Next Derelict London Walk (with tickets still available) : All 2013 dates sold out USE CONTACT FORM AT BOTTOM OF PAGE TO BE ADVISED OF DATES FOR 2014 (I occasionally take bookings for private groups too)
ADVANCE BOOKING VIA THE AGENCY IS ESSENTIAL & they sell out far in advance!
After the success of the London's Lost Rivers walks I have been doing some Derelict London guided walking tours of London in 2014. This will be to celebrate the 11th anniversary of the Derelict London website. These walks have sold out far in advance and I shall continue to add a few dates for late Jan/February 2014
Lost River walks at my other website: www.londonslostrivers.com though I dont tend to do many over Winter (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 OUT, Sat 20 April SOLD OUT, Sat 27 April SOLD OUT, Sat 4 May SOLD OUT, Sat 25 May SOLD OUT, Sat 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 November SOLD OUT Sat 9 November SOLD OUT Sat 16 November at 11am SOLD OUT Sat 23 November at 11:00am SOLD OUT Join mailing list to be advised of dates in 2014 Meeting outside the Railway Arms Tavern - 576 Commercial Road, Limehouse, London, E14 7JD 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 St
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.
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.
Advance booking is essential via We Got Tickets:
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The River Fleet Guided Walking Tour with Paul Talling (author of London's Lost Rivers) Sat 30 November 2013 (SOLD OUT) - Join the mailing list to be advised of future dates 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
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."