Autumn Ambles weekend

On Saturday 1 and Sunday 2 October 2016, guided walks around London will be free, during our Autumn Ambles weekend.

This 42-guide walks showcase offers the chance to see some of the city's best attractions, architecture and open spaces.

Ranging from short strolls to challenging treks, walkers can take in some of London's famous landmarks and panoramic view, all of which start and finish within easy reach of public transport.

Quick and simple to do, book your free place on one of the walks now.

Autumn Ambles includes:

Saturday 1 October

  • Hidden alleyways and courtyards - St Paul's to Chancery Lane at 11.00 (1.5 miles) - A unique walk exploring London's past, including: a monastery, hidden alleyways and the history of London's newspapers and journalism.
  • The Victoria line - A plague pit, the Queen, the Beatles and an American president at 12.00 (1.5 miles) - This is a design-focused walk to celebrate TfL's Transported by Design programme. The walk goes above the Victoria line to discover the sights along the route and reveals how the line accidentally ploughed into a centuries-old plague pit during its construction. Get insights about the Queen, the Beatles and a US president along the way.
  • Goodnight Mister Tom - London in the Blitz at 14:00 (1.6 miles) - This family-focused walk is inspired by Michelle Magorian's much loved book, Goodnight Mister Tom, which tells the story of Willy Beech who is evacuated from London during the Second World War. The walk explores the City of London and explains what life was like for those who stayed in London during the Blitz.
  • St Paul's secret corners at 15.00 (1.5 miles) - Join the walk to explore some of London's less visited parts, including tranquil gardens, ruined churches, hidden courtyards and overlooked modern architecture.

Sunday 2 October

  • London's hidden treasures - Waterloo to London Bridge at 11:30 (2 miles) - This stroll along both sides of the River Thames reveal some of the secrets lying beneath the streets and under the river. The walk starts at Waterloo and the iconic London Eye before moving directly onto the river where the history is over 2,000 years old.
  • Along the canal - Little Venice to Camden at 13.00 (2 miles) - Join to see the picturesque area of Little Venice and hear about the buildings and residents of the area. Walk along the canal to learn about John Nash's development, see stunning homes, and catch a glimpse of the animals at London Zoo. The walk ends in eclectic Camden, where entertainment and popular culture surround and delight.
  • Millbank MI5, MI6 and much more at 14.00 (2.5 miles) - Walk into London's Thames riverside history, from boat builders and boat breakers to prisons and potteries, and discover its transformation through post-war office developments to 21st-century penthouse domination. The walk crosses two bridges reveals the Archbishop of Canterbury's official London residence, the Palace of Westminster, a high street with no shops and a plague pit - complete with lurking spies.
  • Fresher's trivia walk at 15.00 (1.3 miles) - the perfect walk for students new to London. Covering a mix of London trivia, such as the Savoy's trick for protecting its guests from noisy horses. The walk ends at the British Library, the largest in the world.

Walking in London

The Mayor has put a new focus on making it easier and more enjoyable to walk around London and we are working with London boroughs, businesses and schools to make this commitment a reality.

A wide range of improvements to London's streets, junctions and public spaces are underway with more than 1,500 Legible London signs across the city to help people find their way. We have also launched a new version of the Tube map, which shows how many steps it takes to walk between stations in zones 1 and 2 which you can find here.


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