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Many thanks



Here’s a link to a little poem written by some lovely people from New Addington who came on my Hidden History of Croydon walk on Sunday 19 July 2015:


51 thoughts on “Testimonials

  1. Really enjoyed Stephen’s virtual tour “Passengers No More” (with excellent photos) of some of London’s lost railways – can’t wait for his next talk on the ones he didn’t have time for…

  2. Enjoyed the virtual tour of “Passengers No More – Lost & Forgotten Railways of London” with Stephen. Plenty of interesting facts and illustrations. It is obvious that it is a subject of particular interest to Stephen and I look forward to any future tours covering this subject by him. Thanks.

  3. Stephen’s online tour of Croydon on 28/8/20 proved there is (or used to be) more to the place than its common image suggests. I’ve been on some of his walks pre-coronavirus and enjoyed them too. He also does tours for Tate Modern and he’s very good there too.

  4. Hi Stephen. I really enjoyed your virtual tour of West End Stories. Your walks are always excellent and this virtual tour was definitely up to your usual standard. It was full of fascinating facts and historic pictures of London in previous decades.

  5. I really enjoyed Stephen Benton’s ” Quirks and Oddities of the London Underground” Zoom tour on 7 August. He added extra time, as there were some disruptions (from participants). It was well presented, varied and full of interesting facts – I definitely learned a lot. Thank you!

  6. Great talk on the quirks of London Underground yesterday! Certainly informative with lots of detail. Excellent value.

  7. I thoroughly enjoyed Stephen Benton’s ” Quirks and Oddities of the London Underground” Zoom tour this afternoon. Most interesting and I loved the way it was all put together. Travelling down London’s longest escalator (at Angel) was a great start to the tour. I will now be booking up to visit other areas.

  8. Really enjoyed Stephen’s virtual tour “Virginia Woolf in London”. Great opportunity for people like me with restricted mobility. More please!

    • Thanks. Glad you enjoyed the virtual tour. Along with other Footprints of London guides, I am doing a number of virtual tours over the summer. And I see you have booked for the Quirks and Oddities of the London Underground tour so “see” you then.

  9. Hello, Stephen, thanks for the online visit to Virginia Woolf’s various London (and other) homes this afternoon. I was surprised just how good a virtual walk could be – lots of interest, lots of wonderful blue plaques and I didn’t get sore feet nor yet even have to travel down to London. Although, I can’t wait for the time when I can travel down again and get sore feet on a real London Footprints Walking Tour! Best wishes, Barbara

  10. The Van Gogh walk was unusual, fascinating and very memorable. Thank you very much for an occasion we will never forget.

  11. Really enjoyed the recent In Vincent’s Footsteps Walk from Covent Garden to Stockwell. A cold day, but Stephen kindly arranged some sunshine to make ideal conditions for an informative and interesting walk. Great opportunity at the end to visit Van Gough’s lodgings and the work being done to develop the property as an arts centre.

  12. Really enjoyed the Dickens in Clerkenwell and the City Walk. Not only did we see the River Fleet and the Clerks Well but we were provided with John Roque’s 1746 map which traced Oliver Twist’s route from Sadler’s Wells to near where Fagin’s Den was situated. Plus some atmospheric readings from the novels themselves. A great walk.
    Thank you Stephen

  13. 21st October 2019 – Dickens in Clerkenwell and the City. This was my first walk and I will certainly be back for more. Stephen is impressively knowledgeable, not only about the subject, but also about the history of London and its curious and hidden treasures. Very enjoyable and highly recommended.

  14. I did the Passport to Pimlico walk with Stephen and I had an excellent time to get to know a new neighborhood and all its landmarks and hidden treasures. This was my first walking tour with Stephen and I really enjoyed it!

  15. Did another Stephen led walk Friday and of course it was up to his usual high standards.Would thoroughly recommend his walks to everyone.

