Next Derelict London Walk (with tickets still available) : (Good Friday) 18 April at 11:45 am - Limehouse & Poplar - tickets are selling quickly USE CONTACT FORM AT BOTTOM OF PAGE FOR ADVANCED NOTIFICATION OF DATES (I occasionally take bookings for private groups too)
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After the success of the London's Lost Rivers walks I will be doing some more Derelict London guided walking tours of London in 2014. This will be to celebrate the 11th anniversary of the Derelict London website. These walks in 2013 all sold out far in advance. Sign up to the mailing list at the bottom of this page for news on walks in & around Limehouse, Poplar, Wapping, Hampstead, Woolwich, Peckham, Bayswater & the Isle of Dogs.
Lost River walks at my other website: www.londonslostrivers.com (these walks are based around lost rivers/canals/docks but I do shoehorn in some dereliction and general London trivia).
Limehouse & Poplar Derelict London 11th Anniversary Walking Tours with Author Paul Talling.
2013 Walks: Good Friday 29 March SOLD OUT, Easter Monday 1 April SOLD OUT, Sat 6 April SOLD OUTSat 20 April SOLD OUT, Sat 27 April SOLD OUT, Sat 4 May SOLD OUTSat 25 May SOLD OUTSat 1 June SOLD OUT,Sat 8 June SOLD OUT , Sat 22 June at 11:00 am SOLD OUT, Sat 13 July SOLD OUT Sun 21 July SOLD OUT Sat 17 August SOLD OUT Sun 18 August SOLD OUT Sat 7 September SOLD OUT Sat 14 September SOLD OUT Sat 21 September SOLD OUT Sat 2 Nov SOLD OUT Sat 9 November SOLD OUT Sat 16 November SOLD OUT Sat 23 November SOLD OUT 2014 Walks: Saturday 11 January SOLD OUT , Saturday 18 January SOLD OUT, Saturday 25 January SOLD OUT, Saturday 1 February SOLD OUT , Sunday 2 February SOLD OUT ,Saturday 1 March SOLD OUTSaturday 8 March SOLD OUTSaturday 15 March SOLD OUT Saturday 22 March SOLD OUT Saturday 5 April SOLD OUT
NEW DATES: Good Friday 18 April at 11:45 + Easter Monday 21 April at 11:45 Tickets must be purchased in advance - click here to buy tickets now before they sell out Join mailing list to be advised of more dates in 2014 (plus walks in Wapping, Woolwich and Lost Rivers ( & canals) Meeting outside the Railway Tavern - 576 Commercial Road, Limehouse, London, E14 7JD Tip: Turn up early and grab a traditional fry up at Frank's Cafe just across the road (though closed on a Sun and Bank holidays) Duration of walk: Approx 4 hours Bus route: 15,115,D3 & 395 Rail and DLR: Limehouse - The Railway Tavern is opposite the entrance to Limehouse (DLR + Network Rail C2C) Station Bekesbourne StPlease check www.tfl.gov.uk before travelling as engineering works may affect your journey. In particular DLR will not be running to Limehouse on Sat 22 March. You can get a direct train from Fenchurch St or by number 15 bus from Central London & the Citydirect to Limehouse but please allow enough time!!
Following the success of the 2013 walks to celebrate the 10 year anniversary of the www.derelictlondon.com website, author & photographer Paul Talling will be giving more tours in 2014 of his favourite derelict sites in East London.
This leisurely 4 hour tour views the exteriors of sites covered in the Derelict London website & book such as the decaying premises of sail makers Caird & Rayner & the art deco Poplar Baths. Other sites include the remains of St Saviours Church which survived the Blitz but not a recent fire & the Limehouse Accumulator tower built in 1869 for regulating one of the first hydraulic power systems. We pass some 1970s graffiti proclaiming that "George Davis is Innocent”, numerous derelict shops and industrial units, redundant pub & shop signs in odd places and stories of the mysterious Black Ditch which is featured in Paul's other book London's Lost Rivers.
Highlights along the way also include stories of London's original China Town, the 1951 Festival of Britain, visiting the first purpose built pedestrian shopping centre in the UK and even a short stroll along the Limehouse Cut.
There will be a toilet/refreshment break during the tour. This is a circular tour which ends up at Limehouse Station unless of course you wish to join Paul in a friendly local pub - The Old Ship - to discuss more dereliction and lost rivers over a cheap pint - only £2.90 before 7pm!
