London Walks

Sep 2nd, 2006, 09:15 PM
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Enjoyed a couple of the London Walks back in 2000, I think, the pub crawl along the Thames and the Beatles walk...they were fantastic! And they were small groups...I'd say about 20.

I think walking tours are fantastic.

But here's my message directed at Parents of teens who might read this thread: Create your own amazing tours!

My daughter was 16 in 2000, when we first went to London together, she was really into the Who and Beatles etc. and the whole "mod" thing from the 60's and I took her to London and it wasn't that difficult to do our own tours related to her interests...with not a lot of effort, and no knowledge, I found out that you can find Ronnie Scotts bar where the Who first performed Tommy...we trained up to north London to the crematorium where Keith Moon's ashes are scattered (as well as many other famous ashes...) we went shopping on Carnaby Street, and I bought some scalper tickets to taker her up to Wembley arena to a rock concert...her boyfriend at the time was really into cricket, so just for that we went and visited the cricket grounds and bought him a souvenir.

We went to Parliament and visited both the house of commons and the Lords...with teens this is really fun, especially if they're American high schoolers who have recently been on a trip to Washington D.C. and they can make the comparisons between the two governments.

If your teens have particular interests, be they music or sports or arts or fashions, should focus on them and create your own amazing walking tours!
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Sep 3rd, 2006, 10:24 AM
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I couldn't agree with you more. London is a great city to walk around and I think it would be great for teenagers (and adults for that matter) to create their own tours. In 2004 my book Walking Dickensian London was published and for the research I literally started on one side of London and walked across the whole of the capital mapping out routes as I went. I have been devising and guiding walks around London for many years now (in fact it was me who first did Beatles walks around London in 1989) but the two months I spent walking across London were an absolute joy. There are now so many resources available to pre plan your own tours ( the Guildhall Library for example has a huge archive of London prints and paintings on line) and what could be better than devising your own tour then actually doing it when you arrive in London? One tour I would encourage everyone to consider is a wander around Kensal Green Cemetery. It is absolutely fascinating and you can get guides to all the people buried there and then undertake (excuse the pun!) your own tour. Just be careful coming out of kensal Green Station as its isn't a particularly savoury area until you arrive at the cemetery gates.


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Sep 3rd, 2006, 10:49 AM
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Thank you, will have some great ideas for my next trip to London! I find when I travel, that although I can tailor our plans to our specific interests, at some points on the trip I want someone else to be the guide or it gets a bit too stressful for me! So a nice mix of self-guided and professionally guided.

I also found that the cemetary/crematorium staff were very helpful (I was concerned I would get scolded for asking, but they have maps at the ready to point out the "famous residents"), plus there are beautiful gardens and quiet places to relax. We did have to hike a ways through a residential neighborhood from the tube station.
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