Please see below the programme of off-the-peg walks and special events
Pre-booking essential as groups limited to 15 maximum – contact Diana to book or join the email list for regular updates.
  • Walks last approx. 2hrs. Small groups – Maximum size 15 but often around 10.
  • Price normally– £15/£20, of which 50p goes to a nominated charity* (payment on arrival at walk).
  • Walks go-ahead in all weathers, and however small group size (as long as you have booked by Friday evening for Sunday walks, or 24hrs before for Saturday + weekday walks). Late cancellations may have to be charged.
  • All walks led by Diana Kelsey.
  • See the Winter programme (October – December 2019) 
  • *2019 Donations to Brain Tumour Research, in memory of Diana’s brother who died in 2015.  Charity No. 1153487. Also to SolarAid, who provide solar power to some of the remotest regions of the world. Charity No. 1115960.


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NEW – Weekday Walks – 2 Options

OPTION 1 - You chose the walk and date – click here for the full list of walks – and guarantee 5 participants (Cost £20 per head).  The walk will then be added to the programme of Upcoming Walks and additional walkers will be recruited.
NEW in 2019: with sufficient notice I will also do these walks at weekends

OPTION 2 - Book a private walk – minimum 12 @ £20 per head (special rates available for registered charity groups).

Do not hesitate to contact me to discuss – DiaKelsey3@aol.com

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Sunday 6 October

STEPNEY AND LIMEHOUSE + end at famous Grapes riverside pub

A walk that captures the spirit of the East End through 2 contrasting districts. Stepney was the mother parish of the ‘hamlets’ East of the Tower – hence its imposing medieval parish church (pictured on the ‘upcoming walks’ page of my web-site). Despite heavy bombing in the 2nd World War a surprising  amount of the historic areas remain – Georgian homes for rich merchants, now valued in £m.s. Victorian terraces of small houses – once slums and now desirable properties -  imposing Victorian social housing, remnants of the Jewish East End and1960s housing estates are all juxtaposed.  Limehouse has a totally different feel and is steadfastly orientated towards the river and docks, being London’s 19-20c sailor town.  Highlights of the area are Hawksmoor’s monumental St Anne’s Limehouse, the Empire Memorial Hostel for Sailors, and the surviving 17c terrace of houses in Narrow St. The walk starts ½ hr. earlier than usual to give us time at the end of the walk (4.00 ish) for a drink in the historic Grapes Pub, frequented by Pepys, Dickens, and Oscar Wilde, and now leased by Sir Ian McKellan, Evegeny Lebedev and Sean Matthias who have preserved its original interior and atmosphere….no fruit machines, no music, no TV. It is then a short walk to Westferry DLR station.

STARTS 1.30pm – Stepney Green Tube

Ends Westferry DLR

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Sunday 13 October

THE BISHOP’S PALACE AND WALLED GARDEN FULHAM – PRECEDED BY THAMES-SIDE  WALK FROM HAMMERSMITH ***repeat by popular demand***

Starting at Hammersmith we will walk for 2miles (1 ½ hrs approx) along the river past the new Riverside Studios and  River Café, to the recently restored Fulham Palace, once the summer residence of the Bishops of London.  It is a hidden gem, with its Tudor courtyard, great hall and restored Georgian wing.  It has been the residence of 133 Bishops of London, and has a history spanning 1,300 years. Its grade II* listed garden is the second oldest botanical garden in London, predating Kew and houses a 500 year old holm oak, various ‘exotics’ imported from the ‘colonies’ by certain Bishops and a 3.5acre walled garden which has also been extensively restored.  We will spend about 1+ hrS looking round the house and garden where I will end the walk, giving those who want more time to explore on their own and have a cup of tea in the café overlooking the garden.  Nearest tube is Putney Bridge a 10 min walk. 

STARTS 1.00pm – Hammersmith Tube Station.  Meet at Costa Coffee (opp. Tescos) in Hammersmith Station (District/Piccadilly Line)shopping arcade

Ends 10 mins walk from Putney Bridge tube or buses back to Hammersmith

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Sunday 10 November

LAMBETH AND the alternative WILLIAM BLAKE EXHIBITION   

‘There is a Grain of Sand in Lambeth that Satan cannot find’ – Would Blake agree with that now?…Come on this walk and decide!  Aside from Tate Britain, there is another William Blake exhibition in London – a large gallery of mosaics evoking his fiery visions, installed under railway arches.  When Blake and his wife Catherine moved to Lambeth in 1790, it was still a village, more famous for its marshes than for its Eden-like qualities. Nonetheless, Blake saw Lambeth as ‘the place of the Lamb’ and a site for a new Jerusalem. Hardly a ‘new Jerusalem’ now, rather an area in transition.  We will pass where Blake lived and see the railway arch exhibition.  It is a mixed area where elegant Georgian Squares rub shoulders with remains of Victorian ragged schools, workhouses and industry. One of London’s most flamboyant Victorian buildings – the Royal Doulton factory is on the route, as is an ingeniously restored water tower, which featured in Kevin Mcloud’s top 10 Grand Designs.   Also traces of Lambeth’s earlier history with Lambeth Palace and St. Mary’s parish church.  Famous names such as Charlie Chaplin, William Bligh, the John Tradescants (elder and younger) are associated with the area.  Like so many areas its fortunes are changing as it is squeezed between the massive redevelopments of Nine Elms and Elephant and Castle….. and yes we will go along ‘Lambeth walk’ of musical fame.

