The Lost River Fleet - Sat 23 March 2019 at 11:00 - A 3 1/2 hour walk up the valley of the lost river from Blackfriars to St Pancras talking about sewers, wells, spas, knackers yards, listening to drains and looking at the derelict parts of Smithfield and Kings Cross regeneration along the way.
The Lost River Neckinger - Sun 24 March at 11:45 - Lost rivers and past and present sites from Derelict London book and website inc the Russian T34 tank parked off the Old Kent Road!
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Tickets for these walks usually sell out months in advance. Click on individual walk for more info and pictures
Advance booking essential
The b+w pics above are courtesy of Tim Slessor
pic by David Jenner
These walks cover the routes of lost rivers/canals/docks and also takes in other points of interest, social history, trivia & the odd bit of dereliction along the way. The time estimate of walks is very rough as I'm in no hurry and these usually result in a social in the pub afterwards.
Paul has appeared on the Today Programme on BBC Radio 4 & also has had numerous appearances on BBC London 94.9, BBC1 and ITV London as well as features about his work in the Guardian ( inc a 4 page Weekend magazine feature), The Times, Daily Express, Daily Mail, Evening Standard and Time Out along with glowing reviews in Time Magazine, New Statesman, Metro, Maxim, Londonist & Lonely Planet.
Walks are limited to 20 people so as to keep it more personal and are ADVANCE TICKET PURCHASE ONLY. You cannot pay on the day. Tickets are on sale at We Got Tickets agency. Click on the link above for a direct link to all the events on sale.
These walking tours go ahead regardless of the weather - rain or shine, heatwave or Arctic conditions! I have public liability insurance.Well behaved dogs and children are welcome on all tours.
"A big thank you from Kingston Camera Club for such an interesting and informative walk today round Limehouse and Poplar. We really enjoyed your stories which brought the area to life and highlighted your passion for the area and its older buildings."
"Your walks are totally different and memorable: you talk about the people that lived in places that we look at interspersing descriptions of people with stories about the things they do and how they lived. Lots of tour guides and historians aren't interested in the working class! I just loved your description of the pub in Silvertown which had had the seat ripped with a Stanley knife and repaired duck tape! " Roger B
I’m a Londoner by birth, but there’s so much of it it’s impossible to every know it all.These are guided walks unlike any others. The groups are small and many people are regulars. You have to book online months in advance, and when new walks are announced most of them are full within a day of the email going out! Paul is an absolute mine of information, not just about the history of the places on the walk, but everything else too. It’s a real mix of Paul’s own lived experience and his meticulous research. The tours feel really informal and personal – unscripted and relaxed, and always ending at a ‘real boozer'. Robin (www.eastbournediary.co.uk)
North Woolwich foreshore
Isle of Dogs - old Millwall Dock entrance
It gave its name to a whole area of London - The Clerks' Well - On the banks of the River Fleet in Clerkenwell.
Ben Pedroche author of DO NOT ALIGHT HERE writes: "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."