Dogs and children are welcome. The walking tour goes ahead regardless of the weather. No refunds due to inclement weather are given. Tickets £11:00 each. Advance booking is essential via We Got Tickets:
Advance booking essential
Advance booking essential
The River Fleet Guided Walking Tour with Paul Talling (author of London's Lost Rivers) Saturday 22 February 2013 at 11:00 (SOLD OUT) & Saturday 29 March 2013 at 1:00 pm (SOLD OUT) Meeting outside The Blackfriar pub - 174 Queen Victoria Street, Blackfriars, London, EC4V 4EG Duration of Walk: Approx 2 ½ hours Bus route 45, 63, 100, 388 Rail & tube: Blackfriars
A guided (above ground) walking tour of the lower part of the lost River Fleet’s course. Starting off at an Art Nouveau Grade II listed pub which is decorated throughout with multi-coloured marble, mosaics, and bronze reliefs of monks. The pub stands on the site of a Dominican Monastery (and later a theatre owned by Shakespeare) which stood beside the River Fleet. The walk takes in (a partial) view of the outfall chamber into the Thames, the sites of the old prisons, bridges and wells that used to line the banks of the Fleet, the Holborn viaduct which spans the Fleet Valley, Smithfields Market (including a quick look at the derelict parts), Hockley In-the-Hole an ancient haunt of thieves and the site of bear baiting where you can now hear the sound of the Fleet flowing beneath a drain cover, finishing up at the St Pancras Old Church where people once bathed in the adjacent Fleet plus a look at a few of the interesting gravestones. Other interesting points along the route include the Clerkenwell courthouse where the Clash were kept in the cells, the derelict Lighthouse building in Kings Cross, the site on Farringdon Rd where the Labour Party was founded, the street where Charles Dickens located Fagin’s Den, the churchyard where the Beatles shot album sleeve photos and even the hotel where Tony Hadley from Spandau Ballet worked in his youth! There is a new walk covering the sources of the Fleet, Tyburn and Westbourne - Hampstead's Lost Rivers - see www.londonslostrivers.com for more info on this walk.
It gave its name to a whole area of London - The Clerks' Well - On the banks of the River Fleet in Clerkenwell.
Advance booking essential
Allday Woolwich Area Walking Tour with Derelict London/London's Lost Rivers Author Paul Talling.
Docks, Canal & Dereliction Tour covering both sides of the Thames. Tickets are only available to people on the mailing list. Complete the form at the bottom of this page to be advised of new dates. Sat 12 April 2014 SOLD OUT Sat 26 April SOLD OUT Sat 24 May SOLD OUTSat 21June SOLD OUT
Meeting at Gallions Reach DLR at 10:30. Ends at Woolwich Arsenal DLR at approx 5pm. Tickets £15 We shall be making scheduled stops at a cafe and a pub (food & drink not included in the ticket price) though you are welcome to bring your own refreshments. There will be much walking and a little is off the path!! Please read the information below
Starting off with a walk around the surrounding area of Gallions Reach and taking in some forgotten areas and dereliction plus taking in stories of the Beckton Gasworks, the Royal Docks & the site of an 1878 steamboat disaster where 600 people perished. WARNING! This section of the walk involves off-piste activities such as walking through undergrowth, decaying wooden piers, using a (short) ladder & access to a lesser frequented part of the Thames foreshore to visit the remains of a decaying barge. Nothing is too strenuous but you need to watch your footing.
Then we head into North Woolwich past a few interesting buildings such as some of London's oldest terraced council houses & a derelict pub which despite losing its upper floors during the Blitz carried on trading until a few years ago.
Around mid-day we hit a cafe for half an hour before walking to the Woolwich Free Ferry via two disused railway stations side by side and a derelict pier once graced by Winston Churchill. After our scenic (!) riverboat crossing we embark on our adventure south of the Thames and walk around the site of the Woolwich Dockyard founded by King Henry VIII in 1512 to build his flagship (Great Harry), the largest ship of its day. Much of the area is now a housing estate but there are still clues of the once thriving dockyard such as the imposing main entrance gate posts a former guard house & the 1783 Clock House and some run docks remain popular for local anglers! We then walk through a busy shopping thoroughfare which is a little unloved round the edges. We pass a few premises of businesses that defined the area such as the (derelict) Royal Arsenal Co-operative Society Department Store, the Woolwich Building Society & the UK's very first branch of McDonalds.
Next up, the Royal Arsenal - the historic site of armaments manufacture and explosives research. Once a great place to see dereliction but now it comprises one of the biggest concentrations of Grade I and Grade II listed buildings converted for residential use, with more than 3,000 residents. We will stop off for a drink at The Dial Arch now a public house. Here Paul will tell you about a group of engineers working in this block who formed the Dial Square FC which later became the Woolwich Arsenal FC. You will also have time to wander around the vicinity to look at the information boards
We walk along the Thames to West Thamesmead and then follow the route of a disused canal built in 1814 by convict labour which formed the eastern boundary of the Arsenal. Here you will see the old lock gates and a derelict swing bridge. As we visit the site of Plumstead Marshes and see the site of two former Arsenal football grounds one of which is now a derelict trading estate.
Finally we head back into Woolwich via some interesting old buildings with stories that feature on the Derelict London website where you can either head home or join Paul for another drink or two....
Ben Pedroche writes in his DO NOT ALIGHT HERE blog: "Paul Talling's latest book London’s Lost Rivers is a fascinating read that explores several buried rivers, and Paul has been running regular walks that follow the route of the most famous ones included in the book.
The walk I attended covered the River Fleet, which is the most famous buried river of all, with a long and colourful history along its full journey from Hampstead Heath to the Thames. Paul very kindly invited me along, as the route also passes by several sites included in Do Not Alight Here, in particular the area around Farringdon.
I’d walked much of the route from Blackfriars to St Pancras before, but Paul filled the journey with some incredible facts that were new to me, illustrated with archive photos. Highlights on the walk included the site of the old Bridewell Prison, the Clerk’s Well of Clerkenwell, and Holborn Viaduct. I was pleased to see that the route also passed by Smithfield Market, which allowed Paul to throw in some of the sites included in Derelict London.
Paul is extremely knowledgeable and passionate about his subject, and the walk was well organised, with a relaxed and casual atmosphere. We also ended up in the pub, where myself and other fans of Paul’s books got to chat to the man himself."