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Everyday London

Did you know that Downing Street was built by Sir George Downing, a very successful spy who betrayed his former mentor and friends? Or that the Society of King Charles the Martyr still lay a wreath on the anniversary of the King's execution? Have you ever wondered why the Queen no longer has any official power? Discover a new way of looking at London by exploring one road: Whitehall.


Courage in Westminster Walk
10.00am, 12.00pm, 2.00pm, 4.00pm
Tour takes 1½ hours
£7.00 per person - Book online 

This walk starts in Trafalgar Square, named for one of the great victories of Lord Nelson and heads down the hill to the Houses of Parliament before walking through the park to Buckingham Palace. On the way we will discover some of the stories of the people who lived and worked here including some well-known names like Sir Winston Churchill and Charles I but also tales of ordinary folk caught up in great events.

Starting in the village of Charing we will wander down to the Palace of Westminster and discover how a small road running alongside the river became the home of Kings and Queens. Along the way are the last surviving buildings of Whitehall Palace, Winston Churchill's cinema, the Palace of Westminster and the glorious Westminster Abbey. Then we take a turn through the old royal gardens of St James to Buckingham Palace.

This is an opportunity to find out something of how our modern state has grown from humble beginnings to the behemoth it is today, how power has moved over time from the monarch to politicians and see how the land has been transformed from a riverside swamp to the heart of a busy metropolis. This is Everyday London's Royal Whitehall Walk.

Woman standing by the monument to the Women of Courage
Women of Courage, photography: Irina Zolotareva

Limited numbers. Please book online in advance. Tour starts near Trafalgar Square, meeting point will be given when you book.

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Whitehall, starting near Trafalgar Square

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