Elan Walks Current Tours

St James's Park Aug

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.

You never know what you will see on this walk; a naked bike-ride and celebrities out for a stroll have all been seen on this walk that brings new surprises every time.

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

There's wildlife too including the pelicans in St James's Park and up to 30 other species of wildfowl.

We also 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.

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

This walk is 3 hours.

The starting point of this walk is near St James's Park tube station.

We finish this walk at Lancaster Gate tube station.

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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.

Folio Group

The Stages of Shakespeare - the life of the Bard in London

'Friends, Romans and countrymen, lend me your ears,' enter a 'brave new world' for a tour 'as merry as the day is long' you'll remember it 'forever and a day,' and find 'parting is such sweet sorrow' when I say, 'our revels now are ended.'

Helen created this walk to celebrate the life and legacy of the Bard and to reflect on what has changed and what remains constant in over 400 years since he lived in London.

On the Stages of Shakespeare tour you will hear about his friends and family, the theatres where he worked, text from his only remaining manuscript, how and where the First Folio was printed and where you can now view copies.

There's also a fun quiz, 'The Bard or Not the Bard, That is the Question.'

Shakespeare has inspired everyone from presidents, prisoners and princes to Harry Potter, so whether you are a bardolator or just curious about the world's best known author you are bound to find something of interest on this fascinating walk.

This walking tour is around 2 hours 30 mins.

The walk starts at the Barbican.

We finish the walk on Bankside near London Bridge station.

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'This walk is even better than the Globe Theatre's tour, I learnt so many new fascinating facts that I now want to do all of Helen's walks.'

Burgunde Lukasser

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If you would like to be the first to hear about future Stages of Shakespeare walk please email me via info@elanwalks.com 

Prices from £18 per person

Private tours available on request for both weekends and weekdays.

Choc Unwrapped

Chocolate Unwrapped

An indulgent treat delving into the sensational world of chocolate, 'the food of the gods'. This tour is absolute heaven for anyone who adores chocolate, which includes Helen your guide. This ever popular tour now includes 2 new stores for your delectation.

Treat yourself or someone special to a divine time discovering more about the magic of chocolate.

We visit 4 award winning British and continental chocolatiers who produce some of the finest hand-made and bar to bean chocolate in the world which you will be able to sample on the tour.

On the walk Helen unwraps the history of chocolate and shares some fascinating facts and some very silly jokes about the world's first choice for all celebrations and special occasions.

As well as sampling chocolate on the tour you will be given a discount on your purchases in store on the day.

This is the perfect tour for treating yourself and for finding delicious and delightful gifts for friends and family.

This walking tour is around 3 hrs, depending on how long we linger in some stores and the time we take to share hot chocolate in our final store.

The starting point of the walk is near Marble Arch.

We finish the walk in Soho, in time for lunch unless you are too full of chocolate!

Next Walk Dates

This walk takes place on Saturday's 10:30 to 13:30

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

Prices from £22 per person

Elan Walks are small group walking tours to give you a personal experience, numbers on the Chocolate Unwrapped Tour are especially limited due to the size of the boutique stores we visit on the tour, so please book early to avoid disappointment.

Private tours available on request for both weekdays and weekends.

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The Tipple Tour

Join Helen for this fun tour taking a lighthearted look at the history of drinks and drinking as we take a salubrious saunter around some of London's most iconic, historic and delightful pubs.

On the walk you will hear about beer, gin, rum and porter and how they are entwined with British culture.

Expect hand-pumps, monks, sailors, dead parrots, firkins, rum tales and Romans. You will learn some fascinating facts and be able to test your knowledge in a pub quiz on alcohol.

Come alone or with friends for a fun-filled afternoon of tipples and tales and a barrel load of laughter. The dream tour for every zythophile.

This tour is 3 hours.

The starting point is Blackfriars Station.

Next Walk Date

If you would like to be the first to hear about future Tipple Tours please email me via info@elanwalks.com

Prices from £20 per person

Private tours available on request.

Mary Seacole

Women of Stature

Come and join Helen on this walk celebrating remarkable women who against the odds stood their ground, achieved their aim, rose to fame and thus became some of the few women to have a statue erected to them in London.
This tour includes nurses, writers, political campaigners, business women and queens.

You will hear about the loves, loses, struggles and successes of these amazing and talented women.

We visit 10 statues and 1 lion on this fascinating and informative tour around central London.

This walking tour is 2 hour 30 mins.

This walk starts on the south side of Westminster Bridge and finishes near Leicester Square tube station.

Next Walk Dates

If you would like to be the first to hear about future Women of Stature walks please email me via info@elanwalks.com 

Prices from £18 per person.

Private tours available on request.

Lambeth Walk

The Lambeth Walk

Palaces, potters, pleasure gardens, bishops, Blake, Bedlam and Bligh, plus art galleries and alpacas; you'll find them all doing the Lambeth Walk!

You might even find yourself singing a chorus of the song made famous by the musical 'Me and My Girl.'

Originally recorded in 1062 as Lambehitha, Lambeth's long and rich history is written in its streets. This tour is a great way to get to know more about an area of London you thought you already knew or to discover a new one and you get to see very cute alpacas.

We finish this walk near a nice old pub where walkers can join Helen for a drink or have something to eat if they wish at the end of our time together.

This walk is 2hrs 30 mins.

The starting point is Lambeth North tube station.

Next Walk Date

If you would like to be the first to hear about future Lambeth Walks email me via info@elanwalks.com or via the contact page here on the website.

Prices from £18 per person.

Private tours available on request.

Gothic tombs

Gothic Architecture To Die For!

Can money, talent or stone make anyone immortal? Find out on this tour around one of London's 'Magnificent 7' Victorian cemeteries.

Known as the millionaires cemetery with 69 grade II listed structures West Norwood cemetery has some of the finest sepulchres in London, comparable with those in St Paul's and Westminster Abbey.

Photographers, nature lovers and anyone interested in history will find wandering around its imposing monuments, both crumbling and perfectly preserved, totally fascinating.

Helen will guide you around some of the most famous and impressive gravestones and monumental mausoleums in the cemetery.

West Norwood's tombs read like a Who's Who to wealthy Victorian society; you definitely wanted to be seen dead here!

Sugar tycoon Henry Tate, the original celebrity chef Mrs Beeton, Baron Reuter founder of Reuters news agency, the inventor Sir Henry Bessemer, Sir Henry Doulton of Royal Doulton pottery, James William Gilbert the first manager of the Natwest Bank, plus many other artists, architects and celebrities are resting here in Norwood.

The 40 acre site is also a haven for wildlife, so if we are lucky a fox may saunter by during our visit. The many trees provide food and shelter for birds and bats and several oaks survive from the ancient Great North Wood on which the cemetery is built.

This walk is around 2 hours

This walk starts at the entrance to West Norwood Cemetery which is a 5 minute walk from West Norwood Station.

Next Walk Date

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

Prices from £18 per person.

Private tours available on request.

Walks for all Occasions

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