Walks

We offer free guided walking tours of the area, led by the immensely knowledgeable Aly Mir. As of Autumn 2013 a total of 19,000 people have been shown the sites, attractions and wonderfully varied history of the area. There are 100 different routes in and around Bloomsbury, Holborn and St Giles. On these walks you can see everything from where The Beatles and Jimi Hendrix recorded songs to the sites of public executions.

A full list of this season’s walks are below.  (You can also see a full list of inmidtown walks – including many not offered during this current season – here).

All 10am and 1pm walks start from the orange information kiosk outside Holborn Station, 88-94 Kingsway, London WC2B 6AA. All 11am, 2pm and 5.30pm walks start from the GoToMidtown shop and information centre at 56 New Oxford Street, London WC1B 3ST. There’s no need to book (unless specified in the programme). Just turn up on the day.

Are you hearing-impaired?

We are happy to prepare a short-written guide for you. Please email us three days before the walk you intend to join and we can have one ready: info@inmidtown.org.

A PDF version of the inmidtown walks leaflet covering the current period can be found here: Walks Leaflet – July to September 2014

Bupa Ground Miles
inmidtown member Bupa recently launched a new app to help encourage people in the area to get walking.  You can find our more about this by clicking this link.

 

Full list of walks

AUGUST 2014

Thursday 28th August

Stoned! (Part I) – 1pm start

This tour looks at some of the sculptures and statues north of High Holborn.

Starts by the orange information kiosk outside Holborn station.

Lasts 45 minutes.

 

Friday 29th August

Stoned! (Part II) – 1pm start

The second of our walks about sculptures and statues, this time we go to the area south of High Holborn.

Starts by the orange information kiosk outside Holborn station.

Lasts 45 minutes.

 

SEPTEMBER 2014

Tuesday 2nd September

Stoned! (Part III) – 5.30pm start

The third in our series about sculptures and statues, this time visiting Bloomsbury.

The walk will last one and a half hours, starting at 5.30pm from the GoToMidtown shop at 56 New Oxford Street, London. WC1A 1ES, and ending in Tavistock Square.

Lasts 90 minutes.

 

Wednesday 3rd September

Horrible Holborn – 1pm start

The pleasantness of present-day Holborn hides a dark and sinister past. This tour uncovers it. Please note that this walk includes graphic descriptions of executions that some people might find upsetting!

Starts by the orange information kiosk outside Holborn station.

Lasts 45 minutes.

 

Friday 5th September

Museum Mile Full Day Walking Tour – 10am start

FREE. Booking required.
A walk along Museum Mile provides a fascinating insight into London, past and present. From Euston Road to the River Thames, discover 13 of the city’s most extraordinary museums and galleries and their equally diverse collections. For a full list of museums visit www.museum-mile.org.uk. Bring your own lunch or buy it at one of the many cafes and restaurants in the area.
20 places only.
Booking is required and admission to the walk is by ticket only.
To apply for a place please email walks@inmidtown.org
Maximum 2 places per email.
Booking opens 1 July 2014.

Starts by the orange information kiosk outside Holborn station and end at 5pm.

Lasts 7 hours.

 

Wednesday 10th September

Great Plague – 1pm start

Visit the area where the Great Plague of 1665 started, and hear about these terrible times.

Starts by the orange information kiosk outside Holborn station.

Lasts 45 minutes.

 

Friday 12th September

Who ate all the Pies – 1pm start

Today we hear about the story of the eighteenth century serial killer Sweeney Todd. This walk visits the site of his barber shop and the place where his victims were made into meat pies.

Starts by the orange information kiosk outside Holborn station.

Lasts 45 minutes.

 

Saturday 13th September

Man of Other Worlds (new for 2014) – 2pm start

This walk visits locations in Bloomsbury and Holborn from the early life of H G Wells – the boy from Bromley who became the father of science fiction and author of the classic books The War of the Worlds and The Time Machine.

The walk will last 2 hours, starting at 2pm from the GoToMidtown shop at 56 New Oxford Street, London. WC1A 1ES, and ending by The Strand.

Lasts 120 minutes.

 

Sunday 14th September

Man of Other Worlds (new for 2014) – 2pm start

This walk visits locations in Bloomsbury and Holborn from the early life of H G Wells – the boy from Bromley who became the father of science fiction and author of the classic books The War of the Worlds and The Time Machine.

The walk will last 2 hours, starting at 2pm from the GoToMidtown shop at 56 New Oxford Street, London. WC1A 1ES, and ending by The Strand.

Lasts 120 minutes.

 

Wednesday 17th September

Jack the Lad (Part I) – 1pm start

Today we go to sites in the St Giles area from the life of the 18th century English thief Jack Sheppard, including a place where he was imprisoned and carried out one of his legendary escapes. You don’t need to go on both parts of this series because each walk is designed to be enjoyed either on its own or together with the other.

Starts by the orange information kiosk outside Holborn station.

Lasts 45 minutes.

 

Friday 19th September

Jack the Lad (Part II) – 1pm start

We conclude our story of the 18th century criminal Jack Sheppard by going to sites in Holborn connected with his life. We hear more about his famous escapes and his final comeuppance. You don’t need to go on both parts of this series because each walk is designed to be enjoyed either on its own or together with the other.

Starts by the orange information kiosk outside Holborn station.

Lasts 45 minutes.

 

Wednesday 24th September

Give Me Shelter – 1pm start

Today we walk to surviving almshouses and model dwellings which were built in the 19th century and hear about the history of these homes for the poor.

Starts by the orange information kiosk outside Holborn station.

Lasts 45 minutes.

 

Friday 26th September

The Bat and the Cat – 1pm start

It’s back to the Swinging Sixties as we visit sites in Holborn and St Giles from the lives and careers of rock and pop stars Jimi Hendrix and Cat Stevens.

Starts by the orange information kiosk outside Holborn station.

Lasts 45 minutes.

 

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