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The Harry Potter London Walking Tour – An Update

Thursday, December 2nd, 2010

With the snow falling all around London prts of the City are looking truly and wonderfully magical.  Which makes a nice link to this week’s big news about our Harry Potter London Tour. It’s about to be updated.

With the release of the new film Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part One drawing fans into the cinemas we’re in the process of updating the free Harry Potter London walk to include locations featured in the new blockbuster.

Admittedly, London doesn’t feature extensively in the latest movie (the inside of a tent gets a bigger part!) but there are several locations.

Most notably Scotland Place again features as the entrance to the Ministry of Magic and the big brown doors at its junction with Great Scotland Yard feature in the scene when Harry, Ron and Hermione drag the employees of the Ministry of Magic in through the door to be transformed into them courtesy of a slurp of polyjuice.

Whether it is worth while heading over to Shaftesbury Avenue because Harry, Ron and Hermione walk along it prior to going into the cafe where they have a memorable encounter with two Death Eaters is debatable, albeit it does make it possible to include a pleasant stroll along Haymarket, so it might yet make it into the walk.

So if you would like a copy of the new Harry Potter London Tour, the wait until Monday and send an email to

harry-potter-pdf@discovery-walks.com

and then, as if by Magic, the PDF will land in your inbox within a few minutes.

Incidentally the free Harry Potter London walk has now reached 30,000 downloads and has even been featured in USA Today. It will soon be joined by several new free London walks that will include a pub walk and a Dickens walk. Like the harry Potter tour these new walks will be fully guided walks and will feature quizzes to keep you on your toes as you make your way around the route.

Since we launched the free Harry Potter Tour two years ago many people have commented on how enjoyable the quiz and treasure hunt elements of the tour are, so the new walks will. hopefully prove equally popular.

London Jack the Ripper Walks

Thursday, July 22nd, 2010

Our free london walks are now nearing completion and, hopefully, will be going live very shortly. There has been a bit of a delay in launching them as things got very busy over the last few months. Our great new documentary  The Man Who Murdered Sherlcok Holmes was launched in early July, and has received some great reviews in Sherlock Holmes studies circles. Richard has been snapping the final photos for his upcoming book, which will be published in october this year, and we’ve been working on a bit of wizadry that will bring our London walks right into the 21st century. So watch this space.

We give the walk a rest in August for several reasons. Firstly, it’s alway lead by Richard Jones the man who is internationally recognised  as the leading ghost walk guide in London. With almost 20 books published on the paranormal and haunted Britain no  other guide comes close to matching his knowledge of the ghostly metropolis.  But, even an enthusiast like Richard needs a break and every August he and his family get to spend more time together to make up for the the rest of the year when he is out working virtually every night.  Secondly, August is just too light for a London ghost walk to be effective. So we give it a rest in August and come back re-charged in September. 

But if you want to see spooky London our Jack the Ripper Walk will operated throughout August.

So, what with our free Harry Potter Tour, our soon to be launched free London walks, and the fact we offer the best Jack the Ripper and Ghost Walks you’re sure to find something to interest you, whether you want to join a Walk of  Jack the Ripper’s London or enjoy a self guided walk.

As we like to say  – We’re With You Every Step of the Way.

Walks Through London With Shakespeare

Thursday, April 22nd, 2010

We’ll soon have the first of our many free London Walking Tours ready to roll.

In the mean time though we thought we’d give you a little taster of what our London walks are going to be like.

We’re going to pack an awful lot into these tours and they’re going to be very interactive. What with step by step directions, glorious photographs, little video snippets and an awful lot more.

Anyway here’s a taster of  the free Shakespeare London walk accompanying video.  Hope you enjoy it.

Shakespeare’s London – A Walk Through History

Wednesday, April 21st, 2010

Continuing the little tasters of our free London walks we have added an extra video providing you with a brief introduction of Shakespeare’s London. This is just a brief taster of the free Walking tours we are rolling out this year.

Based on the huge success of our Harry Potter Walking Tour we’re going to be providing lots of ways for you to enjoy our free tours of London.

You’ll be able to watch the video’s, listen to them as podcasts, download them as a printable pdf and generally get to see a side of London that is both intriguing and fascinating in equal measure.

We’ve been filming over 50 London walks throughout the winter. But as you will see from the Shakespeare film, these won’t just be walking tours, but will also provide dramatic reconstructions that will transport you back to the times against which each walk is set.

We’ll also be adding out of London jaunts to Bath, Oxford, Stratford, Cambridge, York and Edinburgh.

