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 - October to December 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

 NOVEMBER 2014

Saturday 22 November

Books are Beautiful (new for 2014) 11am and 2pm start

The sequel to our walk Publish and Be Damned! This time we visit sites in the St Giles and Holborn area from the history of publishing. The walk ends with a visit to the Folio Bookshop and an opportunity to look at their beautiful books and perhaps buy a special Christmas gift.  The walk will last 2 hours starting at 11am and 2pm, from the GoToMidtown shop at 56 New Oxford Street, London WC1A 1ES, ending near Red Lion Square.

Everyone attending these walks will enter a free prize draw to win a copy of the Folio Society’s beautifully produced edition of T. E. Lawrence’s Seven Pillars of Wisdom.

 

Wednesday 26 November

Homes of Famous People - 1pm start

This tour visits some of the houses in Holborn formerly occupied by famous people, including the first British Prime Minister to be assassinated, and important dwellings from the history of literature and art.

Starts by the orange information kiosk outside Holborn Station.

Lasts 45 minutes.

 

DECEMBER 2014

Wednesday 3 December

Very Old Holborn – 1pm start

This walk takes us to some of the buildings dating from before the time of the Great Fire of London in 1666 that still stand in Holborn.

Starts by the orange information kiosk outside Holborn Station.

Lasts 45 minutes.

 

Saturday 6 December

Charles Dickens and Barnaby Rudge – 1pm start

Barnaby Rudge was set against the background of the Gordon Riots of 1780 – the most violent riots in London’s history. This walks takes us to locations in the Holborn area that featured in the book. You don’t need to have read the book because the story will be explained.

This walk lasts an hour and a half, starting at 1pm from outside Holborn Station and ending at 2.30pm by Chancery Lane.

 

Wednesday 10 December

Charles Dickens and Bleak House - 1pm start

Bleak House is generally considered to be one of Charles Dickens’s finest novels. Today’s walk visits several sights in Holborn featured in this book. You don’t need to have read the book because the story will be explained.

This walk last 45 minutes, starting at 1pm from outside Holborn Station and ending at 1.45pm by Lincoln’s Inn Fields.

 

Saturday 13 and Sunday 14 December

Charles Dickens and The Mystery of Edwin Drood - 2pm start

The Mystery of Edwin Drood was Dickens’s final novel and was left unfinished when he died. This walks takes us to locations that featured in the book. You don’t need to have read the book because the story will be explained. This walk lasts just under 2 hours, starting on both days at 2pm from the GoToMidtown shop at 56 New Oxford Street, London WC1A 1ES, ending near Holborn Circus.

 

Wednesday 17 and 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.

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