Come on one of my walks …

I am qualified walking tour guide, and a member of the City of Westminster Guide Lecturers Association, the City of London Guide Lecturers Association and the Clerkenwell and Islington Guides Association.

Why not join me on one of my walks in the real world! Here is my upcoming schedule.

Stephen by St Annes Soho

Most are 1½ to 2 hour walks (£12/£9 concs) bookable via Footprints of London: http://tinyurl.com/StephensFootprintsWalks

Or come and join me for FREE! at Tate Modern- see my dates below.

Here is a what I am doing over the next couple of months.

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Saturday 7 July  @ 11.00

Chance encounters of the walking kind – back ways of Covent Garden and Soho

This is a walk with a difference. Join me to explore some of the backways of Covent Garden and Soho but exactly which ones no one (not even me!) knows at the start of the walk. That is because after each stop we toss a coin which determines the route to take next – for example heads might mean we go straight ahead and tails might means we dive down an alleyway to our right. There are more than 1000 possible combinations for this walk but all involve some lesser known streets and courtyards and the telling of fascinating stories which abound in this historic part of London.

To do this you need a Guide who knows the area really well and who better than someone like me, a native Londoner, who has been guiding in these streets for the past 5 years.

So take a chance on me and who knows where you may end up (although it will be in central London near a tube station!)

£12 (£9 concessions) Advance booking only at:

http://www.eventbrite.co.uk/o/stephen-benton-footprints-of-london-4468162721?ref=ebtn

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Sundays 15 July, 26 August and 30 September  @ 11.00

Mr Selfridge and his competitors – tales of the greatest West End stores

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A walk through the heart of the West End shopping district to hear some of the stories behind the famous names.  Hear some of the true stories of Mr Selfridge and why the recent television series is not all it seems. Also learn why John Lewis might be surprised what happened to his company and see where the original Debenhams was located.

£12 (£9 concessions) Advance booking only at:

http://www.eventbrite.co.uk/o/stephen-benton-footprints-of-london-4468162721?ref=ebtn

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Tuesday 7 and Sunday 12 August

Croydon – the Ambition and the Reality

Croydon is a story of ambition: in some ways it has been truly successful but in other ways it is a bit of a failure. Although Croydon had been a Surrey market town since 1276 and was home to the Archbishops of Canterbury for centuries, things really got going in the 19th century with the coming of the railway and the gaining of borough status.

On this tour we will see some grand buildings from the late 19th century and some from the 1930s which show how Croydon was telling the world it was a place of importance. We will hear how the unique circumstances of the 1950s and 1960s resulted in a largely speculative office boom and how Croydon led the way as a shopping destination. And we will hear how Croydon lost out when it became part of Greater London in 1965 and what Croydon is now doing to reinvent itself for the 21st century.

This tour will appeal not only to those with an interest in architecture but also how to people who want to explore an area which is at once well known and yet not known.

And on the way we see a couple of unexpected art works!

£12 (£9 concessions) Advance booking only at:

http://www.eventbrite.co.uk/o/stephen-benton-footprints-of-london-4468162721?ref=ebtn

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Sunday 16 and Tuesday 18 September

Kingston – ancient and modern

Kingston upon Thames is a historic place with much to see and yet little explored.

It is home to the coronation stone where 7 Anglo Saxon kings were crowned and is only one of four places in England to hold Royal Borough status. For hundreds of years it was the next bridge downstream from London Bridge and even today the bridge here is a key feature of the town.

It was, and still is, the county town of Surrey, though it has been part of Greater London since 1965. Kingston has its old Market Square, complete with open market and a 1706 statue of Queen Anne. It remains a major shopping centre with all the big names plus John Lewis and Bentalls, both full line department stores.

This is not a place that people often visit as a tourist destination but there is much to see and learn. Join Stephen to explore the fascinating historic centre of Royal Kingston-Upon-Thames.

£12 (£9 concessions) Advance booking only at:

http://www.eventbrite.co.uk/o/stephen-benton-footprints-of-london-4468162721?ref=ebtn

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Saturday 29 September and Sunday 20 October

Liberty, Fratenty and Infidelity – the Hidden History of Merton


Most people will know Merton is the name of a London borough but they would be hard placed to say exactly where the old village was. Nor might they know much of the long and almost forgotten history of Merton

Merton is mentioned in the Doomsday Book of 1086 and was an important medieval priory. It was destroyed with the dissolution of the monasteries in the 1530s, when King Henry VIII took most of the stone to build a new palace down the road. But there are still some fragments to see today.

In 1801, Lord Nelson set up home with Sir William and Lady Emma Hamilton in Merton. Later in the 19th century, Arts and crafts designer, William Morris had his works on the river at Merton Abbey Mills and this was where Liberty had much of its silk printed.

£12 (£9 concessions) Advance booking only at:

http://www.eventbrite.co.uk/o/stephen-benton-footprints-of-london-4468162721?ref=ebtn

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And I do regular free tours at Tate Modern.

Tate extension

Monday 25 June, Tuesday 24 July, Friday 3 August and Tuesday 28 August @ 11.00 (Artist and Society tour) meet on Level 2 Boiler House

Tuesdays 26 June and 17 July @ 12.00 (In the Studio tour) meet level 2 Boiler House

Tuesday 3 July and Monday 6 August @ 15.00 (Media Networks tour) meet on Level 4 Boiler House

Monday 4 June, Tuesday 31 July and Friday 10 August @ 11.30 (Between Object and Architecture tour) meet on Level 2 Blavatnik Building

Monday 4 June, Tuesday 31 July and Friday 10 August @ 12.30 (Performer and Participant) meet on Level 3 Blavatnik Building.

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Email: Stephen@londonpostcodewalks.co.uk

Phone: +44 (0) 7958 916 402

Twitter: @stephensLDN

Facebook: StephensLDN

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One thought on “Come on one of my walks …

  1. Just reminiscing about my childhood in SW 18 I used to live on the east hill estate near st georges hospital dad had a shop in st John’s hill called the radio shack (not the USA one) used to walk to clapham junction and the other way to the high street to the Arndale centre then onto king georges park in the 70s I used to go to Eltringham school near that concrete roundabout – dare say east hill has been redeveloped by now? Hated the smell of hops from the Brewery !

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