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 - January to March 2015

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

DECEMBER 2014

Friday 19 December

St Nicholas and St Giles (new for 2014) - 1pm start

A special walk for Christmas visiting St Giles – an area undergoing exciting changes. On today’s walk we hear about some of these developments, including a visit to the Central St Giles building, before ending the walk in a local venue for seasonal refreshments.

Starts by the orange information kiosk outside Holborn Station.

Lasts 45 minutes.

 

Tuesday 23 and Wednesday 24 December

Christmas Story - 1pm start

Visiting the place where the world’s first Christmas card was printed, an important site from the early history of British pantomime and a monument to the man who helped introduce the Christmas tree to our country.

Starts by the orange information kiosk outside Holborn Station.

Lasts 45 minutes.

 

Tuesday 30 and Wednesday 31 December

Christmas Murder Story - 1pm start

In the 1780s three people were charged with murder a few weeks before Christmas. We walk to several locations connected with this incident.

Starts by the orange information kiosk outside Holborn Station.

Lasts 45 minutes.

 

JANUARY 2015

Wednesday 7 January 

Old St Giles 1pm start

Today we go to the site of the notorious St Giles Rookery and hear about its history. Starts by the orange information kiosk outside Holborn Station. Lasts 45 minutes.

 

Friday 9 January

Thespians - 1pm start

The first in our series of walks about local theatres. Today we visit streets named after actors and hear about their lives – including the actor who killed a colleague in an argument over a piece of theatrical costume!

The walk also includes a visit to the outside of the Theatre Royal Drury Lane. Starts by the orange information kiosk outside Holborn Station.

Lasts 45 minutes.

 

Wednesday 14 and Friday 16 January

The Show Must Go On! – 1pm start (new)

The second in our series of our walks about local theatres. Today we go to the outside of the Novello, Aldwych and Duchess theatres to hear about their history.

Starts by the orange information kiosk outside Holborn Station.

Lasts 45 minutes.

 

Wednesday 21 and Friday 23 January 

Showstopper ! – 1pm start (new)

The third in our series of our walks about local theatres. Today we visit the outside of the New London, Fortune and Peacock theatres to hear their stories.

Starts by the orange information kiosk outside Holborn Station.

Lasts 45 minutes.

 

Wednesday 28 January

Pioneers of Policing – Bow Street Runners (Part I) 1pm start

Today’s walk visits locations near Holborn connected with the history of this early police force.

Starts by the orange information kiosk outside Holborn Station.

Lasts 45 minutes.

 

Friday 30 January

On the Trail of the Monster – Bow Street Runners (Part II) 1pm start

Visiting sites in Holborn where the eighteenth century ripper, the ‘London Monster’, lurked and we hear about the Bow Street Runners attempts to catch him.

Starts by the orange information kiosk outside Holborn Station.

Lasts 45 minutes.

 

FEBRUARY 2015

Wednesday 4 and Friday 6 February 

Heretic! - 1pm start (new)

Visiting sites in St Giles to hear about the Pre-Reformation rebel, Sir John Oldcastle – a leader of the Lollards religious sect in the early 15th century.

Starts by the orange information kiosk outside Holborn Station.

Lasts 45 minutes.

 

Wednesday 11 February 

Conway Hall – 1pm start

Booking required

We take the short walk to Conway Hall in Red Lion Square, home of the South Place Ethical Society. The walk includes a guided tour of the inside of Conway Hall, to see the Main Hall, Library and the Green Room

The walk will start at 1.00pm meeting by the orange information kiosk outside Holborn station, and end at 1.45pm

30 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 commences 4 January 2015. Please do not apply before this date because your application will not be accepted.

 

Friday 13 February 

Unlucky for Some – 1pm start

A special walk for Friday the 13th visiting sites connected to spells, superstition and prophecies.

Starts by the orange information kiosk outside Holborn Station.

Lasts 45 minutes.

 

Wednesday 18 February 

Holborn at War – 1pm start

This walk visits sites in Holborn connected with the Battle of Britain.

Starts by the orange information kiosk outside Holborn Station.

Lasts 45 minutes.

 

Friday 20 February 

The Blitz – 1pm start

Holborn was badly damaged during the Blitz. Today’s walk visits several locations that were bombed and explains how the Holborn we know today was shaped by these terrible events.

Starts by the orange information kiosk outside Holborn Station.

Lasts 45 minutes.

 

Wednesday 25 February 

Doodlebug! – 1pm start

In 1944 Hitler unleashed his V1 ‘Doodlebug’ flying bomb and V2 rocket on Britain. This walk visits four places in the Holborn area hit by these weapons.

Starts by the orange information kiosk outside Holborn Station.

Lasts 45 minutes.

 

Friday 27 February  

Thespians – 1pm start

The first in our series of walks about local theatres. Today we visit streets named after actors and hear about their lives – including the actor who killed a colleague in an argument over a piece of theatrical costume! The walk also includes a visit to the outside of the Theatre Royal Drury Lane.

Starts by the orange information kiosk outside Holborn Station.

Lasts 45 minutes.

 

MARCH 2015

Wednesday 4 and Friday 6 March 

The Show Must Go On! - 1pm start (new)

The second in our series of our walks about local theatres. Today we go to the outside of the Novello, Aldwych and Duchess theatres to hear about their history.

Starts by the orange information kiosk outside Holborn Station.

Lasts 45 minutes.

 

Wednesday 11 and Friday 13 March

Showstopper ! – 1pm start (new)

The third in our series of our walks about local theatres. Today we visit the outside of the New London, Fortune and Peacock theatres to hear their stories.

Starts by the orange information kiosk outside Holborn Station.

Lasts 45 minutes.

 

Wednesday 18 and Friday 20 March

Heretic! – 1pm start (new)

Visiting sites in St Giles to hear about the Pre-Reformation rebel, Sir John Oldcastle – a leader of the Lollards religious sect in the early 15th century.

Starts by the orange information kiosk outside Holborn Station.

Lasts 45 minutes.

 

Wednesday 25 March  

Bloomsbury People – 1pm start

We visit the homes of some of Bloomsbury’s famous former residents, including personalities from the worlds of science, music, philosophy and religion.

Starts by the orange information kiosk outside Holborn Station.

Lasts 45 minutes.

 

Friday 27 March                                                                                   

 Museum Mile half day walking tour

10am start

The walk will start at 10am by the orange information kiosk outside Holborn Station and ending at 1pm near Great Russell Street

FREE. Booking required.

This walk is designed for those with limited time. We visit half of the museums in the Museum Mile – the Sir John Soane’s Museum, Hunterian Museum, Courtauld Gallery, London Transport Museum, Library and Museum of Freemasonry, Cartoon Museum and the British Museum.

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 commences 4 January 2015. Please do not apply before this date because your application will not be accepted.

 

Saturday 28 March

Bram Stoker’s The Jewel of Seven Stars - 2pm start

Bram Stoker is famous for his novel Dracula. Today’s walk visits sites in Bloomsbury and Holborn from another of his books – The Jewel of Seven Stars. Instead of a vampire this time the horror is provided by an Ancient Egyptian mummy! Don’t worry if you haven’t read the book because the story will be explained.

The walk will last an hour and three quarters, starting at 2pm from the GoToMidtown shop at 56 New Oxford Street, London WC1A 1ES, ending near Chancery Lane by 3.45pm.

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