Elan for all Seasons

Snow St James's Lake

5 Centuries in 4 Royal Parks

Journey through 4 Royal Parks and 5 centuries of history on this delightful walk.  Helen will share fascinating facts about these glorious parks, the palaces they surround and the lives of those who created them as she expertly guides you through each park.

As the seasons change the flowers and the tree colours do too, beautiful scented blossoms and blooms in Spring, wild flowers and roses in Summer, rich Autumn colours of Autumn and white snowdrops in Winter. Whatever time of year you visit the Royal parks they are always a joy to see.

There's wonderful wildlife too including the cheeky pelicans in St James's Park and up to 30 species of wildfowl from black swans to Hawaiian geese. 

We will meet Peter Pan, get up close to the stunning Albert Memorial and visit several other statues and monuments on this stroll through the lungs of London.

You never know what you will see on this walk; a naked bike ride, and royals and celebrities have been seen on this walk that brings new surprises every time.

For those who wish we end the walk in a lovely old Victorian pub for refreshments.

This walk is around 3 hours.

The starting point of this walk is near Westminster tube station.

We finish this walk at Lancaster Gate tube station.

Next Walk Dates

This walk is available every season of the year.

Prices from £18 per person.

If you would like to be the first to hear about future walks in the Royal Parks please email me via info@elanwalks.com

Private tours available on request.

Westminster Abbey & Gaslamp

London by Gaslight

This tour literally shows London in a different light. Discover the magical gas-lamps of Westminster and marvel at their fascinating history and world changing legacy. Hidden in plain sight they will captivate you with their warm, soft, shimmering light.

London was the first city in the world to be lit by gas-lamps and gaslight has illuminated our streets for over 200 years since the reign of George IV. Their invention revolutionised night life in London and all major towns and cities around the world.

On this tour you will hear about the history of the lamps, see where they were first demonstrated and learn how they evolved becoming bigger and brighter over the years.

This tour also takes you past some of the most historic buildings in London including Westminster Abbey, Spencer House, St James's Palace, the National Gallery and the Savoy Hotel.

Sadly, our heritage gas-lamps are under threat from Westminster Council who want to replace them with LED mock replicas. However, thanks to the efforts of the London Gasketeers 174 have been saved for now, and they are working hard to get these and 94 others, still threatened with replacement, listed with English Heritage. Three cheers for the dedicated London Gasketeers.

I challenge anyone not to be enchanted by our beautiful gas-lamps some of which are over 100 years old.

If you're not in love with gaslight by the end of the tour I will happily give you your money back.

This walking tour is around 2 hrs 30 minutes.

The starting point of the walk is near the front entrance to Westminster Abbey.

We finish the walk on the Strand, where those who wish can share a drink in a lovely old Edwardian pub that still has a gas-lamp outside.

N.B. This walk starts again at the end of British Summer time on the 29th October 2023 and will run until the end of March 2024.

Next Walk Dates

Sunday 29th October 17:00 to 19:30

Sunday 12th November 16:00 to 18:30

Prices from £18 per person.

Private tours for both weekday and weekend walks are available on request.

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