Virginia Courtauld lived there with their pet lemur Jongy. By which hangs a tale or two.

Remember if you want to get a group of friends or colleagues together and hire me to lead one of these or many other tours for you, just leave a comment below, and I’ll get back to you via email.

I’ll also be popping up on other regular walks for London Walks, including Greenwich, Royal London, the British Museum, Plague Fire and Revolution to mention just a few.

Get in touch via the contact form if you want to know more.

13 thoughts on “Dates for Your Diary 2019-20

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    1. Thanks TBM! I am happy you are enjoying the walks. Maybe you would like to join me on a tour of parliament one of these days.


  1. I’m looking forward to Sunday where Isobel is offering two walks I haven’t been on before. Hope my legs hold out! She will have to recommend somewhere nice for lunch – Too far from the Tea House Theatre – and for people who don’t get that reference, you’ll just have to go on the Vauxhall jaunt to discover that treat. See you Sunday.


  2. Another stimulating, lively, often humorous and subtly thought provoking walk by Isobel yesterday… “Slavery and the City”
    Looking forward to the next one already! Thanks!


  3. Isobel’s walk of Denmark Hill and Camberwell was absolutely delightful. As locals, it was wonderful to learn so much about the places around us and the neighbourhood we’ve grown to love. Isobel is a brilliant story-teller and has an endearing sense of humour. She brought historical characters and tales to life, while sharing impressive knowledge of what’s hip and happening now. Highly recommend a walk with Isobel, and we look forward to our next!

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