It’s going to be a great year for those of you who enjoy expoloring London at your own pace and at a time that suits you. So please enjoy our little taster of the Shakespeare Walk.

London Ghost Walks And Jack The Ripper Tour

Tuesday, April 13th, 2010

Our Jack the Ripper London walk is still taking place seven chilling nights a week and departs from Exit Four of Aldgate East Underground Station.

This is the only Jack the Ripper Walk that starts right in the heart of the area where the infamous murders took place between August and November 1888. By following the carefully laid out route that we have devised you get a much better idea of how the murders unfolded, the effect they had on the area and how they increased in ferocity as the so called “autumn of terror” rolled by.

For the full deatils of the Jack the Ripper Tour can be found at the relevant page on this website.

The other popualr one of our London walks is the London Ghost Walk. This takes place mostly on Friday and  Saturday nights and takes you on a wonderful and creepy journey thorugh the older streets of London.

To book on to the London Ghost Walks please pay a visit to the relevant pages on our website.

Richard has been out today putting the finishing touches to the Free Riverside Pub Walk, which is due to go live in May and which will allow you to visit several pubs that literally face out across the River Thames. These places are steeped in history and we know you’re going to love this and the other free London walks that we’ll be rolling out in the coming months.

Take Free Walk In London

Sunday, April 11th, 2010

The free Harry Potter London walk went mad last week. Don’t know why it happened but, all of a sudden our average daily requests rocketed from around 30 to over 200. We’ve had some great feedback from people who have done the Harry Potter Tour and are really looking forward to bringing in our new free London walking tours in early May.

Our Riverside pub walk will be the first one to go live and this will be quickly followed by a Walk Around Dickens London. Since Richard wrote the acclaimed book Walking Dickensian London the Dickens walk is gauranteed to be a great walking tour.

Just like the Harry Potter Tour of London, the new free London walking tours will be downloadable PDFS. You just print them off and off you go. The great thing is that you will be able to do them at any time and on any day to suit you, so you’re not confined to a specific time of departure, nor a specific time limit on your tour. You can go at your own pace and in your own time. How enjoyable would that be? Plus our step by step instructions will ensure that you won’t get lost as you make your way around the route. We know the step by step directions work because we’ve been trialing them for the last twelve months on the Free Harry Potter London walk, and they’ve worked Like a dream. You can, incidentally, download the Harry Potter London tour by sending an email to harry-potter-pdf@discovery-walks.com. Since this is an automated system, within moments you will receive the PDF as an attachment. It’s like magic!

Keep an eye out for our the launch of free walks of London. They’ll be live, very soon.

The Harry Potter London walk

Wednesday, March 17th, 2010

We recently changed the Harry Potter London walk to incorporate the fact that the photograph of the Harry Potter actors is no longer on display at the National Portrait gallery.
Both the website and the Harry Potter London tour PDF have been updated to incorporate this change, albeit since the tour actually still passes the National Portrait Gallery it is worth popping in if you have the time.

Otherwise the Harry Potter tour of London is up to date as of March 2010 and can be obtained by the simple, magical ruse of sending an email to harry-potter-pdf@discovery-walks.com.

This is now a totally automated system so the owl responds within minutes and drops the downloadable pdf into your mail box. It’s that simple.

The great thing about our DIY London Walking Tours is that you are able to do them at your own pace. You don’t have to turn up at a scheduled departure point, and you most certainly don’t have to be crammed onto a tour with a large group of people.

Our DIY walking tour format has proved incredibly popular and we’re going to be adding a lot more of them this year. The first to go live will be the Riverside Pub tour, which has been mapped out and is now just waiting to be written up. As with the Harry Potter Tour the Riverside London Pub Walks will be laid out in such a way as to provide plenty of history, lots of atmosphere and they will also incorporate a pub quiz and treasure hunt that will keep you occupied throughout!

We’re planning on the London Pub Walks being as popular as the Harry Potter tour, as our DIY format lends itself perfectly to exploring the city’s haunted pubs.

So keep an eye on our blog for more details of the coming Free London walks.

Haunted Britain Book Is Completed

Tuesday, March 16th, 2010

Richard finished his Haunted Britain book and sent it off to the publishers yesterday. The photos will be added over the next few months and Richard will be heading off into the wilds of this spectred Isle in late April, when the weather improves, to snap the final photos for the book.

The book will be published by the AA on October 31st this year and we’ll keep you posted on our walks blog about other developments.

In addition Richard will be working on a special project in the next few weeks with one of the most respected figures in the world of British theatre, more of which at a later date. He is also involved in a project with a major British rock star, and, again, we’ll be giving more information about this project later this year – it’s currently top secret!

