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.

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

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

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


Saturdays 26 October, 30 November and 14 December @ 10.00

In Vincent’s Footsteps – from Covent Garden office to Stockwell lodgings

A chance to follow Vincent Van Gogh’s footsteps in a 3½ mile (5½ km) walk between his workplace in Covent Garden and his lodgings in Stockwell, exploring what London would have been like in the early 1870s. The walk crosses Westminster Bridge which Van Gogh sketched on some Goupil and Co headed note paper. Then after walking through Kennington we get to 87 Hackford Road, where we have a 45 minute very exclusive interior tour of the newly renovated house (included in the price).

Visitors will have a chance to learn about the Hackford Road house and its most famous tenant and gain an insight into the house’s future as a site for artist residencies.

Please Note
The house at Hackford Road dates from the 1820s and has small rooms on three floors with a steep narrow staircase. Because of this, it may be difficult for people with mobility issues – in particular it is not possible to accommodate wheelchairs.

£20 (No concessions or discounts): Advance booking only at:


Sundays 10 November, 1 December @ 11.00

Mr Selfridge and his competitors: untold tales of London department stores


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:


Friday 27 September @ 11.00

Pioneering Women of Westminster: Queens, Suffragettes, Wallpaper and Cakes

Westminster was one of the focal points of the movement to get women the vote and it was the original location of the Women’s Library. And there are many pioneering women connected with Westminster such as Countess Markievicz, first woman elected to Parliament, Eleanor Rathbone, promoter of the family allowance, Mary Sumner, founder of the Mothers’ Union and Edith Craig, theatrical lesbian and campaigner.

But we are not just talking about political activists. Westminster was also one time home to Lady Sybil Colefax, co-founder of interior design company Colefax and Fowler, all-round entertainer Petula Clark and radio presenter Majorie Anderson, who anchored the ground breaking Womens’ Hour for many years

In this walk we explore Westminster’s feminine side and hear some of the stories of these pioneering women of Westminster.

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


Thursday 17 October and Saturday 26 October @ 15.00

Circles, Squares and Triangles – Virginia Woolf in Bloomsbury

At various times between 1905 and her death in 1941, Virginia Woolf had a home in Bloomsbury. In this walk, we will explore the connections she had with the area, see the locations of her four Bloomsbury homes plus the one she occupied in Fitzrovia. And we will hear about some of the books she wrote whilst living in Bloomsbury.

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


Monday 21 October @11.00

Dickens in Clerkenwell and the City

Dickens referenced many real London locations in his books and in this walk we shall see some of the places he used in Clerkenwell and the City. In particular we shall see a number of streets and alleys associated with one of his most famous novels Oliver Twist.

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


Saturday 19 October and Tuesday 29 October @ 15.00

Made in Chelsea

Chelsea has long been associated with writers, and there are so many fascinating stories to be told.

In this walk, we will hear about the writers of works which range from Mary Poppins to Dracula. We will hear about Sir Thomas More’s Utopia and what Oscar Wilde said when he saw actress Ellen Terry come for her portrait to be painted by John Singer Sargent. Then there are the cautionary tales of two different libel cases which turned out rather badly for the libelled party. And what happened to the book of poetry buried with the writer’s dead wife

£12 (£9 concessions)

Advance booking only at:


And I do regular free tours at Tate Modern.

Tate extension

Natalie Bell Building Level 2 tour @12.00 on Monday 28 October, Monday 2 December and Monday 9 December.

Natalie Bell Building Level 4 Tour @ 13.00 on Friday 18 October, Monday 28 October, Friday 1 November, Tuesday 17 December and Tuesday 31 December

Blavatnik Building tour @ 14.00 on Wednesday 16 October, Wednesday 23 October, Friday 8 November and Friday 29 November.

All Tate Modern tours now meet on Level 4, Natalie Bell Building (formerly known as the Boiler House)


I also do free history tours at Morden Hall Park for the National Trust. These run on Sundays at 11.30 and 13.00 starting at the Information Point in the Park.

The next dates I am doing is: Sunday 20 October.



Phone: +44 (0) 7958 916 402

Twitter: @stephensLDN

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1 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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