Perfect for walks in the evening. We have been strolling in the gloaming, pinpointing the best and most unusual experiences this wild shadow city has to offer. Join in and find out why evening walk helps you see things in a new light. London is the mysterious place for walks in the evening.
Old Westminster by Gaslight
Tour company London Walks excels at bringing the city’s secret past to life, revealing treasures that even the locals have overlooked. This tour begins at sunset to avoid the worst of the tourist crowds. Among places in London to visit are Westminster Hall, the Houses of Parliament and Westminster Abbey as well as the area’s lesser-known backstreets.
Here to meet a guide from London Walks: Westminster, every Monday Cost: £9
TEN PARKS: LONDON MADE FOR WALKING
Jack the Ripper – Walking nightmare
This is a tour that never goes out of fashion. Some reporters write; Jack the Ripper Walk is exceptional. Grim and compassionate.
Let´s go back in time to a late evening August 1888: He came silently out of the midnight shadows. Watching. Stalking. Butchering raddled, drink-sodden East End prostitutes. Leaving a trail of blood and slaughter led nowhere. This is the Ripper´s slashing ground. Bring to mind autumn of gaslight and fog, of shadows and stealthy footsteps as we inspect the murder sites – and get to grips, so to speak with the main suspects. There is a Jack the Ripper Museum to visit. Afterwards you can steady your nerves in The Ten Bells, the pub where the victims tried to forget the walking nightmare.
Address: 84 Commercial St, Spitalfields, London E1 6LY
Meet London Walks outside Tower Hill Tube – 7.30pm every evening.
London Ghost Walk in the Evening
This tour isn’t aimed at those hoping to break a sweat but it’s a fun guided stroll taking in the spookier parts of town. Discover the inspiration behind Scrooge’s Counting House in Dickens’s A Christmas Carol, stand on the spot where Sir William Wallace (aka Braveheart) was hanged in 1305 and see the remnants of Londinium — Roman London.
Meet London Ghost Walk, The City, every Friday and Saturday, £9
Walk and Pay what-you-like
GHOST TOURS: Here are some traditional ghost tours that bring London´s haunted history to life. Each runs for 2-2,5 hours . Free Tours by Foot is the only company to offer a pay-what-you-like ghost tour. It takes you near London Bridge to learn about the city´s darker history.
Join on a walk through dark heritage and explore the most disturbing and haunting of the Old City. Winding through dark lanes, as you approach London Bridge you´ll hear the grim orgins of nursey rhymes. Enter the City to visit a church that holds the remains of the woman who brought the Black Plague to England.
A walk down “disgraceful Cheapside” will lead you to a tale of cannibalism and canine haunting before you continue to the Old Bailey Courthouse. This is the site of countless executions and the trial of a Victorian serial killer 100 times more prolific than Jack the Ripper!
A visit to Cock Lane will uncover the adulterous scandal behind a series of murders, hauntings, and seances in Georgian London, and the tour will finish at the largest “Plague Pit” in England – only discovered in 2003.
This tour, guided by a professional storyteller, is a must for anyone who wants to get off the beaten track. Add-on, learn about macabre tales that this ancient city has to offer.
When: Tuesdays and Fridays
Start: Farringdon Underground. The tour ends at St. Paul´s Cathedral.
Reservations: Click here to reserve Free Tours by Foot
Ceremony at Tower of London
The historic Ceremony of the Keys takes place daily at the Tower of London at 21.53pm. It’s free and open to the public but you must apply by letter two months in advance. Ceremony of the Keys start with footsteps echo in the darkness. The sentry cries out, ‘Halt, who comes there?’ The Yeoman Warder replies, ‘The keys.’ ‘Whose keys?’ ‘Queen Elizabeth’s keys.’ ‘Pass then, all’s well.’
Aside from the monarch’s name, this is the exact exchange that has been spoken for centuries and forms part of the traditional ‘locking up’ of the Tower of London. The Ceremony is one of the oldest surviving enactments of its kind. Although the monarch may no longer reside at the Tower, the Crown Jewels and many other invaluable objects still do, therefore its importance is still relevant today.
Important: Tickets for the Ceremony of the Keys must be booked in advance. Photography is not permitted during any part of the ceremony.
Prayers at dawn
At sunrise every morning, a single Buddhist monk makes the short walk from his temple and home in Battersea Park to the riverside Peace Pagoda, beating a drum and chanting the Daimoku. Join the Reverend Gyoro Nagase for prayers at dawn.
A Peace Pagoda is a Buddhist stupa; a monument to inspire peace, designed to provide a focus for people of all races and creeds, and to help unite them in their search for world peace. Pagoda is usually found in East and Southeast Asia.
London by Night
A London Night Life tour will reveal the floodlit of London’s landmarks as dusk falls. When twilight descends upon famous places in London, the attractions of the city become filled with a certain grandeur. This tour will encompass the most distinguished and vibrant areas of this world renowned capital, including Parliament Square, Trafalgar Square, Piccadilly Circus and the financial district of the City. The tour also glides past eminent structures and attractions such as the world renowned London Eye, St Paul’s Cathedral, inimitable Buckingham Palace, the formidable Tower of London, Big Ben and the Houses of Parliament. This is one of many walks in the evening.
Departure Point: Golden Tours Visitor Centre 4 Fountain Square, 123-151 Buckingham Palace Road, London SW1W 9SH.
Return Point: Victoria Station
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