  16. Thank you Stephen for a very interesting,knowledgeable walk today. showing us the history of the famous department stores in Regent Street,Oxford Street and surrounding area- fascinating and riveting.

  17. The shops of Oxford St is a super walk and despite being a small group Stephen was more than generous with his time and we got plenty of value

  18. My Grandparents moved to 70 Sydney Road around 1914 and my father was born there in 1915. I was lead to believe that the roads were called the Apostles by the District Nurses that worked in the area.Have very fond memories of this road.Grandparents were Bertram Wallace Gaston married to Sarah Onions.

    • I lived in Prince George’s avenue and worked in cooks the butchers on Kingston road next to Jones dairy and the world stores in 1950s 07708192652 Sam lavington

  19. Stephen’s tour of Merton was fascinating and I really enjoyed discovering nuggets of information on places I had already visited, while exploring new areas and gleaning new facts. From the estate where Nelson once lived to the tranquility of the village, it is a varied tour with plenty to keep you entertained.

  20. Did Stephen’s Merton walk yesterday, 19th Feb. Really enjoyed it. He is a terrific guide, very knowledgeable and a very friendly person. We were a small group, just 6 so it was a lovely, interesting way to spend a Sunday afternoon. Although I knew bits of the area I learnt a lot. Thanks.

  21. Really interesting walk with Stephen!
    When you go shopping in Oxford street, you don’t really pay attention to the amazing buildings that sorround you. After this walk, we are more conscious about the history behind those buildings and those that made London the city it is today.
    We really recommend this walk, and Stephen that has been an adorable guide.
    Victor and Anna

  22. Just stumbled across this set of pages while searching for the old Trebor factory in West Ham, looking to see if there were any photos of it.

    I grew up around Plaistow and Forest Gate in the sixties and this site brought back a lot of memories. Thanks a lot.

  23. I took a Wednesday afternoon tour with Stephen Benton, focused on Virginia Woolf’s time spent living in Bloomsbury. Stephen walked us through beautiful squares, educating us not only on Virginia Woolf, but the development & history of the area, as well as the buildings themselves. It was time well-spent with lovely people, Stephen possesses a wealth of knowledge, & is a very charming guide. He is also very patient in answering all of one’s questions, of which I had many! I will absolutely be back for more!

  24. Spent a lovely couple of hours on Sunday afternoon having a relaxed guided tour of the City Bridges (Blackfriars, Millenium, Southwark, London and Tower) and some of the interesting historic treasures on the South Bank in the company of Stephen Benton and a small group of interested and interesting people. I learnt a lot and had a lot of fun. The walk wasn’t too long (1.5 to 2 hrs at a leisurely pace). I would strongly recommend it.

  25. Much enjoyed Stephen’s walk from Blackfriars to tower bridge today. Discovered some hidden bits of London I’d never known were there. Was also fascinated by the snippet about civil service buildings’ net curtains. Many thanks

  26. Excellent tour of Bloomsbury. Informative and interesting and thank you for organising such great weather! 🙂

    Looking forward to our next fab Footprints walk.

  27. Thoroughly enjoyed our ‘West End Movie Houses Walk’ today with Stephen Benton. Rather a gloomy day weather-wise, but our guide’s enthusiastic tour of W1’s cinematic past more than made up for the lack of sunshine! We liked the fact that Stephen clearly loves doing what he does… and knows his stuff. What could you ask? Will definitely be back down the M1 for another Footprints tour soon!

  28. Mon 12 Oct. a lovely and fascinating Chelsea literary Walk in beautiful autumn sunshine.
    Thanks Stephen for being so informative on everyone from Oscar Wilde to Bram Stoker, and the rest. Yours, Marcelle and Lorraine

  29. .It is a sheer joy doing walks with Stephen Benton. Not only does he give you a very generous amount of information but he also extends it beyond the allocated area. Simply love following Stephen’s walk.

  30. Excellent tour of the Westminster area – as always, knowledge and enthusiasm make for a great experience. Really good way to add extra interest to familiar landmarks.

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