STARTS 2.00 pm – Lambeth North station (Ends here too)

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Sunday 17 November

BOW AND THE EAST LONDON SUFFRAGETTES + gastro-pub Sunday lunch  

Butting onto the now regenerated Olympic Park, Bow, the furthermost area of the original East End of London, still retains its rather down-at-heel East End atmosphere.  It was one of the most deprived areas of London in the early 20c and was where in 1906 Sylvia Pankhurst was sent by her mother Emmeline to continue the fight for votes for Women.  The working women of East London, who sweated and slaved in the grim factories of London’s East End were already no strangers to political strife and dissent (we will pass the Bryant and May factory, site of the famous match-girls’ strike of 1888). Lead by the increasingly militant Sylvia they formed the break-away ELFS (East London Federation of Suffragettes).  Although much has changed in Bow, the back streets still have traces of Sylvia Pankhurst and her East London Suffragettes.  I hope through this walk to trace their story.  It’s also an interesting way of exploring this less frequented area of the East End.
We will end at the Morgan Arms gastro-pub for a late Sunday lunch @ around 2.15pm. www.morganarmsbow.com

STARTS 11.45am – Bow Road Tube (District + Hammersmith + City Lines)

Cost £20 – Lunch extra

Minimum 5 for walk to go ahead

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Sunday 1 December

THE ILLUMINATED RIVER + early supper nr. London Bridge ***New***

A riverside walk to look at the first 4 bridges to be illuminated in a major new public art project ‘The Illuminated River’  The first 4 bridges -  Southwark, Cannon Street and London Bridges as well as the Millennium Bridge have been lit up. Eventually it is planned to illuminate 15 crossings from Albert to Tower Bridge, which will make it the longest public art commission in the world.  Floodlighting enhances aspects of buildings you never see by day – the dome of St Pauls seems to float!  So we will look at other buildings along the way in literally ‘a new light’.  The walk will end on the South side of London Bridge, where those who want can have an early Sunday supper @ 6.30pm at Taz (Turkish/Anatolian food) Borough High Street.

STARTS 5.00pm – Blackfriars

Ends Hays Galleria (nrest tube London Bridge)

Cost £20 – Supper extra

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Sunday 8 December

CHRISTMAS PANTO AT HACKNEY EMPIRE – PRECEDED BY HACKNEY VILLAGE WALK

Get into the Christmas spirit with a real East End panto – an early evening performance of Dick Whittington in the wonderfully restored Hackney Empire.  Before the performance come on a short stroll round the original Hackney which until the start of 19c and the advent of the railway, was a small village surrounded by pleasant countryside.  Despite the post war housing developments many Georgian and Victorian buildings remain and the area is now popular with the new generation of young urbanites, with new café’s, markets and art projects springing up all the time.  We will see the medieval church tower of Hackney parish church, Sutton House – London’s finest surviving Tudor manor house, Georgian terraced housing now fetching £ms.,and proud municipal buildings such as the Hackney Empire and the Town Hall
Timing: Walk 2.30, 4.00pm supper @ Lardo pizzeria www.lardo.co.uk.  Panto starts: 5.30pm.
NB: 9 panto tickets available. Cost £35 incl. walk + panto -  supper extra. Full pre-payment needed (cheque or BACS transfer)

STARTS 2.30pm – Hackney Central Station. (Overground) Exit from platform 2.  Meet at bottom of ramp

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Sunday 15 December

ST. BARTHOLOMEW  THE GREAT. Choral advent service with a difference – preceded by a shorter ‘twilight London’ walk (route still to be decided)

To get you into the Christmas spirit and to give you some uplifting relief from the commercialisation of Christmas a shorter twilight-London walk designed as a precursor to a very special and different advent service in St Bartholomew the Great.  St. Bartholomew is one of 2 surviving Norman churches in London. (The other is St Johns Chapel in the Tower of London). It was founded in AD1123 as part of a monastery of Augustinian Canons. And although the nave was destroyed during the Dissolution of the Monasteries its chancel still exists virtually unchanged from the 12c.  It is especially atmospheric for evening services,-  candlelight and incense are a heady mix!   The service we will attend links Advent with Christmas, and is based on the O Antiphons (responses) traditionally used in the seven days leading up to Christmas Eve.  If you enjoy acrostics and puzzles then this will surprise you! The choirs process around the church and its triforium, and some of the responses are in plainsong.  It culminates in the well-known hymn that unites the Antiphons in one text: O come, O come, Emmanuel.
Walk 4.30 – 5.30.  For those staying on to the service, there is time to grab a cup of tea before it starts at 6.30pm  www.greatstbarts.com

STARTS 4.30pm – St Pauls Tube (Exit 2) Outside Café Nero

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