Walking Tours

Weekly public Walks: The following 3 walking tours generally happen weekly, mostly, especially in the warmer months. Email me at at j.s.andrews2000@gmail.com for further details.

Literary London in Bloomsbury. Generally on Wednesdays. 

Travel back in time to quaint old London and walk in the footsteps of the famous artists and writers who lived, worked and began major art movements here. You’ll see a variety of literary landmarks ranging from the home of Charles Dicken to the UK’s only LGBT bookshop.

Other artists covered include Virginia Woolf and the Bloomsbury group, Peter Pan creator JM Barrie, Frankenstein creator Mary Shelley, the founder of Post-Impressionism Roger Fry, the Romantics, George Orwell, Daphne du Maurier and many more.

Literary HampsteadGenerally on Tuesdays. 

Hampstead is a picture-postcard London village consisting of lovely old pubs, houses and cobble-stoned streets. Many famous writers spent time here inspired by Hampstead's natural beauty. We’ll explore the old town and see some of the oldest streets in London. Artists we’ll talk about include Charles Dickens, Oscar Wilde, H.G. Wells, Robert Louis Stevenson, Peter Pan creator J.M. Barrie, Mary Poppins creator P.L. Travers, D.H. Lawrence, George Orwell, Daphne du Maurier and Katherine Mansfield. We'll also visit the garden of romantic poet John Keats.

Beatles & 60s Rock 'n' Roll WalkGenerally on Sundays. 

We'll visit the must-see London locations for fans of the Beatles including the famous Abbey Road album-cover crossing, Abbey Road Studios and their offices where they played their final (rooftop) concert.

...And The Rolling Stones (where Mick Jagger and Keith Richards auditioned for the band, where they played their first-EVER gig and where they recorded their first songs).

...And Bowie, Hendrix, Clapton and other 60s legends. Lots of great rock 'n' roll stories. I feel that the Soho area is the most fascinating in London, centuries of history (it's the old royal and literary quarter) but also vibrant and modern (trendy eateries and famous jazz clubs). I look forward to showing you around and telling you all about it.

Or... here are some other options... 

Contact me at j.s.andrews2000@gmail.com to arrange a private tour. We can spend between 90 minutes and 2 hours in the one of the London neighbourhoods I’ve listed below, or combine them to make a longer walk. If I’ve confused you with too much choice, contact me to discuss what would be the best tailored option.

Here's one of my reviews from TripAdvisor.

Two hour walk around the interesting neighborhood of Hampstead, never knew that so many painters, authors and other interesting people have resided or have lived in this great picturesque suburb of London. Our guide was informative , friendly and knowledgeable ...we will certainly be doing the others, a little different from the city ones. ScatsFamily June 2015


Highgate is interesting for being an olde village with centuries-old Georgian homes and pubs; but it happens to be in bustling London town. Charles Dickens stayed and set much of David Copperfield here. Past locals include Samuel Taylor Coleridge, Gerard Manley Hopkins, John Betjeman, A.E. Housman, J.B. Priestley, Yehudi Menuhin and the Bloomsbury group's Roger Fry (and pop legend, George Michael!). There's also Highgate's atmospheric Victorian cemetery, inspiration to writers ranging from Bram Stoker to Neil Gaimon.


Features Oscar Wilde, Mark Twain, Charles Dickens, Thomas Wolfe, P.G. Wodehouse, Henry James. You can see where Ian Fleming wrote James Bond’s first adventure, and Bond's London address, and where another great spy novelist John le Carré set his stories. Other famous fictional characters created here include everyone's favourite honey-chasing bear, Winnie-the-Pooh.


Dickens set stories here, William Blake was born here, Oscar Wilde's favourite restaurant was here, crime writer Dorothy L Sayers was inspired by morbid facts here, and many hedonistic artists got drunk in famous literary pubs here over the centuries.
Covent Garden

Where a young child labourer called Charles Dickens used to work and look hungrily at the pineapples in the famous Covent Garden market, and where he later had his offices when he was a successful author. Where Henry Fielding wrote, and also found time to form London's first police force (indeed, the same police station where the Artful Dodger is brought to in Oliver Twist), where the wits of London used to meet, and where Jane Austen would stay when she'd visit London; and where you’ll find London’s oldest restaurant (quite the meeting place for the old literati) and oldest theatre.


Again, the life of Dickens can be traced in this neighbourhood, his modest beginnings (his father would move around Bloomsbury to avoid people he owed money too) to the large house he moved his family too after he found success. Of course the place lends its name to the Bloomsbury group, a group of friends and lovers who drank tea together here and ended up having quite an impact on the art of the twentieth century. You can see the homes of Virginia Woolf, her artist-sister Vanessa Bell and all their friends.

Marylebone and Baker Street

Baker Street has become a shrine to the world's greatest detective. We'll see the Sherlock Holmes museum, the real 221b Baker Street and the medical offices where Sir Arthur Conan Doyle started writing the stories.

Camden Town and Primrose Hill

This walk includes one of London’s most impressive panoramic views, the park where Dodie Smith lived and set 101 Dalmations, and Alan Bennet's house - where an old lady parked a van in the driveway and didn't leave for 20 years (inspiration for his play The Lady in the Van). Other literary figures include Dickens, William Blake, Silvia Plath, George Orwell and WB Yeats.

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