Explore London on TfL’s Free 'Winter Wanders' Walks
Grab the kids and explore London on foot with one of Transport for London’s (TfL's) 40 free ‘Winter Wanders’ guided walks.
Taking place Saturday 3 and Sunday 4 February, the walks have been designed for people of all ages and abilities. Learn about some of the 200 open spaces in the Square Mile or cinema and public art in the capital. There’s also a specially curated #BehindEveryGreatCity walk, as part of Mayor of London Sadiq Khan’s new campaign drive for gender equality across the capital.
February’s walks include:
Family Favourites – the walk that's also a quiz
You’ll see the Tube station that Harry Potter and Mr Weasley use, and how it could have made Big Ben fall over, a location visited by Paddington Bear, and lots of stories for fans of Horrible Histories, such as why a king of England wore two shirts when he had his head cut off. Along the way there will be a quiz for the children on the walk and prizes!
The City Sculpture Trail – featuring a pony, a parachute and other peculiarities
This is a new walk for culture vultures and dragon spotters. Tour the acclaimed modern sculpture exhibition in the historic Square Mile where racehorses guard medieval churches, dragon wings rise from the pavement and volcanoes nestle beside shiny skyscrapers.
Sunday 4 February - #BehindEveryGreatCity Suffragette City
Much of the Suffragettes’ fight for “Votes for Women” took place in central London. Discover where it all happened with a walk through some of Westminster’s side streets and meet the brave women who fought for the vote and the politicians who tried to stop them.
A Challenging Walk, the Greatest Rewards
If you're fit and truly want to be rid of the excesses of late December, this is the walk for you. It's muddy, steep and strenuous – the pace will be brisk, and the rewards are outstanding. Climb through extensive and dense, 8,000-year-old woodland, discover London’s least known ancient monuments and climb Shooters Hill where if the weather is clear, you can see out to the North Sea.
Cinema Walk – from Charlie Chaplin to Harry Potter
Find out what amazed Daniel Radcliffe during the making of a Harry Potter film; how Daniel Craig’s tie proved a problem during the making of Skyfall; how Michael Caine got his name from a cinema in Leicester Square and much more about the history of cinema and its famous names.
Each walk is led by an experienced Walk London guide and range from challenging treks to short strolls. To find out more and book your free place, visit walklondon.org.uk/walks