It looks like we can put the atrocious winter behind us, touch wood, and London is currently basking in wonderful sunshine. Our Walks have carried on throughout the winter and we’ve gone, as we promise rain, shine and especially snow. Let’s hope that the coldest winter for thirty years is followed by a summer that will be the best in thirty years.

You can still book onto our Jack the Ripper tour which is operating seven chilling nights a week, and this Friday and Saturday Richard will again be conducting his celebrated London Ghost Walk. In addition out Free Harry Potter London walk can still be ordered by sending an email to harry-potter-pdf@discovery-walks.com. This is a downloadable pdf that you then print off and follow the room.

We’ve got some major announcements to make over the next few weeks about some great new London walks, both free and scheduled, will be going up. So watch this space for some great new tours that will be launching this spring.

Our London walks For 2010

Wednesday, December 30th, 2009

Well the end of December is almost upon us and the year is entering its twilight hours. Indeed, the first decade of the 21st century is nearly over and as we move into 2010 we thought we’d just give you a heads up about our London walks for 2010.

Our Jack the Ripper Tour will be continuing 7 chilling nights a week. We’ve now got some great guides conducting this, the most popular of all the London walks on offer. Three of our guides are published authors who’ve written books on Jack the Ripper, and six of our guides have appeared as expert interviewees on virtually all the Jack the Ripper documentaries of the past 10 years. No other London walks company can offer you this level of expertise when it comes to the Jack the Ripper Tour.

Our London Ghost Walk will be operating on Friday and Saturday throughout January and February and will almost always be guided by London’s leading ghost walk guide Richard Jones. On last night’s tour Richard was joined by a travel journalist who made an observation that many of our clients have made over the years. No other London walks come close to the level of expertise on Richard’s haunted London tours.

When looking at London Ghost Walks there really is no better measure than just looking at Richard’s output of books and TV programmes. You can either take a standard ghost walk with a guide whose read a few stories in a book, or you can take a expert guided London Ghost Tour with the man who wrote the book.

Richard has written 9 books on Haunted Britain and is currently working on his tenth. In addition he has written books on Jack the Ripper’s London, Dickens London, Oxford, Cambridge, Bath, Chester, York and Stratford. In addition he has appeared on the History and Discovery Channels and was the historian on the cult show Most Haunted Live for several years. He will be travelling throughout Britain researching his new book of true ghost stories throughout January and February and will be publishing a twice daily blog of his journey, with photogrpahs of the places he visits and brief discriptions.

In addition to our Ghost Walks and our Jack the Ripper Tour we are going live with our Free London walks in the new Year and rolling out a programme of step by step walks that you will be able to do yourself. In addition to being able to print them off and taking them you will also be able to watch them online on our series of Walking Tour Videos. Have a look at one of our tasters on Dickens London here, or more Charles Dickens London walks here.

So keep an eye on our site throughout 2010 and see what exciting London walks, both free and guided, will be launching.

In the meantime may we take this opportunity of wishing you all a very happy New Year.

London walks with Harry Potter.

Sunday, November 29th, 2009

Well it’s Sunday. Have a lie in. Relax. Then, when you start to get bored, or the kids start arguing, why not give our Harry Potter London walk a go? This tour has been live for almost a year now and has proved extremely popular with people from all over the world. Indeed, there’s nothing quite like it for fun, information and adventure in London.

Not many London walks are free of charge. But our Harry Potter tour and treasure hunt has always been so. It is, quite simply, one of London’s best bargains (well it’s free which is surely something of a bargain!)

It is a  PDF which you request from us and which, thanks to the magic of our automated system, arrives in your in box before you can close you eyes and wish “oh please send me the great Harry Potter London walk and Treasure Hunt so that I can have something to do with the kids on Sunday.”

You then print it off and then set off for Temple Station and hey presto your tour begins.

Unfortunately, the magic of London Underground is not working quite as well this weekend as, yet again, they’ve closed the District Line between Earls Court and Whitechapel Stations. But all is not lost. You can head for Covent Garden Station and then simply walk down to temple Station to begin the Harry Potter London Tour.

Better still, since part of the tour passes through Covent garden why not just make your way into Covent garden market and then pick up this one of our free London walks at the section that takes you through Covent Garden Market?

Whichever option you choose you will have a great day out in London and, even though the forecast for today is for atrocious weather, you really will enjoy a magical day in London.

So don’t delay. Ping us an email to harry-potter-pdf@discovery-walks.com and the walk will be with you in moments.

Check out our various London walks.